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3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  715 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Michael Prescott comes RIPTIDE, a powerful new novel of psychological suspense. Jennifer Silence reads between the lines. A psycholinguistic analyst, she studies documents written by murderers, teasing out hidden clues. But nothing in her life has prepared her for the document that is now in her hands. A leather-bound di ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Createspace
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Joe Young
Sep 06, 2011 Joe Young rated it really liked it
Really two tales, one an autobiography by Jack the Ripper and the other an agonizing cluster of guilt and fear by suspected descendents of Jack living in modern day Venice, CA. Siblings Jennifer and Richard lived in a historical house allegedly built by their great grandfather and lived in by their family. Jack the Ripper was suspected to have either medical or butcher training. Jennifer and Richard's fore bearers had all been doctors and both Jennifer and Richard started Medical Degrees with Je ...more
Dec 28, 2013 Ssspicher rated it really liked it
This was a very quick read. I read this in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed the story line. There was fact mixed with fiction surrounding Jack the Ripper and the story brought Red Jack home to the US. In fact, to Venice, CA. Interesting plot with an unexpected twist towards the end. Highly recommended to those who enjoy a fast-paced thriller linked to actual historical events.
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
This was one of the first books I downloaded to my Kindle and I'm glad I did. The fact this fictional story was based on Jack the Ripper was what peaked my interest. Basically anything regarding serial killers I find interesting but when it comes to one of the most notorious "villains" of all time I want to see what the author is able to come up with.

I found this book to be very realistic. From a psychological point of view it made total sense to bring in a mental disorder. I though it played pe
Karen Woo
Apr 05, 2012 Karen Woo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good fictional take on Jack the Ripper and his legacy of crimes.

The familiar Prescottian features are all here: 1) great story arc and pacing, 2) gnarly murders, 3) a resourceful heroine who saves the day, and 4) healing and redemption for the heroine, who's often carrying the weight of emotional/physical trauma from years past, by way of solving the current crime mystery.

This novel's heroine, Jennifer Silence, isn't particularly likable, though. She's passive-aggressive, easily irritated,
Aug 17, 2011 Nate rated it really liked it
HOLY COW. So good!! I don't think I have ever read a book as fast as I have read this one. And that at a time when I have very little time to read! I finished it in under a week, I really could not put it down! Extremely suspenseful, thrilling plot line, and smooth dialogue. My one disappointment was the characters. The main characters were fairly strong and believable, but some of the more minor characters suffered some from less than adequate development. I could not comprehend some of their m ...more
Tabitha Blake
Apr 25, 2012 Tabitha Blake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to anyone that is a big ripper fan. I was transported back to the terrifying moments that brought fear to the streets of England. I found this book very interesting and at times disturbing. You are drawn into the mind of a very demented and sadistic killer. Not for the faint of heart. You are immerse in the dark side of a killer that revels in the sickness that plagues him. I felt the blood lust of the killer cause the hair on the back of my neck stand up and makes yo ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was ok,a little surprise at the end. Unfortunately it was not good enough to give more than 2 stars. The whole Jack-the-Ripper does America thing was a little too much. I haven't read a lot about Jack, just know the bits that everyone knows, but I am willing to believe that he was schizophrenic. At the very least. I guess watching shows like Criminal Minds makes these kinds of people seem more possible as your neighbor. I find that creepy. To find a bunch of bones in your basement and a ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Reeannun rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish

