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The Ripper

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THE RIPPER Isabel Allende

The Ripper

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
66150
publisher:
HarperCollins
genre:
Thriller

We gave it a C-

Crime writing may be the supermarket-checkout stepchild to ”real” literature, but it’s still a serious craft — one that Allende, alas, hasn’t mastered. The descriptive gifts that serve the Chilean-bred author so well in her lyrical memoirs and historical novels largely abandon her here: The characters in The Ripper’s San Francisco serial-killer tale, including a kooky aromatherapist and her teen daughter, an aging playboy, and a gruff Navy SEAL, are exhaustively curlicued and speak in awkward exposition. The book’s prose is marbled where it should be lean, and the big reveal comes far too late for us to care. C-

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