Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood BrownLies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Lies Beneath

byAnne Greenwood Brown

Paperback | March 12, 2013

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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

From the Hardcover edition.
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.
Title:Lies BeneathFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:March 12, 2013Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385742029

ISBN - 13:9780385742023


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not your average mermaid story I’ve seen this book before it hit shelves and I have to say it caught my eye. Mermaids are this hot new trend now. No more vampires, but mermaids. Killer mermaids to be exact. And no better mermaid who wants to avenge his father’s death than Calder. Yup, it’s a merman to be exact. In this novel, his sisters are the evil conniving ones bringing men into the water and drowning them taking away all their emotions so they can feed themselves. In a way, humans are like food. The plan is to lure their father’s killer’s son into the water and murder him. Only Calder realizes he’s falling in love with his daughter, Lily. Lily on the other hand, is your average teenage girl. Through Calder’s eyes, you can figure out the moment he falls in love with her. Although in my own opinion, she had no personality, except for her love of Victorian written poems. Anne Greenwood Brown is a master at character development, but with plot she lacked the pacing and tone that kept me wanting to keep reading the book! I had to put it down just so I can read another book because I was so very bored. I don’t think I could have managed to keep reading about how Lily was wonderful and beautiful and all things angelic anymore. I do liked Calder. He seems honorable and straddling the line of good vs evil, he always picked the good side. In the end, I was completely rooting for him and I’m glad I kept reading because the ending made me want to pick up the next book. Maybe this time there will be some action? Overall Lies Beneath is not your average mermaid story. It’s about revenge, mystery and of course romance. I can’t help but wonder if the next book is in the viewpoint of one of the sisters. They were so much more interesting considering their evil plans. Muahahah!
Date published: 2014-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable, but good overall :) ...well predictable aside from the plot twist with Lullah (Sorry if I misspelled that).
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is no Ariel These are the mermaids of nightmares! But can fish change his scales? Find out if Calder can change who his, is nature or nurture stronger
Date published: 2013-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killer Mermaids... YES PLEASE 3 The addiction I have with Mermaids continues to grow with Anne's killer Mermaids. Though many novels glamour up Mermaids and make them to be the kind and beautiful creatures we want them to be, with Lies Beneath we get the killer and self advancing Mermaids of legend. Not that other authors don't do the killer thing but Anne well... Killed it. For these Mers killing is just a part of life and a way to survive, the only way they know. They are empty and require us to fill that emotional void. What had started out as a barter of a life for a life turned out to be a deadly game of hide and seek and the debt must be collected. Taking us on a deliciously dark and complex emotional ride. Calder doesn't want to be pulled back to Lake Superior every year but he is. In this tale Mermaids have a special connection and the one running the show in the family is the one that calls the shots for when it is time to come home. The only thing that made it a little less painful for Calder was the thought of revenge on his mothers death. His mission is to attract one of the sisters and get to the father. Problem is Lily isn't what he expected and he finds himself is a situation he never expected to be. The story really just pulls itself from there and keeps a steady and interest grabbing pace. Deceptive, dark and unique Calder is an interesting character that I immediately found myself drawn to. Though he does not quite embrace the life sucking nature as his sisters and the rest of his species do there is no doubt that he is every bit as capable. Once he is knee deep in his mission he struggles with feelings and thoughts he knows he is not supposed to have. The most catching thing for me with Calder was he had such a strong and memorable voice. Not to mention his different sense of humor that I kind of adored. Lets also face the fact that he was a bit stalker like when it came to Lily but the thing was in his stalking and creeping ways he accepted that, that's what he was and despite not really enjoying the title he accepted it. The relationship part of this really did unroll until the end. I have to admit that it was nice when Lily didn't just fall head over hills into Calder's gorgeous Merman arms. No this girl used her head and thought about what she was doing. When she caught him following her she tried to avoid him and didn't just get flattered and fall all over him. When she felt that maybe something was a little off she trusted herself. Though he did wear her thin and win her over little by little, causing himself to even feel more than expected. When it came down to it she also didn't fear Calder's Merman side but instead she questioned it wanting to know more. This one will keep you on the edge of your seats in the end and then leave you grabbing for more. Different Mermaids/Merman than you are used to make it easy to fall into love with this series and I am eagerly awaiting the moment when I can pick up Deep Betrayal and dive back into the world that lies beneath (yes I just did that). Wonderfully written and filled with turns that I'm not sure who wouldn't enjoy it. I know this that: if you are a fan of anything Mer and enjoy reading from a male POV you are missing out not picking this one up!!
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Excellent Read! Needless to say after the deluge of dystopia novels and the vast numbers of novels dealing with vampires and werewolves the premise of a story about a beautiful mermaid clan with serial killer like tendacies living in Lake Superior grabbed my attention and Anne Greenwood Brown dosn't disappoint. My favorite thing about this book was the decided lack of a mind numbingly boring and predicatable love triangle that seem to crop up in many YA novels (thanks so much Twilight) I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Date published: 2012-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad...but not great either I am nothing if not determined. And in this particular instance I am determined to find the mermaid book that works for me. It has to be out there. I loved the Little Mermaid - both the original and the Disney version. I even sang "Part of Your World" for my audition for Annie way back in Middle School. Lies Beneath, started out as strong contender. I love Anne Greenwood Brown's take on mermaid. First that they live in