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Fall into Darkness

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  2,785 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
The trial is for murder. Ann Rice is dead. Her best friend, Sharon McKay, stands accused. But there is no body. And the three witnesses to the crime only heard what happened, and did not see it. Nevertheless, the prosecution is almost certain of victory. Ann was alone in the dark with Sharon on top of the cliff when Ann fell the 500 feet into the torrential river that clai ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 213 pages
Published January 15th 1990 by Pocket Books
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Jun 29, 2007 Marlena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will only list one of the numerous titles Christopher Pike has listed on goodreads and have it represent the many many of his books that I read during my middle school years. I give it a 5 to illustrate the love I had for all of his many books when I was in Middle School. I am glad to see that he is still alive, well and writing more books for the pre-teen market. It almost makes me want to read one again to see if I would be nearly as entertained now as I was what seems like so many years ago ...more
Jan 12, 2009 Brenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Christopher Pike, I think, back when I was in sixth or seventh grade. It's still one of my favorites as far as his mysteries, as it doesn't resort to mysticism or ghosts to make an intense story. I haven't read it in years, but I remember it as being less contrived, and slightly more believable in characterization. Extreme, but believable. And some of the images of this book, like being chest deep in water in underground caves, and one of the main characters trying to self-bola ...more
Sarah Sammis
Feb 22, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released, pc, read-in-2005
The book started off slowly and I had to restart it after setting it aside for a couple months. The second time the book captured my attention. Things really pick up after the first chapter. Fall into Darkness as a title works on many levels but I don't want give anything away! It's a short but thrilling read.
Feb 19, 2008 Caitrin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle schoolers
Recommended to Caitrin by: Gales Ferry Library
Haha this was my favorite book when I was about 12.
Jul 31, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pike fans
Seriously, do the cover artists for Christopher Pike ever read his books? The man deserves better!

I always love Pike's characters and their relationships with one another. I started out loving this and it was in the vein of some of his greatest, but the end was weird (seems to be the pattern these days) and it felt a bit like a failed Gimme A Kiss. At any rate, this book falls under the ever-growing "Close but not quite" category of his YA novels. (Under the "Amazing" category you will find: Die
Jul 29, 2008 Palmyra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read so many Pike books in middle school I don't remember them anymore. Pike is the one that made me fall in love with reading as a pre-teen and through my teenage years. Some of them were so scary I had a hard time falling asleep.
Jan 25, 2009 Kristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Worth re-reading for nostalgia purposes, but this suspense novel featuring a rich girl (named Ann Rice!) who was pushed/jumped from a cliff, maybe by her poor best friend or maybe by someone else, and who may or may not actually be dead is not one of Pike's strongest books. At least I hope not, because I plan on re-reading more of them for nostalgia purposes and this one was fine and a fast read, but not all that compelling. It does, however, have awesome descriptions like: "Paul was rough mater ...more
Apr 09, 2009 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read many of Christopher Pike's books when I was a teen. This is the one that sticks out in my mind the most. Christopher Pike was an author who made me want to read!! Any author who can get young people interested in reading has achieved a great feat!!!
"I knew your plan before you knew it. I gave it to you, Ann."

What happens when revenge and obsession go hand in hand?

Sharon McKay is on trial for murdering her best friend, the wealthy, beautiful Ann Rice. It's established almost immediately, however, that Sharon is innocent. A series of flashbacks seen from Ann's perspective reveals that she blames Sharon for the suicide of Ann's brother, who left a note indicating his unrequited love for Sharon. Seeking retribution, Ann concocts an elaborate s
I (vaguely) remember reading this as a kid (I read everything by Pike), and I know I liked it, and that this one is more mystery than horror, but other than that I don't remember much. It seems like it was maybe made into a tv movie, but I may be mistaken. All I know is I remember thinking that Christopher Pike is such a better writer than R.L. Stine.
Jul 13, 2009 Shirley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This is another Christopher Pike novel aimed at young adults. There is some mention of drinking and profanity that might make it inappropriate for a junior high library. This book seemed to start out a little more slowly than the other two Pike novels I have read. It has the surprise ending that is so characteristic of Pike's novels.
This is perfect Christopher Pike - well paced, intricately plotted, full of twists...and yet in the end you wonder, "Why would any of these people do any of these things in even the craziest fantasy world?" because it essentially makes no sense. Also, I would say that if a third of your book takes place in a courtroom, you should maybe do some research into what people in a courtroom might actually say. I'm not an expert in murder trials, but I'm pretty sure the lawyers don't spend the whole tim ...more
Feb 26, 2011 Serena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-reads
I think this was the first Christopher Pike book I read and probably the one I remember the best.
Mar 20, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pre-teens/teens who like murder mysteries
Shelves: young-adult
A twisty-turny murder mystery. Mr. Pike is the king of YA horror. The big reveals always came as such a surprise to me. I don't think I ever once figured whodunit in any of his books when I read them as a kid. I always thought he was so much better than R.L. Stine, and this particular novel sits on my Top 5 Pike YA books of all time. A very exciting, fun read for young teens.

PS - Try to avoid reading too many reviews of this because I am seeing spoilers that aren't hidden. Please don't ruin boo
Angie Lisle
At ten, I was a voracious reader who often complained about the mystery books geared for kids my age. I usually figured the endings out very early on, which deflates the entire story, no matter how well developed the characters are.

