Sunday, June 18, 2017

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan: Book Review

Title: Daughter of Deep Silence
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publication Details: July 12th 2016 by Speak (first published May 26th 2015)
Genre: Young adult, contemporary, thriller, mystery

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.

When I first started reading Daughter of Deep Silence, it was just okay. It didn't draw me in right away and it wasn't as thrilling as I thought it would be. I could actually put down the book and just forget about it. At the middle though, I couldn't really say that things got interesting, but I found myself wanting to know the true story behind the Persephone tragedy.

I guess the reason why I was not amazed by the story line is that I saw some Revenge (the TV series) elements. And while I loved Revenge, I was still expecting some refreshing elements.

I cannot also comprehend how young the characters were when they first "dated". Or I don't know, maybe it's just me. Haha! I mean, when I was 14 I was just busy with school. Yes, I did have crushes but I was pretty reserved. Haha!

Anyway, the pacing though ranged from a bit slow to just right, with it going quite fast-paced toward the end. The action toward the end was a good addition, in my opinion.

I liked the ending though. Though there are a lot of possibilities for the characters, especially the main, the book still gave a 'concluding' feel to the story.

I was not really able to relate to the characters, but I think they're okay. I wasn't also sure about the character development of the main, or maybe I was not able to clearly see it.


All in all though, despite the negatives, I still think it was an okay read. Just don't expect too much if you're planning to read Daughter of Deep Silence.

Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Forest of Hands and Teeth series and Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer. Currently she’s working on a four book middle grade fantasy adventure series co-written with her husband, John Parke Davis, the first book of which, The Map to Everywhere, will be out November 4, 2014. Her next YA is a romantic thriller titled Daughter of Deep Silence which will be out summer 2015.

A former litigator, Carrie now writes full time and lives with her husband, two ornery cats and one gullible dog in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can find her online at or @CarrieRyan.

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