Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan | Book Review

September 2, 2015 Book Review, Young Adult 7 ★★★★★

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan | Book ReviewDaughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Published by Dutton Juvenile on May 25, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 375
Format: eARC
Source: From the publisher through Netgalley
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5 Stars
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.

I’m on a major mystery/thriller kick right now, and I’m all about conspiracies! I’m not usually a fan of revenge, but this is revenge for a good reason so I LOVED it. Daughter of Deep Silence is filled with ominous, creepy, obsessive revenge. Basically, it was amazing. I’m doing a small review for this title because I don’t want to give anything away. The synopsis is very vague for a reason, and I intend to provide only my opinions. So don’t worry! Reading my review is totally safe, even if you’re the type who likes to discover books on your own, rather than read a review that basically tells you the entire plot. Seriously. I just read a bunch of reviews on Goodreads and they are just not safe!

We start out on the Persephone, a luxury yacht at sea. Everything is fine, and then disaster strikes. I was immediately engrossed in this story, and was completely on the edge of my seat. It starts out with a huge bang and gets more and more crazy and mysterious as the book continues and Frances’s life continues at home. Frances is a very hurt, very complex, very lost and rage-filled soul who has her heart set on finding answers. She will stop at nothing to find these answers, no matter the cost. And I’m not kidding. There were times I hated her and there were times I absolutely loved her. Her past is heartbreaking, her present is a lie, and her future could go in so many different directions depending on her actions now. There’s a bit of romance, but mostly the suspense is the frontrunner. My only qualm is that I wish there was more of a gradual build-up to the climax instead of the huge info dump and a quick ending I got. I’m the kind of person who likes to guess and form opinions, but I needed a few more clues than I was given.

All in all, I was extremely pleased with Daughter of Deep Silence. I loved every second, and was sad when it was over. Sure, it was a little unbelievable in places, but that’s why this is a novel instead of a memoir. This story would never happen in real life, but neither would Jurassic Park. I love the author’s writing style, and am seriously considering reading her backlist because I was completely entranced. Carrie Ryan is an amazing author! Definitely give this book a shot if you’re looking for a little suspense that won’t keep you up all night in sheer terror.

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7 Responses to “Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan | Book Review”

    • Jana

      The cover is really pretty, but has caused some confusion among readers! This is a completely modern tale, which I loved. Others were a little disappointed, though, so I thought I’d warn you just in case. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think of it. :)

  1. Stephanie Kaye

    I preordered this book. I need to read this soon. I love the idea of a plot driven by revenge. It also kind of reminds me of the show, Revenge and I love that show! Great review and thank you for not spoiling anything! I will stay away from those reviews on goodreads until after I read it!
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    • Jana

      I need to watch Revenge. Others have mentioned it to me lately, so I guess I should give it a try! Hope you enjoy this book! I really loved it. Good idea to stay away from Goodreads reviews. :)

  2. Emma @ Miss Print

    Great (non-spoilery!) review. I enjoyed this one but I have to admit I had a bit of a disconnect. Based on the cover I expected an historical thriller/revenge story and had a really hard time reconciling myself to the fact that it was, actually, a modern story. It was the one weird thing that was almost universal to every person I spoke to–all of us baffled by that cover!
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    • Jana

      Emma, I do agree that the cover is super misleading. I had heard enough about it since its release that I knew what I was getting in to, but I can totally see why people might be confused/disappointed. I love historicals, so I think it would have been awesome if that had been the case with this one.

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