Lies Beneath

Lies Beneath

by Anne Greenwood Brown

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Overview

Fans of Amanda Hocking's novel, Wake, will dive into this paranormal romance featuring mermaids—the killer kind—and won't come up for air!

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 and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother's death.

It's going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder's job is to gain Hancock's trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love—just as Lily starts to suspect there's more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves.

One thing's for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won't be pretty.

"Riveting! A cold-blooded tale of secrets, revenge, and forbidden love that will leave you terrified to go in the water."—Gretchen McNeil, author of Possess

"Scary and spooky . . . I really enjoyed reading this."—USA Today

“A haunting tale of revenge and romance.”—Justine Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385742023
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 336,073
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

ANNE GREENWOOD BROWN grew up sailing the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, leaning over the rail and wondering, with a lake that big, that ancient, what amazing thing might flash by. Now she knows. Lies Beneath is her first novel.

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1

CALLED HOME

I hadn’t killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that. Sure, I’d wanted to, but too many suspicious drownings got people talking. Fearful towns- people were the last thing I needed. Besides, I was getting a sick thrill out of denying my body what it craved. Self-­control was my latest obsession. I doubted my sisters could say the same thing.

Rising through the Caribbean waters, I walked my fingers up the bank of dead coral until I found the pattern of cracks I was looking for. I followed it to the surface, coming up at the spot where I’d stashed my pile of human clothes. My cell phone was ringing somewhere in the pile. Maris, I thought, gritting my teeth. I’d lost count of how many times she’d called today. I’d let all her attempts go to voice mail.

A splashing sound pulled my attention from my sister’s ringtone, and I jerked around to face the ocean. An easy hundred yards away, a girl lay on an inflatable raft. A yellow light outlined her body. She wasn’t ripe yet. Maybe, if I waited, the yellow light would grow into something more brilliant—­more satisfying—­more worth breaking my hard-­won self-­control over.

Against my will, the memory of my last kill teased the corners of my brain. It tempted me, mocked me for ever thinking I could rise above my nature. My fingers twitched at the months-­old memory: the grabbing, the diving, the guise of human legs giving way to tail and fin, the tingling sensation heating my core as I pinned my prey to the ocean floor, absorbing that intoxicating light, drawing the brilliant emotion out of her body until I felt almost . . .

Oh, what the hell.

But before I dove after the unsuspecting girl, my cell went off again. For a second I considered chucking it into the ocean; it was the disposable kind, after all. But that was a little extreme. Even for me. I let it go to voice mail. I mean, it wasn’t like I didn’t know why Maris was calling. The old, familiar pull was back. That pull—­somewhere behind my rib cage, between my heart and my lungs—­that told me it was almost time to leave Bahamian warmth and return to my family in the cold, bleak waters of Lake Superior. It was time to migrate.

A shiver rippled down my arms. Get a grip, Calder, I told myself. Ignore it. You don’t have to leave quite yet. I could hear the memory of my mother’s voice telling me the same thing, just as she had before my first migration. Focus, son, she’d said, rumpling my curly hair. Timing is everything.

Thirty years might have passed, but the loss of my mother still gripped my stomach. It hurt to remember. And the great lake only made the memories more painful. No, there was no good reason to go back to the States. Except that I had no choice.

The urge to migrate was irresistible. Far more powerful than the urge to kill. With each rise and fall of the moon, with each turn of the tide, it grew more impossible to ignore. Experience told me there were only a few more weeks before I had to rejoin my sisters. By the end of May, I’d be shooting through the water on a missile’s course. God help anyone who got in my way.

My cell went off again. With a resigned curse, I pulled myself halfway out of the water and dug through my clothes until I found it and hit Send.

“Nice of you to take my call,” Maris said.

“What do you want?”

“It’s time. Get home. Now.” Her voice, originally sarcastic, now rang with her usual fanaticism. I could hear my other sisters, Pavati and Tallulah, in the background, echoing her enthusiasm.

“Why now?” I asked, my voice flat. “It’s still April.”

“Why are you being such a pain?”

“It’s nothing.” There was a long pause on the other end. I closed my eyes and waited for her to figure it out. It didn’t take more than a few seconds.

“How long?”

“Five months.”

“Damn it, Calder, why do you always have to be such a masochist? God, you must be a mess.”

“I’m pacing myself. Mind your own business, Maris.” There was no point in trying to explain my abstinence to her. I could barely explain it to myself. I watched mournfully as the yellow-­lit raft girl paddled safely toward shore.

“Your mental health is my business. Do you think you could take better care of it? One kill, Calder. Just one. It would make you feel so much better.”

