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Gr 9 Up-In this sequel to Lies Beneath (Delacorte, 2012), Lily is reeling from the recent events in her life. She has been dragged away from her friends and school after a brush with death. The boy she might love is a merman, and her family has a dark and troubled past with these creatures of the deep that live in the waters of the Great Lakes. Her father is about to find out that he, too, can transform, and once he does, their lives will never be the same. But deep within Lake Superior lies a deadly force, and when swimmers report attacks and turn up dead, family friend Jack is quick to campaign against the merfolk. Publicity, bad or good, is something they can't afford. Fast paced and filled with twisty turns, this story will appeal to readers who enjoyed this new take on a paranormal romance in the first book. Others will find it too difficult to catch up with the extensive mythology of these aquatic creatures.-Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Half-mermaid Lily takes another step (or more accurately, stroke) toward becoming a full mermaid in Brown’s moody sequel to Lies Beneath (2012). Now that vengeful Tallulah is dead, Lily considers fessing up to her dad about his mer heritage, but she wants merman Calder to help. Calder, of course, is as gorgeous, emotionally imbalanced, and controlling as ever. When dead bodies appear in town and Calder’s sisters claim it isn’t their doing, Lily worries her dad has given in to the killing urge. Despite red herrings and Brown’s clever use of the mermaid folklore of Maighdean Mara, readers probably won’t struggle to identify the killer, nor predict the cliff-hanger ending. Grades 8-11. --Krista Hutley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Lies Beneath
  • Library Binding: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375990372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375990373
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Anne Greenwood Brown grew up sailing the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, leaning over the bow, and wondering what amazing thing might flash by. Now she knows. Anne lives in Minnesota with her patient husband and three hilarious children. You can follow all her projects at http://annegreenwoodbrown.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/annegreenwoodbrown
Twitter: @AnneGBrown

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on March 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Going in to Deep Betrayal, I knew two things: I had really enjoyed Lies Beneath and I was looking forward to learning more mermaid lore. As the story unfolded, I kept waiting to be wowed by Deep Betrayal, like I had been with Lies Beneath, and found myself growing more and more disappointed. While I really enjoyed reading things from Lily's perspective, with Deep Betrayal the mystery and allure surrounding the mermaids in Lies Beneath was mostly absent, making for a slightly less exciting read.

One of the reasons I loved Lies Beneath, besides my fascination with evil mermaids, was thanks to Lily - she had a quirky style, a spunky personality, and was pretty self-confident. Unfortunately, in Deep Betrayal I had a hard time seeing any of those qualities in her. For the first 20-30%, she spends most of her time moping about because she hasn't heard from Calder, and then when he does show up, she's whining that he's spending so much time helping her dad.

"Tell me how long you're going to be gone, " I demanded.
"Its just for a little while," Calder said.
"But I haven't seen you in over a month!" I hated how hysterical I sounded, but I couldn't help it. This was unfair, and Calder didn't seem to care at all.

She became a different person, someone who was selfish and unable to understand that her life wasn't the only one that was changing.

"You know what? I wish I'd never told you about any of this. This was my secret. I shared it with you, but now you're taking it from me."
"Lily, I'm not taking anything from you. Frankly, I don't want any of it."

It made it really hard for me to remember why I had liked her so much in Lies Beneath.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angie on July 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
While I wasn't blown away by Lies Beneath, I was still interested in what would come next for Calder and Lily in Deep Betrayal. Unfortunately, this one wasn't quite as interesting as the the first book. The story starts out about a month later, with Lily getting ready for graduation with her best friend. Of course, her parents are there and want her back home in Wisconsin for the summer. Lily also feels like her father needs to know about his mermaid heritage so he stops thinking he's crazy. Being the only merman around, Calder helps Lily's dad with his transitions and trains him. Then people start getting injured and murdered in the lake. Is it Calder's sisters, too overcome by their grief to hunt effectively? Maybe Lily's dad can't control himself yet? Or is it something else entirely?

My first issue with Deep Betrayal was Lily. I was very disappoint to have this book be from her perspective. Part of why I enjoyed Lies Beneath was because we got a male POV and inside the mind of an actual mermaid. Lily isn't nearly as interesting a narrator as Calder. It doesn't really help that she spends most of the book moping around and whining about how much she misses him. The first part is just really boring. Then things get annoying when Lily throws a temper tantrum after Calder tells her he'll be leaving with her dad for three days to help him with his change. She feels like he's stealing her father away! It's only three days, and it was HER idea to tell him he's a merman, so of course he needs to head to the lake and adjust. It was very frustrating. I would much rather have been in Calder's head, and watching the training process with Lily's dad.

This brings me to my next issue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Carrera on April 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I must say, the fact that both of the first two books were available to me at this time is perfect. When I finished book one, I didn't even hesitate before picking up book two. "Deep Betrayal" takes the reader far deeper into the chaos on Lake Superior and the Hancock family--not to mention our favorite finned murdering mermaids. I found myself diving back to the book on spare moments like a mermaid to water. I've found my new favorite series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vi the Vi3tBabe on March 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I think I was going into this with high hopes because I loved Lies Beneath so much, but by the end of it all, I'd have to say I didn't like this quite as much. The pacing was a bit on the slow side and even though there's all the dead bodies popping up left and right, there wasn't nearly enough action and intrigue as I would've liked. Not to mention Calder and Lily's relationship is rocky and strained at best.

Most of the book is about Lily trying to figure out where she stands in all this. Her dad is a merman, so what does that make her? There is definitely something special about her, and even, her sister. There is very little of Calder in this until the last third of the book, and the rest of it he comes off as distant. Lily's father wasn't exactly a favorite character of mine either, since he was too obsessed with being a merman to really care about anything else. I understand there's the need to be near humans with happy/positive emotions and his family wasn't exactly brimming with it, but I couldn't really connect with any of them.

The most interesting part was the mystery of the dead bodies and who was responsible for that. I really had my suspects and it definitely wasn't the obvious ones. Anne does a very unique and interesting take on mermaid lore and it's crazy how many people within the book know about it and are affected by it. You get to dive deeper into the history of mermaids and where exactly they all come from. Calder and Lily learn some pretty intense things about his family and they do go on quite a few dangerous missions.

I'm still going to read the last book to see how it all ends. Yes, this book didn't do it for me as much as the first one, but I'm still interested in the series as a whole. The story is very different from anything else I've read and I love reading about mermaids. I'm hoping Anne takes this story somewhere amazing and that this was just a necessary stepping stone to get to the pivotal end.
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