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Down the Rabbit Hole (Echo Falls #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  4,184 ratings  ·  653 reviews
Welcome to Echo Falls, home of a thousand secrets.

Ingrid is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least her shoes are. And getting them back will mean getting tangled up in a murder investigation as complicated as the mysteries solved by her idol, Sherlock Holmes. With soccer practice, schoolwork, and the lead role in her town's production of Alice in Wonderland, Ing...more
Paperback, 407 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2005)
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RandomAnthony
Ok, I taught middle school on the south side of Chicago (with a brief stint on the west side, to be completely accurate) from August of 1993 to June of 1997. I taught four years in the city, and I think those are the right years. I don’t have my resume in front of me. Anyway, I taught fifth through eighth grade communications in ninety minute blocks. When I first arrived at the small parochial school down south I speed-read a slew of YA novels so I could teach them come September. In turn I asso...more
Miriam
The Wonderland references were disappointingly superficial, but otherwise this was a fine mystery about a young girl connected by happenstance to a murder investigation.

Thirteen-year-old Ingrid is afraid of being late for soccer practice, so she unwisely decides to walk from her orthodontist's office to the field, not knowing what a crappy part of town she'll be passing through. "Cracked-up Katie" notices her, and brings her into her house so that she can call the girl a taxi. That night Ingrid...more
Brad
Many months ago, I ordered some books online, and when the box arrived I discovered Peter Abrahams' Down the Rabbit Hole had mistakenly found its way into my box. Being the anarchic thief that I am, I decided to keep the book, tossing it on my tertiary to-read pile and promptly forgot about it.

But last week I needed a book to read while doing the dishes, and noticed Down the Rabbit Hole sandwiched between A Game of Thrones and The Drawing of the Three, and since it fulfilled my doing-the-dishes...more
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)
2.5 Stars


When Ingrid is late for soccer practice one day, she decides to walk to it by herself. A woman by the name of Cracked-Up-Kate stops Ingrid and invites her into her house so she can call Ingrid a cab to get her to soccer practice. Leaving in a hurry, Ingrid barely thinks twice about how strange Kate acted when Ingrid had mentioned her brother's team. However, the next morning, Ingrid finds out that Kate was murdered only a few hours after Ingrid left her house.
And another discovery lead...more
Kwoomac
i haven't come across a lot of mysteries aimed at the YA audience. This one was perfectly servicable. Ingrid is a 13 year old girl. She play soccer, acts in the local troupe, generally gets good grades. Completely believable. Then she decides to investigate a murder of a woman she knows marginally. Although I do enjoy murder mysteries, I never quite get why someone wants to butt into a murder investigation. Interviewing people you don't know, sneaking around at night, breaking into places. I don...more
Jo
My opinion of children's mysteries hinges a lot upon one issue: how are the authoritarian figures in the child detective's life gotten rid of so that aforementioned child detective can go on a Grand and Dangerous adventures? This may seem trite, but boy oh boy, does it make a difference.

Authors seem to go about this in several different ways. There's always the old "I lost my cat" routine, ala Encyclopedia Brown. These neighborhood mysteries tend to be much tamer, with more brainwork and less ac...more
Jaemi
I think I actually plowed through this book faster than a Harry Potter. I'm really hoping, since "An Echos Falls Mystery" is in the title...maybe that means more will be forthcoming. Our little sleuth, Ingrid Levin-Hill, is a real treat. And if she can come out as well as she did while still in the midst of a lot of teenage craziness (you know, those ideas that should never work, but somehow you manage to get out the other side anyway), by the time she hits her 20's she could be giving her idol...more
Watermelon Daisy


(UPDATE: Upon re-read, I noticed it wasn't more than a 3-star book. But I keep this review for those who want a positive review of it. :) )

I was pleasantly surprised at how this book has become one my favourite novels of all time. Literally. The mystery and the suspense was amazing throughout the story, though a little a predictable, it wasn’t something which I predicted completely. Which is unusual because I usually have a set of ideas of what’ll happen in every mystery, and it didn’t come true...more
Hattie
Down The Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams
I love the title "Down The Rabbit Hole" by Peter Abrahams. It proved the perfect title because throughout the mystery students and some of the people in the town are practicing a play. The play is "Alice in Wonderland." Ingrid is one of the stars in the play along with Chloe, a girl who just makes Ingrid's stomach turn with nausea. Thank goodness Ingrid can play soccer to get her mind away from all the problems that seem to shoot out of nowhere after she mee...more
Joan
It was a good mystery, but I had a hard time caring about the main character or any of the other characters for that matter. I love mysteries and I was really hoping to get hooked on this series because there is a lack of good mysteries for this age group.
In my humble opinion, there are too many references to alcohol for young teens. For instance, grandpa has to add VO to his cup of tea and older brother in high school comes home late after football game smelling like grandpa (implying that he t...more
Gabs
This review (and others) can be found on My Full Bookshelf

Stephen King blurbed this. And then compared it to Harry Potter. This book is not comparable to Harry Potter.

