Anne Greenwood Brown
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
June 12th 2012
A copy was provided for review by Random House Canada.
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 irresistible good looks and charm on unsuspecting 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.
I've heard some mixed reviews on Lies Beneath, some not so good and some really good. I really don't understand the bad reviews, because this book is all kinds of awesome. These are the kind of mermaids I love, the killing frightening kind.
As I already stated the take on mermaids is awesome and very unique. Mermaids don't have to be the good kind for there to be romance and swooning. Calder and Lily prove that is Lies Beneath. I LOVED Calder, he was a great characters perspective to read from. He's hot, funny and a great guy for a murderous mermaid. I loved how he tried to hold onto his human side, since he wasn't born a mermaid but made one.
Lily as a love interest for Calder was a bit odd, but that just makes her all the more realistic, she has her flaws which is great to see in a book character. This is one of the few books that I actually liked the insta-love, to me it was really well done and not agonizing to read. In fact I loved it..
I absolutely enjoyed all the struggles that Calder and Lily have to go through, with Calders evil sisters, and the complications that stand between Calder and Lily being together. Towards the end of the book was the best part in my opinion. There is a bery shocking twist in the plot that is awesome, which leads to the heart wrenching conclusion. Cannot wait until the next book to see what happens next, I hear it will be told in Lily's point of view. That would be interesting to see, but a major reason why I loved the book as much as I did was because of Calder.
Lies Beneath is a must read book for fans of mermaids, romance, and of course the supernatural genre. Evil, murderous mermaids, a great main character, and get writing and story telling. What more could you possibly want in a book?