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Deep and Dark and Dangerous (A Ghost Story)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  17,927 ratings  ·  2,112 reviews
Just before summer begins, 13-year-old Ali finds an odd photograph in the attic. She knows the two children in it are her mother, Claire, and her aunt Dulcie. But who’s the third person, the one who’s been torn out of the picture?

Ali figures she’ll find out while she’s vacationing in Maine with Dulcie and her four-year-old daughter, Emma, in the house where Ali’s mother’s
Hardcover, 187 pages
Published May 21st 2007 by Clarion Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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jenna I read this book when I was in forth grade, and I loved it. I actually got the book in my classroom. This was the first book I read on my own and Sinc…moreI read this book when I was in forth grade, and I loved it. I actually got the book in my classroom. This was the first book I read on my own and Since then I loved books. After years I still remember quite a bit of the book, and the ending.

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Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“The lake's deep...and dark...and dangerous.”

You can find this review and all of my other reviews at Novel Descent Thanks for the support!

I originally rated this three stars but after rowing it over in my mind I had to drop this one down to one star. There was some very problematic issues with the characters and there was one sentence in the book that made my mouth drop, due to racism.

Deep and Dark and Dangerous is about a young girl who is 13 who goes to stay with her aunt and her
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is very good it is more like a mystery and a ghost story if you want to read it CHECK IT OUT!!
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Deep and Dark and Dangerous
By: Mary Downing Hahn
Review By: Kaitlyn

Have you ever read something that was so deep and dark and dangerous, as this book, Deep and Dark and Dangerous? Author Mary Downing Hahn wrote this spectacular, wonderful, amazing ghost adventure!
Some important character is this story is:


Ali discovers an old, old photo of three little girls sitting on a bench. Ali knows one is her Aunt Dulcie and the other is her mom, but she is puzzled by the third g
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.0 Stars
This was a really good middle grade book that blended a good mystery into a horror story. I appreciated the representation of the depressed parent which is something I rarely see in stories. This is my second time reading this author and I'd definitely like to read more of her work. She is an excellent storyteller.
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It is creepy!!!!!!! But a great book about friendship and is very mystrious.
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Mar 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ages 10 to 15
Ali is invited to spend the summer at the family’s old cottage up in Maine, watching her four-year-old niece Emma for her aunt Dulcie. But Ali’s mom is dead against it, saying the lake is too dangerous, and that it’s a dark and rainy place to have a miserable summer. She refuses to talk about her own childhood there, or who the third girl in the old photo Ali finds of her mom and Dulcie as kids at the lake.
But Dulcie and Ali wear her down, and Ali goes off to Maine, where she finds her mother w
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
So Far, I've Read That A Girl Name Ali Was looking Through Her Dead Grandmas Stuff, And Found A Book To Read, She Was Flipping Through the Book And Found A Picture That Was Torn. She Saw That Her Mom Claire And Her Aunt Dulcie. She Saw A Arm Lying On Her Aunt Dulcie's Shoulder, And Wondered Who It Was. She Looked On the Back To Find Names, She Saw Her Mom's Name, Claire, Her Aunt's Name, Dulcie, And She Saw A Letter T. Like The Rest Of The Body Was Torn, The Name Was To. She Asks Her Mom Who It ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I truly loved and enjoyed this book if you are looking for a great book READ THIS!!!!!
May 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
A surprisingly disappointing entry from a normally reliable author. It seems a rewrite of a her wonderful Wait Till Helen Comes, with many of the same tropes. But the protagonist is paper-thin, nothing much to her to appeal, and the story relies on the Stupidity Plot Drive. A story that is advanced only by the hero's incapacity to think of the obvious solution is painful. It's one thing when a thirteen year-old girl lets herself be putty in a malicious eleven year-old's hands. Such things happen ...more
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
What a perfect book to read on the heels of reading Violet by Scott Thomas! This book could have easily been his inspiration behind writing Violet.

Deep and Dark and Dangerous is a middle grade ghost story. I really enjoyed the ghosty bits of this one. It's a great book for young horror lovers. I would have loved it back in my Lois Duncan days!

Unfortunately, the characters didn't always work well for me. The main character is Ali, and she often flipped from being mature to acting like a young chi
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a pretty cool book.
May 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was a wonderful story. There was so much that you could get from it. There was happiness, horror, and laughter all mixed in. Also some sadness. The creepiness of the story brought among the main suspense of the story along with the mystery of the new characters and new conflicts. During some times i felt like popping into the book and dealing with the situations myself since i felt they were not strongly dealt with although that was probably the author's point to make sure the story co ...more
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book, Deep and Dark and Dangerous is about a girl named Ali who finds an old photograph of three kids one is her mom the other is her aunt Dulcie but the third person is torn from the picture. Ali has about 2 months to figure out who the third person is because she is spending that time in a beach house her mom and aunt used to stay in when they were kids. Ali wanted to go to the beach with her aunt because she wanted to babysit her little cousin and she wanted to find out who the third per ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
This story was alright. And the moment that Sissy came into the picture, I had already figured everything out, but I read the rest of the story because...why not.