First, I did not think that Ingrid was *ahem* particularly smart. She does not tell the police that she was talking to a murder victim right before they died. Then, when she realizes that she left her shoes at the victim's house, what does she do? She sneaks into the crime scene and removes the shoes, not realizing until later tha...more
Honistie
I think before a parent lets his or her child/en read this book they should read it first to make sure they feel it is suitable for them. There are some adult words used but they are not that bad. He mentions the use of drugs but right after that he mentions the DARE program. He does advertise products but they are items used in everyday life. I mean who does not drink coke or pepsi? Some reviews mention that the brother hits his sister and gets away with it and that gives children the wrong mes...more
jennifer
Thirteen year-old Ingrid lives in the town of Echo Falls, Conn., plays soccer in a league, performers with the local theater company, forgets to wear her orthodontist appliance most nights and admires Sherlock Holmes most of all. An attempt at independence finds her lost in the bad part of town, where she's found by the local drunken crazy known as "Cracked-up Katie", who insists on helping Ingrid. As appalled as Ingrid is to have actually talked to the woman and been in her filthy house waiting...more
Jess
Oct 27, 2009 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: jr/sr high school mystery buffs, especially those who say it isn't a mystery unless someone's dead
Recommended to Jess by: Rob Reid in Reid's Readalouds
Shelves: z_09, mystery-suspense, ya
Ingrid, fan of Sherlock Holmes, soccer, and acting, accidentally leaves her bright red soccer cleats in Cracked-Up Katie's house. This isn't the end of the world until Katie turns up murdered.

I found this when I was looking for something to read to my sixth graders for Halloween. Hating scary stories myself, I figured I'd get away with someone eerie or tension filled. Rob Reid listed it as a readaloud and the portion he selected was perfect, expect for the drunks peeing against the house.

Here'...more
Bev Hankins

This was a fairly enjoyable book. It had a lot of action and it swept me right along. I did spot the culprit early on, but that didn't bother me too much. I liked Ingrid and I think Abrahams did a good job making her a fairly realistic teenager--although I do think the chief of police (father to Ingrid's soon-to-be first boyfriend--if I'm not misreading the signs) is a bit slow on the uptake in several scenes where he finds her out wandering about (looking for clues) when she obviously should ha...more
Tracie
Aug 17, 2007 Tracie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle School grades
I enjoyed this book so much I found myself talking out loud to the main character - and I'm not a big mystery fan.
Ingrid is a middle school soccer player and aspiring actress with busy parents and a brother who is the only freshman on the football team. Waiting impatiently for her parents after her orthodontist appointment, Ingrid decides to hoof it to soccer practice - and ends up in the seedy side of Echo Falls where she meets Cracked-Up Katie, a local seen as looney by the kids in town. Ka...more
Martha
This is about this girl, Ingrid. She's waiting for her mom to come pick her up for soccer practice and her mom is late, so Ingrid decides to walk to practice. She gets lost and ends up in the creepy part of town. This person everyone calls Cracked-Up-Katie comes out and tells Ingrid that she will call a taxi for her. While they're waiting, Ingrid tells Katie about how she likes acting at the local theater, the Prescott Players. At the sound of those words Katie turns white and walks upstairs. Th...more
Ayu Ikhwani
2 things made me buy this book

1. The title, which made me believe it was to be some sort of a fantasy genre
2. Because Stephen King said he couldn't put it down

I was wrong on the first account. No, its not about going into another world. The title is more due to the fact that the main character, Ingrid, got to be Alice in the Wonderland play.. oh well!

