Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge, 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge
Rating: 4 stars
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother’s death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family’s homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there’s more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown is a delightful debut that focuses on the darker side of mermaid mythology. It was a treat to read and I cannot wait to see where the story goes in the sequel, Deep Betrayal.
I just loved how dark Lies Beneath was. The mermaids in this one are dangerous and I loved seeing how Anne Greenwood Brown established this with Calder and Lily’s relationship. Anne Greenwood Brown‘s mermaids are also freshwater mermaids, which was something that really sets it apart from other mermaid books. I found it so fascinating to see how she would play out the mermaid mythology, as there were a lot of originality with her mermaids.
And this book was from Calder’s point of view – which was a lot of fun to read. I loved seeing everything pan out from his eyes. I thought he was a really great character and I cannot wait to see more of him in the next book! My favorite character of the book was hands down Sophie – she was absolutely adorable. I also really liked Lily – she was so defiant and strong.
Lies Beneath was a really great debut from Anne Greenwood Brown. The story held a lot of twists and turns that were never predictable and ended on a note that has me really excited for Deep Betrayal! Lies Beneath is the perfect read for someone looking for a fast, enticing read.
This review of cross-posted from YA Books Central, where it was originally posted.