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Down the Rabbit Hole (Echo Falls #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  5,286 Ratings  ·  771 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
Paperback, 407 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2005)
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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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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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(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
Stacy Fetters
Sep 28, 2016 Stacy Fetters rated it did not like it
Shelves: sneaky-librarian
DNF after 120 pages!
"When Holmes was doing his deepest thinking, he fell into a sort of trance, played the violin, or snorted cocaine."
Was excited to read a mystery with little aspects of Alice In Wonderland. The best thing about this is the cover. And that's not even that spectacular.
There is only so many times Alice can fall and things can get curiouser and curiouser.
Splash! went to book as I kicked it into the creek!
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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
Sep 19, 2016 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Charming, adorable. Just excellent.
Aug 01, 2016 Rage rated it really liked it
the mystery isn't exactly unpredictable, but watching Ingrid take a while to figure it all out didn't frustrate me. I would have enjoyed reading more interactions with friends; the people around her were all pretty interesting and well-written, with lots of heavy insinuations (steroids, affairs, fallout from divorces, etc).

there's a moment where Ingrid notices that she resembles a younger Kate Kovac, and I saw something there that I don't know the book meant to imply. Ingrid's behavior is way ou
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
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
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.
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.
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.

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
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

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
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
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.
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.
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.
Feb 16, 2009 Claire rated it it was amazing
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!
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!
Dec 03, 2008 Liya rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 28, 2016 Bailey rated it it was amazing
The book was really entertaining and I really liked it. The dialogue was kind of stupid, being the response was usually awkward and "yeah". I liked how the mystery was really hidden and under the wraps and such. But I didn't like how a lot of the information they give you in the book didn't really matter. Also, the ending was rushed. They cleared everything up, but not very good or in much detail. If it wasn't for the fact I was so entertained through the book to notice any of these wrongs until ...more
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Dec 20, 2016 Aiden B rated it really liked it
In the book down the rabbit hole a girl named Ingrid is a big soccer player. Also she is very into acting. In the beginning she is at a dentist appointment and her mother is running late to pick her up dentist appointment and she has to run to her soccer practice to get there on time. She meets a lady named kate and she sends a cab for Ingrid. Later that lady got killed and Ingrid had forgotten her shoes at her house which was also a murder scene. Ingrid decided to break into her house and stea ...more
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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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