Review: Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath, #2) by Anne Greenwood Brown

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deep betrayalTitle: Deep Betrayal
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Series: Lies Beneath, #2
Date(s) read: February 24 – March 1, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Publisher / Netgalley (ARC)


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. . . .

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Thank you to Random House BFYR & NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review! 

Without a question, I loved Lies Beneath, the first book in Anne Greenwood Brown’s exciting mermaid series. It had me gripped until the very end and made me hoping for the next book right away.

I’m sad to say that this book really didn’t live up to my expectations. I’m not sure what it was, but I moved so slowly through this book. I think part of what I didn’t like was the fact that we changed narrators in this book. Instead of Calder (who I loved in the first book!), we have Lily narrating. Don’t get me wrong — I do like Lily, but I found her to be really boring. I really missed Calder’s voice! I think Lily was just too … girly, for me. I loved that Calder had a grittiness to him, such a boyish quality that I found bold and interesting. Lily came off as too whiny most of the time. Also, while Calder seemed more dangerous and solitary in the first book, I found that Lily relied on him way too much. I really wanted her to be independent!

With that said, Calder still remains to be my favourite character — I just wish I could’ve seen more of him! Lily was quite rebellious in this story, but I started to get annoyed with her never listening to anyone. There was also some great character development in this book. It was nice to see that some of the characters we were just introduced to in the first book seemed to have more than a background role in this one. Especially Lily’s family. It was nice to get to know her parents and sister a little better.

There were also some great twists here and there in the story, a few that I really didn’t see coming. That was one of the things i loved in Lies Beneath, so I was happy that even though I was just a bit bored of the slow pace of the novel, there were instances that really pulled me back in. I also like that the whole legend of mermaids was developed more and we were giving a few surprises along the way. I do wish there had been MORE mermaid action going on in the story — it seemed a lot of time was spent on land nd on the “mystery” of the story — but it was still enough.

I do think that I’ll continue with this series — I just hope that we can get a little more excitement in the next book. Of course, if you weren’t a fan of the first book in this series, I would suggest giving this one a pass.


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13 thoughts on “Review: Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath, #2) by Anne Greenwood Brown

  1. I agree. I missed Calder’s voice and found that the plot — instead of focusing on the mermaids — kind of veered off into other directions that I wasn’t as interested in. But I still LOVE the first book and recommend it to readers who think they don’t like mermaid books.

    • Yes! I loved the first book, too. I really hope we get Calder’s voice back in the third book. This was my first mermaid series and I have to admit that I’m pretty pleased with it, despite my feelings about this novel.

  2. Hmm, I didn’t realize this was solely from Lily’s POV. For some reason, I thought it was dual POV between her and Calder, which sucks because that’s what I was expecting and hoping for. Darn. Part of what I REALLY loved about Lies Beneath was that Calder was SUCH a unique character. Still, I’ll probably give this one a try.

    • Yes! Exactly! I loved Calder as a narrator! I couldn’t put my finger on it when I first started reading, so I had to go back to the first book. Hopefully he’ll narrate the third one!

  3. Well said, Kristilyn! I thought this one was a bit slow too and Lily really irritated me. I enjoyed the first one so much and as much as I loved Calder as the narrator, I was looking forward to having Lily narrate, but it just fell flat. I liked that the mermaid legend was fleshed out but thought there could have been more too. Like you, I think I’ll still continue with the series – I’m curious to see where it goes.

    • Yes! Lily totally irritated me — and you’re right, it felt totally flat! I’m glad you’re continuing on with the series, too. I have to admit, I do love the covers for this series. They’re very pretty!

  4. The publisher just sent this to me, and like you I enjoyed the dark tale of book one, however I am seeing a lot of reviews that share your problems. The pov of Lily wasn’t received as well which is sad, because i liked her in book one. Wonderful, honest and thoughtful review:)

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  7. I have this book to read but I’ve been putting it off, Lies Beneath was just an okay read for me but the ending did leave me wondering about what was to come next. I’m not so sure how I feel about this book being told from Lily’s perspective though, I really liked Calder’s voice in the first one. I hope I will get to this one soon. Thanks for the review!

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