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.
I received an ARC for this book via NetGalley for an honest review.
This book isn’t the type of book I generally sit down to read. I usually gravitate towards novels that are either very fantasy/sci-fi driven or have a nice touch of romance to them. However, this book sounded interesting enough for me to give it a go. Who doesn’t love a good spooky story with something sinister coming after the main character?
Amelinda Bérubé has a phenomenal writing style. Her descriptions really pull you into her story and make you feel as if you’re standing right next to her characters. “There’s a wavering line between us where the water flattens into glassy stillness, stretching away behind it without end, rimed with a dim crust of ice.” When objects flew through the air, or sounds erupted around the room, I felt like I was sitting there taking in every horrifying moment of it. I could see the room in her Aunt’s home that she sat in and dreaded what this haunting meant for her. I felt her fear, her desperation, and her heartbreak.
Marianne is a pretty solid character, for the most part. There were moments where I wanted to throw my hands up and yell at her, but I couldn’t blame her for handling this experience the way that she did. Her inability to let a “friend” named Ingrid go bothered me, because it was obvious to me that the girl didn’t care about her. Yet, I had to sit there and remind myself that she’s a teenager and not a grown woman who knows her worth. How unfortunate.
Ron, though, is my favorite character in this novel. She’s strong, caring, brave, and yet very gentle. She’s the kind of person you’d want to call your friend, your ride or die, and maybe more as Marianne starts to see she wants. She goes “to hell and back” for Marianne and it makes me admire her. She’s a little too brave, but it works. Her vulnerability, when it comes to Marianne and her mother, made her a character that seemed all dark on the outside but had a lot of light on the inside. She was very beautifully done.
Now, here’s the reason I had to rate this 4-stars instead of 5. I didn’t like what it was that was haunting her. It was supposed to be deep and unexpected, I’m sure, but it completely killed the suspense and horror factor for me. I was creeped out by this book, which I loved, and then it sort of just died for me. I sat there with my eyebrows raised, shaking my head, and wishing I hadn’t finished it just so I could hold onto the mystery forever.
Overall, I liked this book. The author is talented and has a writing style I really appreciate. I think that most people will love this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes to be creeped out just a little.