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The Dark Beneath the Ice

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  745 ratings  ·  288 reviews
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 hosp
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Elle (ellexamines)
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 lesbian love.

Okay, main promo for this book: it’s really scary. Writin
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Marianne's world is falling apart. She has quit dance, which was once her greatest passion, her parents are separated, again, and her best friend has moved away and ghosted her.

Her parent's separation is for real this time and her mother has been checked into a mental health facility following a breakdown.

Now staying with her Aunt, Marianne begins to notice some disturbing occurrences. She is losing time and objects are moving, or breaking around her, seemingly of their o
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 placed and this particular story being not exactl
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 of The Dark Beneath the Ice is the language Bérubé
The Dark Beneath the Ice is an addicting f/f horror book, and so much more.
I loved it, I can already tell it will be in my list of favorites of 2018, and yet it did not scare me. Reviews, just like what scares a person, are heavily subjective, but it’s especially true for this one - this is an objectively scary book, for YA standards.
This book wasn’t scary to me because my reaction to almost everything the main character did or thought was, basically, “been there, done that”. And that’s also the
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
*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 potential. Our main character Marianne was super in
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 setting and tone. The characters were wonderful, the p ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of The Dark Beneath The Ice by Amelinda Berube from NetGalley for my honest review.

This is an good creepy book. A spirit is haunting Marianne. Her Aunt doesn't believe her and her only friend is on the opposite side of the continent. She has no one to talk to or get help from. Marianne tries to pretend that nothing is wrong, but the more she denies the ghost, the angrier the ghost gets. Marianne needs to figure out a way to save herself but before she can, she has to bel
Amelinda Bérubé
Apr 06, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
[UPDATE: October 29, 2018] Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to leave their thoughts on my spooky book. If you haven't already, I'd super appreciate it if you could copy your review over to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Chapters to feed the algorithm magic. Can't wait to share more spookiness with you in 2019!

[UPDATE: July 9, 2018] Another trade review from the School Library Journal!

[UPDATE: June 15, 2018] Check out what Booklist and Kirkus had to say about THE DARK BENEATH THE
Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review can also be found here!

Thank you to Netgalley for providing an ARC! Publishing August 7th, 2018.

TW: mental illness

I 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 MIA. Her best friend has abandoned her. She’s alone
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!!
The Nerd Daily
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Declan Green

Chilling, unsettling, and tense, Amelinda Bérubé’s debut novel The Dark Beneath The Ice relentlessly submerges the reader into the broken, detached world of former dancer Marianne. The lines between crushing mental illness and supernatural possession are blurred, and Marianne’s own attempts to distinguish between the two are in equal parts exasperating and intriguing.

Ambiguity runs deep throughout the story, and plays a significant p
Lili  Marcus
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Marianne 's life is falling apart. Her parents are getting divorce and her mother checked herself in a hospital. Her bestfriend Ingrid's family moved to different town. And then there's this someone trying to drown her beneath the icy river that all started in her dreams nightmares but then things begun breaking around her and unusual things started happening that she can't even remember a thing about. But then, life had always been diff
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
The synopsis was well-pitched enough that I wanted — scratch that — needed to read that book. But the reality is else: while it is spooky, I’ve been asking myself what was wrong with Marianne, caring about what happened to her. It made me think of Stranger Things and the Upside Down, an alternative universe creepy as hell. But that’s about it. The story has its lengths, it didn’t really captivated me by wanting to devour it. I’m sad, I wanted to love that book...

I received an e-copy of this boo
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, via NetGalley for an honest review.


“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”
So this was…interesting.

Marianne’s life has never been more out of control. With her parents announcing their divorce despite seeming to be so in love, her mother’s recent hospitalization, and the drama surr
Amy Risner
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-arcs, 2018-books
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 Dark Beneath the Ice follows Marianne, a high schooler whose
Scarllet ✦ iamlitandwit
I zoomed through this one so quickly and it was exactly what I needed.

