Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Bérubé Blog Tour

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I’m not a big reader of paranormal stories but the cover and the blurb for this book caught my attention, so I decided to give it a shot. The story takes a few chapters to get going as we learn about Marianne, her parents’ separation, and her life. Once the setup is established, it was easy reading and I started having different ideas as to what was actually going on and what was haunting Marianne, if anything. Eventually I realised all my theorising was getting me nowhere so I stopped and just enjoyed the ride.

The author does a really good job setting the atmosphere. There is an eeriness and a literal darkness surrounding this story. Marianne’s world has an absence of light. Looking back, even those scenes set in the daytime appear grey in my mind. As the story progresses and the disturbances in Marianne’s life become more pronounced and more violent, I was really getting tense and the big finale had me on edge, right up until the big reveal. Because really that was it? What a letdown. I get what the author is saying but I was disappointed, probably because I was hoping for a big surprise, something I hadn’t considered and in the end, the answer was the obvious one.

The Dark Beneath the Ice is an engaging story and the mood and atmosphere are still with me several days after finishing the book, which is a sure sign it made an impact. 4 stars.

Young adult age recommendation: 13 and up.

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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Bérubé to read and review for this tour.

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