Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full length (303 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla
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.
Calder White is a man lost among women. Or rather, a merman surrounded by mermaids – angry, vengeful, bloodthirsty mermaids. When he’s called home early to the cold waters of Lake Superior, he’s reluctant, to say the least. But when his sisters inform him that the man responsible for their mother’s death has been found, he has no choice but to return and seek out his revenge.
I think that I’m just a little bit in love with Calder. He’s charming, he’s handsome, and he tends to put his foot in his mouth. While that last part’s not normally something a woman looks for in a potential date, it shows that he has a strong human side battling with the merman exterior. Calder’s also very adept at swallowing his true feelings to make peace with his three sisters, something that might just come in handy later in life. He’s an extremely complex character who grows and learns an awful lot about himself and his history throughout the course of the story.
Lily Hancock is every man’s dream come true. She’s beautiful, poetic, and a truly free spirit. Her easygoing nature really helps to balance out Calder’s more natural unease and restlessness. I like how different she is from other young heroines I’ve come across. Lilly has a love of the past, vintage clothing and Victorian poetry, and she has old-fashioned values, too. She’d give anything to keep her family together and whole.
Lies Beneath is an intense and fast-paced trek into the real lives of the merpeople. This decidedly dark twist on a familiar theme will make you reevaluate everything you thought you knew. The author does an amazing job of twisting reality and fantasy and making into a seamless whole. So, what are you waiting for? Come dip your toes into the water and see what you find.