Reviews for Into the Dark


Booklist Reviews 2008 May #1
Abrahams continues his Echo Falls series with this tale that features intergenerational history and tension, a mysterious Indian trail in a forest, and, once again, intrepid ninth-grade sleuth Ingrid Levin-Hill. Ingrid's grandfather, a World War II veteran, has been locked in a land dispute with the Department of Conservation for years. After Ingrid witnesses an especially nasty altercation between Grandpa (who brandishes a shotgun) and some agents, one of the agents disappears. When Ingrid and her pal/sidekick Joey Strade discover the agent's body, Ingrid can't help wondering if  Grandpa could be a killer. Adult readers may be appalled by the scene in which Ingrid takes out and handles the guns left in Grandpa's unlocked broom closet (and long segments following Ingrid at school tend to slow things down). But Abrahams does a good job sustaining tension throughout, and readers who liked previous books in the series will welcome this one. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2008 March #1
In the third title in the Echo Falls Mystery series, intrepid 13-year-old sleuth Ingrid Levin-Hill grapples with not only a mystery but a family crisis: Her beloved Grampy is accused of murdering the local conservation agent, and there's strong circumstantial evidence against him. Things aren't helped by his secretiveness about personal business and his refusal to discuss secrets from the past that could exonerate him. In her own slow but steady way, Ingrid eventually unmasks the killer and uncovers Grampy's--and some townspeople's--secrets, some hidden for decades. The hallmark of this series is the author's revealing of clues to readers ahead of Ingrid. This is fun, but it can be a flaw, too, because readers paying attention figure out some details before Ingrid does so that some of her epiphanies aren't surprises. There's some excitement and enjoyment with the mystery and the growing bond between Ingrid and crush Joey, but this installment seems tired, especially compared with Down the Rabbit Hole (2005), the first and best in the series. (Fiction. 10-13) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 March

Gr 5-8-- When an environmental agent is murdered on her grandfather's farm, Ingrid Levin-Hill, 13, is again cast in the role of detective. Her grandfather is the primary suspect, but she knows that honorable, independent, and sometimes cranky Grampy could not have committed the crime. So why does he refuse to give an alibi? From the outset Major Ferrand seems a much more likely suspect. He also is a World War II veteran and the town newspaper is about to present a series of articles featuring the three men from Echo Falls who served in the war. Alymer Hill refuses to offer an alibi for his whereabouts at the time of the shooting (the killer using coincidentally a World War II issue rifle). The story is accessible, and Ingrid's ability to not only think through the crime but also solve it is impressive. There's suspense, as Ingrid is captured by the murderer during her investigation, and a fire that also puts her life in danger. Additional appeal comes from Ingrid's friendship with the sheriff's son and her relationship with her brother and grandfather.--Sheila Fiscus, Our Lady of Peace School, Erie, PA

[Page 193]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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VOYA Reviews 2007 December
Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her Sherlock Holmes detective skills to prove that her grandfather (Grampy/Aylmer Hill) did not murder Conservation Agent Thatcher with his World War II Springfield sniper rifle. Finding a New York City Mercy Hospital parking ticket in Grampy's pocket, Ingrid investigates and discovers that Grampy has cancer, and his hospitalization is his alibi. Grampy, determined to finally "set the record straight" about what happened on Corregidor and Bataan, planned to reveal that Cyrus Ferrand had taken Grampy's weapon and then deserted his own soldiers. In attempting to silence Aylmer Hill, Ferrand shot Thatcher by mistake. Realizing that Ingrid knows too much, Ferrand pursues her by snowmobile, injures Ingrid's father, and then crashes through the ice and dies. Ingrid is shaken up, but Grampy is exonerated. Readers certainly will anticipate the next installment to see how Grampy and Ingrid's family fares. This third installment of the enjoyable Echo Falls mysteries reaffirms the series' quality. Grampy's World War II experiences are woven seamlessly into the narration and might stimulate additional reading. The clues-the parking ticket and the similarities between Grampy and Agent Thatcher-are subtle. Readers will love the harrowing snowmobile chase and the hint of romance between Ingrid and Joey. But best of all, Ingrid confronts common teen concerns in a grandparent's illness and parents' marital problems, which have no quick answers. Ingrid realistically deduces that time will help provide solutions.-Barbara Johnston PLB $16.89. ISBN 978-0-06-073709-2. 4Q 4P M J Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.

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