I’ve come to The Echo Falls series rather late – I believe the first one was published in 2005 – but the first three books have just turned up in my local independent bookshop with new jackets from Walker Books and a quote from Stephen King…and I was tempted.
King says “I couldn’t put it down…I’m hooked on Echo Falls.” And he was right!
Echo Falls is the town where 13 year old Ingrid Levin-Hill lives. She is an avid reader of Sherlock Holmes, loves soccer and is a budding actress. However one soccer training evening Ingrid takes a wrong turn, ends up in the wrong end of town at the wrong time and witnesses a murder (well, almost).
Things quickly get curiouser and curiouser as the local sheriff starts asking awkward questions, the director of the local play has a sudden accident, her parents start arguing, the wrong person gets arrested and Joey, a boy from school, starts calling her for a chat.
The mystery is not that hard to solve, but Ingrid is a delight and since the whole thing centres around her, it works. And works well.
If you like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden style mystery series, then Down the Rabbit Hole is for you.
Excellent for mature 10+ readers
When Ingrid accidentally leaves her favourite football sneakers at a murder scene, she is sucked into a mysterious case. It’s all her fault that the police are on the wrong track, so Ingrid swears to hunt down Cracked-up Katie’s killer herself.
But Ingrid’s life is full of distractions: Joey, the son of the local police chief; portraying Alice in the Prescott Players’ new production; not failing maths… When the clues lead her to the new member of the theatre group, Vincent, she doesn’t realize the danger until it’s too late – and suddenly she’s battling for her life, about to be pushed over the edge of Echo Falls…