The Dark Beneath The Ice by Amelinda BerubeThe Dark Beneath The Ice by Amelinda Berube

The Dark Beneath The Ice

byAmelinda Berube

Hardcover | August 7, 2018

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Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity in this compelling ghost story about a former dancer whose grip on reality slips when she begins to think a dark entity is stalking her.Something is wrong with Marianne. It's not just that her parents have finally split up. Or that life hasn't been the same since she quit dancing. Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital. She's losing time. Doing things she would never do.And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close. Something is after her. And the only one who seems to believe her is the daughter of a local psychic.But their first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing's rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. Whatever is haunting her, it wants everything she has-everything it's convinced she stole. Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it thinks it's owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.
AMELINDA BÉRUBÉ has been a writer and editor with a small department in the Canadian public service since 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University and a Master of Arts from McGill. Amelinda is also a member of SCBWI, and can be found on Twitter at @metuiteme. Visit amelindaberube.com.
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Title:The Dark Beneath The IceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.55 × 6.01 × 1.24 inPublished:August 7, 2018Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1492657077

ISBN - 13:9781492657071

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own. I was recommended this book on Twitter recently, so I figured I would see if it was on Netgalley. Low and behold, it was, so I figured I’d request it. The synopsis sounded interesting enough, and I really want to find a YA horror or thriller that scares me (and I’m huge scaredy cat, so it shouldn’t be this difficult). The Dark Beneath the Ice was also written by a Canadian and is set in Canada, so that’s always a plus. I will give The Dark Beneath the Ice credit for being a really fast read. I read it so quickly I figured it must be like 250 pages, but it’s actually over 300, so props to the author for that. The thing is that I just didn’t connect with this book. I think horror/ thrillers really need to suck you in so you feel that same prickle of fear the MC is feeling. When thrillers don’t suck me in I just feel very ‘meh’ while reading them, and that’s exactly how I felt for the majority of this book. I became so disinterested at one point that I started thinking about how Marianne’s school’s exam schedule seemed inefficient (which is a thing I thought I would never say considering my local school board wasn’t exactly the best at stuff like planning). I didn’t really notice this while reading it, but looking back Marianne was written a bit strangely in my opinion. There were times where she was written to sound like she was on the older end of YA, and there were times where she was written very young. Her sounding very young can be excused to some extent considering she spent most of the book in fear, but it got to the point where I cannot tell you how old she is. I’m sure it’s mentioned, but I got so confused along the way that I completely forgot her age. I did really like the romance. It was a really well done slow-burn. It wasn’t a huge part of the book, but it was there enough for me to get excited for Marianne when Ron mentioned she was interested in girls. My normal ‘meh’ rating is 3 stars, so you may be wondering why I knocked it down a star. Well, I really didn’t like that it took until about 95% of the way through the book for the things to start to get resolved. I’m also not sure I even understand what happened. By the end of The Dark Beneath the Ice I was so confused as to if everything actually happened?! I don’t understand, and I’m pretty sure I read it carefully this time. It could have always been my fault, but Marianne’s “explanation” of what happened and how it was resolved just didn’t make sense to me. I still can’t wrap my brain around it. Overall, The Dark Beneath the Ice left me feeling confused and disappointed, earning it 2 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mara Dyer meets The Wicked Deep This awesome debut blends the best of paranormal and psychological horror for a fresh contemporary horror read. Full disclosure: I received an unsolicited paperback ARC. I don't know what's in the water right now, but the Canadian horror mojo is strong with this year's debuts, and Amelinda Bérubé's flawless The Dark Beneath the Ice is no exception. I loved the character detail and how drama with family and friends and the childhood and parental goals crumbling under the pressure of nearing adulthood all fed into a really well-fleshed out main character and story world. Bonus points: it's set in Canada (Ottawa). The MC trained as a fairly competitive ballet dancer, but no longer dances by the start of this story. Finding out why is one source of mystery. I don't care one way or another about ballet, so it was interesting how much the author made of this detail and how interesting it ended up being. Definitely some telling details to watch out for! The other big mystery is a haunting that starts out slow and requires some sleuthing on the part of the MC and her newfound goth-girl friend. Good progression from eerie nightmares to full-on traumatic haunting, with nice touches of how realistic encounters with paranormal stuff like psychics and readings might happen in an essentially non-magical world. So I don't think it makes it into most blurbs, but there is a f/f romance subplot. It's fairly slow-burn, and possibly bi? I'm kind of ambivalent on romance subplots personally, but I know it's a genre convention in lots of YA so heads-up; it's there if you want it, and if you don't, it's not overdone at all. Would love to see more stories about the power of nonromantic love, friendship, family, character etc. helping to overcome monsters, but that's neither here nor there; Bérubé does a great job keeping the story balanced and on trend. This is a great read as we head into fall and Halloween. Hauntings, drownings, and possible madness, what's not to enjoy? Good for fans of the Mara Dyer series, Anna Dressed in Blood, and The Wicked Deep. Definitely grab a copy! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A genuinely spooky ghost story A ghost story that is genuinely spooky is a rarity. This one delivers all the chills. I was immediately engaged in Marianne's life, her typical teenager drama compounded by POSSIBLY BEING POSSESSED!!! At one point I thought I had figured out what was going on and shortly after Marianne herself wonders about the same theory. She questions her mother who quickly puts it to rest. I was so wrong and the story continued to keep me guessing right until the end. I absolutely loved the friendship developing into romance. I was shipping them from early on! I am generally not a big fan of romance in thrillers but in this case it worked for me. It didn't distract at all from the plot and it wasn't overdone and sappy. Quite the opposite actually. I devoured this book in a few sittings. I was dying to see what would happen next and to figure out the mystery. (The mini cliff hanger where Marianne doesn't listen to the audio tape right away was a killer. You could not have pried the book from my hands at that point!) I'm surprised that this is by a first time author because she nailed it. With YA horror it is difficult not to veer into cliche or campiness. "The Dark Beneath the Ice" is a serious horror novel and I can't wait to see where this author takes us next! Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Date published: 2018-07-24