Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

From Goodreads : 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.

My rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : A deadly merman with an avenging heart and an innocent girl dreams to be a poet, when the two different worlds collides, love happens.

Unlike every other spring when Calder was called back home, to the cold water of Lake Superior at earlier than usual, he had no idea Jason Hancock, son of the man who was responsible for his mother’s death had came back too. This could be the perfect opportunity of retaliation to Calder and his mermaid sisters for their mother’s death and end the bargain Tom Hancock made years ago with their mother by snatching the last breath out of his son, just like Tom did to their mother.

Using his extremely good looks and charm Calder was sent to befriend with Lily, elder daughter of Jason Hancock, thus reaching for his actual target Jason, but nothing went right as he planned.

Revenge and rage is dangerous but nothing could have been more grievous situation for Calder than falling in love with his own prey.

Into The Deep

I liked the Author’s richly imaginative power of creating the world of mermaids. The vivid description of Lake Superior evoked lifelike images within my mind. Not many books have a strong male voice behind the story, and in that department Lies Beneath definitely deserves some credit. It felt like I was swimming with Calder to the deep of Lake Superior and watching every movement of Lily. I found the plot very refreshing and actuating, exiting enough to keep you flipping through the pages.

Love Lies Beneath

Bound to the duty of carrying out his mother’s last wish was the only chance for Calder to earn his freedom from his sisters even if it means to hurt the person he loved

A little bit scared and confused yet strong, Calder is an unusual hero different from any other conventional fantasy males, which is why I liked him. Caught in between his relationship with his vindictive sisters and his lady love, Calder went through emotional turmoil but in the end what will be his ultimate choice?

Brought up in a murderous mermaid family Calder inherited vicious nature of killing people and absorbing their energy for his own survival, but he tried to fight off his killer instinct throughout the book. I witnessed his character development and his effort to be a better person which pleased me very much.

On the contrary Lily was capable enough of being resisted by his charm and good looks. When Lily was first introduced I thought her to be a sallow, guess what actually she wasn’t. Yes she was a person of a specified kind, dressed in odd manner and obsessed with Victorian poets but not drama at all. Cute and kind hearted, Lily made perfect pair with our merman. In Water Lily, the next installment of Lies Beneath we will be given the story from the perspective of Lily, and I’m truly interested to get a piece of her mind.

Romance between Calder and Lily picked up speed step by step, developed in a believable pace. Watching Calder slowly falling in love was a delightful surprise. I actually enjoyed the gradual improvement of budding romance that simultaneously evolved with the progress of story.

Family Ties

Coming to the vengeful sisters, they are actually scary in good sense. They know nothing but revenge for their mother’s death and they can step over any thing that gets into their way. Three of them were very fascinating character. What impressed me was their never backing down and keeping the promise attitude. They may be a little creepy but striking enough.
Bond between Calder and his sister was flimsy; no wonder why Calder wanted to get rid of them.

In The End What Does Matter

Motives were dark but his affection for the girl hold him back from doing any harm to her family, Calder had to choose his own path. Unexpected turning in the end, Lies Beneath is not your average mermaid story, it a murderous one. Highly recommended for all mermaid lovers and for the people who thinks they should try at least one mermaid book, I will say this is the right moment with right book and right opportunity.

Who says Not everything is a mermaid that dives into the water, well as you see love lies beneath.


  1. I read about thisa one a while ago and I cant wait to get my mitts on it!

  2. reading this one sooon
    looks awesome
    rad review