Down the Rabbit Hole
How do you solve a murder mystery all on your own, without much help, even from the police? Well, meet Ingrid, a girl who is determined to get to the bottom of a mystery. Ingrid stars in Down the Rabbit Hole which is an exciting, surprising, and a suspenseful mystery written novel by Peter Abrahams.
Ingrid Levin-Hill is a thirteen year old girl who lives in Echo Falls, a town that is a quiet, and there are no crimes. One day when Ingrid doesn't get picked up from her orthodontic appointment, she wanders around town to quickly get to her soccer practice, and meets Cracked-Up Katie, an elder who is willing to get her a taxi ride back to her house. But just when you least expect it, Cracked-Up Katie suddenly dies in her home, and Ingrid realizes that she left her red soccer cleats in Katie's house. When she goes out in the middle of the night to get them, she gets a lot more clues about the mystery. Soon, Ingrid realizes that she must solve the mystery all on her own, even though she's really busy with schoolwork, soccer and acting. If she doesn't solve the mystery, it might be too late, and something could go terribly wrong
There are many things a book needs to make a unique story. For one thing, a book needs steady pacing. Down the Rabbit Hole is a great example for that. In the beginning of the book, the pacing is really fast, but the author gets right to the point. In the middle of the book, the pacing slows down quite a bit, but it has a lot of clues along the way to help you solve the rest of the mystery. At the end of the book, I think that the pacing becomes steadier and it's not too slow or fast. For example, you first find out about the murder on page thirty-eight, and the book is about four hundred pages long. That shows you how fast the pacing of the beginning of the book is.
Another thing that the author Peter Abrahams is brilliant at is making unique characters. What makes his characters so enjoyable is that they're very believable, because none of them are perfect. Every single character in the book has some special qualities and flaws to make them realistic. For example, Ingrid's brother, Ty is an excellent football player, but sometimes he can make really terrible choices in his life. One time Ingrid even caught him doing something illegal during the night! The main character in the book is Ingrid. She's a teenager whose idol is Sherlock Holmes and her passions are soccer and acting. Another character that you'll meet along the way is Nigel. He's a really essential character in the book, and he actually turns out to be a really big help in solving the mystery. Who knew a dog could be so helpful?
There are many suspenseful and appealing parts in the book. My absolute favourite part is the ending. It's very surprising, it definitely fit the book, and best of all,
It was very unpredictable. As you read the book, you're certain that you know who committed the crime, but when you finish the book, it turns out that you were way off. Other parts of the book that I also enjoy are the chases, because they're filled with action, and there isn't much of that in other parts in the book. One thing that Peter Abrahams is an expert at is making thrilling cliffhangers. They leave you in a lot of suspense, and you most certainly won't be able to put the book down once you start reading Down the Rabbit Hole.
Probably the most important things that a book needs are the themes. Peter Abrahams has added a lot of them in his book, and one major theme is to stick with your dreams and passions. Ingrid learns this when she is auditioning for the play of Alice in Wonderland, and she was most certain that another girl auditioning would get the park, but because she stuck with her dreams, she got the part as the main character. Another major theme is that you should always believe in yourself. Ingrid learned this lesson when she was going to get her soccer cleats. She was very confident, and she believed that she could do it. In the end, she got a lot more clues to the mystery, all because she wasn't scared.
Down the Rabbit Hole is probably my all-time favourite book. I especially like it because of all the suspense and surprises. This book is aimed for kids from the ages of ten to fourteen, and I especially recommend this book to all mystery lovers!