The Dark Beneath the Ice

The Dark Beneath the Ice

by Amelinda Berube


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ISBN-13: 9781492657071
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 172,091
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Amelinda Bérubé has been a writer and editor with a small department in the Canadian public service. She holds a bachelor of humanities from Carleton University and a master of arts from McGill. Amelinda is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and can be found on Twitter @metuiteme. Visit

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The Dark Beneath the Ice 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 9 months ago
This was a book that caught my attention when I first heard about it. I am a big fan of paranormal stories, and I love a good ghost story, especially possession or even poltergeists. In fact, when I was a teenager, I used to check all the nonfiction books on poltergeists and other ghosts out from the library all the time. While there were points in this that were spooky, all in all I wasn't blown away. I get that part of the author's plan was to leave us wondering the whole time just what was real and what wasn't, hence the reference to the movie Black Swan on the back cover. However, it also references Paranormal Activity, and that made me expect some more jump in your seat type of moments. It's possible that this is a story that just would need to be on screen for the effect of losing time and creepiness around the edges to do anything really for me. And I could totally see this as a movie. I feel like in this case, I'd probably appreciate it more. For a book it just didn't grab me enough, soon enough, for me to be blown away by it. I still gave it 3 stars, because as I said, I could see it as a movie doing a good job at scaring me. And I'm sure there are others who enjoy that kind of story in a book, so I don't want anyone to not pick it up because of my issues with it. I think if you've been interested in reading it, you should just think about whether the things I look for in a story are the same as what you look for, and if not, then you should definitely give it a try! That's what so great about books, there are so many different types and different stories and different writing styles out there, there is something for everyone.
Kamisha 10 months ago
I was so unprepared for how much I ended up enjoying this haunting story! Halfway through this book, I realized that I have been waiting to read a spooky horror story for far too long this year and this book definitely earned the creepy vibes. The Dark Beneath the Ice is about a teenager named Marianne who is dealing with a lot in her family life right now. Her parents have just split up and her mom is not handling it well at all. Marianne is struggling to hold everything together when she begins to realize that something strange is happening to her. She keeps losing time or blacking out into a dreamlike state only to come to and realize that items have broken around her, or she herself has done something she would never do. Something is following her. Something dark, angry and hungry for her life. The creepy scenes in this book are so chilling and brought me straight to the same feelings I have when watching a horror movie unfold. The way the author unfolded the supernatural elements of Marianne’s story and the horror that follows her, left me thinking about this book whenever I would put it down. It ended up being so compulsively readable for me that I put aside every other book I was reading at the time to finish it (which isn’t something that I do often). But it is not just reading the chilling scenes that make this story, it’s also the compelling way that the author reveals parts of Marianne’s character and her relationships with others. I can say for myself, I’ve certainly felt some of the pressures Marianne felt in high school and with family, she is the type of character who carries too much of the burden of others on her own shoulders. And ultimately, it wears her down. Not to mention that on top of that, she’s being haunted. I also absolutely loved the character of Rhiannon and the relationship that developed between her and Marianne. I have to say I was super excited when I realized that the story was leading them towards being more than friends! The things that we learn about each of these characters and how they dealt with their feelings amongst their peers are poignant and really made me fall for these two even more. I gave this book five stars because I could not put it down, it was chilling and spooky and so many of my favorite things. But also because I was thoroughly impressed with how the author managed to convey a great message through a horror novel. I will definitely be buying a hardcopy of this for myself and I cannot wait until her next spooky tale comes out! Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to review this book!
