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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

REVIEW: Deep Betrayal, by Anne Greenwood Brown

Deep Betrayal

 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. . . .
Okay..first..this is the sequel to Lies Beneath. Which was an awesome book (I'll go back and review it at some point.)
I have to tell you, I'm excited to read about mermaids. If I'm going to read paranormal, I'm ready for something other than vampires, zombies, and psychics. And
Deep Betrayal is awesome as an escape book. Meaning, I got so caught up reading it, I did, in fact escape reality for a bit. I love Lily and Calder. I love that this novel focused more on Lily. She's got a lot to focus on in finding out what being a mutant (as she puts it) means for her. Oh...and there's the deaths. 
I'm not sure this book could be any better. I loved the first one, it dealt with practicalities of being a mer-person (seriously, they ARE part fish..there are some things to consider.) And this one addresses being a human, who happens to be part mermaid.
Great character deepening, as they develop in their identities. I would've liked more of Lily's dad as a central character, but it also worked that he was feeding into the inevitable "embracing his inner merman" that happens when one discovers who they really are.
Again, great read, better than the first installment, which would be tough since that one was so good. Definitely different and more based in the possibilities of the real world including the supernatural.

What do you think??

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