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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
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Paperback, 407 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2005)
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RandomAnthony
Nov 14, 2009 RandomAnthony rated it liked it
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
Dec 06, 2011 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, theater
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
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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
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Mar 26, 2013 Kat (Lost in Neverland) rated it it was ok
Shelves: eh, boring-as-shit
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
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Jenny
Apr 07, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το διάβασα όταν ήμουν περίπου 14 και το λάτρεψα!Οι μεγαλύτερες ηλικίες δεν θα ευχαριστηθούν το μυστήριο,καθώς είναι αρκετά ξεκάθαρο το ποιος είναι ο ένοχος,αλλά είναι πολύ καλογραμμένο,οι χαρακτήρες συμπαθητικοί,και τα όποια ψεγάδια παρατηρώ τώρα δεν με ενόχλησαν τότε.Για τις ηλικίες στις οποίες απευθύνεται είναι ό,τι πρέπει!
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
Hattie
Aug 08, 2010 Hattie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jo
Aug 04, 2010 Jo rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, middle-grade
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
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kari
Apr 07, 2016 kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books, 2016
Fun. Fast paced action.
The character of Ingrid is interesting and smart. I can't quite get a picture of her in my head, but that's okay. She's thirteen and loves Sherlock Holmes stories so when she comes across a mystery, she just has to try to solve it. How she comes to be in the middle of a murder investigation was believable, I think. She's in the middle, but no one knows what she knows. She isn't even sure what she knows.
I will say I figured out whodunit fairly early on, when the villain fir
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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
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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
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Joan
Oct 01, 2009 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
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Michael
May 10, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
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.
Kimberly Yates
Really unique and interesting start to this Echo Falls series.
I was captivated from page one. Stephen King even says this is one of his fav series of books too.

I really enjoyed the characters in the book, all interesting and likable. Loved the town, the descriptions. I am looking forward to book 2 which I just happen to have.
This is a YA book but as most of you have seen YA books are a fav of adults all over the world, they can be better than any adult fiction.
Honistie
Sep 27, 2009 Honistie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Sep 29, 2012 jennifer rated it really liked it
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 really liked it
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: ya, mystery-suspense, z_09
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'
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Bev

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
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Tracie
Aug 17, 2007 Tracie rated it it was amazing
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
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Martha
Nov 06, 2008 Martha rated it really liked it
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
Kim
Oct 06, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
Ingrid needs to read more Shakespeare and less Sherlock Holmes especially the part about "Oh what a tangled web we weave..."

When Ingrid realizes that she's going to be late to soccer practice because her mom forgot to pick her up at her orthodontist appointment, Ingrid decides to run to practice. It's not that far, but she gets lost in a not-great part of town. Cracked-up Katie, the town looney lady, offers to call her a cab. Katie invites Ingrid inside her house while she phones. Ingrid catches
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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
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ACS Librarian
This is a classic mystery, with lots of opportunities to guess whodunit. There 19s several interesting twists, and a very exciting finish, but the plot takes a while to develop, with too many 1Cis it a clue? 1D fragments.

That points to the main problem. Abrahams hasn 19t identified his target audience very well. The central character, Ingrid Levin-Hill, is 13 years old, and the sentence structure is MS appropriate. Very few high schoolers would stick with this past the first pages. But there 19
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Louise
Oct 08, 2013 Louise rated it liked it
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.
Georgie
Mar 27, 2015 Georgie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fic, middle-grade
A fantastic middle-grade/YA mystery. 13 year old Ingrid lives in the town of Echo Falls. She loves Fresca, soccer, and acting. She hates her retainer and math class. She maybe kinda likes Joey, a boy in her grade who seems to be turning from the pudgy kid she grew up with into a surprisingly cute guy. Ingrid is hoping to win the role of Alice in the production of Alice in Wonderland put on by a local amateur dramatic group she 's part of. But she soon feels that she herself has fallen down a rab ...more
Carla
Oct 17, 2014 Carla rated it it was ok
I'm giving this book a two star rating only because of the writing style which was engaging and moved along quickly.
I had to read this book for a Book Club, that I recently joined. I don't know how many YA books they've read before, but this may have been the first. I've read YA books before, and this by far was the worst. The age range on the book is 5-12. No idea where they got these parameters as a five year old would not be able to read at this level, and a twelve year old may be bored.
The
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Martha
Feb 04, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“When you noticed little things, the world could sometimes be a nasty place.” Unfortunately for 13-year-old Sherlock Holmes buff Ingrid Levin-Hill, noticing little things is a hard habit to break, and the things she notices place Ingrid smack in the middle of a murder mystery in her small town of Echo Falls.

Fearing that she will be a suspect because she accidentally left her distinctive red soccer cleats at the home of the victim, Ingrid sneaks into the crime scene and nearly comes toe-to-toe w
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Monica
Jul 06, 2014 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lianne
Jun 01, 2013 Lianne rated it liked it
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.
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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
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