Fall Into Darkness

Fall Into Darkness

Christopher Pike / Nov 18, 2019

Fall Into Darkness 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 Neverthele

  • Title: Fall Into Darkness
  • Author: Christopher Pike
  • ISBN: 9780671009847
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 than suicidal.She was obsessed.

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      • Christopher Pike

        Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden He is a bestselling author of young adult and children s fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today A college drop out, he did factory work, painted houses and programmed computers before becoming a recognized author Initially unsuccessful when he set out to write science fiction and adult mystery, it was not until his work caught the attention of an editor who suggested he write a teen thriller that he became a hit The result was Slumber Party 1985 , a book about a group of teenagers who run into bizarre and violent events during a ski weekend After that he wrote Weekend and Chain Letter All three books went on to become bestsellers.


    1. “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.I [...]

    2. 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 unfol [...]

    3. 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 h [...]

    4. This is perfect Christopher Pike - well paced, intricately plotted, full of twistsd 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 yel [...]

    5. 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 d [...]

    6. 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.

    7. 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 , and now I really want to somehow track down this movie. It even features Jonathan Brandis, my childhood crush!

    8. 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!

    9. 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!!!

    10. 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 a [...]

    11. "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 s [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. I will only list one of the numerous titles Christopher Pike has listed on 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.

    14. 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!

    15. 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.

    16. 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.

    17. 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.

    18. 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.

    19. 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.

    20. 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.

    21. 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.

    22. 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

    23. 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)].

    24. 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.

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

    26. 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 w [...]

    27. 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 a [...]

    28. 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

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