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The trial is for murder. Ann Rice is dead. Her best friend, Sharon McKay, stands accused. But there is no body. And the three witnesses to the crime only heard what happened, and did not see it. Nevertheless, the prosecution is almost certain of victory. Ann was alone in the dark with Sharon on top of the cliff when Ann fell the 500 feet into the torrential river that claiThe trial is for murder. Ann Rice is dead. Her best friend, Sharon McKay, stands accused. But there is no body. And the three witnesses to the crime only heard what happened, and did not see it. Nevertheless, the prosecution is almost certain of victory. Ann was alone in the dark with Sharon on top of the cliff when Ann fell the 500 feet into the torrential river that claimed her life. There was only one route leading to the cliff, and all the witnesses can remember hearing the girls arguing before the fall occurred. Sharon's only defense is that Ann committed suicide. But everyone who knew Ann, including Sharon, said she was not the suicidal type.And they were right.Ann was much more than suicidal.She was obsessed....

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ISBN : 9780671009847
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Number of Pages : 213 Pages
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Fall Into Darkness Reviews

  • Bobby Underwood
    2018-12-01 20:14

    “You five made an interesting group. I wonder if you knew who loved who. Or who loved what.” — Attorney John Richmond to Sharon McKayThis is so good it’s difficult to know where to begin. Christopher Pike wrote this in 1990 and I have no qualms about calling this a young adult classic. Even that seems a slight, because Fall into Darkness is so entertaining, so enthralling, perhaps the term classic shouldn’t be prefaced by the young adult label. This is really that good, I kid you not.In many ways, this plays out like a very old soft noir, black and white drama from the Golden Age of film. The only difference is that here, the setting is updated, and the characters are younger, just on the cusp of real adulthood — if they survive. Fall into Darkness begins with a bang, with Sharon McKay on trial for the murder of her best friend, Ann Rice. Sharon is poor but talented, so talented musically that she has been accepted to Juilliard. Ann was the beautiful and rich one. If you think you already see where this one is headed, boy are you wrong.The “witnesses” are all friends of the girls in one way or another. Most attended Wonderwood High together in Utah. True to life at this age, romances and loyalties are fluid among the friends, and also true to life at their age, they often blame Heaven for woes they’ve brought upon themselves by their own actions. When Pike wrote for this particular age group, he always seemed to be writing for the slightly smarter, slightly more “experienced” teenagers, and it gives his characters a bit of bite, and realism. When they do stupid things, it’s because that’s how they would really act in a particular situation, and it rings true.The narrative is mesmerizing, floating back and forth between the trial, and Sharon’s memories of everything that led up to the event in question. Though on trial for a murder she didn’t commit, everyone saw Ann and Sharon go for a walk near the cliffs. But it’s what everyone heard that is at the root of the murder charge, since Ann’s body has not been found. Ann screamed “Don’t!” and then she was gone. But what really happened, and why?I really need to tiptoe around all the secrets slowly revealed as Sharon’s suave and astute attorney, John Richmond, — who may want a little more in “payment” than Sharon has planned — questions the young men about what happened, about the history of the girls in relation to the boys, and about the suicide of Ann’s brother. It is obvious to the reader that Richmond has figured out what happened, and has a plan to get at the truth. But even if he does get an acquittal for Sharon, is that the end, the real truth?I wish I could say more, but this one has more than one twist, including some unexpected violence, and an ending that’s so, so…Well, you’ll have to read it to believe it. I can’t recall the last time I couldn’t put a book down, no matter how good. This one had me up half the night because I had to know how it all ended. Fall into Darkness has a page-turning narrative and terrific movement. The characters are written as real young adults of the time, giving this an edge. Everything about this courtroom thriller filled with flashbacks is top-tier. Loved this, and can’t imagine anyone not loving it. Highly recommended.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2018-11-28 22:21

    Another relatively strong mystery from Christopher Pike. He was excellent at mixing thriller with whodunnit stories. This one wasn't as good as the one I read before it, but still worked by starting with a trial and then flipping back and forth between that and the backstory. At first I was worried it wouldn't work, but it actually did. The motive was a bit weak, really, and the mystery didn't hold strong long since the author explained it by mid book. The point was mainly seeing the trial unfold, be discovered, and the events which followed afterward. I especially loved the bizarre lawyer as a character. Not conventional, but fun. The heroine with her addiction to music wasn't fully fleshed out, but she worked well for what she needed to be in the story. The baddies had weak motives that only work so far. This is more of a plot-drive tale than a character-enriched one, as in standard with most mysteries and YA.Easy to get into, hard to put down, but not particularly nail-biting with tension, suspense, or intrigue. When reading the book it's enjoyable, yet won't be something you'll remember much a year after reading it. Pike is an excellent author who has written a good book here, but if you looked at his other library of offerings, you'd be more impressed.