“I’m. Fine,” I spit through my teeth.

“You’re an ass, but that’s beside the point. I’ve got something to improve your mood.”

I rolled my eyes and waited for her to give it a shot. Good luck, I thought.

“We’ve found Jason Hancock.”

My heart lurched at the sound of the name, but I kept quiet rather than give in to her assurance. I’d heard this all before. My silence prompted something on the other end. Panic? Tallulah’s voice was now ringing through the receiver, a fluid stream of words almost too quick for me to catch.

I let my gaze drift up to the thin lace of clouds above me. My sisters sounded sure of themselves. Perhaps this time they’d gotten it right. “Fine. I’ll start off tomorrow.”

“No,” Maris said. “There’s no time for you to swim. Take a plane.”

She hung up before I could protest.

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UrbanGirlReview More than 1 year ago
First off, if you're looking for a sweet cheerful mermaid tale, this is not it!  What it is though, is a suspenseful, dark tale, entwined in turmoil with a little revenge sprinkled on top.  It's like comparing The Little Mermaid to Jaws.     I couldn't put Lies Beneath down until the very last page.  It was a thrill ride from start to finish and Calder's voice was a refreshing take on the original fairy tale.  I liked the mysterious parts of the story; the missing details you have to piece together.    At first Lily was sensible about Calder in that she directly confessed to him that he was making her nervous.  But as soon as Calder read her poetry, Lily swooned and completely tossed out her common sense.  This is my only criticism of the book.   I'm not a "horror story" kind of gal, so when I looked at the cover of a girl, blood, and water, my initial reaction was of a scary horror story.  But, after reading the jacket description, it was clear it was not a thriller.  For those reasons, I'm not a fan of the cover.    The whole tale was striking and thought-provoking.  I extremely enjoyed Lies Beneath with the cute romance between Calder and Lily, the sinister plot, and the triumphant ending of the book. 
twehking on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne Greenwood Brown spins a great tale of merpeople and revenge. Calder White is a merman with three mermaid sisters bent on revenge for the death of their mother. Their plot includes summoning Calder back to Lake Superior to get close to the descendants of the man responsible for their mother's death. What Calder doesn't anticipate is falling in love with the teenage daughter of the man they are trying to kill. A great, refreshing read.
JeniNicole83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had my doubts about reading a book on merfolk. Despite my misgivings I really enjoyed this book. Took a couple of chapters, but once I got into the book I couldn't put it down, which is something hard to do when you're reading 3 other books!
Abibliophobic1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So this was the first ever ARC that I got approval for and I have to say, I was pretty darn giddy. I started reading this book as soon as I got it on my Kindle. I was also pretty stoked because this book was about mermaids and since I saw The Little Mermaid as a kid, I¿ve loved them. Lies Beneath comes out on June 12, 2012. Lies Beneath is about Calder White who is a mermaid on strike. While he¿s on hiatus from Lake Superior, down in the Bahamas, he¿s trying to refrain from killing anyone for their emotions; which is how mermaids survive. They lure humans into the water and drown them for their positive energy. For the most part, Calder and his family of mermaid sisters choose their prey on a random basis, but they base their latest kill on revenge. Jason Hancock is the man that they blame for killing their mother, and they will do anything it takes to take him down. It will take the whole family to take him down due to his fear of the water. Calder must seduce Jason¿s daughter, Lily, in order to get him to come near the water. While everything seems to be going according to plan, there is a huge problem¿ Calder starts to fall in love with Lily. Calder must then choose between his sisters and their plight or Lily. Either way, it¿s not going to be pretty.I really, really wanted to like this one. It seemed like a fresh idea and a new take on a mythical creature that wasn¿t a vampire or werewolf. I was a little disappointed. While I thought Brown brought forth a very well written piece, I was again struck with the ¿it seems too much like Twilight¿ blues. It was the same story of a creature going against his murderous nature to fall in love with an innocent human girl. To me, I guess I just felt like I had seen it before, too many times.Another issue I had with the book was that it was told from a male¿s point of view. While I thought this was a little bit of a break from the norm, it also made it really hard for me to get involved and connect with the story. I liked to see Calder struggle with his decisions and his loyalties, but it was hard for me to pull for the romance. I do like other books that are told from the male¿s perspective like Rick Riordan¿s Percy Jackson series, so I don¿t think that this was the main reason I didn¿t dig the book. I may have to read the sequel, called Water Lily that comes out in 2013. This second installment is told from Lily Hancock¿s perspective so maybe I¿ll like this one a little better.Overall, I think this will be a very popular book for a lot of people, but for some reason, I just couldn¿t get myself wrapped in the book. I think it¿s worth a try to read because it is about mermaids and it¿s a little bit of a break to the norm.3 out of 10
