Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Title: Lies Beneath
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
ISBN: 0385742010
Publication: June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Received: Received from Netgalley
Links: Goodreads
Rating: 3 out of 5

Short Blurb:

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids.

My Thoughts:

Killer mermaids. Cool. I slipped into this book almost effortlessly. It's a little mysterious, nothing is explained, but as we follow Calder through his actions, we get to know a lot about the kind of guy he is. He has three sisters who are well, ruthless mermaids. Their qualities range from deadly persuasive to paralyzingly beautiful and well Calder is stuck with them unless his eldest sister Maris sets him free from the family.

The story follows a simple thread. A human man killed their mother and the sisters are after the blood of the man's son. The man they're trying to kill is older now, and has a daughter named Lily. Calder and Lily sort of have a thing, but then Calder also has a thing with his sister Tallulah.

Loved the names in this book and loved the cover image.

The story itself didn't grab me and keep me as interested as I hoped I would be. It's your basic plot line, they state what they're going to go and by the end of the book, they do it. Because of that you can predict what will happen along the way. It doesn't make for a bad read if you're interested in all the stops along the way, but if you're looking for a story that's going to change your world, this isn't it.

It's good, but it's not great.

I'd recommend it to people who like mermaids but want something darker and for people who want something from a boy's point of view. That side of it was really excellent. I love male POV!


  1. I am reading this one right now and struggling with it. Thanks for the honest review!

  2. Darker with a male POV = I am intrigued. I have this one also through NG and I have been anxious to get to it. I'm now even more excited. It's too bad the story wasn't quite what you hoped, Rhi, but you liked it, and that's enough to get me interested! :D

  3. Would love to get this book. Your review convinced me. Thanks for great job!
    laura thomas


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