05 June, 2012

Lies Beneath - Review

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Publication date: 12 June 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN 10/13: 0385742010 | 9780385742016

Keyword: Family, Mermaids, Myth, Sea Monsters, Revenge
Format: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook
Category: Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy
Source: e-ARC received from Netgalley

Kimberly's review:

If you're thinking all mermaids are like Ariel, from Disney's The Little Mermaid, think again.

Calder White, once human and now a merman, lives in Lake Superior with his three very dangerous sisters. They happen to be one of the most advanced predators, luring humans into the water, and then absorbing their good feelings. They can't make their own, and need to feed on humans' to survive.
But there is something even more sinister going on.

The family Hancock have moved back to their old family house on the lake. The sisters and Calder have a murderous revenge to see out against them. That is, until Calder falls for oldest daughter Lily. How can he become close to her when he knows he's must kill her father?

I really loved this book. Hans Christian Andersen would be proud. This is your old-fashioned, traditional, blood-and-evil fairy tale. The story is dark, the motivation is darker. As I dove deeper and deeper into their revenge scheme, it just got more twisted, more gruesome. More fairy-tale like. Remember, fairy tales were not flowers, rainbows and puppies, my dear people. Fairy tales had a bite, dark undertones, flawed and struggling characters.

The story is told from Calder's point of view, which was refreshing. A male perspective! Brown does a fantastic job with it. Not once through the book did he sound like a girl, which is a huge pet peeve for me in some other popular series, which shall remain nameless. If the male protagonist sounds like a whiney girl?, it's not for me! He's trying to break away from his three sisters, who are connected to him mentally. And really, with sisters like that, could you blame him? Crazy. Train.

Lily, the oldest daughter and perhaps holder of Calder's heart, is just as fresh. She's smart, puts two and two together fairly quickly, and isn't afraid or shy. She's brave, takes action, and doesn't take anyone's crap!

Early in the book, I knew where the story was going, and what the big twist was at the end. But that didn't stop me from enjoying the ride, rooting for Calder and Lily.

Overall, a very dark tale. Can't wait to see where this series is going.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

You can find the author at annegreenwoodbrown.com and follow her on Twitter @AnneGBrown. You can find more of Kimberly's reviews at The Windy Pages and follow @thewindypages on Twitter.


  1. I haven't thought much about this book, but I loved your review so I'm adding it to my TBR. It sounds really cool. :)
    -Daniela@ YA Book Season

  2. Mermaids in Lake Superior! That's a different twist right there. I hadn't heard of this one, thanks for the review.

  3. Oh I didn't know this had a male perspective. I love those! I've heard a lot of meh reviews on this one but it doesn't sound bad at all. I'm not a huge fan of mermaid books though and I've read a few lately so I need a break, but it's still on my TBR list :) Great review!