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Goodreads Description- 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. . .
***This review is for a sequel and will contain spoilers for the first novel if you have not read it*****
I love a story told from a guys point of view, but Deep Betrayal, told from Lily's point of view was so much better than Lies Beneath and I really enjoyed Lies Beneath! So much happens in this book and seeing it through Lily's eyes makes it more real because she's human and she's experiencing the doubt about Calder and her father. Does Calder really need her or love her? What is his connection to her? Will he leave her some day? Is her father the one murdering those people? And how could he dessert the family like this? Lily's mother is nothing but a bundle of sadness and anger, not something she's used to because her husband is gone.
I totally forgot that Lily and little Sophie were half merpeople with their dad being a merman. So there is that story line. Then there is dead Tallulah with Maris and Pavati knowing or not knowing. Do they know Lily is alive? What will they think if they see Lily? What about Hancock being a merman?? And Calder isn't connected to them anymore so he can't hear them. And who is killing the people on the lake? Maris and Pavati? Lily's dad? Or something else more sinister?
There is a lot going on in this novel and it does not disappoint! I was sure I knew who was doing the killing and I was like, "Come on already just tell us!" But I couldn't have been more wrong. Not even in the ballpark. And all the things I assumed, I was wrong. Brown really delivers in this novel. I remember rumors that this novel didn't have enough Calder in it, but it had plenty of Calder and Lily in it, more than Lies Beneath in the way of romance to me. It's more intense and has more meaning.
Even Sophie gets a little air time and she's a smart little thing. I learned what rainbows are made of and she proved that just because she was young, didn't mean she wasn't paying attention. And her connection to Pavati was still there. The only one that had a really bad time in this book was Mom. I know she can't get cured, but man, she really had some shocks in this book. I just hope her heart can take it. No cliffhanger ending, it was happy to me, but I think there is another book since it says this is the second book and I believe this was always going to be a trilogy. I really think of the two books, this was a much better book for those of you that are hesitant to pick it up. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
It's for a little older crowd. There are some mature scenes, some sexual content. It's definitely for lovers of mermaid tales remembering this is the sequel, YA paranormal, romance, and family.
Thanks to the publishers at Delacorte Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for the E-ARC. Though I received and advanced copy for free, this in no way influenced my opinion of the book. I did not receive financial compensation for this review.