Lies Beneath by ANNE GREENWOOD BROWN
Review: Review based on ARC/netgalley edition
What began as a mediocre read quickly turned into a fast paced story in which the line between good and evil are very easily blurred.
Calder White is a mermaid, but not like the Little Mermaid. He drowns humans for the fleeting moment of experiencing their happiness. When his sisters relay news that they've finally found the son of the man who killed their mother, Calder is too happy to quickly kill him so that he can carry on his merry little way-away from his sisters. Except Lily happens and killing her father gets a lot more complicated.
To be completely honest, I did not think that I was going to enjoy this book. After 86 pages I set aside the book to tackle other books on my TBR list but I eventually came back. And something happened. Maybe my mindset changed or the book picked up but I was turning pages quick as ever! I loved the idea of murderous mermaids a la mythical sirens and Calder was as heartless as they come.
The characters were very interesting especially Calder's three sisters led by the ever-planning Maris. If there was an award for the Most Dysfunctional Mermaid Family I'm pretty sure the White's would have no competition. Maris is just so downright evil she makes Calder seem tame. Overall, Lily Hancock, the love interest, was an interesting and stable character but I found the story involving Calder and his family more appealing.
The writing was very strong as well. What made this novel so unique is that it is told from a male perspective which was a something I personally don't come across too often in the young adult genre. In my opinion, the book starting off very rushed and unsure of itself (ie the sisters initial plot to get revenge on the Hancocks) but once it decided on a plot, I really enjoyed it.
Lies Beneath is a great introductory novel and I cannot wait to find out more about Calder and his blooming love with Lily. With great characters and a revenge-driven plot for revenge, Lies Beneath will makes waves (yes I just did that) this summer!
I recommend this novel for fans of mermaid characters and REVENGE.