Title: Lies Beneath
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Calder White is the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. He and his sisters live by preying on humans and absorbing their positive energies. Usually, their victims are random, but this time they’re out for revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death. But Hancock is aquaphobic. Calder’s job is to gain Hancock’s trust by getting close to his family – so he decides to seduce Hancock’s daughter, Lily. But Calder falls in love, and Lily starts to suspect there’s more to the monster in the lake legends than she ever imagined.
Two things intrigued me about this book. One was the setting of Lake Superior – because honestly, any setting near the Great Lakes is just cool. The other was the idea of murderous mermaids.
Calder was definitely an interesting character. Since he was one of the murderous mermaids, I expected him to at least try and kill someone, but that part was kind of minimized. The focus was more on his debate over whether or not killing Jason Hancock was right (and later on, what that would do to his family) versus what his sisters wanted. Honestly, except for the mermaid part, he was a pretty unremarkable character.
Lily was also interesting. She was a total nonconformist, which came across immediately, but she wasn’t the rebellious teenager like I expected. At first, I thought she’d be the standard rebellious teen who didn’t listen to her parents or care about her little sister. But she wasn’t. She enjoyed poetry, loved her sister, loved her parents, and was actually a “good girl.” She was interesting, but she wasn’t really remarkable.
I didn’t like any of Calder’s mermaid sisters. Maris was cruel and manipulative, Pavati was hypnotically beautiful and knew it, and Tallulah was just kind of there. But they were all most definitely killers.
Thankfully, the romance wasn’t insta-love. I’m not generally a fan of romance, but this one was tolerable, at least. I more enjoyed learning the little details about this variety of mermaids, their quirks, the fact that their tails become legs when they get out of the water – that kind of stuff.
This was an enjoyable book, but not a fantastic one. I liked the read, but the romance was such a huge focus that I didn’t love it. I’m not sure if I want to read the sequel, Deep Betrayal, or not.