  • Kate
    2018-12-06 02:13

    I'm not sure why I hadn't already put this on my 1993-1997 read shelf, because as soon as I started reading I remembered this book. This will be a lot spoiler-y, given the scant description of the plot on the back of the book.A summary of the plot based on the back of the book: Sharon stands accused of murder. While on a camping trip, she and her best friend Ann hiked to the top of a cliff. Their friends heard Ann scream "Don't" and heard her screams as she fell over the side of the cliff, but her body was never found. No one, not even Sharon, thinks Ann was suicidal, so that leaves Sharon as the only suspect.Okay, so that was the PROLOGUE. Almost immediately we are taken back to Ann plotting how to frame Sharon for her murder - with a nod to Gimme a Kiss as a book Ann read which gave her this idea. Why does Ann want to make Sharon suffer? It's all because of her brother Jerry's suicide a year ago. Jerry had liked Sharon, and all he left behind was a note that says, "I loved her." Ann believes Sharon was the reason.Ann gives boyfriend Paul her villain monologue about how she is going to attach a rope/bungee cord to a hidden harness when Sharon walks away, then jump off the cliff after screaming "Don't!" The only thing Paul needs to do is remove the pin Ann is going to place in the cliff face. It's a risky plan, and things go wrong almost immediately. She hits the side of the cliff and barely survives the fall.The novel moves back and forth between Ann's predicament and the trial, where Sharon's lawyer deftly gets Paul to admit his part in the plan. But Ann hasn't contacted him yet... so where is she? Here's where I'm going to have to block the spoilers...(view spoiler)[Ann, after falling into the river and barely making it out alive, passes out, and wakes up in a cave with Chad, the fifth wheel on this camping trip and Paul's half-brother. Now it's Chad's turn for a villain monologue. Chad had apparently always loved Ann, and wanted Ann all to himself. Chad was the one responsible for Jerry's apparent suicide, because Jerry told Chad he didn't have a chance with Ann. So Chad decided to feed Ann the idea to fake her own death which would initially be an issue for Sharon, but would eventually leave Paul as the main suspect. Then Chad would have Ann all to himself! Mwa-ha-ha!A fight ensues, but the reader is left unsure of the outcome until after Sharon is acquitted of Ann's murder. Sharon asks Chad, who she still thinks of as a nice, harmless guy, to take her back to the cliff so she can somehow find clues about what really happened to Ann. Chad leads her into the underground cave where he had taken Ann. This is where Sharon finds Ann's body, drowned in an underground pool with her throat slit (one of the details I distinctly recalled was how Ann's eyes had been eaten by the fish). She also finds a ruby ring she had given Ann, on the ground beside the pool. Sharon had bought the ring for Ann's birthday after Chad had told her Ann's birthday was a ruby. Actually ruby was Chad's birthstone, so Ann had always called it "Chad's ring." Sharon realizes that Chad was the one behind all this. As she and Chad make their way out of the underground and back up to the cliff, we hear another of Chad's villain monologues, where he reveals that not only did he kill Jerry and Ann, he also killed Ann and Jerry's mother several years ago. Sharon takes this opportunity to pull an Ann and jump off the cliff with a rope attached, and when Chad comes down after her, she manages to cut the rope so that he falls to his death below. (hide spoiler)]So... lots of twists and turns. I definitely had no clue who the real killer was. I think rock climbing is a bit more complicated than all this... honestly I have no idea how Sharon managed to do anything she did at the very end (most girls - or guys - can't climb up a rope like I can, especially not when they're hanging over the edge of a cliff). Over all, it was an interesting murder mystery even though through half the book I wasn't even sure a murder had occurred. Funny name things: seriously, Christopher Pike picks the most boring names ever. In fact, having recently read Gimme a Kiss, I noticed that a character from that book was also named Sharon. And Ann's last name was Rice. As in Ann Rice. Which made for some interesting sentences... But Paul, Chad, and Fred (who was Fred? Honestly, no one that mattered)... so cookie-cutter. And yet I know Christopher Pike is capable of naming his characters after ancient Sanskit goddesses, etc., so I am at a loss for the blandness of these characters' names.

