The Dark Beneath the Ice
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.
Chilling YA horror
THE DARK BENEATH THE ICE is a stunningly written YA horror that follows Marianne as she starts losing time, sees objects literally break around her, and more. This story asks questions like: what does it mean to be possessed, how much can you trust yourself, and what really is fear? What I most appreciate about THE DARK BENEATH THE ICE is how it handles mental health concerns. Too often, the 'losing my mind' trope veers into harmful ableist territory, but I felt Marianne's journey is a respectful balance of real world concerns and supernatural force.
I also love the slow burn f/f romance. Going in, I didn't know there would be any romance at all, and I was so pleased at how Marianne and Rhiannon develop organically and sweetly.
While I wouldn't have minded a few more scares, my favorite aspect of THE DARK BENEATH THE ICE is the lyrical writing. Bérubé has a way of drawing you in with a lovely flow to the sentences that still manage a sharp edge.
Overall, YA horror readers will love THE DARK BENEATH THE ICE for the twisted premise, side of romance, and solid opportunity for chills down the spine.