Lies Beneath is full of equal parts gut wrenching emotion and dangerous action. Calder is a great narrator, with chilling honesty and a constant, earnest struggle to do what's right and fight against his nature to live on his own terms. The settings—both underwater and on land—are great in this novel. Lake Superior is the perfect chilly and mysterious lake setting, and Brown does a wonderful job at building the mermaid world and legends without weighing down the narrative with lengthy explanations. In Calder's clear and straightforward voice, the story flows nicely. Lily is an interesting counterpart to Calder—she's tough and acts like she doesn't care, but she has her soft spots and vulnerabilities. The growing romance between her and Calder is sweet, and the threats they face in Calder's sisters, especially from dangerous Maris, are very real. There is a simple yet unexpected twist at the very end of the book that changes how readers will view the characters and leave them wondering what will happen next for Calder and Lily. Luckily an answer will come in Deep Betrayal, where the story continues in Lily's point of view.
Cover Comments: Interesting that there is a female on the cover--perhaps one of Calder's sisters? It's pretty but perhaps not precisely fitting. Nonetheless, I love the blues of the cover with the bit of red and the font that the title is in. Very nice.
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