Book Review: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Lies Beneath
Lies Beneath #1
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Fantasy/Mermaids
Released: June 12th 2012
Review Source: Random House/Delacorte
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) 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 irresistible good looks and charm on unsuspecting 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.

(2.5 Trees)

I grew up loving mermaids. I mean, who hasn’t watched The Little Mermaid? Well, although Lies Beneath is far from Disney's interpretation of mermaids, I can't say I liked Anne's interpretation of the mystical creatures. I did like the fact that mermaids were deadly and manipulative, but the characters to me, fell short. I didn’t feel a connection with any of them. I really dislike giving such a low rating to Lies Beneath, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I normally give a book the 100 page test when it starts off slow, hoping that it will pick up and WOW me, but it never happened. The only reason why I decided to continue reading and finish the story was because I wanted to see what the mystery was. Although I did not fully like Lies Beneath, I would still pick up another book from Ms. Greenwood Brown.

Check out these other reviews before you make any decision on reading this book. Remember sometimes you just read a book at the wrong time and it falls short and other times its perfect timing and the book is stellar. 


  1. That trailer is awesome--too bad this book didn't grip you emotionally (which is so important to my enjoyment of a book). I like how you listed some positive reviews too, since often this is so subjective.

  2. lol, it's so weird, I usually am quite the opposite when a book isn't for the liking of others or when a book is loved by others... It's ALMOST ALWAYS the opposite... take 'Lies Beneath' for example... I gave it a 5/5 review... >.< while some other books that most people love... I can't even write a review for... :/

    And I love it! hehehe Hope you get the chance to give this book another try! :)



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