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Into the Dark

(Echo Falls #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,591 ratings  ·  153 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: ya, fun, 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
Dayna McManners
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite of the series. All of these books are so much fun to read. Now that I’m finished, I’m really going to miss reading about these characters. While it’s hard to believe that a middle schooler can find herself in the center of all these mysteries, Ingrid is so much like a typical kid in every other way that it makes it feel somewhat plausible.
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
Claudia Harrington
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
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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.
May 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Stopped reading bad language- shocked me as it is a you teen novel.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: discontinued
Too boring.
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.

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Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
Sidharthan Kannan
For a kid's detective novel, this book is surprisingly very realistic. The characters remain kids and aren't these precocious youngsters who can get anything done with their go-getter attitude. They are just flawed normal kids who make mistakes all the time and face the consequences of these mistakes too.

Along with the main murder mystery, this book is also about the pains of growing up. Ingrid's internal life is rich and feels very relatable. We can understand what she is going through and empa
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
Kate Tcherepov
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Into the Dark by Peter Abrahams is a mystery and fantasy novel about a girl named Ingrid. She has big family issues, her grandfather is about to lose his farm meanwhile her parents do not get along. What I like about the book is that they change up the plot to mystery because Ingrid and her friend found a dead body lying in the snow. This book is interesting because it focuses on different things throughout the story like it doesn't only focus on the dead body they found which is mystery. It als ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In what I think is the final installment of the Echo Falls mysteries, Ingrid's Grampy is charged with murder and is sitting in jail unwilling to offer the evidence that will prove his innocence. In addition Nigel, Ingrid's beloved companion, runs away and can't be found. Her parents are on their way to a divorce and Ingrid can't figure out how to help all of those she loves. But in true Sherlock Holmes fashion, she begins her own investigation since everyone else seems to believe her Grampy is g ...more
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.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good book, although i has worked out who it was quite early in there where a lot of factors that made me think that I was wrong so I liked that aspect of it. I liked the characters and would like too see more from them
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, ya
Fab series. Gutted there aren't anymore!
Massanutten Regional Library
Robin, North River patron, June 2017, 4 stars:

A fun read written from the perspective of a 13 year old girl.
Probably my favorite of the entire series; I'd actually like to see another book about Ingrid, Nigel, and Grampy.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A lot more far-fetched than the first two books. Still an entertaining listen (audiobook) for all in the van.
Elisha Hollis
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am endlessly sad that there aren’t more of these books for me to read.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed all three of these. I did live down the rabbit hole. I felt like I was slipping down the hole also. These are not to be missed.
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying ending to a mystery trilogy featuring young sleuth Ingrid who learns more about her Grampy in this entry.
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, & starr ...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
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
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.

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
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
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 characte ...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.

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