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Into the Dark (Echo Falls #3)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  1,513 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
In Echo Falls, secrets buried in the past don't always stay there.

In the third book in the Edgar Award–nominated and national bestselling Echo Falls series, Peter Abrahams's talent for building suspense shines as Ingrid embarks on her most harrowing adventure yet. Perfect for middle schoolers looking for a good mystery.

An idyllic day of snowshoeing on Grampy's land with th
Hardcover, First Edition, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Laura Geringer Books (first published March 25th 2008)
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Jan 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teen mystery fans
Shelves: fun, ya, mystery
The third installment in the Echo Falls series finds our Ingrid, enduring what must be the longest winter in history. (I'm pretty sure it was winter for at least part of the second book.) We find out in this book that only a few months have passed since the first book. But I suppose that makes sense if Abrahams wants to keep Ingrid at a good beginner detective level for a long series. I wasn't quite as enamored with this story. Ingrid didn't seem quite as on the ball as she normally is. Obvious ...more
This wasn't as painful as the last book. Yeah, that's how I feel about this series. It's not technical details--though some of the similes are a little distracting--but the characters. They fail to grip, which makes it harder for this thriller to thrill.
Ingrid, the little *dear,* is less annoying this round, mainly because the plot isn't so transparent, letting her not be too stupid. This time she's trying to prove that her beloved Grampy didn't murder someone.
The problem was, I thought he di
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and yet I hated it I kind of had mixed feelings about it. This book was one of those "it is such a good book I can't put it down." Although every chapter left me at a cliffhanger and I only had a small amount of time to read so I couldn't read all of each chapter at one time. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, suspense, romance, and who has enough time to read it in just a couple of nights. The book was about Ingrid and how she discovers how someone killed ...more
Saloni More
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Ingrid Levin-Hill goes snowshoeing with Joey Strade, the pair find a dead body in the snow. This discovery leads to a chain of events resulting in Grampy being arrested. Ingrid knows her grandfather is innocent. All the teenage sleuth has to do is gather enough evidence to clear her name.

Spoilers ahead.
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Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Review Into The Dark
The book that I chose to review is Into The Dark, by Peter Abrahams. I read this book because when I was picking my book out from the library, I saw that the genre of the book was mystery. I haven’t read too many mysteries, but this one looked very interesting. This book exceeded my expectations and was actually very hard to put down. Every page was full of mystery and it was like stepping into detectives shoes. I didn't have any initial connections to this book because
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really don't want to put 4 stars because I really do love the world of Echo Falls but 2 things irked me. Firstly, the mystery was easy to figure out based on one obvious sentence which was really annoying! For once it would be nice if Abrahams didn't lay everything out straight away and actually let the reader guess a little! Secondly, the ending was wrapped up too quickly from the exciting conflict at the end. I felt there were a lot of threads left unanswered which I won't mention here due t ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
"Into the Dark" by Peter Abrahams is the third in a series of YA mysteries with 13-year-old sleuth Ingrid. The three adventures occur only months apart in the series' universe. Once again the plot is muddy and involves something like a conspiracy involving Ingrid's grand father. And, Ingrid sort of solves the mystery. But, it is all a bit confusing as it involves long ago war secrets and present day financially nefarious real estate deals. A bit weird. Still it is entertaining.
P.K. Burian
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Peter Abrahams is such a great writer. I love the Echo Falls series. He brings the characters alive on the page. I have read and reread this series several times. I rarely do that with any author.
Kari Flowers
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Ingrid. I love Grampy. I love her mother’s poetry tick and Joey’s tinkering. The characters captured me from the start (many, many years ago) and now I’m just along for the ride, hoping there is more to come.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: discontinued
Too boring.
Massanutten Regional Library
Robin, North River patron, June 2017, 4 stars:

A fun read written from the perspective of a 13 year old girl.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, ya
Fab series. Gutted there aren't anymore!
Probably my favorite of the entire series; I'd actually like to see another book about Ingrid, Nigel, and Grampy.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is currently the last book in this series, & it was written in 2009. The author has written some other books in the meantime, but I've got to say that I'm hoping this isn't the last we hear from intrepid, Sherlock Holmes-loving eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill. She's a great character who manages to deal effectively with a normal (i.e., less than perfect) home life while also getting through school, hanging out with her best friend & boy-who-may-be-more-than-a-friend, playing soccer, ...more
Apple84 Wylie
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Into the Dark is classified as a young adult fiction read. I do have to agree with that classification. Just because its a young adult fiction novel doesn't mean you cannot enjoy it. It is also the third in a series of mysteries. I had not read the previous two mysteries in the series and still have not read them, let me just tell you that you do not need to read them in order to pick up on the series in this installment. There are a few mentions of previous mysteries during the book but nothing ...more
Mark Soone
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved just about everything Abrahams has written, and this series has fast become one of my favorite teen/YA type reads...and this book IMHO is the finest of the series. It was written in 2008, and unfortunately a 4th book has not come out yet..I can only hope that Abrahams has plans to continue this series. It is refreshing to read this type of story, with no dystopinan enviorment, no paranormal abilities..just normal people in a normal world being thrust into extroidinary situations.

Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Gah! Let's hope that after Ingrid puts the bad guys away in this one her life doesn't go back to normal. I mean, yikes! Can you imagine an end to the Echo Falls series? Me neither.

