Oh boy, what a page-turner! Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan was described to me as Titanic meets Revenge and while I haven’t seen Revenge, my interest was definitely peaked! I read The Count of Monte Cristo YEARS ago and ever since then I’m always craving a well done revenge story and this one definitely fit the bill. The book follows Frances May, one of the only three survivors from a tragic cruise ship accident. Frances is found in the shipwreck and assumes the identity of her best friend in an effort to uncover the truth. The two other survivors are completely lying about what happened the night that the Persephone went down and Frances wants answers. She spends several years crafting her plan for revenge and she returns to the town where the other survivors dwell but nothing is as simple as she thought.
Frances is a character who is hellbent on revenge and she has a ironclad will to survive in any situation. She has meticulously planned out all of her actions but she didn’t take into account some of the variables she would be facing. For instance, she moves back “home” as Libby and is tasked with convincing Libby’s childhood love that she is a changed version of her old self. Part of Frances’ decision to become Libby is that she lost her entire family that night. It also just so happens that the two other survivors are the Senator and his son, his son being the guy she fell in love with aboard the Persephone four years earlier, so emotions! Reading about Frances struggle with suppressing her real self while trying to become more Libby is heartbreaking but it leaves you rooting for her. Ryan’s main character is much more complex than your typical highschooler.
Flashbacks play a huge part in Daughter of Deep Silence as we are constantly reliving Frances’ memories aboard the Persephone and immediately afterward. Sometimes the flashbacks are haunting and come in the form of nightmares and other times they’re lovely with a terribly sad overtone. The way that Ryan describes being shipwrecked and left out on the open sea for days before being found paints an unforgettable image for the reader. I still find my mind wandering back to it sometimes. There are some other important elements of the book that add to the complications Frances faces but this story is best told by Frances and I would hate for anything to unfold for you before you’re supposed to learn about it!
Final Thoughts: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan is a story of sweet revenge that’ll keep you up past your bedtime because you will be incapable of putting it down until you get some answers. The complex issues that Frances faces coupled with her methodical plan for revenge in pursuit of the truth will have you completely engrossed in the story of the Persephone. You may also feel slightly apprehensive about going on any future cruises.
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. (via Goodreads)