Another great story about a lovable merfolk family living on the surface, this time with a gripping mystery!
This second book in the series nicely continued the thread about merfolk living on the surface having been discovered—talks with the UN in progress, the military/government following them, the public being curious and arguing over whether they should have rights, the press trying to figure out the truth, etc. The author once again did a great job balancing all the difference perspectives and POVs and how characters sometimes did make the wrong conclusions or assumptions, but in ways that made complete sense since many of them were only working with a small piece of the whole. But this one also had its own plot about someone hunting down and killing merfolk. The mystery was gripping and made me want to keep reading to find out what was really going on, especially as the story got closer to the end.
Since these books are set on the surface, there wasn’t a ton of mer-ness in this one (there’s more in the other books), but there was more use of the merfolk telepathy this time. They had some interesting powers and could do some complicated things through their mental connections to each other, and that was cool to read about.
The cast of characters was also great, once again. Everyone felt real and unique, and that’s saying something considering how many characters there are. It also seemed like there were fewer POVs this time, or maybe I was just used to it since I was already familiar with most of the characters and really liked all the POVs since they all felt different.
Last but not least, the Brooks family is such a nice family to read about. There were some really sweet family moments and touching emotions among the family members. And there was still no romance! These books haven’t needed romance so far, and I’m glad the author hasn’t forced it in.
I’m really enjoying this series with its lovable, three-dimensional characters and its unique take on merfolk living among humans!
Fans of Book 1 in M.N. Arzu's Under series. Anyone who likes merfolk, realistic characters, adorable family, and a different kind of mer story.