I have been looking forward to reading Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown for some time now. I love mermaid stories and I was especially intrigued by the idea of merpeople in Lake Superior (being from Michigan and all). Overall the story was fun, a very fast read, and I would definitely recommend it to young adult readers. I didn’t feel that it had as much cross-over appeal into the adult reader market as, say, The Hunger Games or Daughter of the Forest (a couple of my favorite YA novels).
The parts of the story that were specifically about the merpeople, how they transformed, how they began to dry out and yearned for the water after a certain period of time, as well as how and why they needed to absorb human’s energy, were fascinating. I enjoyed Calder and Lily as the main characters and found their interactions to be appropriate for their age but not one-hundred percent engaging for me. I had a hard time with the fact that the merpeople could communicate telepathically under the water, but not out of the water. Once I finished the book I realized it was a necessary and deliberate choice to make all of the pieces work at the end, but every time it happened during the story it threw me off.
Lies Beneath is well written and entertaining. There were some interesting twists and details revealed at the end that kept the pages turning. Again, I definitely recommend it for the YA crowd (which is the market it’s written for) but not as much for adult readers.