Monday, 15 October 2012

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers (12 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385742010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385742016
  • The lore of mermaids and mermen is real! As Gretchen McNeil, author of Possess, says, "Riveting! A cold-blooded tale of secrets, revenge, and forbidden love that will leave you terrified to go in the water."
    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 and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother's death.

    It's going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder's job is to gain Hancock's trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love--just as Lily starts to suspect there's more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves.

    One thing's for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won't be pretty.
Cover: Creepy, relevant and beautiful...perfect cover for this book.

This book was one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2012...and I've finally gotten around to reading it.
This is my first mermaid read, and I really enjoyed it.
I loved that it was dark and creepy...mermaids in this book are certainly no Disney's Ariel.
I loved that it was in the guy's point of view, and Calder is brutally honest about his nature.  It was interesting to have a protagonist that admits he's a serial killer, killing people to absorb their aura's as mermaid don't feel 'happy' emotions on their own.
I liked that the relationship between Calder and Lily wasn't exactly 'insta-love', and their interactions were hilarious- Lily doesn't instantly fall for his charms and he doesn't know why, which makes him frustrated.
Calder's sisters were great characters, super creepy.
The whole plot was great, seeing Calder fall for Lily, but even at the end you're not entirely sure of his character...I don't want to spoil anything for you, but let's say something happens and he's not exactly quick to act.
It's a fast paced book, but something was missing.  I often felt it didn't flow very well, and often had to re-read bits so I wasn't lost.  Don't get me wrong, I loved this book but something is stopping me from giving it 5/5.
Over all I give it 4/5 stars.  It's a great read and I definitely recommend it.  There was a great plot twist at the end that I didn't see coming and am looking forward to seeing it develop.
The dark and creepy mermaids make it a great choice for this time of year.
I'm definitely looking forward to checking out the sequel Deep Betrayal next year.

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