There was enough tension and darkness to make the book not be a waste of time. I wouldn't say that it was creepy, precisely, but I suppose that it had its threatening moments--such as the time when Sissy takes them on the canoe, or Ali comes across the memorial.

Emma was the best thing in the story, and sometimes proved to be even more i
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first Mary Downing Hahn book and I found it quite enjoyable! The plot line could be considered predictable (no major plot twists), though it's MG so that's not really unusual for the category. The characters were well written - the MC's situation is frustrating at many points throughout, but in the way that it's frustrating to be a 13-year-old. The story kept my interest the entire time. The audiobook narration was decent, if a bit dramatized. Definitely one to consider reading if yo ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YA book. I've now read several from this author. Love her books. They're a little on the creepy side. I think I would of been freaked out if I read this when I was a kid. ...more
Andrea Vazquez
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Deep and Dark and Dangerous is fiction and mystery is a really good book and the story takes place in Main.

The main character Ali is a young girl who lives her mom and dad but her mom has so issues she gets upset about everything and she gets this migraines and she is always locked up in her room when she has the migraines. her dad is very nice and he is a hardworking man who loves ali very much. One day when Ali was looking around in the attic she finds this old picture and she recognizes her
Lauren Vallee
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is very good, one of my new favorites. It's not a very long read, but the amount of intriguing detail makes up for its length. The main character Alison is really curious and smart, which helps her figure out exactly what she needs to know about a mystery trouble maker she runs into at her favorite cabin in the Maine woods. The best part of this book, in my opinion, is the huge plot twist. I like it because it is in the middle of the plot, and is explained very well up until the end of ...more
Abbigayle Grace
Lovely, inspiring chiller! Mary Downing Hahn is probably my favorite ghost story author :)
I thought this was a good, quick middle grades horror novel/ghost story. Was it predictable? Sure it was, but would I have loved it if I was in 4th grade or 5th grade? You bet I would have! This was the kind of thing I loved as a kid. It's a good mysterious ghost story with some dark elements that isn't too scary but just spooky enough. ...more
This was a darkly chilling ghost story that would be perfect to read during a cold, rainy evening in Maine. You can see trademarks that MDH has used in other books: cemeteries, ghost children, dolls... but this book was still enjoyable to read.
Kelli Green
Jun 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I read it to my middle school class and though we very quickly (as in the first couple of chapters) figured out what most of the "twist" would be, we still kept reading to see how it would all play out. We really enjoyed it, except we did feel like the ending should have been a little different somehow, but hey that's life :) ...more
Margaux Collier
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Deep and Dark and Dangerous, written by Mary Downing Hahn, is set in Dull Cottage in a village. The story is about a gril named Ali who while looking through books in the attic finds a torn photograph of her aunt, Dulcie and her mother. There is a personn standing next to her mum but that part has been torn off. At the back is written Dulcie, her mum's name and a 'T'. Ali goes to Dull Cottage with her cousin Emma and her aunt Dulcie. There she meets Sissy sho is mean and spiteful and is determin ...more
Stacie N
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"That lake is deep and dark and dangerous..."

Suspenseful and eerie, Deep and Dark and Dangerous will surely leave you on edge.
Thirteen year old Ali finds an old photo of her mother, Claire, and Aunt Dulcie at Gull Cottage, their lake house...but there's another girl in the photo that was ripped out, merely left with the letter "T". Dulcie and Claire act like there never was a "T", but Ali knows something's up, so when overprotective Claire finally allows Ali to go to Gull Cottage with Dulcie
Bridgette Ramsey
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 y
Jiayun Chen
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book, I founded on the store bookshelf, I was on sale and it was a horror story, thus I brought it. Ali, a girl who had a huge curiosity of figuring out the secret behind the ripped photo. This was a secret her mother and aunt both hold, they were taking a photo with this other girl. T…? Determined to know Ali risk her life by going to this place where her mother and her aunt used to visit when they are kids. Two months was all she had, to figure out the third person in the photo. Before s ...more
Amber J
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children 10-15. Lovers of horror, ghost stories, happy endings.

13 year old Ali has been invited by her aunt to spend the summer with her and her 5 year old daughter Emma at a cottage by a lake in Maine. Although her mother is reluctant to let her go, she eventually agrees. Ali keeps finding evidence of a little girl who was most likely her mom and aunt's friend and the only hint to her name is T from a torn photograph. But when she asks her mom and then her aunt about her. They both claim to have no memory of another girl. But Ali suspects they may not be

Samantha O
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this fabulous book. Out of a one through a ten, I would definetly give it a ten! It's about a girl named Ali, she finds a book in the attic and a picture falls out. The picture is torn and she realized that thiat is her mom and her aunt, but there is someone else she cant make out beacuse that piece is torn off. She turns the picture around and it says her moms name and her aunts name, and the torn part just says T. She know there was someone else there with them so when ...more
Oct 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story, by author Mary Downing Hahn, is a supernatural thriller that you may not want to read while you're alone... because if you do you'll probably just fall asleep.

Ali and Emma are two young cousins who are going to spend the summer together in their moms' old cabin in the mountains of Maine. Emma's mother, Dulcie, is the sister of Ali's mother, Claire. Dulcie is an artist who's seeking solitude from big city life so she can concentrate on her paintings. S
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