The Jackson women, Indiana and Amanda, have always had each other. Yet, while their bond is strong, mother and daughter are as different as night and day. Indiana, a beautiful holistic healer, is a free-spirited bohemian. Long divorced from Amanda’s father, she’s reluctant to settle down with either of the men who want her-Alan, the wealthy scion of one of San Francisco’s elite families, and Ryan, an enigmatic, scarred former Navy SEAL.
While her mom looks for the good in people, Amanda is fascinated by the dark side of human nature, like her father, the SFPD’s Deputy Chief of Homicide. Brilliant and introverted, the MIT-bound high school senior is a natural-born sleuth addicted to crime novels and Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her beloved grandfather and friends around the world.
When a string of strange murders occurs across the city, Amanda plunges into her own investigation, discovering, before the police do, that the deaths may be connected. But the case becomes all too personal when Indiana suddenly vanishes. Could her mother’s disappearance be linked to the serial killer? Now, with her mother’s life on the line, the young detective must solve the most complex mystery she’s ever faced before it’s too late.
I listened to this on audio book. It was on the new shelf and I thought the combination of murders and teenage online sleuths sounded pretty intriguing.
Unfortunately, I liked the summary better than the book itself. There were a few times I almost stopped listening, but I never have the heart to do it.
I liked a couple of characters in the book. I liked Amanda. She’s a dork and she’s witty, but she is extremely rude to her grandfather. I liked Ryan, former military, whose dog is his right hand man. The rest of the characters, they fell flat for me.
The story itself fell flat for me too. I felt there was a lot going on, taking into account all the stories of all the characters, the police and gamers trying to track down the murderer and how it was going to hit home.
I have been reading a lot of other reviews on this book. Unfortunately, it looks like I’m not the only one who thought the book fell flat. It appears that others have loved former books by Allende and that this is her first attempt at mystery writing.
I give Ripper 2 out of 5 bookmarks.