The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Bérubé

The Dark Beneath the Ice

Something is wrong with Marianne. It's not just that her parents have 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. But a first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing's rage. It demands Marianne give bac...

Details The Dark Beneath the Ice

TitleThe Dark Beneath the Ice
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
GenreYoung Adult, Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal

Reviews The Dark Beneath the Ice

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    3 1/2 stars. I read this so quickly what the fuck. I was literally at dinner with my eyes popping out of my skull and my parents, presumably, were feeling completely disappointed in everything about my being.The Dark Beneath the Ice is blurbed as Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity, and honestly, I think that’s about accurate. This a completely-impossible-to-put-down YA thriller about the day being saved by a combination of self care and lesbi...
  • Dannii Elle
    My original thoughts were: "Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity". Um, YES FUCKING PLEASE!My final thoughts were: In theory the synopsis was entirely correct in pitching this book as an amalgamation of the two, but it was a far tamer combination than I had been ecpecting and this spoiled my overall enjoyment. No major flaws here, and a solid character and twisted story progression was to be found, this was purely a case of expectations too highly...
  • Helen Power
    Marianne's life is falling apart. It isn't because her parents are getting divorced, because her mother had a psychotic break, or even because her best friend moved away. It's because strange and terrifying things keep happening whenever she's around. Light bulbs burst. Mirrors crack. Furniture moves. Convinced she's possessed, Marianne tries to communicate with the demon inside of her. This turns out to be a horrible mistake...A major strength o...
  • Katie
    *the publisher was kind enough to send me a copy of this book for review**3.5 stars*(yay for lgbtq+ rep!)I'm a huge fan of horror, unreliable narrators, ghost stories, and spooky stuff. So I was more than a little excited to pick up this book, and overall, it was a great read! I loved the build up at the beginning and there were some great moments in there; however, it had a few issues that dropped my rating down a few stars.The story had great p...
  • K.A.
    I picked this book up and didn't want to put it down for a hot second, because IT WAS SO DARK AND CREEPY AND UTTERLY BEAUTIFUL AND TERRIFYING! I might have growled at my children when they walked in on me reading. The prose was so lovely and visceral--I felt the ice in my bones, the water rising, the slow unhinging of the dark. I felt everything. The world building was careful and purposeful. The word choices, perfect. It was a masterwork of sett...
  • Teresa
    This book was a scary, gorgeous, terrifying gem of an novel that had me reading it with the lights on throughout the night!! I can't even put into words how I felt about this book because I am still processing it...Thanks to Sourcebooks for the ARC!!
  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review can also be found here! Thank you to Netgalley for providing an ARC! Publishing August 7th, 2018. TW: mental illnessI went through a requesting spree on Netgalley a few weeks back and this is one of the books I requested. The reason why I requested it is because it sounded interesting to me.Marianne has something going on with her. Something wrong. Her parents are divorcing. Her mother checked herself into a hospital. Her father’s M...
  • Lili Marcus
    3.5 a little later..
  • Jessi ♡
    this was actually pretty cool and gay
  • Derek Milman
    In the tradition of Henry James and Sarah Waters, and for fans of Maggie Stiefvater, THE DARK BENEATH THE ICE is a spookily elegant YA horror debut that's not to be missed. Whatever terrifying entity that's haunting Marianne seems both insidious and unexpectedly vulnerable, an original concept for a ghost story. The family conflict Marianne is experiencing is tremendously immediate, and the characters--and their relationships--are beautifully ren...
  • Emma Berquist
    Creeping dread, lush writing, and a clever take on a ghost story! Loved it.
  • Amy
    ARC provided by Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Oh gosh, this review is not going to be pretty. I’m sorry! I think I am getting pickier when it comes to the horror genre. Throw in an unreliable narrator, and I’m probably going to knock one star off automatically. I’m really sad I did not love this book. It just wasn’t for me. But I really do think that it would be the perfect read for Halloween time.The Dar...
  • Jackie
    This one was a bit disappointing. Marketed as a Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity set the tone for an exciting paranormal meets psychological thriller and I couldn’t have been more excited to read this book and the cover itself is gorgeous but once I got into it I found myself questioning the point of the entire story. Our lead character Marianne just had her life turned upside down and immediately after getting dropped off at her aunt’s h...
  • A Lib Tech Reads
    The Dark Beneath the IceRating: 1.5/5Note: Special thanks to Raincoast Books for providing an ARC for review.When something promises to give me a story that's as messed up as "Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity" along with a dose of exorcism, I fully expect it to deliver. This was a case where it did not.The Dark Beneath the Ice was a lazy attempt at YA horror with no substance and bland characters. My biggest issue was having to read in the ...
