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Down the Rabbit Hole

(Echo Falls #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,954 ratings  ·  838 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
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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 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
Apr 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theater, mystery
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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Lyn Hill
Stephen King called the Echo Falls series "astonishing."

While Sherlockian deduction is used to solve crimes, the normal human tendency to overlook painful emotional realities (from which Holmes also suffered) results in an atmosphere of suspense as we readers anticipate approaching disasters. In this sense, the books are richer than the original Holmes books.

These books are middle school-appropriate and adult-enjoyable. I can't wait to introduce my grandchildren to them and to re-read them mysel
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Jul 26, 2012 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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Joan
Oct 01, 2009 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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Akash Ahuja
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This was another audiobook I listened to on my drives to and from Gordon. I revisited another book from my childhood, one that I remembered having enjoyed a lot and having more or less inspired some of the quirks in my personality. Peter Abrahams does a really good job of getting inside the mind of a 13 year old who's under a lot of pressure and stress. The family relationships were especially realistic, and the types of ideas that Ingrid comes up with are exactly what I would expect from a typi ...more
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
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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Jo
Aug 04, 2010 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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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
Kimberly
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.
Ben Schneider
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Charming, adorable. Just excellent.
Jess
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-school
I read this a year ago and I honestly can’t remember anything about it and now it’s my summer reading book. So I’ll just have to read it all over again. Way to go me and my horrible memory
Becky
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great weekend read! I almost figured out who did it, but this story had a cool twist in the end. Some laugh out loud stuff included, along with relatable, likable characters that kept the story moving. Can't wait to read the other two books in this series!
Dayna McManners
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to thank my brother for introducing me to this book. Cover to cover, it was a delight to read. The characters were so well written and likable. The story unfolded at a perfect pace and left no questions unanswered. I will definitely be reading the rest of the Echo Falls series.
Taylor
May 08, 2018 added it
i loved this book i like the ending and you would never suspect who the murderer is until the very end of the book
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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Stacy Fetters
Sep 28, 2016 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!
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
Rage
Jul 26, 2016 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
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Bailey
Nov 28, 2016 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
Michael
May 10, 2009 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.
Monica
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Great mystery for sixth graders! Strong female character.
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Down the Rabbit Hole has an interesting premise but recycles the same overused ideas and concepts without adding anything new or innovative.
Dolly
interesting quotes:

"Maybe everything human could be subjective and nothing could be known for sure.
Isabella Upton
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a great book suspenseful and funny my only problem was that it was really boring at the start but the end made up for it
Anthony Policastro
In Peter Abrahams’s novel, Down The Rabbit Hole, you will be pleasantly surprised by the way the author skillfully builds suspense in this American cozy. Growing up in what appears to be a typical middle-class environment, Ingrid Levin-Hill is thirteen years old, lives at 99 Maple Lane, in Echo Falls, Connecticut, attends Ferrand Middle School, and is on track to attend an Ivy League college, like Princeton, presumably, if she can keep up her grades in math – Algebra 2. She wears braces on her t ...more
Jess
Oct 25, 2009 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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Terry
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cdcs-young-adult
Stephen King was right--I couldn't put this book down! Next to Harry Potter, this is probably the best "young adult" lit I've read. I say that in quotes because, like Harry Potter, this book is so much more than a young adult novel. It's like a good film that works on multiple levels by not being condescending to the kid audience, but with enough hidden references for the adult one (and not obnoxiously done like in the latter Shrek movies; no, the references here are to icons like Ingrid Bergman ...more
jennifer
Sep 29, 2012 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
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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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