Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2)

Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Goodreads Rating: 4.09
Pages: 320
Format: E-ARC from Netgalley

Once you dive into Deep Betrayal, the sequel to Lies Beneath,you won't come up for air!
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. . . . 

Deep Betrayal was a great companion to Lies Benieth. While I thought that this book was just going to be Lies Beneath from Lily's point of view, it offers so much more than that. In Lies Beneath, I found that I didn't really like Lily, and this book offered me a chance to like her more, which I did. I still felt that she made really stupid decisions that were more detrimental overall, but I found myself more drawn to her decisions as I could see the rationale behind them. She may have just gotten in the way some, but she really just wanted to help and clearly proved that she could.

I liked that this plot had a clear structured plot that even threw a few curveballs at you including these murders and how everyone is trying to figure out if it was Maris and Parvati or if it was something else. I'm glad that Calder is the type of character that isn't in denial all the time, like Lily seemed to be except when it came to her father. I found it interesting that she was the one that thought that he was doing the killing for some time while Calder defended him saying that it wasn't possible.

Thats another thing, this book made me fall so much more in love with Calder. I think that if a guy read this book, he too would fall in love with him just because of how Lily talks about her feelings for him. I didn't think it was fair of her to start throwing this mistrust his way just because of her old friend Jack talking about how mermaids could use their powers against others. I felt that by that point in the book, he had more that proved himself to her. I also adored how good we was with her little sister and that this really didn't change from the first book.

I sort of wish we had more of the underwater aspect that was there in the first book, but I suppose that is to be expected...Another thing was that there was this totally random myth that worked its way into the book that I felt had no place really being in the book. I felt as though it was this super random side plot that had some point, but it really didn't understand why it was there. All in all, I think that it was a great close to the series, and I can't wait to see more from Brown.
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  1. I loved Lies Beneath, so I can't wait to see what's next with Calder!

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  2. I really enjoyed Lies Beneath, so I'm really excited to read this one. I'm glad Calder is great in Deep Betrayal :) Awesome review!

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