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Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
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May 20, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012-release, arc, ereader, netgalley, for-review
Read in April, 2012


Lies Beneath is a haunting tale of an age old debt and danger that has followed two families for generations in the memories of the mermaids. Through Calder the merman and Lily the Hancock daughter a past is reveal that may have deadly consequences for everyone involved. The migratory tendencies of some species can be deadly no matter where they are.
Calder is something different from his sisters, it is that very thing that may drive them apart, but also reveal something sinister about a mermaid’s very nature. Calder is a mermaid, or he is a made mermaid. Calder was human until one day he fell into the water and was transformed into a merman. Growing up with a family of true mermaids has been hard for someone who may remember his human emotions too much, for the harsh reality of his new form. Lies Beneath brings readers into the classic myth of mermaids being the sleek killers of the deep, feasting off humans and luring them to their peril, but is carries its own twist in that not only do mermaid walk out of water, but they also eat our emotions. As Calder struggles with his nature and his empathy, he also loves his sisters and has a debt to retrieve.
Calder’s story follows alongside that of the Hancock family who struck a deal with his mermaid mother, and has yet to pay up. Calder’s sisters are out for payment and blood in any form since their mother has past died from humans and they hunger for the need of that debt being fulfilled. The Hancock family has just moved into an old house on Wisconsin’s Bayfield Penninsula and an old warning is being past around the house, never go near or into the water. The daughter a girl named Lily, doesn’t heed that warning and soon her life is changed forever. Jason Hancock has no idea that his life was forfeited all those years ago in a deal with mermaids, and that crazy old man of a father of his and all of his warnings to never be near water are soon coming true. What the Hancock family doesn’t know will kill them. Debt can be paid by kin.
Anne Greenwood Brown has taken the story of merpeople and created something hauntingly mesmerizing. With a captivating group of characters we find that no matter how much emption you feed from, the sins of the past catch you in the future. The story progresses with a punch as the past is imparted to the reader, and the hunt moves from sea to land with the characters. Lily and Calder are a pair of captivating characters that struggle to move through the odds of their demise at the hands of desperate mermaids, while also keeping the Hancock family alive. Can a family move past a curse, can one forgive a debt or will this debt destroy everyone as much as it drives them?
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