By Anne Greenwood Brown
Publication date: June 12, 2012
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 303 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
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.
— Goodreads.com description
There’s a lot to like about Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown.
First, it’s a mermaid book. I was a big Ariel fan as a 5-year-old, and I’ve never quite gotten over it, so love that.
But, oh no, this merman isn’t singing under the sea about gizmos and gadgets a-plenty…he’s a murderer. Even more refreshing! In Lies Beneath, the undersea creatures are vicious, vengeful, murderers.
Oh, and did you catch that? Yep, it’s a merMAN book. I can’t think of the last time I read a paranormal book written from a male point-of-view, so this was extremely refreshing.
That being said, there was some insta-love. And some stalking, a la Mr. Edward Anthony Masen Cullen. But, if you’re a paranormal fan and looking for something a little bit darker, this would be a good choice. It wasn’t my favorite, but I definitely never thought about putting it down.