Lies Beneath

Lies Beneath

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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
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 144.78 x 208.28 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0385742010
  • 9780385742016
  • 752,975

About Anne Greenwood Brown

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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5,722 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 27% (1,546)
4 30% (1,733)
3 29% (1,644)
2 10% (600)
1 3% (199)

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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: �???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�??�?�¾ 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 more
by MissPageTurner
I've been a fan of mermaids for years, but my favourites have typically been of the red-headed, overly curious, rebellious type. So when I picked up Lies Beneath only to encounter a cold-blooded killer merman, I started off a little bit hesitant about the book. I wasn't expecting Anne to entrance me with this touching story, and to weave an intricate tale with some ugly truth bared for the whole world to see - and yet still find a way to identify with a character I never thought I'd relate to. That's so rare in fiction, and even rarer in real life, that it was a real treat to read about in Lies Beneath. Reasons to Read: 1.These aren't the mermaids most of us are familiar with...: (Somewhat unfortunately) Ariel doesn't make an appearance. (Props to Anne for mentioning her though!) The merpeople in Lies Beneath are vicious killers. At first, I thought I wouldn't be able to identify with them because of this and was afraid I wouldn't feel a connection with the book as a result. But instead I found it fascinating to see that they had their limits - there were times when they drew the line and stood their ground and fought against what we assumed to be their nature. This was easily the mos tinteresting aspect of the book, because we get to see such a huge change and we're led to ask a lot of questions regarding nature vs nurture. 2.A feisty, strong love interest: I really didn't think I'd like Lily at first, but she grew on me SO quickly. I loved that she could dish it all back at Calder, and wasn't weak or whiny or oblivious. She totally keeps Calder on his toes all the time, refuses to back down, and makes some EXTREMELY selfless decisions. 3.Unpredictable twists & surprises: There was plenty of mysterious mythology and legends to hint at what was going on, but just enough to keep me guessing. And there were some truly unexpected turn of events, which were cleverly hidden from the reader (and for good reason). My only real complaint was that I did feel like a few too many of the issues were fairly neatly wrapped up; and while that's mostly a good thing, I still like a little bit of realism in my books. It isn't that everything turned out perfectly, but it was a little too convenient for my taste. And it admittedly did take me a little while to get used to reading from the perspective of a sea "monster" so used to killing. That can be a little bit hard to swallow at certain times. But this was one beautifully written and thought out story that I easily devoured. Exaclty the kind of merpeople book I like to read (and I'm picky about them, too). E-galley received from publisher via Net Galley for my honest review; no other compensation was more
by Brenna Staats
Originally reviewed: Lies Beneath was the first mermaid novel I had ever read. And it was awesome (to put it simply). I went into this book not knowing what to expect. At all. I was pleased to find that, 1. There were KILLER MERMAIDS! 2. Calder's sisters were just so very evil 3. It was dark and mysterious Let's just say that I like darker stories. There were some twists and turns that I certainly did not see coming. Now that I think about it, they seemed a little obvious so I'm not certain if that is just due to my ignorance or not. Either way, the story was very intriguing and kept me hooked. The story is from the perspective of Calder, a merman. It is always refreshing to read from a males point of view, and this was no different. But I will admit that I certainly wasn't expecting it, considering the cover which hints towards a more feminine approach to the story. It was interesting to see the contrast between Calder and his sisters, particularly on their mission to take revenge for their mothers death. Calder personally, was an interesting character. I liked him more by the end of the story, because he was just a little creepy to start out. He was very charismatic, but sometimes a little too much, coming off very cocky on some occasions. He was extremely determined and strong-willed. I can understand why he did what he did with predatory motives, but they were still very stalker-ish. His initial interactions with Lily made me cringe. And she in turn reacted in an appropriate way. Lily wasn't completely compelled by Calder straight away, rather she tried to avoid him as much as possible. She was intelligent and wasn't afraid to tell him to back off (even though he didn't listen). Their relationship developed and grew at a more gradual pace throughout the entirety of the story, however the shift between "AHH GET AWAY FROM ME, YOU CREEP" and "Actually, he's not so bad.." was a little quicker than I would have thought. This book has opened me up to the world of mermaid in an unexpectedly good way. I wasn't aware that there was a sequel to Lies Beneath when I started reading it, but I am interested to see how things will more
by Catriona
Calder and his sisters, Maris, Tallulah and Pavati have been searching for the son of Tom Hancock, the man they blame for the death of their mother. He promised his first born son to the mermaid and then ran with his family as soon as he could. Their mother was killed in a fisherman's net while trying to follow him. Now they plan to revenge her death by killing Tom's son, who is now a grown man, married with two children. They have tracked him down and plan to get close to him to get him out on the water where they can kill him. Calder is to get close to one of the daughters in order to gain the trust of the family. Calder makes a plan that involves Sophie, the youngest daughter, but things don't go to plan and he finds himself saving the life of Lily, Jason Hancock's sixteen year old daughter. This is my first mermaid book to read, and while I did really enjoy it, I don't feel I can take it as a run of the mill mermaid book. I think this is a book where any supernatural could have been fit in around the general story line. Calder is a merman, and the book is written from his POV. I really enjoyed this as it's rare to get inside the guys head. In the beginning of this book, we are introduced to Calder who seems to be a callous murderer with very little thought or compassion for human life. After he is contacted by his sisters, to inform him that they have found Tom Hancock's son and they must all meet to discuss how they will go about killing him, he leaves the Bahamian warmth where he has spent the winter months and heads to Lake Superior. There, he is under the direction of his eldest sister Maris, and all he seems to do is whine and disagree with her. I really didn't feel anything positive towards his character at this time. His sister's also didn't really appeal to me, and I totally disliked Maris, she was just such a ***ch towards Calder. She really annoyed me. After Calder meets Lily, his character starts to behave differently and I really started to warm towards him. After the vicious monster that he appears to be at the start, this is not the guy that we see throughout the book at all. I found myself really liking him and rooting for him and Lily. Once away from his sisters, he is a much better person. I really didn't like the sisters at all. They appeared just as the monsters that Calder explains to Lily that merpeople are, but Calder seems to be more than that. I also really liked Lily. She starts off being quite nervous of Calder as he seemed to just appear out of no where and now he is everywhere she goes. He is very much stalking her but she seems to be able to get over this and want to get to know him. I liked the way the romance is written in this book. Calder who feels he shouldn't be able to fall for a human, can't quite understand his feelings for Lily, and Lily, while I can't be definite as we don't get her POV, seems to like him and want to get closer to him even though that's not the feeling she gives off. This book is not full of action, there is a lot more dialogue but I enjoyed it. I liked seeing how the relationship built up. We do see some action at the end and there is a twist that was unexpected. I'm interested to see where the author will take this in the next instalment, Deep Betrayal. I felt this was a fairly light read, but it does have a dark undertone. Lies Beneath has a lot of similarities to Twilight. I love Twilight so I was happy enough with this, but if you're really not a Twilight fan, maybe this is not for more
by Suzanne Finnegan
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