Review: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Daughter of Deep SilencePublished: May 26, 2015 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Pages: 375
Format: Kindle Edition

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.

“I am nothing except this: a girl reborn of the deep ocean silence, meant for nothing but vengeance.”

I had to suspend my disbelief a LOT for this book. And I struggled to do that. A lot. (But it was still awesome.)

Daughter of Deep Silence was not the book I was expecting it to be. I assumed some things based off the blurb which then confused the hell out of me when I first started the book.

First, I assumed that Frances and Libby were best friends who went on this cruise together. That is not the case. They meet on the cruise ship and their friendship develops over the course of the cruise.

Second, I could NOOOOOOOOT believe that Frances was only fourteen at first. (There is a time jump shortly after the beginning of the story, so she is eighteen during most of the book’s events, but still.) And I struggled a LOT with that because I felt like the whole thing wasn’t… I don’t know. I couldn’t buy this stuff happening to a fourteen year-old girl and having her turn out the way Frances does. I couldn’t buy 14-year-old Francis’ relationship with Grey. So that aspect of the story made things really difficult for me.

Third, Frances takes Libby’s identity (with the help of Libby’s father, but still) after only having just met her during the cruise (and then when they were in the ocean together on the life raft, of course, but still). I found that really hard to wrap my mind around… but I eventually just tried my best to accept it and kept reading. But I wasn’t expecting that AT ALL and it completely messed with my expectations, and then I felt like I spent the rest of the book trying to undo what I THOUGHT the story was going to be versus what it actually was.

Sooooo, yeah. If you can get past all that, there’s a pretty awesome story here.

This is a pretty fast read. I was hooked at the beginning, then things sloped off a bit, and then I hit the halfway point and finished it in about a day. I love Carrie Ryan’s prose and I love her characters.

I read her Forest of Hands and Teeth books and really liked them, even if I disliked the romances in them, so I was hoping I’d like this, too. I think I liked this one even more. I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance in this one for a lot of reasons, but I didn’t flat-out hate it, either.

Frances herself is complicated. At times I was rooting for her, and at other times I was horrified by her. To Frances, just about everything is a means to an end, and I wanted her to be more than that, but she’s also a product of the things that have happened to her, in a lot of ways. I liked the way Ryan crafted her character.

So basically… this book had some aspects that were really hard to swallow, but once I did, I was totally reeled in and couldn’t stop reading. I would definitely recommend it if you think the above issues wouldn’t throw you off too much. Yay, Carrie Ryan!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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