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.
This is what would happen if Holly Black collided with The Little Mermaid. Mobster mermaids. And THAT is just awesome right there.
I think the most interesting part was the merMAN aspect. For me, personally, mermaids are kind of, you know, froufrou. On the same par as fairies and unicorns; they are the light and fluffy genus of the fantasy taxonomic rankings (oh, yeah high school biology. See you DO use it in real life!). However, taking something ultra girly like mermaids and looking at with a man’s perspective is certainly different. It’s one of those ‘defend your manhood because you are a girly, glittery mermaid’ situation. And Calder is quite the merMAN.
As for the females, fishy and otherwise, I actually liked them quite a lot! Lily, for being a girl in a male POV story was very strong-willed and opinionated, but still soft and feminine in her moments. And the three sisters. Oh. Like sirens, those girls. Dominant, bitchy and gorgeous. Loved them lots even if they had their total harpy moments.
And the world was certainly different. As I said in the first paragraph, mobster mermaids/killer mermaids are quite unique. And the fact they “eat” humans. Awesome awesome awesome. Oh, and the plot twists in this book? Not bad. Definitely didn’t see them all coming and some were quite shocking at that!
Can’t wait for the sequel to come out and see where it all goes!
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown was published on June 12, 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. You can find Anne online on Twitter or her website.
If you liked Lies Beneath, you might also like Of Poseidon by Anna Banks or Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama.
-Reviewed by Jennifer