Lies Beneath

Lies Beneath

Book - 2012
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As the only brother in a family of mermaids living in Lake Superior, Calder White is expected to seduce Lily, the daughter of the man believed to have killed the mermaids' mother, but he begins to fall in love with her just as Lily starts to suspect the legends about the lake are true.
ISBN: 9780385742016
Characteristics: 306 pages ;,22 cm.


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laurendouglass Jan 30, 2019

I reviewed this quite awhile ago but thought to bring it back out of the archives as I noticed there is a newish mermaid show on TV - Siren.


That's about all I can muster for the new teen-mermaid-love story-Twilight-wanna be titled Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown.  But that's not a very compelling review so let me back up a bit.

I was very excited when I read the description for this book, which begins with:

"As the only brother in a family of mermaids living in Lake Superior..."

Lake Superior!  These are local mermaids, not some flashy Los Angeles or New York mermaids but good decent Great Lakes mermaids.  I was so hopeful that maybe the book would be set in Sault Ste. Marie or a picturesque upper peninsula town that I couldn't wait to read the book.  So I was disappointed when I realized that the mermaids home base was Wisconsin, specifically the Apostle Islands, but hey, at least they weren't swimming around in the Hudson River, right?

I kept reading but the book just never took off.  The romance between the lead merman and the young heroine didn't really spark and the mermaid world painted by the author never seemed very rich or engrossing.  I did like that the protagonist was a guy, but it wasn't enough to make me really like the book.  Maybe it is just me but I don't find the concept of mermaids all that sexy.  Just kind of wet and clammy and covered in dried sand...ew.

I know mermaids are supposed to be the new vampires but maybe the prediction made by USA Today back in May 2011 was wrong.  Maybe we're not yet done with vampires or werewolves - after all, the TV adaptation of A Discovery of Witches was just released and so far the reviews are very good. 

Or maybe I just read the wrong mermaid book.  After all, I thought Splash was quite funny so I'm not completely anti-mermaid.

Jun 19, 2013

A very nose-in-the-book Story! I constantly kept me on my toes and was full of surprises; it made me ask questions that i never would've asked, and I could always make an inference with the little information I had. The characters were well put together as well as the line plot! I can't wait to read the sequel!!

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