Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 11th. August 2018 ~

The Dark Beneath the Ice

by Amelinda Berube

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.

The Dark Beneath the Ice was truly an unnerving story with a well-planned plot, characters and motivated storyline. I haven’t enjoyed reading a scary book in a long time, which says a lot because I read a great deal of horror and zombie books. I was spellbound by the story this author has created and look forward to reading and reviewing  more of her work.

Other Reviews:

“Fun frights and a well-constructed’s Black Swan meets Carrie. “ – Kirkus

“The book’s haunting, waterlogged atmosphere and Marianne’s psychological turmoil will build an effective and growing sense of dread in readers…hand this novel to those who enjoy spooky, psychological books with strong themes of self-discovery.”   – School Library Journal

“The vivid descriptions make the tension real. Fans of thrillers will enjoy Marianne’s struggles.” – School Library Connection

About the Author

Amelinda Bérubé 


Born ~ Canada

Website ~


Genre ~ Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal

AMELINDA BÉRUBÉ has been a writer and editor with a small department in the Canadian public service since 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University and a Master of Arts from McGill. Amelinda is also a member of SCBWI and can be found on Twitter at @metuiteme. Visit

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