Book Review: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Posted May 26, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie RyanDaughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Published by Penguin on May 26th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Death & Dying, Family, Love & Romance, Orphans & Foster Homes, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
ISBN: 9780525426509
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & Noble

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.

“It didn’t matter then that I’d barely known him a week, it had been long enough to fall for him with an intensity I’ve never experienced before.”

The Good…:

Daughter of Deep Silence was everything I loved about the first season of Revenge. Frances Mace decides to get revenge against the people she holds responsible for destroying her life. To do this Frances assumes the identity of her best friend, Libby, and concocts a plan that will not only reveal the truth about the tragic events on the Persephone, but will also destroy those responsible. Frances’ determination to avenge those that died on the cruised ship is really captivating. She’s spent a lot of time putting her scheme together, and has even allowed for backup plans in case things don’t turn out exactly as she planned. Frances’ schemes were so well thought out, that I began to wonder if she got help from Emily Thorne, herself.

Carrie Ryan’s writing kept me turning the pages, even when something preposterous would happen in the story. Despite several aspects of the story grating on me, I still managed to enjoy every page of this story. Well, almost every page, but more on that in a moment. Out of all of the characters, I think Shepard was my favorite. Followed a close second by Grey. Frances was really flawed for a heroine. She was mean, obsessive, and a bit cray cray, but I enjoyed reading to see what she would do next.

The Bad…:

 Insta-love. Pre-revenge Frances loved Grey in a way that was highly improbable considering how long they’d known each other before the attack on the ship. While I completely understand the feeling of betrayal that occurs when someone you like causes you harm, the obsessive way she talks about Grey is kind of weird. I thought the relationship she develops with him later on was a lot more realistic.

The Ugly…:

I hated the ending. It was very abrupt. I wish the epilogue was longer, and gave me more closure. Considering how well developed the rest of the novel was, the ending was a big disappointment. However, I do like how things ended up for Frances, Grey, and Shepard. I thought that was realistic and in keeping with what happened previously in the story.

Do I Recommend?

I don’t think it was a bad novel. I actually enjoyed reading it. However, it won’t be in my Top 5 books to read this year. Probably not even my Top 10. Carrie Ryan’s writing was good enough that I am interesting in reading more from her, but there were just a bit too many problems with this book for me that I won’t go into due to spoilers. Let’s just say, I felt like I’ve read/seen this one before.

Rating Report
Overall: 3

About Carrie Ryan

Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Forest of Hands and Teeth series and Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer. Currently she’s working on a four book middle grade fantasy adventure series co-written with her husband, John Parke Davis, the first book of which, The Map to Everywhere, will be out November 4, 2014. Her next YA is a romantic thriller titled Daughter of Deep Silence which will be out summer 2015.

A former litigator, Carrie now writes full time and lives with her husband, two ornery cats and one gullible dog in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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