kcody03 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A spellbinding new novel that will leave you breathless!The setting for this book was unique and perfect for the mystery behind these siblings. This story was very well written and had some of the most beautiful imagery I have read yet. It was very descriptive and gave off the somewhat ominous feel that went so well with this book. ¿Lies Beneath¿ is told from the point of view of Calder which is an interesting change since most books from this genre are told from the female point of view. I really enjoyed hearing from Calder¿s point of view and seeing how he lived. Even though he started out as the villain it was easy to identify with him. He has problems of his own and tries to deal with them the best that he can and I believe that he is inherently good and his struggle to stay true to himself even in the face of his sisters was one of the things that intrigued me and made me fall in love with this character. Lily was sweet and a perfect match for Calder, these two really made the story for me.You¿ll never look at a lake the same way again.
psteinke1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars!Calder White is part of a murderous mermaid family. Calder is the youngest, and only male, of four siblings. Mermaids survive off the life force of humans. Mermaids can lie, but they can never break a promise and it¿s a promise that brings the White clan to Lake Superior. Calder¿s Mom was promised the son of Tom Hancock. But rather than honor that promise, Tom packed up his family and ran¿which led to the death of Calder¿s Mom. Now the siblings have found Tom¿s grown son, Jason, and they plan to kill him and fulfill the promise Tom made all those years ago. It¿s Calder¿s job to get close to Jason¿s daughter, Lily and ultimately lure Jason into the water where his sisters can even the score.Never before have I disliked a main character so much right from the beginning. Calder makes no bones about the fact that he is a monster. He feels tremendous guilt toward his murderous tendencies, but he is a monster, pure and simple. I really wasn¿t sure if this book was going to be for me, but the writing grabbed hold of me long enough to be able to see that Calder was a worthy character. I also enjoyed the male point of view¿so many YA novels are told from a female pov so this was refreshing.Being a merman, Calder oozes good looks and persuasive charm that Lily is able to resist, which bewilders Calder no end. It¿s not until he drops the act that Lily, even remotely, starts to be intrigued by him. Lily puts up an amusing fight against Calder¿s charms. Calder, unlike his sisters, was made a merman, where his sisters were born mermaids. It¿s through his short human life that I believe he is able to see what he does, and how monstrous merfolk are, without blinders. As much as I disliked Calder in the beginning, I did start rooting for him and my feelings toward him softened.My only real complaint would be a lack of backstory on the Mer culture. Here was an opportunity for the writer to come up with some ¿mermaid rules for life¿, and have fun with a subject there hasn¿t had much written about (unlike vampires and werewolves), but she only gave us enough to get through the story.I thought ¿Lies Beneath¿ was great as a stand-alone story. But I see it¿s going to be a series. I¿m not sure what more there is to experience with Calder and Lily, beyond my clichéd predictions...I was happy with everyone riding off into the sunset and letting the reader decide if and what the ¿happily ever after¿ was. That¿s not to say I wouldn¿t read a sequel, I¿m just afraid it won¿t be able to stand up to ¿Lies Beneath¿.
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have never read a mermaid book before, and I never thought I'd want to. However, this story sounded too interesting to pass up, and I'm glad I made the decision to give mermaids a try. Lies Beneath completely submerges you in mermaid life, and it's a lot darker than one might imagine. These mermaids aren't from the Disney cartoon movies. They are serial killers, and they hold a grudge. Lies Beneath is told from Calder's POV, and it was a bit hard for me to adjust to that, being a female and all. Once I got into the story, though, I barely noticed the gender of the narrator. A few things that bugged me were the fact that the everyone called people by their first and last names 99% of the time. Seriously, no one talks like that. It got on my nerves and pulled me out of the story at times. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that Calder called Victorian Era poets "the Victorians," like these authors were in some bad indie rock band or something. Other than that, though, the book was wonderful. It took Calder awhile to grow on me, but once he did, I could definitely sympathize with his character. He wasn't created to be a killer, and he didn't want the life he'd been given. I felt bad for him in that aspect. He also had a good heart, and always tried to do the right thing. He did the best he could with the lot he'd been given, and I couldn't fault him for the mistakes he made. I never really related to him, but I did sympathize with him. I cared what happened to him and wanted to finish his story. Lily was a very brave character, and I enjoyed learning about her through Calder's eyes. I wish I could have known what she was thinking, though. She made some strange, and sometimes not-too-bright, decisions, and I would have liked to have known what motivated her actions. I do understand why this book was told from Calder's POV, though, and the story wouldn't have been complete had it not been from his perspective. I wish Brown had switched back and forth or something, but it may not