Anonymous 10 months ago
I love debut novels. I like to think of an author’s first book as a blind date. You’re all excited and a little nervous to get there because you’re unsure of what to expect but then you see your date and start thinking that it could have promise and you’re really happy that you wore that dress everyone says you look smoking hot in. As the night goes on, you might decide that there just isn’t enough chemistry to keep you interested so you part ways respectfully knowing that you won’t see each other again but you’re happy you gave it chance. You also might realize half way through that this guy is just an idiot who is going to stiff you with the cheque so you duck out the back door while he isn’t looking so you don’t have to deal with him again. There is also the possibility that your date goes quite well and, even though you aren’t really sure about it just yet, you see a lot of potential, are more than happy to exchange numbers and look forward to seeing what that second date has in store. The Dark Beneath the Ice is definitely getting my number. What stood out the most to me while I was reading this book was the amazing imagery used. It was brilliant! I don’t know a single teenage girl, or any woman for that matter, that doesn’t feel like they are drowning at times and portrayal of the water and the ice speaks so powerfully of where Marianne is both mentally and emotionally and there were so many times that I could almost feel her terror with her. Such an amazing way to display those feelings. I also thought that it was important to focus on the mental illness factors that plagued, not only Marianne, but her mother as well. Unfortunately, that is pretty much where my enjoyment of this book ended. I do enjoy a good Young Adult book from time to time and I am a big reader of the paranormal but I felt that this particular coupling lacked the finesse I was hoping for. The parts of the book that focused on Marianne’s haunting were psychologically terrifying but they came across in a very awkward manner. The same goes for pretty much anywhere Ron, her mother or Marianne’s father came onto the scene. The flow just wasn’t there and it seemed like the first half of the book dragged a fair amount and then just exploded to a rushed ending. I also didn’t find I had any real connection to any of the characters. I wanted to like Ron and towards the end I started to get a feel for her character but it was too little, too late for me. Marianne’s family just annoyed me and don’t even get me started on Ron’s mother! I do want to point out that I was incredibly impressed about the Esther Cox mention. Although it didn’t mention her name specifically and you probably wouldn’t notice this wonderful piece of Nova Scotian paranormal history unless you actually knew the story, I got a little too excited to see it in this book. The Great Amherst Mystery is a huge part of my hometown’s history so it’s a story I grew up with and I would highly recommend reading up on this terrifying tale. Massive love to the author for adding in this detail! I think this is the kind of book that would be more enjoyed by its target audience than by an adult that loves YA from time to time. Most of all, though, I think that this book really shows the potential the author for more books and I will look forward to the second date!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity. The story is about a girl named Marianne who was once a ballet dancer, but ever since she quit ballet and her father left, things got strange. She dreamed about cold ice water and one day she did the things she didn't remember doing. And since she and her friend named Ron did some sort of a paranormal thing, a ghost that has been following her became angry and it targeted everyone that she hold dear. Since this is my first time ever to read a paranormal or horror book, it amazed me. Each chapter made me so eager to know more about Marianne's past. It keeps me guessing all the time. A very great horror book actually, I can't put it down. That one time I read it in my room, I switched off the lights and then during a scene where Ron was talking to the ghost that possessed Marianne, I rushed to switch the lights back on. I WAS SO DAMN SCARED! I got goosebumps a lot of times. It was really scary and HIGHKEY creepy. Trying to write a scary and horrifying scenes takes a lot of talent, and the author of this book did a really good job at scaring the hell out of me. I'm a night owl, so of course I didn't go to bed early, but after reading this book I went to bed so early because I WAS SCARED!!! I loved the storyline and the plot, the fact that this has something to do with Marianne and her inner demon clearly makes the story much more beautiful. I'm glad that the author touched on the self-hatred subject. This showed how relatable Marianne is as a character. She hated herself for not being great, for not being good enough at ballet. All her parents wanted is their daughter to be the perfect ballet dancer. Nobody and no one is perfect, so the pressure on Marianne's part was very-very high. She tried to get rid of her past self, the old version of her who likes ballet. She knew she will never be good enough, so all she wanted was to drown her old self, kill it if she can. The ghost is like her mirror image, the Marianne's who her parents wanted, the Marianne who likes ballet, who can be a perfect ballet dancer. I feel bad for Marianne when she found out about it. She nearly sacrificed herself and always think she wasn't good enough for anybody. Ingrid, her best-friend left her and then Ron sort of left her for a while too, and she ran away because of the stressed that her own father put her under. I clearly dislike her father, he can just get lost and don't turn back. He wasn't there when strange and dangerous things keep on happening to her. Marianne's life is very-very sad and very much complicated. Fighting your own demon is hard, but you have to be brave and strong enough to stand up and fight it back. In the end, it's your own battle and not everyone wants to rescue you. Marianne is the bravest character in this story, so does Ron too. These two, even though they were afraid but they never stop trying their best to succeed. This book is great. I love the characters, the storyline and the plot. But the plot twist in the end surprised me because I didn't see it coming. A horror story with deeper meaning is totally the best horror story. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It wasn't a typical horror story. Would love it of you guys read it too.