As for the can't put down part, I guess I have to agree to some degree =)

Since its classified under young adult, the fonts are a bit bigger and the...more
magicalwritergirl
I came across this book randomly at the library, and decided to give it a go. Now, I'm not some person who calls every book they read the "best book ever". But this book completely fulfills my requirements for a good book. I was delighted with it and finished it in less than 24 hours. I completely loved Ingrid, as she is pretty much the person I would like to be, but really am too cowardly. Although I hadn't read neither, I liked the references to Sherlock Holmes and Alice in Wonderland. Serio...more
Michael
For someone who counts The Westing Game among their favorite books, I haven't made much of an effort to seek out other YA mysteries.

That will now change.

This one is pretty good. The bad guy is pretty obvious from the start of the book, but Ingrid's hunt is fun enough that it doesn't matter. She's a great protagonist, and there's plenty of middle school and family intrigue that keeps the book moving.

Entertaining for fans of YA, no matter how old they are.
Louise
Not quite what I was expecting, seemed slightly younger than the usual ya books, and considering Stephen King is saying he's hooked, it's pretty non menacing.
It is however a nice way read,a little bit of mystery, some huge clues that you wonder how can they not be mentioned.
The main character was likeable and fairly normal up to a point, and am going to crack on with next one and hand this to nine year old as light relief after reading his dark materials trilogy.
Monica
Ésta es de ésas lectura que te encuentras por casualidad, te atraen sin una razón objetiva y decides leer, esperanzada de descubrir alguna pequeña joya narrativa.
Al otro lado del espejo, ha resultado ser una novela MÁS JUSTITA QUE DECENTE, PERO CARENTE DE ESPÍRITU AL TRATAR UN GÉNERO LEÍDO Y VISTO EN INFINIDADES DE AUTORES CLÁSICOS, FILMS Y SERIES MAESTRAS (Christie, Conan Doyle, Wilder, Colombo..), con muy distintas lecturas y profundidad.

Pero voy un poco más allá con su argumento y puntualizac...more
Lianne
I enjoyed this book, as I began reading it I realised I had read it before. However as I seem to have the memory of a goldfish I couldn't remember what happened so I reread it. The central character was likable and so were lots of the characters, I particularly liked grandpa. A good light read, I have recommended it to my young daughter.
Brynn
3.5

Better written than usual for this kind of thing. I guess "this kind of thing" is the "somewhat uninspired kid-sleuth" genre, where you've got your clever and resourceful young hero or heroine going along saving the day, against all odds, and solving a mystery that all the adults can't figure out. The thing that was different about this one is that like I said it was better written than usual; nothing wonderful, but definitely fancy at times, especially for the genre. Awesome sense of humor m...more
Candice
It was an enticing mystery to read... Ingrid Levin-Hill is a memorable character that gets tangled up into this murder mystery because of her bright red pumas at the crime scene. Vincent Dunn, not suspected at first, turns out to be #1 murderer of Phillip Prescott.
:)
Steven Slaughter
I ordered a number of mysteries for my growing class library and the first two books of this series are really good. Like a contemporary version of Alan Bradley's Flavia DeLuce books, it is about a young girl –in this case, 13–who solves mysteries. In this case, Ingrid Levin-Hill is our protagonist. She loves Sherlock Holmes and is a bit too curious for her own good. After stumbling a bit too closely to a murder victim just hours before the murder, Ingrid makes a few questionable judgement calls...more
Claire
LOVE THIS BOOK!! It was amazing!!!!!!!!!!! If you don't like scary books, this isn't for you!! It is scary and really good! Try it, and if you love it there are two more!
Liya
This was the best mystery book I've ever read. I think everyone else should totally read it because it is filled with humor, murder and perhaps an undead murderer.
Donnell

I like the plucky heroine and her story held me enough to read the first 300 pages in one sitting.

During the last 100 pages, though, we have quite a share of implausible coincidences. Also, I got a bit hung up on the fact that the story would have to be set in the1970's or even earlier--for Barbara Stanwyck's (sp?) film noir life to have been only about 20 or 30 years in the past, which it would need to be for the story to make sense. Of course, I suppose it was thought that kids won't even kno...more
Kayla
Feb 19, 2009 Kayla added it
sooooooooo good it was a mystery type thing and was very suspenseful i couldn't wait for the second one!
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Peter Abrahams is the author of numerous novels, including End of Story, Oblivion, and Lights Out, which was nominated for an Edgar best novel award. He also writes the best-selling Echo Falls series for younger readers. He lives on Cape Cod.

Peter Abrahams is also writing under the pseudonym Spencer Quinn (Chet...more
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