Friday, 1 June 2012

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown - Book Review

Title: Lies Beneath
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: 12th June 2012
Pages: 315
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: YA / Paranormal
Source: ARC from NetGalley



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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. (Goodreads Synopsis)


This is a book that was a mixed bag for me. I did love the premise and the idea of mermaids being 'the bad guys'. Plus, the storyline was good and original. But overall the book fell a little flat for me. 

Although I liked the story, I never really got pulled in enough to love it. To keep to relevant metaphors: it was rather like treading water as I found my attention wasn't always entirely engaged.

Lily and Calder are okay characters and I found their blossoming relationship believable, but I just never came to care for them enough to be worried for their safety. I also found the dialogue between them a little dull and stiff. 

But, despite these gripes, this book still gets three stars as it was a good story idea. I just think the execution could have been better. Worth reading, but not one I'd recommend dashing out to buy.


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