have had the same effect. In this aspect, I'm leaving it at the author knows best. If there is a sequel, maybe we can get to know how Lily's mind works.The other characters in this story weren't incredibly well-developed, but they definitely weren't stereotypes, which was a relief. Also, the book wasn't set in a high school, and that made for a nice change. I didn't realize how tired I was about reading books set in high schools until I read one that wasn't set in a school. I know high schools are part of daily life for teens, but sometimes, a change of scenery is nice. The story itself is a bit slow moving at first, but by the middle, it's impossible to put the book down. I had the basic idea figured out, but I wasn't sure how it'd play out. Brown also rewarded me with plenty of surprises along the way to keep me interested. I wasn't bored at all while reading this book. Brown's writing, for the most part, is very good and believable. The story has a nice flow to it, and the pacing was pretty spot on. The ending wrapped everything up nicely, but managed to leave the possibility open for a sequel, should the author and publisher so choose to produce one. Over all, I would recommend this book to people who love mermaid tales and those who are new to the genre, like I am. I think most people would enjoy this story. So if you're looking for something different in the YA genre, check out Lies Beneath. You won't regret it.
booktwirps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first mermaid book I¿ve read and from what I understand, mermaids are the new vampires.  We go through bursts of obsession in the literary world and it looks like a new one is beginning.  The mermaid has emerged.I had a hard time adjusting in chapter one to this world of the mermaid.  This book is different from others because it takes the point of view of Calder, our merboy.  Rarely do we see the point of view of the ¿monster¿ (and I only use that in the ¿they¿re-not-human¿ sense).  We didn¿t read from Edward¿s point of view in the Twilight series.  We explored the world of Harry Potter as Harry saw it ¿ going through the process from non-magic to magic.  Anne Greenwood Brown throws the reader into the mermaid world and we¿re left with very little reference.I expected mermaids to live in the water all the time.  These mermaids can walk on land and drive cars and fly in planes.  These mermaids are also villains.  I wasn¿t particularly fond of them and thought they were quite psychotic.  Even our hero was terribly flawed and hard to root for at times.  However, we saw the glimmers of humanity and when he started developing feelings for Lily, I could finally relate.  Lily, on the other hand, is a fantastic character who steals your heart the moment you meet her.Lies Beneath is a dark read and a really interesting and unexpected take on the mermaid culture.  I didn¿t devour the book, but I couldn¿t stop thinking about the story when I was away from it.  Since this is a debut novel, I am interested to see what Brown comes up with next.
AngelaFristoe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lies Beneath is not the Disney mermaid tale that you might have been expecting. Calder and his mermaid sisters are vicious killing machines intent on taking revenge out on Jason Hancock. I loved that Greenwood Brown did not soften this aspect of Calder's character and that is where the strength of this story is. Calder begins as an unapologetic killer. He believes that his way of life is just a that, a way of life. Yet, there is a part of him that realizes that his life could have been entirely different, and that he could have been normal. It's this part of him that makes him a character the reader can like. As the story progresses, Calder becomes less sure of the brutal life he and his sisters lead, and this builds a new dimension to his character, making him into one that the reader can actually cheer for.Lily was a frustrating character for me. She started off really strong, distrustful of Calder, suspicious of who he was and what his intentions were. I really liked that she wasn't falling all over him just because of his looks. But midway through she became Twilight's Bella, convinced that despite what Calder had done in the past, what he was, and what he told her his intentions were, that he would never hurt her. It was just too much for me, and I was glad that I didn't need to read things from her perspective.Despite Lily's about face in character, I really enjoyed the story and am finally being forced to realize that I do like reading from a male's point of view. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this series.
jennrenae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood BrownARC received by Delacorte Books for Young Readers via NetgalleyReviewed by: Jennifer McCoyThe Sisters Say: Seductive, Sinister, and Spine-tinglingWhere you ever afraid to go into the water when you were young? I know I was terrified¿even of the deep end of the swimming pool where you could see all the way to the bottom. Was this just an irrational fear? Forget all your Ariel notions of mermaids and dive straight into your childhood phobia! After reading Anne Greenwood Brown¿s Lies Beneath, you will never look at mermaids the same again.I¿ve seen quite a few mixed reviews about this book, comparing the plotline to Twilight but just with mermaids. I absolutely disagree! There was nothing in this book that screamed Edward to me. From Chapter 1, I was mesmerized by the idea of these monstrous mermaids. It was like stepping through the looking glass hoping to find a beautiful wonderland, but instead falling into a dark, ominous fantasy full of deadly creatures. I really enjoyed Brown¿s