  • Kathryn
    2018-11-23 00:28

    This is perfect Christopher Pike - well paced, intricately plotted, full of twists...and yet in the end you wonder, "Why would any of these people do any of these things in even the craziest fantasy world?" because it essentially makes no sense. Also, I would say that if a third of your book takes place in a courtroom, you should maybe do some research into what people in a courtroom might actually say. I'm not an expert in murder trials, but I'm pretty sure the lawyers don't spend the whole time yelling "Shut up!" at each other. Guess we'll find out when I frame someone for my murder by bungee jumping off a cliff, as this book has taught me is TOTALLY NORMAL AND LOGICAL. I cannot wait to read the next one of these.

  • Kris Lugosi
    2018-12-01 20:19

    It's the trial of Shannon Mckay vs the state in the death of one Anne Rice. Shannon is being accused of pushing Anne off the side of a cliff while out camping with friends. The only "ear" witness account of the incident are from her friends who heard Anne scream "DON'T" just before she went over. In FALL INTO DARKNESS, we recount the events that led up to Anne's apparent homicide. With the help of Shannon's quick witted (and questionably predator like qualities; this observation has nothing to do with the plot, he's just a bit douchey in his arrogance)lawyer, she hopes against all odds that the courts will see that Shannon had no motive or ill will towards Anne, her best friend. But exactly what Anne felt for Shannon, is not of the same affection. Desperately trying to convince, the jury, her friends, and the judge of her innocence, Shannon must put ALL the pieces together of her friendship with Anne and their past. LOVED this book too! I liked that the book goes back and forth from the perspective of Anne and Shannon as well as flash forwards to the happenings in the court room as she stands trial. PIKE is still awesome and despite these characters usually never going over the age of 18, he has a superb voice for the genre that surpasses the Young Adult subgenre.

  • Amber
    2018-11-11 20:28

    I probably read this book 20 times when I was a young teen. Christopher Pike was one of my absolute FAVORITE authors and this book was one of my all time favorites of his. I had no clue what was going to happen and couldn't figure out who the real murderer actually was. That last scene had me on pins and needles, something I always loved about his writing. SO good.

  • Alex
    2018-12-09 20:29

    I had entirely too much fun re-reading this book. I always thought Christopher Pike was a much better writer than most of the other "teen horror" authors, and that is definitely still the case. However, how did I miss the fact that this was made into a movie back in the day? I would have never known that if it wasn't for Goodreads, and now I really want to somehow track down this movie. It even features Jonathan Brandis, my childhood crush!

  • Sadie
    2018-11-22 22:05

    I was happy to reread this book for my reading challenge "a book from my childhood" category. Of all the books I read growing up Christopher Pike's thrillers stand out, Fall Into Darkness in particular. I remember where I was when I first read it and it blew me away at the time. So 5 stars then, 3 stars today. I still liked it!

  • Kara
    2018-11-21 01:31

    I read many of Christopher Pike's books when I was a teen. This is the one that sticks out in my mind the most. Christopher Pike was an author who made me want to read!! Any author who can get young people interested in reading has achieved a great feat!!!

  • Mandy
    2018-11-23 01:32

    Sharon’s life should be perfect she’s headed off to Julliard because of her piano skills next year but everything suddenly changes. Sharon heads off camping with her friends for a night a break away from the piano. Things turn bad when she takes a walk with her best friend and on the way back hears her friend scream as she goes over the cliff. Her friends hear Ann scream “Don’t” than her scream has she falls causing them to think Sharon pushed her. Sharon is the perfect suspect after all her friends heard what sounded like a fight than Ann went over the edge. Sharon knows she didn’t kill Ann but the police have another theory. Even though a body hasn’t show up it’s no surprise that they may never find it with the water below. With the help of her public defender Sharon might get off without jail time but she doesn’t understand why Ann would kill herself and frame her. Will Sharon be able to figure out what really happened? Is someone else lurking in the shadows? Right off the start my heart went out to Sharon it can’t be easy being charged with murdering you best friend. As the story progresses I felt myself connecting to her even if I didn’t always agree of her choice. I also found myself connecting with Ann she’s had a rough life, her story is tragic and I liked her. I wasn’t sure about any of the guys they frustrated me. Fall into Darkness starts when Sharon is in jail waiting for her trial and bounces back to the past the leading up to the night when Ann died. A short fast paced mystery that leaves the read on the edge of their seat till the end. As a teen Christopher Pike was my favorite author I like the hints of romance mix in with the horror, and still enjoy them as an adult. I enjoyed the story it was just like I remember when I read it years ago. After recently reading his newer books the author has only gotten better over the years as a story teller. I did enjoy Fall into Darkness the Nostalgia was an added bonus. I’m sure when I’m craving a quick mystery I’ll read this book again.

