Published by Dutton Juvenile
Pub Date: May 26th 2015
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
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I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.
In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.
Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.
Oooh, you guys! Daughter of Deep Silence was deliciously revengey!! (Revengy is a term coined by Nolan Ross of the show Revenge)
A few fellow bloggers and I were invited to sit in at a lunch with Carrie Ryan and Sarah Dessen last Friday during BEA and we got to hear from Carrie how this book came about. The most obvious connection is the show Revenge, which did serve as inspiration but that’s where the comparisons end. Carrie also talked about the extensive and sometimes disturbing research involved for this book, which let me just tell you that by the very detailed description of what happens to your body if you’re ever lost at sea has made reconsider ever going on a cruise… or near any ocean, really. IT WAS THAT GOOD. Or bad! I don’t know… Ha!
Daughter of Deep Silence is a well constructed stand-alone novel. The story and plot were so well fleshed out, I can’t imagine the hard work that went into making sure there were no holes in it. It alternates between current time and flashbacks seamlessly, never once making me feel lost. I loved the setting: South Carolina beach. Though I’ve never been there, it seems like a good place to relax and read on the beach.
Frances was a hard character to pin down, but that’s part of her characterization. Nobody really knows the real, current Frances. You get a sense of what she was like before everything happened, but by the point we meet her she’s completely lost in her revenge plot. I do think that by the end she’s come around to the person she really is, even if it will take work to completely get back to her real self.
There are two sexy guys in this book, but luckily it’s not a love triangle (I promise!!). I loved the possibility of either one finding out the truth about Frances at any turn. I think maybe a love that deep at a young age in any other situation would make me roll my eyes, but I think that because of what everyone went through it’s possible to have it affect you for so long.
Also, I need Carrie Ryan to write more sexy scenes, please! The glimpses we’ve gotten in this book, which was full of tension and anticipation, and her other YA series, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, have led me to this conclusion. Girl knows how to write kissing scenes! MOAR PLEASE!
The ending/epilogue is probably where I would have wanted more from this book, but it’s more for selfish reasons and not for story purpose. Open ended epilogues always leave me feeling this way though.
Loved it overall, highly recommend it, Carrie Ryan needs to write more YA, the end. :)