If you’ve been patiently waiting the last two books for more bio on Ingrid’s Grampy then your waiting has finally paid off. Hear all about his war exploits, his mysterious doctor visit from Behind the Curtain, and his enemies. That’s right—this particular Echo Falls mystery is centered around Grampy.

Ingrid and her frie
Karen Ball
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ingrid Levin-Hill is back, and she's playing Gretel in the local theater's production of Hansel and Gretel. The play's not the only place where danger lurks in the woods, though. One of the more obnoxious local conservation agents is found murdered on Grampy's farm, and Grampy gets arrested and charged with the crime. Grampy absolutely refuses to give an alibi, and refuses to cooperate with the sheriff, so it's up to Ingrid to try to piece together where Grampy was, and what happened to the con ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teen mystery fans
Shelves: mysteries, youngadult
I love this clever mystery series with its ongoing backstory and allusions to Sherlock Holmes, classic children's stories, and even Dickens! They feature the ongoing investigations of Ingrid Levin-Hill, Sherlock Holmes fan, middle-school algebra hater, and star of the latest production being put on by the town playhouse, Hansel and Gretel.
While out snowshoeing with her friend Joey, son of police chief Strade, they find the body of a man shot to death on the property of Ingrid's grandfather. Ingr
Alison C
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Into the Dark, by Peter Abrahams, is the third installment in his Echo Falls YA mystery series. This time, young Ingrid finds that she has landed the role of Gretel in the community theatre's upcoming production of "Hansel and Gretel." At the same time, she's hanging out more with Grampy, her (to put it mildly) crusty grandfather, and her friend Joey with whom she goes snow-shoeing and almost shares a kiss. Things at home are not going too well, what with Dad rushing off to the office at all hou ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
These are absolutely wonderful mysteries for both children and adults! The writing style is new and refreshing, and the plot twists and turns so much that it leaves you guessing until you read the last sentence. It is extremely hard to tell who the culprit is, or even where the mystery will end up as new obstacles are placed at every curve. Ingrid is an amazing character all by herself. She is smart, witty, and intuitive. While she may not be "laugh out loud" funny like many other teen character ...more
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Echo Falls books comprise a really wonderful YA mystery series. I absolutely loved the first two books; the third was an entertaining read as well but with much darker elements and a more predictable solution to the crime (yes, I realize the main character is an eighth-grader). As young adults tend to gravitate toward books featuring main characters who are about their age or a couple of years older than they, I wonder what kind of audience this series sees besides my fellow obsessed-with-YA ...more
Kylie Thomas
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book by Peter Abrahams is about the main character, Ingrid, who likes mysteries, tries to figure out where her grandfather was on the day of a murder in order to prove his innocence. Her grandfather was not home when a man was found dead on his property, but he refused to tell where he was.This book was very good, and it was intense, so when I would read a chapter or two, it was hard to put it down and go to bed, so I ended up reading it late into the night.

I would recommend it to any one
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant new case for the intrepid Ingrid Levin-Hill.
This time involving a member of her own family as the chief suspect of a cold blooded murder!
When an official inspector turns up on the land of her grampy's farm he is instantly sent off with a flea in his ear.
But then on a snowy day Ingrid and her friend Joey go for a walk in the woods using their new snowshoes and discover a dead body in the snow and its none other than her grampy's official visitor!
Suspicion instantly falls on grampy and
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I think the audio version affected my perspective of the book. I was annoyed that at times, Ingrid seemed to react or say things in a manner much younger than her 13 years. The main antagonists were not as well imagined as previous books, seeming to be stereotypes or parodies. That said, the book tied up a lot of loose ends that had been building in the background, and created an interesting plot. I figured out several of the twists long before Ingrid did, but it was fun seeing her assemble the ...more
Sarah Wilbern
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642-2
Abrahams, P. (2008). Into The Dark. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
Fiction Choice: Mystery
Agatha Award Nominee for best childrens young adult (2008).

Ingrid was a normal teenager growing up in Echo Falls. Until one day a land conservatist was murdered on her grandfathers property. Ingrid and her friend were the one's who found the body. Everyone in town questioned the grandfather and Ingrid about the murder. Ingrid knew her grandfather wasn't the one who killed the man. Ingrid did her best i
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
13 year-old Ingrid is snowshoeing through the woods of Echo Falls with her boyfriend when they find the local conservation agent whose been missing. He'd been making problems for Ingrid's grandfather, and Grampy had threatened the agent, whose body is now lying on Grampy's land. Ingrid wants to prove her grandfather didn't murder the agent, but Grampy's lousy personality makes it difficult to believe he isn't involved.

This book does get into darker territory with a break in the family, tales of
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, ya
Ingrid, Ty, Joey, Nigel, and Grampy are back for the third book in the Echo Falls series. Small disturbances begin popping up in Ingrid's normally routine life. Grampy seems to be more forgetful and sleeping more, Mia has seemed out of the loop, Dad is in a mysteriously good mood, and Joey has been hanging around much more often. All of these innocent events begin looking like clues when Ingrid stumbles onto a dead body hidden in the snow. Can Ingrid get it together and solve the murder before h ...more
May 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
The best of the three Echo Falls books.

This book endeared itself to me right away by explaining the meaning of begs the question, something the youth of America should be exposed to early and often.

Character-wise, as the adults around her disappoint, Ingrid is forced to grow up. This books focuses largely on Ingrid and Grampy's relationship. Grampy is consistently the most entertaining character in the series.

Mystery-wise this installment suffers the same flaw as the other two. Just because a
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