Lake Superior (that's partially in Canada! Canadian-ish mermaids!) and that they're monsters. Like pull you down and drown you, then laugh about it later monsters. It still gives me the shivers, to think of such horrible, yet beautiful, creatures living in the dark waters of the Great Lakes. And these mermaids really do live up to their creepy description. Anne did a fantastic job, especially when it came to Calder's sisters, of driving the particular characteristic home. I also really enjoyed the premise of their conflict with the Hancocks. It seemed just like something out of an old fairy tale (man sacrificing his first born and what not). And I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see how/when they were going to catch this poor unsuspecting man. Does that make me a little twisted? I may be a little twisted. But still it made for a really compelling plot. The only point where this book started to lose me, was when it came to Lily. Initially I really liked her, quirky, smart, marched to the beat of her own drum. She was a girl after my own heart. But then she began to lose her common sense a little a lot when it came to Calder, and I began a little disillusioned with her. She was so willingly to put herself in harm's way, and at times her head was a little too far up in the clouds. Ugh and the dressing up like Tennyson's Lady of Shalott? Too much. But on the other hand, this made me really anxious to read the next book, Deep Betrayal, as it is told from her point-of-view, and I'm hoping she represents herself as more intelligent and self reliant, than Calder makes her out to be. Overall, this was a fairly interesting book, it hooked me at the beginning and kept me interested until the end. I was a little turned off by the female character (I can't help it - I want strong, amazing female characters) and the love story but I wouldn't completely dismiss it for those reasons. Unfortunately, however, this means I'm still searching for my ideal mermaid novel. Final recommendation: Recommended for those who are enjoying the mermaid trend and for those who like their supernatural creatures a little on the dark side. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (
Date published: 2012-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After 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 received.
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be careful of the water! FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Oh my goodness, did I ever love this book! I had seen so many reviews about it and knew it was about mermaids (though, if I couldn’t figure that out from the cover, then something is seriously wrong), but that’s about it. I read plenty of mixed reviews, so I was a little hesitant to start, but once I did I couldn’t stop reading. First things first, I absolutely LOVE Calder’s character. I fell in love with him the instant I started reading his narration. In fact, I realize that I read so few books narrated by a male character that I think I’ve loved all of them. The great thing about Calder, though, is that he feels trapped by his sisters and wants out — that’s one thing that made me really like him. He wanted to be better than them. Of course, his sisters, on the other hand. What sneaky, sneaky little buggers they were! They were very evil and I really wouldn’t want to run into them on a trip on the lake. Anyway, the characters were written so well in this novel that not once was I bored. I really loved the chemistry between Calder and Lily. I loved the quirkiness in Lily’s character and thought she was a perfect match for Calder. But even though there was romance in the book, it blended so perfectly with all of the action, and the creepy, murderous mermaid vibe that was going on. That’s one thing I love about books with a male narration: they usually are a bit darker, a little more sinister in their tellings. I was so happy that the story was so fast-paced — in fact, the last few chapters had me reading faster and faster, but I wished it wouldn’t end! I cannot wait for the next book in the series, Deep Betrayal — if Brown’s debut is any indication, then the next book is going to be amazing. Just be sure that you don’t enter your reading of this novel with visions of The Little Mermaid in your head — this book is definitely not a light, happy read! It has its moments, but be prepared for a little darkness. Lies Beneath was not was I expected and that’s a very good thing.
Date published: 2012-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Dark Take on Mermaids! Mermaids certainly have the potential to become the newest paranormal beings to fall in love with, but I'm still rather wary of jumping on board with them after a couple disappointments. However, if I had to pick my favourite book featuring mermaids right now, I would choose Anne Greenwood Brown's debut novel Lies Beneath! Forget everything you know about Disney's version of singing mermaids. Anne Greenwood Brown's mermaids are cruel, murderous creatures who'd love to drag you to the bottom of a lake, draining all your positive human energy as you drown. Calder White and his three sisters have always called the shivering, cold waters of Lake Superior their home. They choose their victims at random and maintain a low profile by limiting the lives they take, but this summer, they're out for revenge. Jason Hancock has finally returned to his old family home and they're not going to let him get away again, not after his role in their mother's death years ago. For a long time now, Calder has been fighting his very nature, resisting the temptation of taking another human's life, even if it sinks him further into a state of depressed emotions; the only exception is for Jason Hancock. His plan of action to lead Hancock to the waters of Lake Superior involves getting closer to his daughter, Lily, but those plans go awry when he finds himself actually falling for her instead... Usually, it's the romance that always adds an extra edge in making me fall in love with a book, but it wasn't exactly the case this time around. Calder is very manipulative in his attempts to get closer to the Hancock family, and while we see how his feelings for Lily grow stronger, I still wasn't completely convinced about how real their relationship was... and how Lily could lead him to stray so far from his initial plans. Don't get me wrong, Lily is a sweet teenage girl with a fun fashion style, and I liked how she was initially hesitant of Calder's intentions towards her, but a part of me was still looking for a stronger connection. I'm sure my opinion about Lily will change when the sequel, Deep Betrayal, is released because it's going to be told from her point of view! While I wouldn't say the ending for Lies Beneath is a cliffhanger, it did seem to be more on the abrupt side, so I can't wait to see how Anne Greenwood Brown will continue the story! If you're looking for a dark take on mermaids, you won't be able to resist the allure of Lies Beneath! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2012-06-13

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1CALLED HOMEI 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.From the Hardcover edition.