Review: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

23281652Title: Daughter of Deep Silence

Author: Carrie Ryan

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 2015

ISBN: 9780525426509

Daughter of Deep Silence

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

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I never would have guessed how much I would enjoy this book based on the cover. Don’t be fooled by the image on the front of this book. The story in side is exciting, heartbreaking, and often terrifying, but in a good way. I listened to the audiobook of Ryan’s story through my local library. Normally when listening to an audiobook, my attention fades in and out as I complete other tasks. Not with Ryan’s story. I was RIVETED! I couldn’t stop listening to it. I zipped through this book in about a day and a half.

Ryan creates a complex story with twist and turns that you don’t see coming. Frances has become someone that she no longer recognizes. She’s lost everyone and everything that has ever mattered to her in the world. In her attempt to find out and expose the truth, she gains back some of what has been stolen from her, but now she stands to lose it all again. She puts everything at risk to bring those who have wronged her and her family to justice.

Yes, this is a story of revenge. But it’s also a story of a personal journey and self-discovery. Sometimes in order to find out who we really are, we need to risk what we know. We need to stand up for what we believe in, and nobody does that more that Frances. She risks her life, her friendship, her love.

I would have liked to see a more conclusive and happy ending after a book filled with terrible loss and gut-wrenching emotions. I didn’t feel completely satisfied with the way things were left. But overall, it was an addictive story that I just couldn’t stop listening to.

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