Monday, July 30, 2012

Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1) by Anne Greenwood Brown

book cover of Lies Beneath by Anna Greenwood Brown

Title: Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1)
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Release date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Pages: 303
Source: Publisher

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 is not your Disney mermaid story.  It’s a dark tale of murderous mermaids with a little romance thrown in for good measure.  It’s one of the best mermaid books I’ve read.

Calder is not like his sisters.  He does not enjoy killing innocent humans; he has to do it though.  His sisters, however, seriously love killing people and they have their next victim picked out: the guy responsible for the death of their mother, Tom Hancock.  They need Calder’s help though.  They need him to get close to Hancock by getting close to his daughter Lily.  This plan involves some stalking, lying, and just being a creeper in general.  It does not involve Calder falling in love with Lily.  But he does…

Calder may act like a total creeper but he’s actually a pretty sweet guy (except for the occasional murders.)  He’s a victim of his circumstances and he just wants out.  He doesn’t think about how this might affect others at first but he does eventually realize his selfish ways and attempts to change them.  Deep down he seems like a good guy with a good heart, one that is capable of true love.  Lily is also a good person and it’s more easy to see that with her.  She’s a bit naive at first but she does grow up throughout the book.  She is kind, caring, funny, smart, and imaginative.  She clearly loves her family and would do anything for them.  Her relationships with her sister and parents were one of my favorite things about the book.

The sisters are pure evil.  They want revenge and they don’t care who they hurt in the process (not even their own brother.)  They get pleasure from murdering people and they are truly creepy mermaids.  I would stay out of the water near these girls. But while they were sufficiently creepy I felt that they could have used a lot more development.  I never felt like I knew their motives.

The plot isn’t very fast-paced for the first 1/4 to 1/2 of the book but it is by no means boring.  There is a lot of history given as well as some build-up of relationships.  And while there is a bit of insta-love between Calder and Lily it’s not bad.  It’s more insta-attraction then anything.  (Lily does realize he is kind of a creepy stalker.)  Their relationship is more of a slow build and I think it will really take off in the next book. (Although I’m not sure what that one is going to be about.  Things were pretty resolved at the end of this one.)

Overall, Lies Beneath is an interesting, unique take on mermaids.  I highly recommend this one for all you skeptics out there.  (I’m not really a mermaid fan but I loved it!)

Looking for more reviews?
The Brain Lair’s review
Literally Jen’s review

Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1)
Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2) – March 12, 2013

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  1. Lili

    In all honesty, I haven’t seen many positive reviews for this book lately, so this is a really refreshing review. I was looking forward to this book and all of the negative reviews dulled my desire to pick it up. I’m happy that Calder isn’t as creepy as everyone makes him out to be. I may give this book another chance.

    Happy reading. (:

  2. Midnight Bloom

    I haven’t really fallen for the mermaid genre just yet, but I definitely agree the Lies Beneath is one of the better ones out in stores to read right now. I liked seeing Calder’s intentions shift away from dark intentions as he got closer to Lily. Great review!

    Liz @ Midnight Bloom Reads

  3. Kapri (Book Fanatics)

    I really liked this book. I liked that instead of the fun and pretty mermaids we’ve been seeing in young adult lately, the mermaids in this book are pretty evil actually. It’s refreshing and a nice twist.

  4. Sydney

    I haven’t seen a lot of mermaid novels on the shelves these days. I’ll pick this one up since it seems to be more accurate portrayal of them. Thanks for the review!

  5. Sasha

    I’ve noticed that the siren/mermaid genre is slowly gaining more momentum lately. I used to think it rather silly but reading this review, I might actually give it a shot! Great review 🙂

  6. Marmaladelibby (aka Ange)

    I agree; this was such an interesting one and I don’t like mermaid books either. I think part of what really did it for me was the setting though. I LOVE Bayfield and Lake Superior. Being able to picture the setting so clearly was such a fun experience. Anne is such a sweetie if you ever get a chance to meet her you should!

  7. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter)

    I really enjoyed this one! I think it helps that it was my first mermaid read, so I really had nothing else to compare it to. And what I liked was that the GUY was the mermaid (well, and his sisters) … for some reason, I always think that the main character in a mermaid book would be a female mermaid. And then I want to watch that movie with Tom Hanks ABOUT the mermaid. But I digress.

    Good review! I’m happy you liked the book! 🙂

  8. Natasha

    Great review! I hope to read this one soon. I haven’t read any mermaid books before so this one should be a good one to start with.

  9. Christina Kit.

    I too totally loved this one! I loved the violence (I know, it’s weird, but it was so refreshing in a mer tale) and I loved the characters.

    The second book is supposed to be totally different as it’s narrated by Lily, but I hope it’s just as good:)

    Lovely review 🙂

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