  • PurplyCookie
    2018-12-01 23:07

    "I knew your plan before you knew it. I gave it to you, Ann."What happens when revenge and obsession go hand in hand?Sharon McKay is on trial for murdering her best friend, the wealthy, beautiful Ann Rice. It's established almost immediately, however, that Sharon is innocent. A series of flashbacks seen from Ann's perspective reveals that she blames Sharon for the suicide of Ann's brother, who left a note indicating his unrequited love for Sharon. Seeking retribution, Ann concocts an elaborate scheme to frame her, and coaxes Paul, Ann's shiftless 20-year-old fiance, to help.But just when you think you have this well-written, expertly crafted mystery all figured out, along comes a startling transition that moves the story in another direction. That's how good Pike was in crafting this novel. He takes suspense and brings it to a new level. The story itself was breathtaking and the ending impeccable. Book Details: Title Fall Into DarknessAuthor Christopher PikeReviewed By Purplycookie

  • Lori Kircher
    2018-11-26 01:30

    5/5 stars. Wow, what a book! I have never read a book this fast before. I loved everything about it: the plot, characters, setting, ect. I couldn't stop reading, I had to know what happened next. The plot twist near the end was surprising. I never would have guessed it. I loved the action scenes from Ann's jump, to her chase scene with another character (I can't give it away or I'll spoil the book). The ending was hilarious and all the loose ends were wrapped up nicely. I felt really bad for Ann, she didn't deserve to die and she was set up. All she wanted was justice for her brother's death. Overall, a great book, it was a nice, fast read (only 213 pages), is a favorite of mine, I would recommend it, and I will be picking up more books by Pike in the future.

  • Marlena
    2018-12-06 22:34

    I will only list one of the numerous titles Christopher Pike has listed on goodreads and have it represent the many many of his books that I read during my middle school years. I give it a 5 to illustrate the love I had for all of his many books when I was in Middle School. I am glad to see that he is still alive, well and writing more books for the pre-teen market. It almost makes me want to read one again to see if I would be nearly as entertained now as I was what seems like so many years ago.

  • M.J. Bryson
    2018-12-07 01:24

    One of the first CP books I read- loved it- loved all of his books. They are about monsters and horrible things that the characters face- they always go somewhere unexpected. I've read a LOT of books and Christopher Pike remains one of the most unique writers out there- his style is distinctive, his plots and characters are so uniquely his! I love that! I've never read a Christopher Pike book I didn't like!

  • Tamara Vallejos
    2018-11-27 22:06

    UMMMM THIS WAS SO ENTERTAINING AND RIDICULOUS AND ACTUALLY MADE MY PALMS SWEAT. I was juuuuust too young to really enjoy Christopher Pike books when I was a kid going through my thriller/horror phase, thus all the Fear Street books. But it was nice to return to this and actually enjoy it even from an adult perspective (kind of like how you'd enjoy a soap opera), which is tough to do with most books one reads as a child.

  • Shirley
    2018-12-05 23:21

    This is another Christopher Pike novel aimed at young adults. There is some mention of drinking and profanity that might make it inappropriate for a junior high library. This book seemed to start out a little more slowly than the other two Pike novels I have read. It has the surprise ending that is so characteristic of Pike's novels.

  • Meredith Dougherty
    2018-11-22 02:33

    This was my favorite Christopher Pike book as a young teenager. I reread it recently (along with Gimme A Kiss, Scavenger Hunt, Chain Letter, Remember Me, Slumber Party and Spellbound) when I rescued a box of books my Mom kept for me. It was a fun week, by no means intellectually challenging, but fun.

  • Sarah Sammis
    2018-11-20 00:04

    The book started off slowly and I had to restart it after setting it aside for a couple months. The second time the book captured my attention. Things really pick up after the first chapter. Fall into Darkness as a title works on many levels but I don't want give anything away! It's a short but thrilling read.

  • PrairieReader
    2018-11-21 23:12

    Oh, Christopher Pike. How I loved you as a teenager. My love has not diminished. There is not much pride in saying this book geared at young adults and not 40 year old women was an easy, quick read, but it did remind me of how much I enjoyed his books years ago. This book is still not close to the "Final Friends" trilogy, but was way better than some of his supernatural stuff.

  • Misty
    2018-11-26 18:05

    I (vaguely) remember reading this as a kid (I read everything by Pike), and I know I liked it, and that this one is more mystery than horror, but other than that I don't remember much. It seems like it was maybe made into a tv movie, but I may be mistaken. All I know is I remember thinking that Christopher Pike is such a better writer than R.L. Stine.

  • Palmyra
    2018-12-09 18:31

    I read so many Pike books in middle school I don't remember them anymore. Pike is the one that made me fall in love with reading as a pre-teen and through my teenage years. Some of them were so scary I had a hard time falling asleep.

