Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Title: Lies Beneath
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher: Delacorte
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Source: Thanks Netgalley and Delacorte
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Summary: 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 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.

Review: Lies Beneath is a lot different from any other mermaid book I've read. Sure, I've read books about killer sirens but killer mermaids was a new one for me. Fortunately, it was pulled off very well, and I enjoyed that aspect of the book immensely.

The best part of this book was by far the mermaids. There wasn't nearly enough information about them to keep me satisfied. What Brown does give you is fantastic, but I kept getting a feeling there just had to be something more. I don't know about anyone else but I just love the idea of killer mermaids feeding off others emotions

Calder is interesting, to say the least. He's not exactly a very caring or nice guy. I know that I had a hard time connecting with him and I have a feeling other readers might too. He's was a bit two-dimensional and dull for my tastes but he did keep the book entertaining and light. And that is always a plus. I'm also sad to report the romance department is quite lacking in Lies Beneath. Calder and Lily seemed like they were off to a good start but then it just turned into an "I will do anything for you" fest.

I read Lies Beneath in one quick setting. It's a fairly short read but it was still engrossing. There are a couple of odd parts in the book that I didn't particularly care for but it still managed to be a nice afternoon read.

Lies Beneath manages to be a quick and entertaining read with a new brand of mermaids. It definitely had its downs but it's still a worthwhile read if you're looking for something different and new.



Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Mermaids just aren't my fave mythological creature but I do like the idea of killer 'maids. Sad that the romance fell short. Think this might be a library get.

Lauren M said...

Sigh, mermaid books always seem to be hit or miss for me. Lies Beneath looked to be one of the better ones, but...it seems like it just didn't grip you. Bummer! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)
- Lauren

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