A picture from the past will get you wondering. If you did not know the people in it you would ask yourself, “who are these people?” You would also ask “What are they doing?” You may also ask “Where are they at?” Photographs get you thinking and wondering. That is exactly what happened to Ali in the story Deep and Dark and Dangerous. Mary Downing Hahn’s Deep and Dark and Dangerous amazed me with its eerie style and suspenseful story.
The theme of the book is friendship and the truth. It teaches you that you can find friendship in the strangest of places. It also teaches you that with the truth everything is more simple. Lies just make confusion and anger. I love how Hahn always leaves you in suspense and thinking. Also, Hahn makes her characters very believable. Ali is exactly what you would think a thirteen-year-old would act. The story is set on a lake, in a lake house during Ali’s summer vacation.
In Deep and Dark and Dangerous it all started with Ali finding an old photograph in an old book she found in the attic. She recognizes two people but the third person is cut out. The two she recognizes are her aunt and her mother. All Ali could make out was long hair and an arm. From that she could tell it was a girl. On the back of the photograph it said “Gull Cottage, 1977. Dulcie, Claire, and T-.” Ali wanted to find out who this ripped out girl was, and why she had been ripped out. Ali could not stop thinking about this “T-” girl. She did not know what she was getting herself into.
Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn is a great book and I recommend this book to anyone who likes books that keeps you in suspense and whoever loves to try to solve mysteries. This book does not just tell a story but you feel as if you are personally in the story.