Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Lies Beneath
Lies Beneath, by Anne Greenwood Brown, is a Great Lakes mermaid novel. It is part of the Lies Beneath series.

Synopsis 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 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 onto the water. Calder’s job is to gain Hancock’s trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good 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-in-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.


WARNING: The merpeople in this book are not Disney mermaids.

Calder White and his sisters are honor-bound to find and kill Jason Hancock. When they find him, Calder’s sisters summon Calder back to Lake Superior. They send him in to infiltrate the family to eventually lure Jason out into the water. What happens when he feels an attraction to Lily beyond a desire to feed off her life force?

I’ve always wondered about freshwater mermaids, so I was thrilled to find this book. Unfortunately the plot felt one-dimensional. I believe that is what made the ebook a quick read. A good number of the characters didn’t seem to belong in the story. I don’t see how they contributed anything to the plot. Also, the story didn’t become very interesting or exciting until the last third of the book, which is why I gave it the extra half star.

The theme of this book is revenge versus forgiveness.

This was a quick but flat read. I recommend this to those who are interested in mermaids or like novels centered in the Great Lakes.

Genre: Paranormal YA

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

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