Calder isn't like his sisters--who have always been mermaids--and he's been fighting the urge to kill for quite some time--and, well, he's been avoiding his sisters whenever he can. I can't really say that he feels remorse for killing most of his victims--as the energy the kills give him is important--but that unlike his sisters, he takes no real pleasure in watching his victims suffer. Yes, the merpeople in Lies Beneath are, well, killers and getting your land legs back is a painful process. Then there's Lily Hancock, the girl that Calder falls for; She's an aspiring poet, adores her younger sister, Sophie, and she doesn't fall head over heels for Calder immediately. The other thing that I really loved about Lies Beneath was how the mermaids (and mermen) can't stay on land for extremely long lengths of time as it dries them out and that they're sort of driven insane if they don't make a kill.
Admittedly Jack Pettit strikes me as a creepy individual and I can tell you that he's interested in the mythology behind the mermaids up near Lake Superior, but I really can't say anymore than that. Let's just say that there's a reason for his interest. Gabrielle I didn't particularly like or dislike as I feel that she wasn't around quite enough to leave an impression on me despite being Lily's friend. As for Calder's sisters? Well, they're definitely not a group of girls that you want to hang around as they will quite possibly kill you--and by "possibly" I mean "really, really likely."
Would I recommend Lies Beneath to you? Yes, if you're looking for a tale with darker mermaids (and mermen) and an easy to follow male point of view. The mythology was definitely enjoyable and I really liked how it ended--almost as if it could be a standalone although it is not. In all, an enjoyable read from a perspective that I don't usually read from and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next!
Overall Rating: ★★★★
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House
Release Date: June 12, 2012
* Received for review via publisher and NetGalley.