Published by Penguin on May 26th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Death & Dying, Love & Romance, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Source: ARC for Review from ALA-Midwinter
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.
Short and Sweet:
I adored this vengeful mystery perfect for fans of the television series Revenge!
Daughter of Deep Silence ended up being so much more than I expected. Which is saying a lot because Carrie Ryan is one of my favorite authors and I expected her usual amazingness. The cover is a bit ambiguous and isn’t the best reflection of what is inside the book’s pages, but it starts off strong and wraps you up in its compelling, viscous intensity.
Frances Mace is one of 3 survivors of the Persephone; a ship that was attacked by armed men. She watched her parents get brutally murdered and then floated adrift on the ocean for a week suffering and slowly dying with her friend Libby. Libby’s father finds them after the coast guard has given up the search, but cruelly, only a few hours after Libby has died. Frances, who literally has no one left in the world, is confused and relieved when she watches the televised coverage of the tragic event and sees that the boy she fell in love with on the cruise, Grey, and his Senator father have also survived. Only when they are interviewed about the tragedy they don’t mention a word about the mass murder of 300+ people. Instead, they craft a story about a ‘huge wave’ that hit and sunk the ship while its passengers slept. ‘Miraculously’ they were on deck and managed to survive. Only Frances knows they’re lying, what she doesn’t know is why.
Frances tells Libby’s father the real story and in his grief, and partially to protect her, he asks her to step into Libby’s life and help him discover the truth about Persephone’s bloody end. With nothing left to lose, Frances agrees and the real Libby is buried as Frances. After 4 years abroad, Frances returns ‘home’ as Libby, with a vengeful goal: discover the truth and make Grey and his father pay for all that she and the other passengers have lost. She pretends to not remember what happened on Persephone to get close to Grey, slowly earning his trust. However, Grey seems as tortured as she is and while she’s buried ‘Frances’ deep down inside her, everything is about to get more complicated than she counted on. Especially since Grey is still in love with Frances, but is now falling for the girl she is pretending to be. Yet, not everyone is convinced; a shrewd, local police woman is suspicious and watchful, the Senator (Grey’s father) can barely contain his contempt for her and the loose end she represents and most importantly someone is definitely trying to kill her before she discovers the truth.
Daughter of Deep Silence is an addictive thriller you won’t regret picking up! Highly recommend!