  • Dallas DeLong
    2018-11-28 19:12

    this book was too good. once I started, it was hard to put down. it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time and everything was so unexpected. definitely a book I would highly recommend if you are into suspenseful books. I was wide eyed the whole time reading. READ

  • Soobie can't sleep at night
    2018-12-11 23:07

    A tredici anni, Soobie scriveva:Bellissimo libro. Sharon ha un'amica ricchissima, Ann, che si butta da una rupe per (view spoiler)[far credere a tutti che è stata Sharon ad ucciderla ma invece lei era ancora viva, almeno finché non incontra... (hide spoiler)].

  • Serena
    2018-11-15 18:05

    I think this was the first Christopher Pike book I read and probably the one I remember the best.

  • Caitrin
    2018-11-24 21:13

    Haha this was my favorite book when I was about 12.

  • Jarrett
    2018-11-13 02:28

    Thought this was one of the best books I've ever read, especially with the crazy plot twist at the end leaving you in awe as you read the pages.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-09 00:12

    Oh another Christopher Pike book. Haven't I said it already? I love his books. Still do, and I am 29 years old.

  • LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
    2018-11-20 19:33

    Sharon McKay is on trial for her best friend Ann Rice’s murder. Never mind that there’s no body, no real witnesses, and no evidence. Sharon and Ann’s friends saw them hike up to the cliff that night and heard Ann scream “Don’t!” before she either fell or was pushed off the cliff. Everybody seems to be convinced that Sharon killed Ann.Scenes of the trial from Sharon’s POV alternate between scenes prior to the accident/murder from Ann’s POV. What Sharon didn’t know was that Ann was obsessed. Ann’s brother, Jerry, had loved Sharon and had killed himself after their relationship ended. Ann blamed Sharon and wanted her to suffer. What better way to do that than frame her for murder, thereby ruining her bright future? (I’m sure you can think of better and less risky ways she could have gotten her revenge, but just roll with it.)I loved Christopher Pike’s books when I was a teen. They haven’t held up quite as well for me now that I’m an adult, but I can understand why Teen Me loved them: they almost always have shocking revelations and riveting banana pants moments.The first half of this book was a straightforward murder...story. I can’t really call it a mystery, because everything was laid out for readers to see: Ann’s motive, her plan, who she decided to involve. All of it by page 32. The main question seemed to be “Did Ann survive her regrettably complicated plan or not?”However, I trust Pike to always find a way to complicate things, and about halfway through the book he did just that. Bad things happened during Ann's plan. A character I hadn’t paid much attention to did something unexpected. Yes! Great fun up ahead!Except not so much. Honestly, this book could have used more banana pantsery. Pike used up what little there was too quickly and put everything out in the open too fast. The ending was just...boring. And a little too silly to take seriously. I couldn’t help but laugh at all the kiss-related dialogue at the end. Paraphrasing: “You’re a bad kisser!” “No, you are!” “That was the best kiss I ever had. Really!” Oh, just stop it.I almost missed the epilogue because the last couple pages were slightly stuck together. If anything, the epilogue actually made things worse, adding “depressing” to “mediocre” in the list of words I’d use to describe this book. I was not a fan of the implication that Sharon might have to pay her lawyer back with sexual favors, or settle for a lesser lawyer. I suppose the “it’s going to cost you” could have been referring to money, but there were a few lines earlier on that suggested otherwise. In general, I’m not surprised that the ending was changed for the made-for-TV movie (although Wikipedia’s description of the changed ending makes it sound like more of a mess than an improvement).One more thing: I imagine the courtroom scenes would make actual lawyers and judges cringe. I’m pretty sure that real lawyers can’t get away with telling objecting lawyers to shut up (yes, he actually said that out loud, but the judge was so dazzled by the story he was laying out that he didn’t say anything).(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

  • SaturNalia
    2018-11-10 19:28

    Sharon, a goody two shoes, piano prodigy, is accused of killing her friend Ann and is on trial for her murder. Story switches back and forth from Sharon's POV to Ann's, also the timeline moves from past to present. The dynamic between the characters was interesting, because in the end no one knew each other even though they were friends. (view spoiler)[Ann set Sharon up for her murder and planed to escape to Mexico. She blamed Sharon for her brother's death. Turns out Chad killed Ann's brother and killed Ann. He was crazy but like all psychopaths, he hid it well. (hide spoiler)]

  • Sraah
    2018-11-14 00:33

    I first read this when I was around twelve, I didn't remember it at all even though I sort of tricked myself into thinking I remembered what happened. I really enjoyed it, it was fast paced, and now I really want to read more books set in a court room, so recommend me some if you know any! I didn't really like the epilogue though...