Into the Darkness Book Summary and Study Guide

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After her grandfather's death, Meg returns to the town where she grew up. She ends up working at his jewelry store with her grandfather's protege, Riley. However, her job there opens up the mystery of the deaths of her father and aunt. Meg eventually solves the mystery, and finds out that the killer is somebody she cares about.
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The review of this Book prepared by Katie Becker

Meg Venturi went back to the small town that she was raised in after her grandfather, and very strong paternal presence died. She went back out of respect, but stayed because of the reading of the will. Her grandfather had known that she didn't want to take over the jewelry business, so he purposefully left her half the ownership of the store with a mysterious looking fellow called Riley. Several odd events begin happening, and odd rings begin appearing in the mail. No one knows who is doing these things, but they are obviously not doing them out of niceness. In the end, Meg figures out the perpetrator, but is shocked to find that it is someone she loves and trusts.
The review of this Book prepared by Corrie Andrianakos

Meg Venturi returned to her hometown and the sight of the greatest loss of her life for her grandfather's funeral, only to discover that the old trickster has left her half of the family business. Forced to remain until she can sell her half, Meg pressed by events to look into the death of her adulterous father and aunt years before. And what she finds shifts her ideas on her family as well as annoying whoever really did the killing.
The review of this Book prepared by Sarrah

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 56.7%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 23.3%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   "All in the family" murder    -   solving long-past murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for gems/treasure/money Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   flamed Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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