Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Page Count: 320
Summary from the Back Cover
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 must prey on humans and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death.
It’s going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock into the water. Calder’s job is to gain Hancock’s trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love—just as Lily starts to suspect there’s more to the monster-of-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves.
One thing’s for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won’t be pretty.
I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to any fantasy lover! At the behest of his sisters, Calder must exact revenge upon the man he believes to be the cause of his mother’s death. Along the way, things go awry when he falls in love with the target’s daughter.
I expected the story to be good, but I was pleasantly surprised by fluid storytelling, great pacing, and memorable characters that made for a great story. The writing flowed very well and kept me interested, so much so, that I had difficulty putting the book down. Brown’s pacing is excellent and her use of cliffhangers keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. I loved the characters and found myself sympathizing with Calder throughout the book. Brown’s characters, especially Lily and Calder, become more complex over time, which I really enjoyed.
The book has light fantasy elements throughout. The mermaids live in the real world, but have fantastical abilities, such as telepathy. I feel that even non-fantasy lovers will find this story to be light and palatable.