macabre underwater world, in fact, I was in the middle of reading this when a tornado outbreak was starting to occur (I live in Tornado Alley), and instead of hiding in a safe room below the stairs, I stayed on the couch and read, determined to fight down any tornadoes that might impede my finishing the book! (I¿m not crazy, promise.)I really enjoyed the character development¿even the evil characters. Calder White and his sisters are out for revenge on Jack Hancock, and even though Calder is one of the bad guys (or just in a Catch-22 situation), I felt myself rooting for him. He¿s gorgeous, mysterious, arrogant, and dark¿a wonderful combination in a young adult guy. And I love him even more as he starts to fall for Lily and we begin to see a different side of the monster.Calder¿s three sisters are perhaps my favorite characters. While you would think that mermaids would be similar (at least in some regards) to humans, but these three are truly inhuman, capable of the most treacherous evil. However, there is something about them that I found intriguing, and I can¿t wait to see more of them in the next installment.And then there¿s the damsel in distress, Lily, who proves to be anything but ¿in distress.¿ She¿s calculating and doesn¿t fall for the gorgeous guy right away. It isn¿t some ¿love at first sight¿ type of thing, which is a nice change of pace. We get to see Lily¿s strengths and flaws, which makes her a great heroine.With the enormous amounts of paranormal romance novels out there, it is nice to see something fresh and different. Brown takes the perfect fantasy world, the one where we all pretended we were Ariel on the side of the pool and would shoot up out of the water singing, ¿Part of Your World,¿ and she completely turns it upside down, adding hatred, revenge, murder, and deceit. Dive into her world, and you won¿t regret it!
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
*Sigh* Mermaid books. Mermaids are such an enticing legend and lend themselves to so many different possibilities, however, I have had a hard time finding a mermaid book that I really enjoy. Lies Beneath was definitely my favorite mermaid book so far. Calder and his three sisters are mermaids (mer-people?) who have a debt to collect. These four are not the mermaids we have come to know. They feed off of the energy of happy humans, they transform in water which allows them to travel on land, and their bodies radiate signals to draw innocent souls to the water. Years ago a promise of a child's life was broken to their mother. Now they've come to collect, and the girls will stop at nothing to reach their goal. What what about Calder? I really appreciated how everything in the novel was explained well. I feel that with supernatural/fantasy books there are often aspects of the world that don't make perfect sense to the reader. With this world, everything makes sense. I had questions at certain times, like why the heck Maris (Calder's sister) was the leader of their family? and can they hear each others' minds? Every little question like this was explained in time. I also appreciated how the whole Little Mermaid-esqe understanding of mermaids was addressed and not just ignored.My biggest problem with the novel was Lily, the girl who was used as a tool to get to her father. I liked her well enough for most of the novel, but at the end she just didn't make sense to me. There was no way that any person would act the way she did. I am trying to be vague here... But all in all, her emotions and reactions were completely unrealistic. Overall, Lies Beneath made great strides in the mermaid category. These mermaids are darker and hunger for death. They are definitely mermaids, but I would personally consider them Sirens. I don't know what you think, but Sirens are pretty bad ass.
flashlight_reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book did not disappoint. I had such high hopes for Calder's story, and this book did not let me down. Loved. It. First off, how can you not love a killer mermaid story told from a merman's point of view? C'mon! That is awesomeness in the making. Period. The mermaids in Lies Beneath are not your typical merfolk. There are no Disney mermaids here, folks. These are the cold-hearted killers of mythology. I thought it was brilliant that the author took one of the lesser-known mermaid tales and incorporated it into her story. The mermaids of Lake Superior do not lure boaters to their deaths like sirens. Instead, they are lonely, miserable creatures that feed off of human emotions. Positive emotions actually. There is a systematic targeting of happy people throughout the book, except for Calder. He's different. Maybe it's the fact that he wasn't born into the life of a mermaid but was created instead? That could be one of the things that marks him as different. But I like to think of it in a deeper sense. Like other "monster" books, you have to ask yourself: Is evil a trait that you are born with, or is it something you learn? Ask yourself that as you read this book and let me know what you think. I'm inserting my tangent here about innate vs created evil so you can follow my thought process with this book. The best literary example is that of Frankenstein's monster. When he was created, he was not evil. He was in fact a gentle creature desperate for his creator's attention. But as the story progresses, he experiences rejection, humiliation, and the lack of love. All of these negative experiences drive him to eventually commit the ultimate act of evil. Which (I think) proves that evil is created. Calder's life seems to confirm my views on that topic, especially when you compare him to his sisters. Throughout the entire book, Calder struggles with finding his humanity. Although it's never mentioned in that sense, that's exactly what's he's doing... and I must admit the ending was very surprising! I think as this series continues, it's going to be even more amazing. I cannot wait to see what Calder becomes. I have my thoughts as to how future characters will further develop (and complicate) this plot, but I am going to have to wait to see if I'm correct. If you couldn't tell, I think this book is one of the summer's must reads. I loved it. If you're a mermaid fan then this is a no-brainer. You will be reading this book. This book would lead to so many great discussions. The mythology behind the mermaids , the struggle to retain/find one's humanity, and the Victorian poetry about mermaids used throughout the story are only the beginning!
