Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
“Forgiveness is freedom. It’s something you do for yourself – to keep who you are intact.”
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.
Anne Greenwood Brown is an excellent author, her descriptive writing style made me feel as though I was swimming through the depths of the ocean with Calder. I have always wanted to read a mermaid story but have never had the chance, so I was very excited to dive (no pun intended) to this book.
I enjoyed the originality of the story as these were not like mermaids I’d seen in film. However, all of the characters felt extremely flat to me. While I enjoyed the shift from the YA norm with the use of a male POV instead of the usual female POV, I did not form any connection to Calder and therefore found it had to connect to the story.
I just found myself not caring about any of the plot twists or love story. Finishing the book felt more of a chore than the suspenseful, can’t breathe, can’t sleep without finding out how to story ends feeling I love about books. 2 out of 5 stars.