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.Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on May 26th 2015
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, 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.\r\n
This book was so awesome! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading very many YA mysteries that aren’t campy and ridiculous, so Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan was a refreshing change for me. This is in no way a light novel; it’s dark and the thoughts in the protagonist’s head are somewhat sinister. But I liked that a lot! It really illustrated the ways that the human mind sometimes thrives on the negative and that revenge might be necessary to moving on.\r\n\r\nFrances was a unique and intriguing character. If I had to describe her in one word, I’d chose lonely, because not only did she lose everyone she cared about on that yacht, but she even lost herself, through her agreement with Cecil to step into Libby’s life to save her own. I can’t imagine knowing your memories are not your own anymore and you have to live someone else’s future.\r\n\r\nThe descriptions were vivid and felt so real. Frances’ depictions of what it was like to be lost at sea, burning under the hot sun, starving and literally dying of thirst were gruesome and startling. I loved it.\r\n\r\nThe romance was just okay for me and the reason I give this 4 1/2 stars. I didn’t buy into being “in love” at fourteen and still holding on to all those feelings of want and lust four years later when they meet again. I know that love at fourteen can happen, but let’s get real here: it’s hardly ever. Or perhaps I’m just a cynic.\r\n\r\nThe plot was a little weird, and while I can buy into a senator acting like a dickbag, it’s hard to believe that someone went to all that trouble to get him in their back pocket, which Frances also mentions, but hey, maybe that’s the whole point?\r\n\r\nOne other picky thing: the narrative recaps itself way too much.\r\n
\r\nThe audio is compelling and that is because Karissa Vacker makes it so. Her story-telling felt urgent, like I needed to keep listening or else. I loved listening to Daughter of Deep Silence and I feel like if I had read it, I wouldn’t have liked it nearly as much. Solid narrator!