Into the Dark by Peter Abrahams

intothedarkabrahamsInto the Dark (An Echo Falls Mystery Book 3)


by Peter Abrahams 

  • VOYA: 5Q4P M
  • Lexile Level: 640L
  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060737107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060737108

Ingrid is sucked into another mystery when she stumbles upon the body of a missing environmental agent on her grandfather’s farm.  Unfortunately, everything goes downhill from there when Grampy is accused of the crime, her father is accused of having an affair (with one of her best friend’s mother!), and the investigation stands in the way of her friendship with Joey.  As the evidence begins to stack up, even Ingrid has a moment or two of doubt about her grandfather’s innocence, especially when he refuses to provide an alibi.  The lawyer the family has hired insists on a plea bargain, and Grampy seems intent on signing it until Ingrid’s investigation begins turning up questions about the war heroes of Echo Falls as well as startling answers concerning her grandfather’s motives.  As the pieces begin to fall into place, Ingrid finds herself lost and alone, just like the character of Gretel she is playing for the Prescott Players.

Ingrid is charming and delightful as always and Echo Falls is alive with a colorful cast of characters that add depth to the story.  Abrahams is excellent with plot and this foray is no exception.  The story is full of twists and turns and readers of all ages will enjoy following as Ingrid puts together the pieces.  The author includes lots of history and provides multiple viewpoints for Ingrid to consider.  The result is a well thought out and engaging story that will entertain and charm many.  As Ingrid faces very real challenges in the face of her parents’ troubled marriage, the accusations against her grandfather, and the usual concerns of being a tween, she behaves with grace, dignity, and a maturity beyond her years.  With this series, Abrahams has created a compelling community full of fascinating and fully drawn characters.  His heroine is a credit to the genre, and one that would make her idol– Sherlock Holmes– proud.


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