A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2014
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Indiana and Amanda have a strong mother-daughter bond, but are as different as night and day. While her mom looks for the good in people, Amanda is fascinated by the dark side of human nature. She is a natural-born sleuth addicted to Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her grandfather. When a string of strange murders occur across the city, Amanda starts to investigate. It becomes personal when Indiana disappears and the young detective must solve the mystery before it's too late.
Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, p2014
ISBN: 9780062311016
Branch Call Number: ALL
Characteristics: 12 compact discs (14.5 hr.) : digital ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Ballerini, Edoardo 1970-


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Jul 30, 2018

I found this audio excellent for the narrator, but it became so 'off the wall' I felt I must of missed some allegory. Too long, too strange for me. Liked The Midst of Winter so much, it's hard to believe the same author wrote both.

Apr 07, 2018

The two women in the family, Indiana and her 17 year old Amanda, are so different. Indiana attracts men like dogs to a bone, all types, the best and the worst, and Amanda is a scrawny kid who's somewhat withdrawn but a genius with potential for high-level police work showing almost every time she speaks. She and her teenage "buds" from around the world play Ripper, an online detective game named after Jack. They live with Amanda's grandfather Blake who also serves as her henchman in Ripper. There's also their regular go-to-guy, Deputy Chief of Detectives Bob Martin, Indiana's former husband and Amanda's father. Indiana has a holistic medicine clinic; get ready for many types of massage and therapies you've never heard of! And keep an eye on her clients including Alan Keller and Ryan Miller. There's a serial killer out there doing terrible things for hard-to-fathom reasons and he slowly gets closer to our featured players. You just know the Rippers will get out ahead of the SFPD. I found it long but it does have moments.

Aug 04, 2017

The start of the book was rather slow / boring. It doesn't get interesting until murder 3. Amanda was a brat throughout most of the book. The things I enjoyed most was the mystery itself and the dog. I agree with some readers that state that the book could have been shorter.

Recommended by Rona - Kirk- Bear Canyon Library

mayfairlady Jul 11, 2014

I found that the back stories of the various characters broke the flow of the story. Good narration and great ending.

May 21, 2014

I usually enjoy Allende's books but not this one. The story is far fetched and implausible. I found myself continuously scoffing at the plot and was hard pressed to finish this book. Finish it I did in the hope that it would improve but it didn't. It's a total let down compared with her usual engaging stories.

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