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    *Thank you to Edelweiss and Sourcebooks for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!*"There’s no time when you’re drowning. Ten seconds could be a year. Two years. A thousand. Clawing for the surface. Pounding on the underside of the ice. Without thought, without sound, without breath, without anything but the purest terror."This was fantastic. Creepy and unsettling, with lots of ghastly, ghostly stuff. The world needs more of this. I need m...
  • Katherine Moore
    *Review to come! Read this during the weekend’s #24in48 readathon with no time to write a proper review.
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4.5 starsThis was surprisingly really great! I wasn't really sure what I was expecting, but I love how atmospheric it was as well as that subtle subtext of Marianne's own personal struggles. Plus, the main character is queer & there's a fxf romance and I don't know why people aren't hyping this up way more? LIKE HELLO THIS IS A BOOK IT EXISTS IT HAS SAPPHIC GIRLS.I wish that some of the past was a little clearer, but it was deliciously ghostly an...
  • Sionna
    *I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*I can't remember the last time I gave a book a 1 star review, but I feel so close to doing it for this book. And I actually got all the way through it, so I feel like that should count for something. Let's start with the good first: -> There are parts of this book that feel creepy, especially once we know there is something "possessing" Marianne. Ghost stories and ...
  • Jenny (Bookbookowl)
    Many thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with an E-ARC of this book to review via Netgalley.  Marianne's life hasn't quite been going to plan.  She quit dancing after succumbing to the pressure of not being good enough, her parents are getting a divorce and her mother has been hospitalised.  Sent to live with her aunt until things calm down, strange things start to happen around her.  She has tried to stay invisible at school, but whe...
  • Natalia
    If you like scary movies or a book that is scary, then this is the book for you. I had to make sure I read this during the day or whenever there were people around, that's how much it gave me the creeps.  It reminded me of a movie me and my cousins are afraid to watch, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose. Despite the fact that it's extremely creepy, I enjoyed reading The Dark Beneath The Ice. It's one to produce a scary movie , everyone can actually see ...
  • Margo Kelly
    THE DARK BENEATH THE ICE is a terrific, creepy story that poses many questions, one of which is: can an inner demon cause paranormal activity?While the opening lyrical prose of this story was beautiful, it also left my mind swimming with confusion, but I trusted there was a purpose, which there was, thankfully.THE DARK BENEATH THE ICE is a fun-filled ghost story that covers all the possibilities - the occult, religion, psychological imbalance, in...
  • Erin
    This is the BEST kind of horror, you guys. In the same way that GET OUT took cultural appropriation and insidious racism and ran with it, this rich novel explores the ways in which women and girls often swallow their own desires and emotions in order to appease those around them. It's both a stunning metaphor and a legitimately terrifying ghost story full of rich prose and striking imagery. The tension builds slowly and realistically, in a way th...
  • Jess (◕‿◕✿)
    This was so good! RTC
  • Katya Becerra
    31 March: Wow. What a ride. This is how psychological horror should be done. Excellent. Just excellent.Update:I'm so lucky I get to read the ARC of this! This is one of my most anticipated books this year!
  • kar
    e-arc via netgalleycontent warnings: horror, obviously, anxiety, discussions of hallucinationoh wow, okay. this book. the star of this book is marianne. not the horror plot, not the romance, not the ghost in the story. it is marianne, her character development, and how she interacts with the world around her. the horror is interesting and feels like a subtle commentary to so many different in the world around us, but if you're looking for a horro...
  • Jillian
    This was creepy. It was eerie. And it home harder that I thought it could.Things are starting to happen around Marianne. Strange things. Scary things. Things that shouldn’t be possible. She swears it’s not her, but with her blackouts, how can she be sure?The pacing of this book was fantastic. At any point where I felt like Marianne might be able to slow down and catch a break, something else happens to terrorize her. It kept me on my toes and...
  • Heather
    Dark Beneath The Ice follows Marianne after she’s just quit ballet which has taken up her entire life and caused a tremendous amount of stress for her and her family. She starts experiencing strange things, first some objects being moved, and eventually a voice. And she wonders who, or what could be haunting her.I was really excited to start reading this as soon as I got it. It’s described as The Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity and as a ...
  • Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
    My initial thoughts when seeing this blurb was "Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity? Don't mind if I do!" Despite being a paranormal skeptic, I cannot get enough of ghost stories; however, The Dark Beneath the Ice missed the mark for me. Drawn in by the premise of missing time and paranormal activity, these elements are very much there but to me that wasn't the main focus of the story. It is as much of a family drama about the breakdown of a fam...
  • LittleDeadRedGoddess
    Thank you to Netgalley for the copy of this book to read & reviewI loved this novel! It was so well written and it really held my interest. This was marketed as a cross between Paranormal Activity & Black Swan and in my opinion that is a perfect description. Something is terribly wrong with Marianne or perhaps there is something very wrong that is following Marianne and is out to get her.. All Marianne knows is that he is in danger and her life i...