Deep and Dark and Dangerous
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Deep and Dark and Dangerous is a 2000 mystery horror novel written by Mary Downing Hahn. This book is about a girl named Ali O'Dwyer that tries to find out who a mysterious person is on a picture she finds, but soon finds out she is someone she has met at her summer vacation.
The suspense is on when thirteen-year-old Alison O'Dywer finds a photograph in her attic. The photograph is of her mother Claire, her Aunt Dulcie, and a third girl who has been torn out of the picture. When Ali takes a surprise vacation to the lake she meets a short-tempered, nasty little girl named Sissy. As Ali gets more ill-tempered with Sissy she tries to figure out Sissy's past but later she finds a very terrifying surprise; Sissy had no home and had died when her mother and aunt were little girls and that they also had interacted with them. At the end of the story, Ali and Emma find out the truth; Teresa had been the same little girl in the photograph and the last summer that Ali's mom and aunt had been there Teresa had died in a terrible accident; she had drowned in the lake. Sissy then starts telling Ali that she wants to be buried and wants people to bring her flowers and for them to cry so she will be able to pass on to the life.
Ali takes her five-year-old cousin whom she is babysitting, Emma, to the lake to swim. While there, they meet a mean and very rude girl named Sissy. Emma becomes influenced by Sissy and wants to be like her. She even talks rudely to Ali and almost drowns Emma in the lake -- Ali gets into an argument with Sissy and Sissy leaves. Emma runs crying to her mother, saying Ali was mean to her and called her names. Ali gets angry and tells Dulcie she is lying and Emma says Ali is so mean, Hell wouldn't want her. Dulcie and Emma argue until Dulcie tells Emma she can not play with Sissy anymore, resulting with Emma throwing a temper-tantrum and Dulcie bringing her to her room to take a nap.
One day, a 13 year old girl, Alison O'Dywer is in the attic and finds a fake picture in a book that has a similar reference to what happened 30 years ago. Anyway, she is reading the book, when she finds the photo. She sees her Aunt Dulcie, her mother Claire, but who's that third girl who's been torn out of the picture? Ali asks her mother, but Claire insists that she doesn't remember another girl, it was just Dulcie and her. Ali suspects Claire does remember. Soon after that, Dulcie shows up with Ali's cousin Emma Madison and asks of she can borrow Ali for the summer. She is going back to Sycamore Lake at Gull Cottage in Maine, where she and Claire went when they were young. Claire refuses at first, but finally gives in. Ali thinks the place is wonderful at first, that is, until she met Sissy. Sissy is a mean, spiteful girl, who is secretive and always frowning. She plays mean pranks on Emma and even almost drowns Emma. Ali hates Sissy, but Emma wants to do whatever Sissy does. Ali wonders about Sissy's past. Near the end of the story, Ali finds out the truth. Sissy is Teresa, the girl who drowned in the lake 30 years ago. Sissy tells Ali that all she wanted was a friend, and that the only way she can rest in peace, is if the truth is known. She wants to be buried and have someone crying and flowers, so she can pass on to the After-Life.
Ali: A 13 year old girl who loves Emma, [but hates Sissy]. Emma: The poor 5 year old who Sissy tortures. Sissy/Teresa: The girl who drowns in the lake. Claire: The mother to Ali and the aunt to Emma. Dulcie: The mother to Emma and the aunt to Ali. Pete: Ali's dad and Emma's uncle. Erin: Ice Cream Shop Worker Jenine: Erin's mom, friend of Dulcie and Claire