I'm sorry, I just couldn't get into this book. After 300 pages, I just can't continue. I was so very excited to read more from this author. The last two books that I read of his were fantastic! Unfortunately, I just couldn't finish, I found the heroine, Jennifer, boring and dull, the secondary characters undeveloped and the references to Jack the Ripper boring. Maybe I was looking forward to being on the edge of my seat as I was with the other books. This one, is not one of those books. :(.
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Feb 14, 2016 Jenn rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how Jennifer comes to find this journal of a man from the past. It details his journey from London to the United States and his descriptions of these murders of women. There is new murders in her area that have striking resemblance to the ones in the journals. I didn't expect that person to be the murderer, completely thought it was this other person throughout the whole book. Awesome twist.
Sheila Myers
Jan 20, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
The title of this review might be a little misleading. I don't think there are many "fans" of Jack the Ripper, but there are people are intrigued by the mystery and would like to know what really happened to the man. In "Riptide", although fictional, Mr Prescott offers a very interesting theory as to who Jack the Ripper was and why he was never caught. This is a fast paced novel with a very intriguing plot. Very well written.
Aug 30, 2011 Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, kindle
Very interesting mystery about a California gal that makes an interesting discovery in her basement- old bones from 6 dead bodies and a diary possibly written by Jack the Ripper. She sets out to connect the murders in London, similar murders in California years ago and current murders. It has those twists and turns that keeps you reading and interested.
Apr 29, 2013 Ashley rated it did not like it
This book is slow moviing. I have read other Prescott books and really enjoyed them, this one however just took to long to get to the point. The character development seems weak at best and it was so slow that I acutally decided not to even finish it. Don't buy this book if you're used to fast paced novels.
Sep 15, 2011 Ken rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
WOW! Very creative take on the Jack the Ripper legend. Just enough of the facts to make it interesting. Quite graphic - but I suppose when talking about Jack the Ripper you really don't have a choice! A couple of twists in the story that I really did not expect - and a couple I didn't care for. But all well-written and very enthralling. Highly recommended - but don't read it just after dinner!!
Nik Basta
Sep 20, 2011 Nik Basta rated it really liked it
Overall i liked the two stories and how he merged them into one, but i think he pushed it a little. I like a story with twists and turns, but I think he took one too many turns at the end of this one. Regardless it was a very entertaining read.
Caitlin Lombardi
May 23, 2012 Caitlin Lombardi rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It had a great historical feel while still being very current. I liked the idea of tracing a mystery back through generations. Well written and keeps you thinking about the plot when you are away fro the book.
Barbara McGrath

Good story as are all of Michael Prescott's.
His characters and plots will keep you in suspense right up to the conclusions.
This one did have a very clever twist with
Jack the Ripper and his role he may have had in America.
Jaime Babb
Aug 05, 2010 Jaime Babb rated it really liked it
Wow, I really liked this one. If you are interested in Jack the Ripper, you might like this. This is one of Mr. Prescott's best.
Sep 12, 2016 TeriC rated it it was ok
I normally like this this author, not this time. It just did not hold my attention to the point of I couldn't even finish it.
Erika M
Feb 26, 2016 Erika M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting idea and good plot. I learned a lot about Jack the Ripper that I didn't know (not that I know that much about him). I really enjoyed the premise of this book and it was well-written.
Mar 17, 2012 Reta rated it it was amazing
I knew very little about Jack the Ripper. This was a thrilling tale, and an inside/agonizing look at mental illness in someone you love. I heartily recommend Riptide.
Sep 23, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
A great read even if the story seems implausible. Very entertaining and a gruesome look into what might have been!
Dec 19, 2012 Jaymark rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
An ok read. the beginning was good with all the historical background but the climax and ending was not as I have expected from this author.
Alan Myers
Aug 17, 2012 Alan Myers rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book, pretty quick read.

Good suspense and decent mystery elements mixed with the diary of Jack the Ripper himself.
Jan 21, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Great book! Took a few to get into it but once it got going, could not put it down. Would highly recommend it.
Jan 06, 2012 Dianelsie rated it really liked it
Very interesting take on the story of serial killer "Jack The Ripper" even though it is fictional. I couldn't put it down!
Dave Schey
Sep 06, 2012 Dave Schey rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Jennifer Silence is a psycholinguistic analyst who studies documents written by killers for hidden clues. The document in this novel is the diary of Jack the Ripper.
Oct 30, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
It was a good book, good suspense, but not as rich and detailed as I like. Excellent easy bedtime read.
Leslie Clement
Jul 25, 2013 Leslie Clement rated it liked it
A pretty decent story which includes a fictional new theory on the true identity of Jack the Ripper. Parts of the story are fairly predictable, but the ending was a surprise — at least to me.
Dec 05, 2012 Indiebrag rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that this book has been honored with a 2012 B.R.A.G.Medallion - telling you that this book is well worth your time and money!
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A pseudonym used by Douglas Borton, aka Brian Harper.

Douglas Borton grew up in New Jersey and attended Wesleyan University, then moved to Los Angeles and pursued a career as a screenwriter. After working with several independent producers, he eventually switched to writing novels, a much less stressful occupation. He has published 25 thrillers, starting with horror novels in the 1980s and continui
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