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Deep Betrayal

Deep Betrayal is a YA supernatural/mermaid horror novel and the second in a trilogy from Anne Greenwood Brown.

The first novel is called Lies Beneath – you can read my review here – and I strongly recommend having read Lies Beneath before Deep Betrayal or this review.

You’ve been warned!!!

It’s been thirty days since Lily’s heard or seen Calder.

Thirty days has allowed doubts to creep in about their connection…

But when he does return, things are still sour. Once Lily tells her father that he, like Calder, is a merman – well, Lily’s dad essentially takes all of Calder’s time, wanting to spend every day in the water.

When a slew of near-death experiences begin to turn into dead bodies on the shore, Calder believes that his mermaid sisters are hunting once more – sloppily.

But Lily fears that the messy killings are more along the line of a brand-new merman… her father.

Either way, people are bound to start looking…

Lies Beneath was told from Calder’s point of view. Deep Betrayal is told from Lily’s.

Surprisingly, this sort of lessened the appeal for me.

Calder, not being fully human, had a fascinating tone – he was sometimes disturbing, sometimes obsessive, and eventually likable. Lily is still interesting, but with her you get the angsty, romantic mush most of the time.

Deep Betrayal has great elements that create a creepy, sexy and intriguing book, but I could’ve done with a lot more independence and individuality from Lily. And I’m not talking about wearing vintage t-shirts. I’m talking about taking initiative of her own; not moaning over every second Calder wasn’t around!

Plus, Lily’s lack of listening to Calder frustrated me. I’m not saying she should’ve obeyed every word – but have some sense, girl!

I liked Calder’s strong, emotive feelings towards Lily’s sister and parents. His yearning to be part of their family was vivid and reminded me yet again why I preferred his otherworldly, mesmerizing voice.

In the end, Deep Betrayal lacked the chilling storyline and compelling narrative of Lies Beneath, in my opinion. I still found it to be a quick read and relatively suspenseful, it just didn’t impress me like the first one.

No matter what, I will still want to read the final book – Promise Bound – when it’s released.

Am I alone in hoping that it’s written from Calder’s point of view?

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