Today I’m reviewing a book you’ve probably can’t wait to get your hands on: DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE by Carrie Ryan as part of the DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE blog tour! This book is dark, vengeful, and will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat.
Daughter of Deep Silence
Author: Carrie Ryan
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: May 26, 2015
To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to expose the truth and set her revenge plans into motion – even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: Grey Wells himself.
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.
First Sentence: When they pull me onto the yacht, I can’t even stand I’ve been adrift in the ocean so long.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
What I Liked
I love the entire premise of Daughter of Deep Silence. I enjoy reading about revenge plots and Daughter of Deep Silence has the ultimate revenge plot: Betrayed terribly by her first love, the main character vows to get revenge. I’ve also heard that Daughter of Deep Silence was similar to the television show Revenge, a show that I’ve always wanted to watch but just didn’t have time to because of a horrifying creation called school. Add the fact that Daughter of Deep Silence is like the television show Revenge and Daughter of Deep Silence sounds like the perfect read for me.
You have to believe me. They’re lying. Please.” A tear leaks from my eye, the first since I’ve been rescued. (19)
I also liked – not necessarily loved – how Carrie Ryan ended Daughter of Deep Silence. The ending for Daughter of Deep Silence wasn’t a one-hundred percent solid happy ending as it left just a little to the imagination and I was okay with that. At the same time, however, I wanted a completely solid ending so I don’t have to wonder hey, what happens next? Is the ending I’m imagining what Carrie Ryan wanted readers to picture? I need some answers!
What I Didn’t Like
I couldn’t connect with Frances at all in the beginning of the book. The reason why I couldn’t connect with her at all is because in the first several chapters, Frances was telling us what was happening more than showing us what was happening. I know it would be hard to show us that Frances was now alone after the Persephone incident compared to just telling us that she was now all alone, but at the same time, telling us that she was now all alone instead of showing it made Frances’ claims feel awkward and fake. It wasn’t until later into Daughter of Deep Silence that I connected with Frances and the book.
“It’s the only way to keep you safe.” He pushes the ring toward me. “It’s the only way to figure out who did this and make them pay.” (33)
Sometimes, I also found small parts of the book too far-fetched. For example – don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler because it’s mentioned in the summary of the book – Frances takes over Libby’s identity. How? Well, Libby’s father suggested it. Um, WHAT? I have a hard time believing that a father mourning over his child’s death would suggest such a thing just to find some answers. I get that the mourning father is angry, but to go that far just to find some answers is just unbelievable to me, especially so soon after your real father’s death.
If you’re a fan of the television show Revenge, I highly recommend you pick up Daughter of Deep Silence now! Speaking of Revenge, I’ll definitely be watching it since Daughter of Deep Silence has made me even more intrigued about it.