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Monday, May 25, 2015

Just Finished Reading: Daughter of Deep Silence

Daughter of Deep Silence
by Carrie Ryan
To be published by Dutton Juvenile
on May 26, 2015

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

My take: The title and cover of this are a bit of a mystery to me -- though the typography is lovely. The title sounds like a possible sequel to Forest of Hands and Teeth and Dead Tossed Waves.  The cover says ... artist's model? 1920s period piece?

Nope and nope. This is a revenge thriller. And, if you can get over some minor suspension of disbelief issues, it's a pretty good one. Daughter of Deep Silence reads like a cross between Titanic (the movie) and Revenge (the show.)

Four years after her harrowing escape from death aboard a luxury yacht, Frances arrives at an exclusive coastal community prepared to exact revenge for her own suffering and the deaths of her family and friend. The target? Her crush from age fourteen (I rolled my eyes at this a bit) and his powerful father. I think I'd have preferred it if Frances fell in love with Grey after she vowed revenge on him, but I went with it. The other thing that bothered me a bit was that Frances went into her revenge plot based only on the fact that Grey and his father lied about what happened on the yacht. She had no proof they were at all responsible, but they were lying, and that was enough for her to spend four years plotting their complete ruination.

Those quibbles aside, there's a lot that makes Daughter of Deep Silence a fun and compelling read. If you've read Ryan's prior YA books (referenced above) you know that she  writes suspense well. The flashbacks to the terror on the yacht were creepy and affecting. While I've found many YA revenge books a bit tepid, Frances is unpredictable enough that I was never sure how far she would go. I also liked the fact that the book included a character who knew what Frances was up to (I only watched one or two seasons of Revenge, but I thought of Shepherd as Nolan.)

ETA: Romance. I forgot to get to that. Yes, there are two attractive guys (Shepherd and Grey) but this didn't feel triangle-y to me. It's not a HEA ending, but more open-ended. If you've read it, tell me what you think either here or on Goodreads.

Daughter of Deep Silence was a perfect choice for my first-of-summer read -- page turning fun! If you're a fan of revenge plots or impersonation plots, definitely try this!


26 comments:

  1. I'm eager to read this one mostly because I love Carrie Ryan. I'm glad you enjoyed it for the most part!

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    1. I read her first zombie book, admired the writing, and got SO creeped out. This one is more my speed...

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  2. Good to hear it is fun and compelling overall even with a few issues. I haven't heard much about it until now though, so good to see the review

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    1. I had no idea what it was about ... until I read it :)

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  3. I read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and that was hella disturbing, but the author did suspense really well there. I'll be interested to see how she handles contemporary here - your review has me intrigued!

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    1. Right? This is a little less terrifying, but still suspenseful.

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  4. I love unpredictable!! I'm seriously so excited about this one now! Thanks for the review :D

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  5. I'm glad you liked it. I'm actually really excited about this one as well.

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  6. I've had my eye on this for a while now. I haven't actually read her previous books, but this seems to be right up my alley and now that it has your seal of approval, I'll go ahead and order a copy.
    Great review, Jen.

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    1. The pressure!! Let me know what you think!

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  7. I read Forest of Hands and Teeth, but I didn't even know about this one. And, boy, does it sound good! I'll be reading it for sure :) Excellent review, Jen!

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    1. Can't wait to hear your thoughts...

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  8. I love that the MC was unpredictable and that you enjoyed this. The Titanic and Revenge are both favorites and that phrase right there has made my expectations for this book skyrocket. I didn't particularly like her previous books, but oh well, this sounds worth it.

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    1. It's pretty different than her others, except for the suspense factor. It's contemporary and her others were sort of ... post-apocalyptic? If you like thrillers, definitely give it a try.

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  9. I heard the audiobook last week and had a lot of fun with it. I love revenge stories so much. Some things were a bit unbelievable, but I just went with it. Plus, I was totally crushing on the wrong guy...
    I wanted an epilogue or something, a different epilogue...

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    1. Aw, I had a feeling that the romance would bother some people. I need to add that to the review: if you need a solid HEA, this isn't quite for you.

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  10. That is so funny how the cover/title didn't really match up with the book. It does sounds pretty interesting though and I really like a suspense/thriller. Great review!

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  11. Ooh, I'm glad to hear that Daughter of Deep Silence is a good thriller! I don't read all that many of those, but I'll make an exception for Carrie Ryan (because I loved her other series).

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    1. I'm curious to see the reactions from those who did/didn't like her other series. I saw a common thread of suspense, but they were pretty different.

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  12. Great review!
    Daughter of Deep Silence sounds good!
    I definitely enjoy a good mystery/thriller so I'll have to check this one out!
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages

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  13. just bought this on audio. So can't wait to listen to it., great review. glad you loved it.

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  14. I haven't read any Carrie Ryan yet, but I think this might very well be my first one!
    Great review!

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