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Allende is playing with the conventions of the genre, but in a way that seems all in good fun. As a reader, I found that this book is slower than most mysteries, as Allende takes her time exploring the inner lives of her characters, especially of Amanda's holistic healer mother, Indiana Jackson, and her friend/patient/lover, the ex-Navy SEAL Ryan Miller. Although it is a slow burn, Allende does manage to build a lot of tension in the novel, and I suspected nearly everyone in the book, and couldn't guess who the killer was until the reveal (although I wasn't too surprised by the reveal, which is a sign of effective foreshadowing). The last hundred or so pages went quickly, although I was disappointed by the end, which felt abrupt and a bit underdone. The book lives in a strange middle ground between being character-driven and plot-driven. Fans of fast-paced thrillers will likely find this book to be wanting- and I did too, sometimes. However, I did enjoy getting to know the characters, and my attachment to them made the mystery all that more urgent and enthralling. I just wish that the conclusion had been a little more satisfying.
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Title:RipperAuthor: Isabel Allende
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