Review: Ripper

Mar •  1 •  2012

Title: Ripper
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Historical/Mystery
Author: Stefan Petrucha
Publisher: Philomel Books
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Book: ARC sent by publisher

“You thought you knew him. You were dead wrong.

Carver Young dreams of becoming a detective, despite growing up in an orphanage with only crime novels to encourage him. But when he is adopted by Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency, Carver is given not only the chance to find his biological father, he finds himself smack in the middle of a real life investigation: tracking down a vicious serial killer who has thrown New York City into utter panic. When the case begins to unfold, however, it’s worse than he could have ever imagined, and his loyalty to Mr. Hawking and the Pinkertons comes into question. As the body count rises and the investigation becomes dire, Carver must decide where his true loyalty lies.

Full of whip-smart dialogue, kid-friendly gadgets, and featuring a then New York City Police Commisioner Teddy Roosevelt, Ripper challenges everything you thought you knew about the world’s most famous serial killer.”

I am not at all in mysteries thrillers. But this book took me to a whole other reading level that I really enjoyed!!

What got me hooked on this book? Well the unique plot. I love stories about Jack the Ripper. To read a book based on a kid searching for clues to the killer is super cool! It’s makes me feel all Nancy Drew again. With this book I just wanted to get underneath the covers of by bed with a flashlight, dash into the past and follow the clues of Carver Young. The plot, hand downs AWESOME!

The mystery of the book is super cool. I love it when an author can take me on an adventure of searching, questioning, accusing, etc. It’s give me great joy to be in the loop with the characters going along with them. It’s so much fun!

There was a bit of a crush interest. No love, no hardcore flirting just pure admiration. And that folks was enough to make me smile. I loved the loyalty they had to each other and the friendship they have is strong.

The ENDING! I mean wow! Really just WOW! I did not see that! Well done Mr. Petrucha. You certainly knock me off my feet with such a fantastic ending! I have no idea. The ending is a shocker. I can tell you that much.

Ripper is an engrossing thriller that leaves you chilled to the bone. The conspiracy driven-drama dives the reader deeper into a world of adventure that you never want to leave. Exhilarating and exciting, Ripper is a great read!

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Miri
    Mar 1, 2012

    That sounds like a very good book! Actually I have to say, that I’m totally not in anything with too much tension (I’m living on my own and I’m just scared way too much:D), but this sounds like a book with an awesome plot. Like really readable. I’m totally going to read more about it.

    • Savannah Valdez
      Mar 2, 2012

      It was really good. Better than what I thought. I hope you give the book a chance 🙂

  2. Giselle
    Mar 1, 2012

    I’m very curious about this ending now! I love endings that you don’t see coming and I find that’s very rare now. Great review!

    • Savannah Valdez
      Mar 2, 2012

      Giselle, ending took my by surprise! Really! For me, it was good!

  3. StoryLoverX
    Mar 1, 2012

    I’m really curious to read this. I’ve never read a novel about the Ripper before. It sounds really exciting. Thank god there’s no romance.

    • Savannah Valdez
      Mar 2, 2012

      I think everyone can enjoy this book. There is so much more to it. You see the Carver struggling with who he is and lots of secrets!

  4. Shellie
    Mar 2, 2012

    I hadn’t even seen this one before now. I may have to look into this one. I enjoy my mysteries sometimes.

  5. Shooting Stars Mag
    Mar 3, 2012

    Nice review. I hadn’t heard of this one until now either. I’m curious about Jack the Ripper too, so sounds like a great read. I love suspense and thrillers. 🙂