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Calder White is a merman. With his three mermaid sisters, they migrate every summer to Lake Superior - home. To keep going they must feed on the energy of humans, which in turn kills the humans. The sisters have found a relative of the man who killed their Mother. They plan to get their revenge once and for all, and they want Calder to be the bait.Mermaids in Lake Superior - being from Minnesota I jumped at the chance to read this book. I was absolutely enthralled with it. I really liked Calder and felt bad for him at times. You get the feeling that for the most part he doesn't enjoy the life of a merman. Where as his sisters Maris, Pavati & Tallulah relish it. I loved this book. It was an exciting story with alluring characters. Filled with danger, love and murderous mermaids. Lies Beneath was fantastic read. A story that is rich and refreshing. Fantasy comes alive in the North. When you think of mermaids you probably wouldn't think Lake Superior but for me it was an awesome setting. I can't wait to read more about this world. I would definitely recommend this one to fans of mermaid stories.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is far different than the mermaid stories I have been reading lately. There is nothing light and fluffy about this one. Merpeople are not humans with gills and tails here. These mermaids are killers. Their pattern is to lure happy humans onto the water and then drown them to steal their positive emotions. Merpeople see auras and can tell who will make the best meal.Calder White is the only male in the family. He has three sisters - Maris, Pavati, and Tallulah. Besides being male, Calder is different than his sisters because he was made into a merman by his "mother." He fell off a sailboat when he was three, drowned and was reinvigorated by his mother who forged a psychic link with him that bound him to his family. Each spring the family is drawn back to Lake Superior and drawn to the shore near Bayfield. They are waiting to get revenge on Tom Hancock who betrayed their mother and caused her death. She saved him from drowning and in exchange he promised her his year old son but fled taking his family with him. Now, many years later that son and his family have come back to Bayfield.Lily Hancock is the granddaughter of Tom. She is a quirky dresser and a poet who is entranced with the Victorian poets. It is Calder's job to get close to her and lure her father onto the water so that revenge can be accomplished. He didn't plan to fall in love with her. He didn't even know he could. Now he has to decide who to betray - the family that raised him or the girl he loves. Lily isn't afraid of him and sees the good in him no matter how hard he tries to convince her that he is a monster. This story had a wonderfully tortured hero. Calder was different from his sisters. He doesn't change from human to merman as quickly, has a conscience about killing, and wants to lose the psychic bond that forces him to return to Lake Superior each summer to be with his sisters. Maris offers him a deal - lure Jason Hamilton to the water and she will cut the link between them.Fans of darker but still romantic mermaid stories will really enjoy this one.
Stewartry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was another Netgalley book which I half expected to start and then decline. I fully expected to hate the main character-narrator, Calder White, being as he makes it clear from the beginning that as a mer he is a killer, a devourer of soul or spirit, leaving empty flesh husks hidden when he's finished. Which is actually a little odd, because from the quick research I've done mermaids (sorry, Calder, merfolk) aren't known for eating people, per se. They are known for luring ships onto rocks to sink them, but the legends usually show them taking floundering sailors down to underwater kingdoms; I don't know if it's always been an assumption or not, but I always understood their role to be in the sating of ¿ other appetites. I didn't see anything out there showing mermaids to be predatory toward humans ¿ rather to the contrary. Regardless, Brown's merfolk are predators in the grand tradition of vampires, using seduction and guile to lure those unsuspecting citizens off to their deaths, and Calder is not all that happy about it. Whether due to the circumstances of his childhood or because he has a more powerful imagination than many, he doesn't like being responsible for the deaths of vacationers out enjoying themselves on the water. Emotions are visible in a cloud around every human, and the ones glowing bright orange, the happy ones, are the ones who provide the most sustenance. He resists as long as possible, as much as possible ¿ but it's like being a starving vegetarian at a Southern barbecue. There's not much choice. Calder is called home (literally ¿ by cell phone) by his sisters, who are determined