by Anne Greenwood Brown
Genre: Urban Fantasy, YA
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Reviewed by: Julia | Source: NetGalley
It’s been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she’s counting. And when Calder does return, it’s not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily’s dad monopolizes Calder’s time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind.
Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman’s natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn’t know what to believe—only that whoever’s responsible is sure to strike again. . . .
When I got my hands on a copy of DEEP BETRAYAL, I was so excited to read more of the alien and tortured hero, Calder White. Brown’s ability to make him sympathetic without softening too many of his predator’s edges was one I my favorite aspects of LIES BENEATH.
While Calder didn’t let me down, I had a very hard time reading the first third of DEEP BETRAYAL. There’s a lot of focus on the who/ what/ where events at the end of LIES BENEATH, which was confusing even to someone who read it. Even worse, what little character driven story there was on the front end was Lily’s post adventure woes. Juxtaposing her “I want to go home and be with my boyfriend” pouting against the very real danger of vengeful mermaids and her father’s transformation makes her look so… petty. Not a great start to our reintroduction. While I didn’t buy into Lily’s worries, she did have me wondering why Calder put up with her. Oh wait, that’s right, everyone else in the world thinks he’s dead or wants to kill him. You’re right, Lily, you have it *sooo hard*.
Between the family tension, vengeful creatures in the water, and violent boys in town, there are a lot of dangers swirling around Lily and Calder. I’d like to say all of these different threads came together in the end, but some of the esoteric mermaid magic never quite made sense. I didn’t mind those misfires, however, as Brown’s ending resolved my biggest concerns. If I were one of Calder’s mermaid family, I’d be swimming away electrified with the excitement of endless, happy possibilities.
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