Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown

March 11, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 1

Title: Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher: Random House/Delacorte
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
Release Date: March 12, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: Not as good as the first, but necessary to the story and still enjoyable.

About the Book: It’s been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she’s counting. And when Calder does return, it’s not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily’s dad monopolizes Calder’s time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind.

Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman’s natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn’t know what to believe—only that whoever’s responsible is sure to strike again. . . .

I think I was going into this with high hopes because I loved Lies Beneath so much, but by the end of it all, I’d have to say I didn’t like this quite as much. The pacing was a bit on the slow side and even though there’s all the dead bodies popping up left and right, there wasn’t nearly enough action and intrigue as I would’ve liked. Not to mention Calder and Lily’s relationship is rocky and strained at best.

Most of the book is about Lily trying to figure out where she stands in all this. Her dad is a merman, so what does that make her? There is definitely something special about her, and even, her sister. There is very little of Calder in this until the last third of the book, and the rest of it he comes off as distant. Lily’s father wasn’t exactly a favorite character of mine either, since he was too obsessed with being a merman to really care about anything else. I understand there’s the need to be near humans with happy/positive emotions and his family wasn’t exactly brimming with it, but I couldn’t really connect with any of them.

The most interesting part was the mystery of the dead bodies and who was responsible for that. I really had my suspects and it definitely wasn’t the obvious ones. Anne does a very unique and interesting take on mermaid lore and it’s crazy how many people within the book know about it and are affected by it. You get to dive deeper into the history of mermaids and where exactly they all come from. Calder and Lily learn some pretty intense things about his family and they do go on quite a few dangerous missions.

I’m still going to read the last book to see how it all ends. Yes, this book didn’t do it for me as much as the first one, but I’m still interested in the series as a whole. The story is very different from anything else I’ve read and I love reading about mermaids. I’m hoping Anne takes this story somewhere amazing and that this was just a necessary stepping stone to get to the pivotal end.

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