The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube is a YA Horror novel that is sure to leave you cold and scared.
“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 back what she stole. And Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it think it’s owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.“
This book is definitely a HORROR one!
At first, I thought this was going to be a contemporary novel with the YA struggles of the teenaged life, but then about 1/3 of the way through, you could tell the paranormal elements were seeping through. But this story had me freaked out with a hint of spine-tingling moments.
First, there is mystery with the main character’s mother who is struggling with a ‘mental’ problem, and then you have the main character who is slowly showing similar signs. It made you wonder what was real and what was all in their head. But as she thinks she’s going crazy, she meets the unlikely friend who may be making the situation worse. The character development drives the horror effect into the tipping point between insanity and possession.
I will say that this YA book is higher on the scary scale than most ‘horror’ novels. There were moments when you could feel the icy, cold moments along with the characters. The writing is just the right amount of spooky while also bringing in mental health elements and a unique, friendship twist.
I don’t want to spoil anything, but there is a diverse relationship that was semi-hinted throughout the book. But, you’ll have to read the book for more information..
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this read during the fall/Halloween season as this is perfect to read with a cup of warm, pumpkin spiced hot chocolate and a warm blanket (cause this story is a cold one).
Published: 7 August 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult Horror
How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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