The Dark Beneath The Ice had a lot creepy, eerie vibes radiating its pages and I loved those parts so much. I had to stop at certain parts and just say to myself "okay, this is scary", especially when I read this all alone at home. Whose bright idea was that??

I thought the inclusion of Marianne's anxiety was so relatable to read and had me wishing I could give her a hug or two!! Speaking of Marianne, I thought she was a great
This was a bit disappointing unfortunately. I was hoping it would be as scary as it was promised to be, but I wasn't scared at all! And I think the author was going for some ambiguity about whether the haunting was real or just in Marianne's head (which I think would have been the most interesting and spooky route), but it didn't succeed at that at all for me. It also felt like one of those books where the main character doesn't take much action and the aimless plot just kind of happens to her. ...more
Emma Berquist
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Creeping dread, lush writing, and a clever take on a ghost story! Loved it.
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
See this review and more on Books and Ladders!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

This was super creepy and super good and also gay. So all things you want in a book, really. I think it handled mental health really well and it’s set in the best place I ever lived: Ottawa.
Derek Milman
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 rendered. The writing is exquisite, and the book cele
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars
There was so much about this book that I should have loved. I typically love potential possession stories featuring unreliable narrators, yet this one just fell flat for me. I found the writing style overly descriptive, which made me feel quite detached from the characters and plot. I did, however, really like the LGBTA+ aspects in this book, depicting a female female relationship as well a young person coming out to one of her parents. I would recommend this one to readers looking for
Fidan Lurin
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC copy of The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Bérubé in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley, as well as the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire for this advanced copy which was recently released on August 7, 2018.

I’ve read very few ARCs in the last few months as I have devoted my time and energy to traveling, relocating to New York and focusing on personal physical and mental wellness. I’ve mainly kept my reading schedule close to my most beloved authors along with s
Vicky Again
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I was really surprised by this one!

I don't know what I was really expecting, but mystery thrillers still aren't my favorite genre because they just feel a little drab sometimes.

But this was very much Not Drab™.

The first big plus was how atmospheric it was. I just loved reading the chilly spookiness of the "ghost's" doings--the blanks in Marianne's memory where she unexpectedly does something out of character, the spooky voice, and the paranormal occurrences.

It all felt very chilly and hau
*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 possession just creep me out, but in a good way wh
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Sourcebooks Fire. I have a love for horror and an impulse-control problem when it comes to books, but you’re probably well familiar with that by now. Trigger warnings: horror, mental illness, drowning.

When her parents split up and her mother has a breakdown, Marianne goes to stay with her Aunt Jen for a few days. Then she starts losing time and strange things start happening around her, things Marianne couldn’t possibly be responsi
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I was definitely in the wrong demographic to read this book.. I think it would be a great YA horror/suspense selection but for me it just lasted too long and I skimmed over a lot of the dramatic scenes where Marianne fights with her demon.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read and review.
To say Marianne's world has fallen apart would be an understatement. She quit dance at a prestigious school, her parents are splitting, her mother checked herself into the hospital for mental reasons, and Marianne is sent to live with her aunt all while failing apart emotionally. Oh yeah, and there's weird ghost stuff happening around her lately.

I will say, the ambiance of this book was fantastic. The way Bérubé described Marianne's "dream world" was cinematic. I could feel her terror while she
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

**** Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ****

Trigger Warning: Involuntary Outing of a LGTBQ+ Character

1.5 Stars

I am very disappointed that I have to rate this so low, I was really looking forward to adding another YA Horror to my recommendations lists but unfortunately that won’t be the case. This was just….bad. Usually I can find a few redeeming qualities but this was a tough
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Rated 3.5 really.

Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Frantic, creepy ride, with a twist you won't see coming. Sensitive handling of the coming-into-one's-sexuality theme. Provides an all-too-real social commentary about girls/women.
Cons: Most of the supernatural incidents give off a déjà-vu vibe. The family drama is a bit over the top. A character gets accidentally outed.
WARNING! Mental illness; drowning.
Will appeal to: Fans of classic spooks with an unexpected edg
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