Number of pages: 336
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 2
Release Date: August 7th, 2018
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.
I was recommended this book on Twitter recently, so I figured I would see if it was on Netgalley. Low and behold, it was, so I figured I’d request it. The synopsis sounded interesting enough, and I really want to find a YA horror or thriller that scares me (and I’m huge scaredy cat, so it shouldn’t be this difficult). The Dark Beneath the Ice was also written by a Canadian and is set in Canada, so that’s always a plus.
I will give The Dark Beneath the Ice credit for being a really fast read. I read it so quickly I figured it must be like 250 pages, but it’s actually over 300, so props to the author for that.
The thing is that I just didn’t connect with this book. I think horror/ thrillers really need to suck you in so you feel that same prickle of fear the MC is feeling. When thrillers don’t suck me in I just feel very ‘meh’ while reading them, and that’s exactly how I felt for the majority of this book. I became so disinterested at one point that I started thinking about how Marianne’s school’s exam schedule seemed inefficient (which is a thing I thought I would never say considering my local school board wasn’t exactly the best at stuff like planning).
I didn’t really notice this while reading it, but looking back Marianne was written a bit strangely in my opinion. There were times where she was written to sound like she was on the older end of YA, and there were times where she was written very young. Her sounding very young can be excused to some extent considering she spent most of the book in fear, but it got to the point where I cannot tell you how old she is. I’m sure it’s mentioned, but I got so confused along the way that I completely forgot her age.
I did really like the romance. It was a really well done slow-burn. It wasn’t a huge part of the book, but it was there enough for me to get excited for Marianne when Ron mentioned she was interested in girls.
My normal ‘meh’ rating is 3 stars, so you may be wondering why I knocked it down a star. Well, I really didn’t like that it took until about 95% of the way through the book for the things to start to get resolved. I’m also not sure I even understand what happened. By the end of The Dark Beneath the Ice I was so confused as to if everything actually happened?! I don’t understand, and I’m pretty sure I read it carefully this time. It could have always been my fault, but Marianne’s “explanation” of what happened and how it was resolved just didn’t make sense to me. I still can’t wrap my brain around it.
Overall, The Dark Beneath the Ice left me feeling confused and disappointed, earning it 2 stars out of 5.