to finally have the revenge they have sought for years, against the man they blame for the death of their mother. For years Jason Hancock has avoided Lake Superior, where it all began so long ago ¿ but now he's back, bringing his family: a wife, usually wheelchair-bound with multiple sclerosis, and two daughters. The younger daughter is considered into the siblings' plans as bait ¿ put her in danger, and the father will follow, and pay his debt; but Calder prefers to approach the older daughter, teenaged Lily. She's an ideal target for his seduction: she's different, that's clear from the beginning. She dresses differently, and loves poetry, and is filled with the vulnerability of a dreamer. She's perfect ¿ as bait, as prey ¿ and also for Calder to fall in love with. Which he does. Which rather complicates the plan: it's harder to be objective about someone who loves his disabled wife and whose daughter is someone whose hero you suddenly want to be. As he's already found, it's harder to kill someone you see as a person rather than "prey" or "target". His more bloodthirsty sisters will never forgive him if he ruins their revenge ¿ and when they choose to be unforgiving it's a little harder to live with than in ordinary families. I thought I'd hate Calder; I thought I'd hate the romance ¿ I'm the one who said the romance in Twilight was a little like me falling for a gingerbread man. I was wrong: I liked both a lot. It's all very prettily done. It's a male point of view, unusual in books that fit into this pigeonhole, and it works. It's also a point of view with just enough matter-of-fact alienness to work; when he avoids sitting by the fire at a picnic, it isn't explicitly stated why ¿ but it isn't because he's too warm. The moments in the book where he is in his natural element, and the glimpses of what it's like ¿ flying through the water, weightless and cold, the odd comradeship with the shoals of fish, the wrecks at the bottom of Lake Superior ¿ are wonderful; I wish there had been more of that, more of what it's like to function as a merman. He's a good character, is Calder, torn between his duty and his newfound rebellious spirit. In some ways he's a thin read, still adolescent in spite of decades of life ¿ but his strength shows itself in his ability to go without taking advantage of
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a quick read to quench a paranormal romance thirst, this is it!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
The book had an interesting premise, but fell flat. Calder turns out to be the same stalker-type we encounter in dozens of other YA books. There’s insta-love, Calder is stuck-up, too sure of himself, and overall, not a likeable character to read about. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
RebeccaEnzor More than 1 year ago
The single best part about this book are the predatory mermaids. I've read a lot of mermaid books lately, and none of them have been quite so dark as this one - and I loved the dark bits. The twist at the end was pretty good, although I could definitely see most of it coming, but the middle was flat. While I know Calder isn't really supposed to feel much emotion, I would have liked to feel the pull between his bond to his sisters and his budding relationship with Lily more. I'd definitely read the sequel if it was on sale, but I wish I hadn't paid $9 for this book.
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Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
This is not the first mermaid book I've read, but this is the first mermaid book where they aren't singing on rocks and rescuing prince's from sunken ships. These mermaids are dangerous. They are murders. Jealous creatures that drown their victims when they are at their peek of happiness so they can absorb said happiness into themselves. Fun bunch, right? Calder and his sisters have been searching for Jason Hancock for decades. He is responsible for the death of their mother and they are desperate for revenge. When they finally find him and his family, they devise a plan to get Hancock out into the water once Calder gets close to one of his daughters, either Lily or Sophie. Originally planning to use Sophie, Calder changes his mind to Lily after seeing the bond between her and Hancock. Anne is a talented writer using both clear descriptions and engrossing main characters. I wish the secondary characters had a bit more depth to them as they all seemed a bit flat and, for some of them, I didn't really see their importance. They were just kind of . . . there. The romance doesn't become a factor until closer to the end of the novel. What I enjoy about this romance is that Lily doesn't immediately fall for Calder. She knows there is something off about him and avoids him, trusting her gut and not falling for the creepy stalker. It takes him a while to gain her trust, even after he proves it to an exceptional degree. Lies Beneath is dark. These mermaids are out for revenge, for blood, and their own personal brand of justice. Anne's take on mermaid mythology is wonderfully different. She explains that ever gnawing question of just how mercreatures are born, gives them the ability to walk on land while giving them the need to be in water, and gives them the perfect mix of beauty and danger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good and very unique!