TheThoughtSpot 11 months ago
Frightening and riveting! Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read and review The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube! Marianne is staying with her Aunt Jen until her mother straightens some things out. Marianne’s parents are split up, but her parents leave her in the dark. Marianne breaks and throws chalk during her math class when the teacher asks her to solve an equation at the board but she has no recollection of that. Her parents keep reassuring her that their separation is not her fault. This makes me wonder about the situation they were in and what is going on with Marianne. While living at Aunt Jen’s, Marianne makes a new friend, a helpful friend in Rhiannon, who prefers to be called Ron. Together they try to get to the bottom of Marianne’s struggles. During an experiment with Marianne, something frightens Ron terribly and she runs away and leaves Marianne on the beach where Marianne had an episode and Ron recorded the audio part of it. Frightening and riveting! I didn’t want to put the book down. This creepy, supernatural read gave me chills and food for thought- we all have to fight our own personal demons. 5 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
gracekalli 11 months ago
The Dark Beneath The Ice by Amelinda Berube is one of the best books I've read this year. Wow. This book is amazing. At first, I had no idea what was going on. But as the book progressed, I was taken along on a roller-coaster of fear and terror with the main character. Was she being haunted, was she crazy? I just wasn't sure! I definitely did not see that ending coming at all!! That was 100% a surprise twist I did not see coming! 5 stars and 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up!
Persephonereads 11 months ago
Thank you to Netgalley for the copy of this book to read & review I 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 is falling apart. She seems to be losing time and odd things happen while she is out. I wouldn't say that this was extremely scary but then I did have a few moments where I was creeped out. I feel that Amelinda Bérubé did a fantastic job describing everything that was happening. I could picture the scenes completely. I could picture Aunt Jen's house as well as Marianne's home. I feel like that novel did a wonderful job straddling the line between straight up horror and psychological horror. You could feel how scared Marianne was which is often something that I find is lacking with main characters in horror books. Often there will be ghosts or whatever and the main character is like "Hey, a ghost, will it hurt me or what?" It's like Duh! Yes!!! It is trying to hurt you girl!! Another thing I really loved about this novel was the LBGT representation in this book. There is a very sweet romance between two characters that I really enjoyed.
MargoKelly 11 months ago
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, inner demons, and yes, even ghosts. However, if you don't like scary stories, the f-word, or girl-loves-girl stories, this one might not be for you. If you like gasping aloud while reading, then dive into Amelinda Berube's fabulous debut novel. The scariest element of this story was the examination of inner demons, because as a fully invested reader, you can't help but ask, "What parts of me have I been burying and denying? What would I be capable of if I truly accepted and loved myself? And on the flip-side, what am I capable of if I deny myself the love and acceptance I deserve despite my perceived shortcomings and flaws?" We can't all be perfect ballerinas, but we can be the perfect individual we were created to be. Some of my favorite lines from the book: "It was quiet, but a comfortable quiet, a book-and-a-blanket quiet." "We spent the second night on the beach watching a meteor shower. It was cloudless, moonless, the sky alive and infinite. Looking up into it made gravity seem precarious, like you could lose your grip on the world and tumble into the air." [I received an early copy of this book for free from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. This is no way influenced my opinion of the book.]
kawiggins 11 months ago
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!
suekitty13 12 months ago
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.
courtofbingereading 12 months ago
**Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review** I wanted to love this book. I really really did. The Dark Beneath the Ice promised everything I wanted in a YA supernatural horror/thriller book; it just didn't deliver in my opinion. The story and the characters fell flat. Originally, I started this book a month ago. I put it on pause because I thought I simply wasn't in the mood for this type of book, but in reality, it was just this book. The Dark Beneath the Ice just didn't work for me. It may work for you, and I hope it does. The premise of the book is great. Where it went wrong for me: 1. Marianne is a bland narrator/main character. She is so dull. I was bored a lot of the time (I skipped several pages at a time) 2. The other characters weren't that great either. Ron was the only interesting character, but even she couldn't save this reading experience for me. 3. The pacing was a bit slow. It took a while for me to feel the teensiest bit engaged (roughly around 70%) 4. The family dynamic between her and her parents was very weird and confusing. I was hoping by the end of the book I would be able to understand more, but there were still some holes left. 5. Things wrapped up in a weird way. You're left wondering how much was supernatural related, how much was simply all in Marianne's head, and how and why it all started. I don't know, the ending just didn't sit right with me. It felt rushed and I didn't feel any sense of closure from it. I'm going to stop my review here. I hate writing negative reviews. I hope some people still decide to give this book a chance. I'm sure this story will work and satisfy tons of people. The writing and the characters simply didn't work for me.