A gripping thriller from the bestselling Isabel Allende. For Amanda Martín and her friends, Ripper was all just a game. But when security guard Ed Staton is found dead in the middle of a school gym, the murder presents a mystery that baffles the San Francisco police, not least Amanda's father, Deputy Chief Martín.
Amanda goes online, offering 'The Case of the Misplaced Baseball Bat' to her fellow sleuths as a challenge to their real-life wits. And so begins a most dangerous obsession. The murders begin to mount up but the Ripper players, free from any moral and legal restraints, are free to pursue any line of enquiry. As their unique power of intuition lead them ever closer to the truth, the case becomes all too personal when Amanda's mother suddenly vanishes.
Could her disappearance be linked to the serial killer? And will Amanda and her online accomplices solve the mystery before it's too late?
©2013 Isabel Allende (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Praise for Isabel Allende:
"Allende is incapable of telling a bad story. She writes of her own experience with a kind of wild candour. Her heroically sustained narrative, her lovingly prepared plots and surprise inventions explode in an exaltation" (Independent)
"You'll find it hard not to be beguiled by the charm and ingenuity of Allende's storytelling" (The Times)
"A magical storyteller" (Daily Mail)
Over 1000 titles since July 2005. Fairly eclectic tastes: award-winning literature, page-turning pulp plus non-fiction. I don't sight-read.
A bizarre murder in San Francisco is used for a true-crime investigation by a disparate group of young gamers, working as a team across the internet. More murders occur in the city and the team begins to wonder whether there may be some sort of link. So far, only mildly interesting (for me anyway) but Allende has real skill in developing characters that rang true, at least for that crazy city by the bay. This all enabled me to suspend disbelief of some aspects of the situation and I quickly found it compelling. It was well narrated and made an otherwise dull weekend very enjoyable.
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