Sunday, August 9, 2009

Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn

Publisher: Clarion, 2007
Pages: 187
ISBN: 978-0-618-66545-7
Source: My purchase

While looking for a book to read, Ali finds an old photograph of her mother and aunt. The strange thing is the picture has the arm of another girl but nothing else. That section has been torn away. When she asks her mother about the picture she behaves strangely. Showing the photo to her father he informs Ali that her mother and aunt used to spend their summers at Sycamore Lake and they still own the cabin there. He suggests they spend some time there over the summer. Her mother refuses and suddenly gets one of her headaches. Then her Aunt Dulcie and niece Emma show up and inform them that they are going to fix up the cabin so she can work on her art and prepare for a showing. She wants to take Ali with her to act as a babysitter. Her mother is outraged but finally gives in. What is it that has her so upset? Why does she not want to go back to the cabin? Who is the mysterious girl missing from the picture? The answers to all of these questions will have to be answered by Ali as she spends her summer at the cabin. This was another one of Mary Downing Hahn's great ghost stories. This one didn't creep me out as much as a lot of her books do but it still gave me goosebumps at times. I gave this one a rating of 5 out of 5

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