{Review} Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown

Deep Betrayal
by Anne Greenwood Brown
Series: Lies Beneath #2
Pages: 352
Release Date: March 12, 2013
by Delacorte Press (an imprint of Random House)

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*Warning: Summery could be spoilery for the first book if you haven't read it!

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. . . .

*A copy was provided by Random House for review purposes*

I hate to say it, but I kind of liked the first book in this series, Lies Beneath  better than this one.  Even though it was a good continuation of the story, Deep Betrayal wasn’t as thrilling or well done.  In Lies Beneath I was completely knocked over by the twists and turns, and the story line was amazing, but in this book I didn’t get that.  The idea and writing was still really good, but the story line wasn’t that awesome.  You might think, from the summery, that this book had a murder mystery incorporated into it.  WRONG!  There wasn’t a murder mystery, and the route that Brown took instead of a mystery was, I think, a bad decision.  I didn’t like how half-way through the book she kind of – for lack of a better world – re-did the story line.  She changed the way the book was going by throwing in a couple cheesy urban legends that, while imaginative, were completely pointless.  It seemed like Brown just added them to make the book thicker.  I really enjoyed the story line before the “makeover”, and I really liked the ending as well.  I liked how all the things that had been growing over the course of the story all came together, and I thought it was very well done.

I really love how Brown has developed the characters over these two books, and I think her strategy is ingenious.  Lies Beneath was narrated from Calder’s point of view, and Deep Betrayal  is from Lily’s, so in each book we get to know each character very, very well.  It’s freaking genius!  These books have two of my most favorite characters ever, and I really like how they are solid, strong characters.  Calder is very unique.  He’s different from his kind, and he’s kind of a tortured character, but he still finds time to melt my heart with his sexy muscles and awesome personality.  Seriously, I want to date a merman!  Lily I really love as well.  I really like how she has a mind of her own and isn’t helpless, and that she does what she wants.  To me she’s kind of defiant, and I love that.  Calder and Lily really make a perfect pair, but, umm, Calder, if you ever get sick of Lily, I’m here!

I’m not sure at the moment if there is going to be another installment in this series (I’m guessing most likely) but if I think I might give it a try.  I really enjoyed Lies Beneath, so maybe first and third times the charm? :P

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The Lies Beneath series:

Check out my review of Lies Beneath, here.


  1. I feel the same. I loved the first book of this series. Tore through it in one day. Especially that it was a male POV. But I felt the ball was dropped on this second book. And I didn't like the female POV at all, I missed Calder's voice for sure. I hope the nect book proves better.

  2. I so need to read the first one! I'm glad the series is good enough for you that you're willing to read the third one (if there is a third one). Switching POVs can be jarring, and it's sad that it hindered the second book. Great review :)

  3. Hmmm...I haven't read the first in this series yet. I have a hard time reading mermaid novels. I may still give this a shot if it comes my way, but I probably won't go out and get it. Thanks for your review.

  4. As an adult reader, I enjoyed every page. I hope there is more story to come about the rest of the family!

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