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Deep and Dark and Dangerous (A Ghost Story)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  15,644 ratings  ·  1,885 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…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 little c
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
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It is creepy!!!!!!! But a great book about friendship and is very mystrious.
L.E. Fidler
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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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Emily Shepard
Thirteen year old Ali wants so badly to go to Maine for the summer. But her mother wanted her to be as far away from her families cottage in Maine as she possibly could. With lots of pleading from Alis' young cousin, Emma, and her Aunt Dulcie her mother reluctantly agreed. Ali was looking forward to spending the summer away from home and working for her aunt as Emma's babysitter. When they arrive everything was just as Aunt Dulcie had remembered, except for the name Teresa. Th
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Deep Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn is an excellent book if you're interested in paranormal books! It all started when the main character Ali was looking through her mom's old photographs. She finds a photo of her mother and siblings but then notices, there is someone ripped out of the photo. When Ali asks her mom, her mom acts as if she doesn't know what she's talking about. That summer Ali goes to the lake to spend the summer with her aunt and her cousin. This is the same lake her mom ...more
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I choose to read this book because the cover had a interesting picture on the front and it looked misterious and full of mysteries. This book is fiction. It takes place at a lake house. The main character is Ali she is thirteen and she is curious and likes to read and misterious. Ali goes to her mom her sisters lake house that went to all the time when they were kids to watch over Dulcies daughter Emma and Emma starts having these dreams that she see bones at the bottom of the lake. Then they me ...more
Vision capone paul
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
the book is very spooky. it makes you want to keep reading just from the first chapter. you never know when the girls comes back , theres alot of questions such as to where the little girl lives and where she is from? the cut out pictuere in the begining makes you vthink where did the little girl go in the piture and what is those two letters on the back? i enjoyed it very well. alot of stuf in the book captured my attention such the missing person in the picture and the lake. of course i would ...more
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book because it looked like I would like it. I think the book fiction. It took place at a cottage and by a lake. The main character is Ali she is about the age 13. She helps her aunt out by baby sitting her niece. Her mom and she are different but when her mom was about her age she used to be the same as Ali. Ali met sissy and does not like her because she thinks she’s a bad influence on Emma. Since sissy came around Ali and Emma have not been that close. The plot summary is that A ...more
Chloe O'neal
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ali a thirteen year old girl went to stay with her aunt, Dulcie and cousin Emma. Emma is a very sweet girl until she met her first "friend" named Sissy, who is really mean and not exactly living. The house in the lake they are staying at is the same as Dulcie and Ali's mom, Claire. Claire is really depressed and scared of water. While Ali was looking through the house at the lake she foun pictures with a person tore out of it but part of the name was still there, a T. She found board games with ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This was fantastic! Very suspenseful and captivating. Great story line and excellent writing.
Jodi Meadows
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twelve-year-old Jodi would have LOVED this book.
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