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Calder and his sisters are on a mission. Avenge their mother and kill the man who was responsible for her death so many years ago. Jason Hancock is afraid of the sea, so isn't it a bitter fate that the evil mermaids are set out to drown him? To find access to him and gain his trust Calder is delegated to seduce Hancock's daughter Lily. Who would've thought they'd fall in love? LIES BENEATH is told from Calder's point of view. A male mermaid narrator, what a novelty! He can be calculating and unforgiving when thoughts of revenge crowd his mind, but also very honest and exposed when he's talking about his feelings for Lily. Their love story follows an often-used scheme, seducing the girl to get what you want, falling in love with her and causing a major conflict when she finds out about your ulterior motives. But of course their romance can't be gerneralized like that. Lily and Calder have their very own touches to add and are a unique couple together. We are equipped with a map showing the various places of interest to the plot, it's a welcome help to navigate our story more easily. Set in Wisconsin, and exploring Lake Superior LIES BENEATH has a very maritime and adventurous feel to it. Just grab a copy and you will be intrigued from the first sentence: „ I hadn't killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that.“ ¿ p. 1 5/5 ***** LIES BENEATH – What a killer of a YA mermaid story debut! Grab your floaties, it's getting dangerously good! With its mermaid legends, cold-blooded killings and a tempestuous romance, LIES BENEATH was a highlight of my 2012 summer reading list. Calder and his sisters are set out to kill. They are violent and pretty feersome as it is, but revenge as their drive? Whew! I'm already looking forward to pick up the second book, hoping it's just as chilling and murderous a mermaid tale as LIEST BENEATH.
RandomAsADD More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed this book. I have to say, the synopsis and the cover made me not want to read it so it's been on my shelf for a while - but it was great. Not your average mermaid book that's for sure. I honestly wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. Fans of Amanda Hocking's "Watersong" series will really enjoy this! Just bought the sequel - let's hope it's just as good!
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
AH-MAE-ZING! Started and finished this TODAY! I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did! I actually had no idea what to expect. I met this author at a huge book signing last year and purchased the book 1) because I LOVE the cover and 2) because I was trying to be supportive of the authors at the event! Typically, I don't read the blurb for books, so I wasn't sure what this book was about, except that it had to do with mermaids. I was completely surprised by the POV, the story and most of all the fact that it took me very little time to read through it. I didn't want to put it down! Blurb 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 and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother's death. It's going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder's job is to gain Hancock's trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love--just as Lily starts to suspect there's more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves. One thing's for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won't be pretty. First, as I said, I love this cover. It's just totally beautiful. I love the colors and the total simplicity of what it says. It really drew me into wanting to read it. Next, a YA book from the male POV? I was totally surprised by this. I have not read many YA books from the male POV at all. So I wasn't sure what to expect from this, to be honest, but I really loved it. And the author handled it very well. Calder is this handsome, hard to resist 18 year old guy who easily draws people in. The fact that he's a mermaid helps, of course. He's smooth and sexy, tan, with perfect hair and the greatest green eyes. But he's different from his family, always has been. He doesn't want to be this monster of prey that mer-people are known to be. But it's in his nature and he finds it really hard to resist. I really fell for him, despite being undecided as to whether or not he's a good guy. He's so torn, I like it. Teen angst from a boy! Lily is an awesome heroine. She's very strong, and strong minded. She doesn't come off as the innocent, easily swayed type, which I really like. She's smart and sassy and doesn't whine in any way. Of course we see her through Calder's eyes and I think he's as surprised by her as she is by him. And it's nice that there is no "insta-love" between her and Calder, we watch it grow and blossom throughout the story. Calder's sisters were a force to be reckoned with. Like Calder they are beautiful and easily get what they want. But make no mistake, they area deadly. Mermaids are not at all the "Little Mermaid" from the Disney movies, Think more Pirate's of the Caribbean, scary stuff!  This book was much darker than what I expected. I guess not having read any mermaid stories, my mind was not sure what to expect. But I wasn't expecting all the talk of death and stealing people's emotions. I guess my mind was stuck on the Disney aspect of mermaids. But they are predatory and calculating. And they will manipulate anyone and anything that they need to to get their way. It blew me away. I found it hard to put this one down. The plot line was well laid out and the character development was spot on. The author easily overlapped the world of the mermaids with those of the humans. It was flawlessly perfected. Brown has written a book that is filled with bite. Brown wastes no time in showing the true nature of mer-people and running with it to create a story that is original and keeps you captivated from beginning to end. And the twists were unexpected. Fans of paranormal romance and mermaids will truly be engrossed in this story. Well done! 5/5 stars from me.