Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Lies Beneath

Lies Beneath
by Anne Greenwood Brown

Why did you choose this book? I’d seen it mentioned on several blogs and it is a mermaid story
When did you read this book? July 2012
Who should read this book? readers of fantasy romance and mermaids
Source: library ebook
Here is a synopsis of Lies Beneath from Goodreads, where it rates 3.71 stars.

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 Review 

I can’t seem to walk by a mermaid book without picking it up. This one has had mixed reviews but I liked it a LOT! This was not the typical mermaid story; the mermaids were not the happy friendly mermaids we usually read about. In this book, the mermaids are cold, murderous, and out for revenge! And the central character is Calder, a merman!

Calder belongs to a family with 3 sisters. Mermaids have no emotions, and must feed on the emotions of humans. Happy humans put out an aura; a pleasing scent and colorful glow which is hard to resist. So mermaids drag the humans into deep water and drown them, absorbing those happy emotions. But it never lasts long before they are looking for another ‘kill’.  Calder winters in the Caribean; he does not like the cold waters of Lake Superior. But the call to migrate and rejoin his sisters each summer is something he cannot resist. Mermaid families are bound together and and communicate by thought when in the water.

This summer Calder has been called back to join in the hunt for a specific human; the son of the man the mermaids hold responsible for the death of their mother. They have found him and now need to lure him into the water because to kill on land is not ‘honorable’. This man, Jason Hancock, has promised his father never to enter the water, and has grown up listening to his father tell stories of the monsters of Lake Superior. So Calder is assigned the task of befriending one of Jason’s daughters and luring her out into the water as ‘bait’. They will attack when Jason comes to rescue her.

But complications arise; Calder begins to have unfamiliar feelings for the older daughter, Lily. He is torn, because it feels like what he imagines love to be, but of course, mermaids don’t feel positive emotions. What’s more, he is attracted to her aura; she smells so good when she is happy. He tries to warn Lily that there are monsters around and she needs to beware. (sound a bit like Edward Cullen?) But Lily is having feelings for him, too. And his sisters remain bent on revenge, and have promised Calder his freedom if he produces Jason for the kill, a deal he can’t say no to. The story is interesting, and while a bit predictable, it is fun watching it develop and there is even a little suspense. But overall, it is a good read and one I recommend to any mermaid lover!

My Rating:  ★★★1/2  3-1/2 Stars

Here is the book trailer. Enjoy!

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