Synopsis: Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother’s death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family’s homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there’s more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.
We discover Calder, a young merman, eager for freedom but who however doesn’t truly accept his nature. Yes, because here the mermaids aren’t some nice Disney’s characters like Ariel, no, but some real dangerous creatures who kill everyone who dares to be in their ways. But more than that, they’re really hazardous and more evolved than we could think about. Indeed, it was fascinating to know their daily lives, to see how they evolve and to try to understand them. The story starts in this world, a story that mixes betrayal, conspiracy and love, an amazing mix that keeps us alert all along this first volume. Calder and his sisters just want one thing since their mother’s death: revenge. Now the culprit is back on the island where they live, so now our little sibling wants to kill him and therefore to finally revenge their mother. But won’t it be difficult to really do it? Everything seems to be complicated when Calder gets closer to Lily, the daughter of the man.
Lily and Calder are very touching all along the story and we hope they will have a beautiful end, together, even if, of course, nothing ever happens like we would like. But it’s always a pleasure to see Calder change during this first volume; he understands we can’t always have what we really want. At first he is a young man who wants to live his life away from his family, to live like he wants, and he become a man looking for love. I have to tell I was very surprised by the revelations at the end of the book, I didn’t expect that at all but finally it allows us to understand some events of the story.
Therefore, Anne Greenwood Brown succeeds to write a great novel, very pleasant to read. We stay intrigued by this whole atypical universe we discover with the chapters. I would be very curious to read the possible sequel of this book. If you want a little nice story, this book is perfect for you!