I had an uncle with a similar passion for books; we often read together. He was a huge fan of mystery, especially Stephen King, and he harbored a hope that Christopher Pike would help prepare me for King's work when I was older. He found out about Christopher Pike fro
Oh another Christopher Pike book. Haven't I said it already? I love his books. Still do, and I am 29 years old.
Mandy Sickle
Sharon’s life should be perfect she’s headed off to Julliard because of her piano skills next year but everything suddenly changes. Sharon heads off camping with her friends for a night a break away from the piano. Things turn bad when she takes a walk with her best friend and on the way back hears her friend scream as she goes over the cliff. Her friends hear Ann scream “Don’t” than her scream has she falls causing them to think Sharon pushed her. Sharon is the perfect suspect after all her fri ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
I'm not sure why I hadn't already put this on my 1993-1997 read shelf, because as soon as I started reading I remembered this book. This will be a lot spoiler-y, given the scant description of the plot on the back of the book.

A summary of the plot based on the back of the book: Sharon stands accused of murder. While on a camping trip, she and her best friend Ann hiked to the top of a cliff. Their friends heard Ann scream "Don't" and heard her screams as she fell over the side of the cliff, but h
Jun 20, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ladies-book-club
I used to love these, but as an adult I'm not so sure. Not so much scary as it was confusing. I can honestly say at the tender age of seventeen I don't think that I could've masterminded and executed a plan to fake my own death while framing my best friend for murder. Oh high school! I guess it was a different time...

Choice quote: "Sharon sat beside her, admiring Ann's lines and curves. God must have overseen the growth of Ann in the same way he had guided the sculpting of Sunset Park."

I can't
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Another relatively strong mystery from Christopher Pike. He was excellent at mixing thriller with whodunnit stories. This one wasn't as good as the one I read before it, but still worked by starting with a trial and then flipping back and forth between that and the backstory. At first I was worried it wouldn't work, but it actually did. The motive was a bit weak, really, and the mystery didn't hold strong long since the author explained it by mid book. The point was mainly seeing the trial unfol ...more
Demi Dimatera
Ann was planning to ruin Sharon’s life by throwing herself unto the cliff. So they decided to camp beneath the cliff and there Ann carried her plan and it worked.
Chad, Paul, Sharon and Fred search Ann everywhere but they couldn’t find her. Sharon then was accused of Ann’s murder.
Johnny Richmond as her lawyer started to ask questions to Fred, Chad, Paul and Sergeant Rick Patterson. John patched up all the evidences and was trying to prove that Ann was still alive.
Sharon found not guilty and it ap
The first half of the story was quite entertaining, especially the courtroom scenes. I was less fond of the climax and falling action, given that Pike pulled a weak, unbelievable twist that stripped the book of anything resembling realism. The characters were also not nearly distinctive enough; most of the characters sounded the same and had the same personalities.

In other words, this is classic Chris Pike: Great concept, but trite execution.
Aug 20, 2013 Steen rated it it was amazing
So this is the first book that I ever read by Christopher Pike. This book is what led me to discover other authors such as R.L. Stine, LJ Smith and Richie Tankersley Cusick. I think it was somewhere in the grades 5-8 that one day during choir practice my friend brought the book she was reading with her. It was this book. I remember that all my other friends were taking turns reading one passage out of the book. My friend basically told us - read this part and you will be hooked. She's right, I w ...more
Kris Lugosi
Aug 17, 2014 Kris Lugosi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's the trial of Shannon Mckay vs the state in the death of one Anne Rice. Shannon is being accused of pushing Anne off the side of a cliff while out camping with friends. The only "ear" witness account of the incident are from her friends who heard Anne scream "DON'T" just before she went over. In FALL INTO DARKNESS, we recount the events that led up to Anne's apparent homicide. With the help of Shannon's quick witted (and questionably predator like qualities; this observation has nothing to d ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it
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Meredith Dougherty
This was my favorite Christopher Pike book as a young teenager. I reread it recently (along with Gimme A Kiss, Scavenger Hunt, Chain Letter, Remember Me, Slumber Party and Spellbound) when I rescued a box of books my Mom kept for me. It was a fun week, by no means intellectually challenging, but fun.
Aug 27, 2015 Sadie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
I was happy to reread this book for my reading challenge "a book from my childhood" category. Of all the books I read growing up Christopher Pike's thrillers stand out, Fall Into Darkness in particular. I remember where I was when I first read it and it blew me away at the time. So 5 stars then, 3 stars today. I still liked it!
Soobie's heartbroken
A tredici anni, Soobie scriveva:
Bellissimo libro. Sharon ha un'amica ricchissima, Ann, che si butta da una rupe per (view spoiler).
Aug 10, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
I had entirely too much fun re-reading this book. I always thought Christopher Pike was a much better writer than most of the other "teen horror" authors, and that is definitely still the case.

However, how did I miss the fact that this was made into a movie back in the day? I would have never known that if it wasn't for Goodreads, and now I really want to somehow track down this movie. It even features Jonathan Brandis, my childhood crush!
I guessed the twist a third of the way in, but I'm usually perceptive that way. (I did the same with Dan Brown's Inferno.) Guessing right did not take away the enjoyment of finding out how Pike stitched it all together. The ending could have used a touch more *something* after all the build up, but for a straightforward whodunit from Christopher Pike - without his usual metaphysical embellishments - I liked it.
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

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McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm
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“Sharon dropped to her knees and reached her hand over the edge. The gesture was supposed to be a sign of support. But she realized then that it was useless. His insanity was like the stream beneath the ground. It only flowed in one direction, into deeper and deeper darkness. She was going to lose him.” 3 likes
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