TITLE: Daughter of Deep Silence
AUTHOR: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
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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.
A lot of things bothered me about Daughter of Deep Silence. First there was the insta-love, which I am already not a
big fan of. Then it’s clear that it’s not only insta love, but insta love at fourteen years old. Now there’s nothing wrong about falling in love early, but I’m a high schooler and I know how most kids my age act. The chance that you could meet someone that young and find real love after less than two weeks, is slim. Also Frances was so love sick that is was kind of pathetic. View Spoiler »I mean at one point she was almost willing to throw her revenge plans, the ones she spent two years working on, away just because she “loved” Grey. « Hide Spoiler. And don’t even get me started on the open ending…
And after that, there’s the fact that a lot of the details of the book were either created or ignored in favor of the plot. Some things just didn’t quite add up which only caused me to have so many questions. View Spoiler »Why weren’t everyone else on the cruise? A lot of the guests had close family members that didn’t go. If Fances usually had to buy clothes of the sales rack, how was her family able to afford a cruise with wealthy people like senators? Why didn’t anyone besides Shephard realize that Frances was not Libby? « Hide Spoiler
That being said, there were many other things about Daughter of Deep Silence that I liked, and even loved. I really liked the characters. Mainly the supporting ones – Frances (or should I say Libby?) gave me headaches and made me want to bang my head against the book more times than there are pages. She was too in love, lacked common sense, and was blinded by anger and her need for revenge, which I get, but I think she took too far. Either way, I really liked Shephard. He was like a breath of fresh air to Frances’ crazy – he had the common sense she lacked.
I also really liked Frances’ flashbacks to what happened on the cruise ship. I thought they were well written, strategically placed, and had the habit of making me tear up. Still, my favorite part about Daughter of Deep Silence is the plot twists. There were just so, so, many surprises. I usually have a knack at predicting what happens next in books, but with this one I was wrong pretty often.
I think Daughter of Deep Silence was a pretty good thriller with plot twists at every turn. I also liked the flashbacks and most of the supporting characters. However, I wasn’t a fan of the main character (she had too many character flaws for me to like her), the romance (instant love, ew), and some of the details and the open ending (they left me with way too many questions).