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Lies Beneath [Hardcover]

Anne Greenwood Brown
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15 July 2012 Lies Beneath
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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  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers (15 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385742010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385742016
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,312,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We need more mermaid stories! 25 July 2014
By Book Passion for Life TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Lies Beneath is the second Mermaid novel that I have read within the last two weeks, so I was super excited to start this because I definitely believe there should be more Mermaid books around, and this book just proves there should be.

Calder White is a Mermaid but not the good kind. His true nature is to kill humans and absorb their life energy but while Calder has done this in the past, he believes he can go without it and therefore, goes on strike. It’s been 5 months since he’s last killed someone, but not a day goes by without the temptation, especially when his sisters seek him out to help to plan the revenge for a guy called Hancock, who killed their mother. Calder’s mission is to get close to a Hancock’s daughter Lily, and use her as bait, but what Calder doesn’t expect is to start falling for his enemy’s daughter. How can Calder continue with his mission when he loves Lily – but to fails means, it will cost him his freedom.

I really enjoyed this book and I have to say it was definitely something unique to read about. I’ve read a few mermaids before and hardly ever are they evil, and although I can’t agree with the characters true natures; it was still something exciting and new to read. Calder’s three sisters really show different personalities and each one enjoys killing humans. It’s a bit weird to read about to be honest, but thankfully the story is told from Calder’s point of view, and because he wants to be nothing like his sisters, his story makes this book worth while. He’s a down to earth character and wants the simple things from life but he can’t while his sisters have control over him. The depths he goes for Lily are truly stand out qualities; he’s loyal, protective and really loves her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Also reviewed at [..] 12 Jun 2012
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark mermaid tale, worth a read 17 July 2012
By Jade
Yay! A decent mermaid book with a male lead character, I never thought it would happen but it did and for that I am very happy and yes, a mermaid book showing the darker, murderous side of mermaids. It's safe to say that I loved this book solely for those reasons. Still there were a lot more reasons why i enjoyed this book as well.

I really loved Calder as a lead, having a merman lead is unique enough but Calder as a character was so well developed as well. He had his personal issues and as a character he developed throughout the book, though at times he seemed quite feminine, probably because he's a male character written by a female author and at times he was too emo and very stalkery... it was like weird. I also really liked Lily, the love interest, who wasn't a really girly girl and was pretty kick butt herself, and she noticed how creepy Calder was being and called him up on it, I liked a girl who doesn't think stalking boys are normal. The relationship between the two was also unique because of the obstacles in the way and it wasn't insta-love even though wasn't a great deal of development for it. I really liked Calder's sisters. Theyw ere awesome. And evil. And cool. But man, they deserved more screen-time, they were just terrifying and crazy in a good way that only evil mermaids can be.

What I loved about this book is that it was dark. The storyline was pretty predictable but also original with little twists here and there that gave me little shocks, I would have liked the climax to be more shocking and edge-of-the-seat. I also felt that there wasn't enough of a back story into certain things, such as Calder's mother's death, Pavati and Jack's history and Calder's childhood and change.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story...
A book about Merpeople - a first for me. Actually, murderous merpeople, quote...think Silence of the Lambs, think Friday the 13th...unquote. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cathy
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Mythology, Dull Romance
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Published 13 months ago by Ginny
4.0 out of 5 stars Murderous mermaids
So a book about mermaids? Yay, who never wondered about being a mermaid or contemplated mermaids being real when they were younger? But, not only mermaids, murderous mermaids? Read more
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This was one of the most boring books I have ever read. I managed to finish it, but only because a) I got it for review and I always feel bad when I DNF review books and b) I... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amber
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Tale but Heavy on Romance.
I wanted to read this as I have never read anything about mermaids or mermaid lore. The concept was extremely interesting to me and I particularly enjoyed the poetry quotations and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Angela
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark mermaids tale
This is the first Mermaid book I have read. I know there are a few of them around but I have always been a bit sceptical of them. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2012 by Kate Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Dip your toe in to the cool waters of Lake Superior
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