Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown

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. . . 

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 17

At first, I didn't think I'd like Deep Betrayal as much as I did Lies Beneath because it's in Lily's point of view, instead of Calder's. In Lies Beneath, Calder was so enticing and Lily was just kind of...bleh. But that all changes in Deep Betrayal! Like Anne Greenwood Brown said at her event with us last Saturday, you don't know what's going on in Lily's head and you don't know why she does some of the things she does in Lies Beneath. But reading her inner thoughts in Deep Betrayal shed a whole new light on Lily for me, and I ended up loving her point of view! It will be interesting in book three, Promise Bound, when all the main characters have chapters! 

What drew me originally to the trilogy was that it was set in Minnesota, and that these mermaids were murderous. They suck emotion from humans when they kill them in water, because they don't have any of their own. It was such an interesting concept and made the book scary and creepy at times--which I loved! 

Calder White, on top of all that, makes this trilogy so awesome! Try making a merman sexy. Anne Greenwood Brown's done it. During Deep Betrayal I was sort of annoyed with him, because he was flighty so I thought it was such an annoying, pointless romance. It was that absence of his point of view that made it hard. But then you find out why he's keeping a wall up, and it all makes sense. So Calder, you're forgiven. 

There was one main thing that bugged me about Lily. All the boys seemed to fall for her! I'm sorry. But that's never true. And unrealistic. It makes her less relatable to me, even though in many other ways she was.

Both the beginning and the ending had it all. Brown likes to throw in unexpected twists at the ends of her books, so you can expect that for Deep Betrayal just like in Lies Beneath. However, the middle of this book was a little slow. Calder and Lily kept having hit and misses, both with the murder mystery unraveling and with their own romance. They'd fight and then make up, and then they'd argue, and then they'd kiss...Do you see what I mean? It was just frustrating at times. Having said that, it didn't stop me from whipping through the pages. 

One of the things that made this trilogy so intriguing was that each book has a small plot with huge consequences. The only mermaids/mermen you meet are Calder's family and Lily's family. But there are other mermaids out there, other creatures, and other humans who know they exist. That creates large-scale consequences, even though the focus of the trilogy revolves around the small town and the themes of finding family and losing family. 

When I finally found out who the murderer is, at first I was shocked. It was almost too random; I didn't feel like I was given many leads. But actually, as I reflected on the novel, I realized there were way more clues than I thought. So well done, Anne Greenwood Brown. The mermaid murder mystery was so much fun! 

Even if this book sets a darker mood and has an ominous title, I think readers will enjoy the ending. Lily finally gets the two things she desires most! It was relatively close-ended, but I know there's still so much more of their story to be written! 

This book is in stores now! 
Buy Hardcover | $17.99 (we have signed copies!!) 

Happy reading!
Rachel, age 17


  1. I feel like I'm not going to like this book... that's why I've been holding out on reading it. I hated Lies Beneath. It's kind of sad because when Lies Beneath first came out, I was so excited for this series. Now, I'm not sure i'll finish it. But I'm glad to hear that Lily's point-of-view didn't disappoint. I really disliked her in Lies Beneath. And yeah, I think I would need more from the romance. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Rachel!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I sort of love how we can all have such different reactions to books! There were definitely things I disliked in both of Brown's books, but overall I enjoyed them. I think it's so interesting how we all have different tastes! If this mermaid book isn't for you, I'm sure there are other awesome ones out there! Happy reading!!


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