Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Random House
Source: Publisher *in exchange for an honest review*
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.
Yes, this is a mermaid book. When I think of mermaids I automatically think of Ariel and love stories. There is love in this book but it's a real kind of love.
Every year, the mermaids migrate. Calder is in the Bahamas when his sister, Maris, starts annoying him with her phone calls. He doesn't pick up for awhile but he finally does and the news will change his life forever. Calder migrates back to Lake Superior even though he really doesn't want to. The girls have found John Hancock, son of Tom Hancock who is supposedly responsible for their mothers death.
The sisters, Tallulah, Maris, and Pvati, and of course Calder, come up with a plan to get to John Hancock. This plan is mainly on Calder's shoulders, he will have to seduce the older girl to fall in love with him to he can get into the family. But, plans take a dramatic turn and more than one person may be at risk.
Calder was the perfect male character. He was caring but still very protective. That is what I always like in a main character. He doesn't want to go along with everything mermaids are supposed to do, he knows it wrong.
Maris, oh my gosh, don't even get me started. She was the oldest of the family and definitely the meanest.
Pvati was the one that everyone fell in love with because of her looks. She could get anyone and I mean anyone, into the water. Tallulah was the kind, nice sister who just kind of went along with what everyone wanted.
The plot was very different and I definitely liked that. It had those certain elements that I love and some that I hadn't seen before. The writing style was amazing!! I loved it and I think it was really good for this type of story.
Overall, Lies Beneath was a very different, but breath-taking read. This was my first mermaid and I am proud to say that I am hooked on mermaid books now. I will gladly pick up anything else that Anne writes.