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. . . .
In Deep Betrayal, Anne Greenwood Brown brings us back for another round of mermaid tension and drama. Only this time around things are from Lily’s perspective rather than Calder’s. While Lily was an acceptable narrator I definitely preferred Calder’s POV in the first book. I think I just prefer Calder’s personality more and at the time when I read the first book Lies Beneath I found it so refreshing to read a YA book from a male POV, as so often they are from a female perspective instead.
When we rejoin Lily she is back in the city, about to graduate highschool and she hasn’t seen Calder in over 30 days. She is quite frankly a grumpy mess and seems like she’s about to lose her ever loving teenage mind. So I don’t blame her…if I hadn’t seen the hunky guy of my dreams in that long I would be bonkers too. He isn’t back long before Lily decides she HAS to go back to the lake with her family and she thinks its a must for them to tell her father the truth about his heritage. Of course Lily does go back to the lake with her family, even though by doing so she is putting everyone at risk (stubborn much?).
When they get settled back at home Calder takes to teaching her father all about being a merman. So even though Lily has Calder back – he’s rarely around. This and a few other things leads to quite a bit of friction between them. Angst…oh how you torment me?
Aside from the relationship developments between Lily and Calder we also see the family dynamic change for Lily. Her father knows he’s a merman now and when he isn’t off training with Calder he is still rarely home. It put a lot of strain on his entire family. I think more focus on the family would have been great. Especially Lily’s little sister because I really like that little girl and don’t think she got enough spotlight.
When dead bodies start turning up things heat up even more but for some reason I didn’t feel very excited about the direction things were headed. There was a mystery to solve but I didn’t find it all that mysterious. I waffled back and forth somewhat between a smidge of boredom and then other moments being really into it and eating through the pages. I didn’t click with any of the new characters and wished there could have been more time spent on other characters to build them up more, so that I could get more of a feel for them. As things were I didn’t emphasize with Lily much because I just felt she was a bit selfish. Then the latter half of the book we’re led on a not so merry wild goose chase to figure out who was doing the killing.
Overall, Deep Betrayal was still enjoyable and a good addition to the continuing series but didn’t have the same sparkle that Lies Beneath had for me. I believe this is going to be a trilogy so I am interested to see how things end.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for a GUEST POST from the author, Anne Greenwood Brown!!