Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Daughter of Deep Silence

Carrie Ryan

Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller.

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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.


Advance Galley Reviews

Daughter of Deep Silence was a well-paced and fun read. Like many of the other readers I found it impossible not to make the comparison between the book and the tv show Revenge; especially given the similarities between the privileged family in the show, The Graysons, and one of the main characters in the book, the son of the Senator, Greyson. Personally, I enjoyed the show and I like the political intrigue and the revenge, “Count of Monte Cristo”-esque storyline so the similarities didn’t bother me but I wonder if it could potentially pull other readers out of the story. Ryan’s descriptions of effects of dehydration and being lost at sea were wonderfully well researched and her accuracy and attention to detail showed. I wish there had been more character exploration and depth among the other characters, Greyson and Shepherd, besides Frances. I found myself wishing the POV switched between chapters to get the stories of those two as well. I really did not like Greyson as a character and I hated that Frances so readily went back to him in the end. While the story had great build up I found the ending to be somewhat anticlimactic. Over all the book was a quick, enjoyable read great for relaxing summer days.

For fans who like mystery, intrigue, and fascination. Daughter of Deep Silence will leave you with anything but silence and keeps you on your toes from page to page. If you watch the tv show Revenge you will enjoy Ryan's latest thriller.

I was given a digital copy, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. While I have heard of Carrie Ryan, this is the first book of hers that I have had the opportunity to read. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn't say that this was her best work. I often found that most stories that rely heavily on revenge are redundant. That is the case with Daughter of Deep Silence. It took me to the end of the story to realize just how much in the past Libby/Frances lives, and how she had little else to offer us. She was so focused on getting the truth that she wasn't able to move forward, no matter how many days/years passed. Did everything go according to plan? No, but that is what redeemed this book.

For a good portion of this book I was on the edge of my seat, absolutely enthralled with Frances' journey and revenge. I was with her one-hundred percent. The people that wronged her deserved to be brought to justice. She had a plan, and she was going to stick to it. If it had continued in this vein, maybe just for a while longer, I would have given this book a perfect grade. The plan was well thought out, well planned, and beautifully poetic. The suspense - even after I began to get annoyed (which I'll get into later) - was superbly done. I was turning pages, unable to get enough, unable to stop. I had to know how it was going to play out and if Frances was going to get her revenge. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for Frances' plans to break down. I couldn't stand that she was allowing herself to have these feelings for a boy (Grey) that she thought was - at best - complicit by neglect in the death of everyone she loved and held dear. I could understand everything else that she felt and thought, but not this. If some boy, someone was complicit in such a tragic affair as Frances believed Grey to be, there'd be no forgiveness, at least not as quickly as Frances starts making excuses and reasons for him. Granted, Grey does seem to be nearly as tortured about their whole history as Frances, but the fact of the matter is that his family survived the tragedy and then LIED about it. While Frances lost her parents, her friend, her life on that ship. Nearly isn't close enough for me. And for this boy Frances changes all of her plans, nearly dying, nearly getting others hurt or killed, nearly losing all justice for those responsible. And in the end that brought down my enjoyment of the book quite a bit. The cliff-hanger/make-up-your-own-resolution ending didn't help much, but it was really the "romance" that was at the heart of my discontent. I agree that it needed to be there. Frances needed to find some reason - beyond her revenge - to actually live, but the way this one unfolded didn't work as well for me. Grade: B-

I received this ARC ebook through FirstReads and I absolutely loved this book! This book kept me on the edge of my seat. It was Balanced with the perfect amount of mystery and romance in the book. I felt like I was reliving the moment with Frances. I loved Grey, although the things he did aren't great, he is the perfect ideal boyfriend. I totally ship #Grances? #Frey? They are definitely one of my favorite lovers in books I have read. I loved the plot and the way the story was set up.the only thing I wished was that the story wouldn't end that way and there would be a moment between Frances and Grey but I ABSOLUTELYYY enjoyed this book to pieces! This is one of my top 2015 favorites!!

Daughter of Deep Silence started off slow for me, but once I got into it I just couldn't put it down! It kept me guessing until the end, and now more than ever I really want to read the series she wrote because I really enjoyed the writing in this book. And I agree, it did remind me of the Revenge show too!

Oooh, you guys! Daughter of Deep Silence was deliciously revengey!! (Revengy is a term coined by Nolan Ross of the show Revenge) A few fellow bloggers and I were invited to sit in at a lunch with Carrie Ryan and Sarah Dessen last Friday during BEA and we got to hear from Carrie how this book came about. The most obvious connection is the show Revenge, which did serve as inspiration but that’s where the comparisons end. Carrie also talked about the extensive and sometimes disturbing research involved for this book, which let me just tell you that by the very detailed description of what happens to your body if you’re ever lost at sea has made reconsider ever going on a cruise… or near any ocean, really. IT WAS THAT GOOD. Or bad! I don’t know… Ha! Daughter of Deep Silence is a well constructed stand-alone novel. The story and plot were so well fleshed out, I can’t imagine the hard work that went into making sure there were no holes in it. It alternates between current time and flashbacks seamlessly, never once making me feel lost. I loved the setting: South Carolina beach. Though I’ve never been there, it seems like a good place to relax and read on the beach. Frances was a hard character to pin down, but that’s part of her characterization. Nobody really knows the real, current Frances. You get a sense of what she was like before everything happened, but by the point we meet her she’s completely lost in her revenge plot. I do think that by the end she’s come around to the person she really is, even if it will take work to completely get back to her real self. There are two sexy guys in this book, but luckily it’s not a love triangle (I promise!!). I loved the possibility of either one finding out the truth about Frances at any turn. I think maybe a love that deep at a young age in any other situation would make me roll my eyes, but I think that because of what everyone went through it’s possible to have it affect you for so long. Also, I need Carrie Ryan to write more sexy scenes, please! The glimpses we’ve gotten in this book, which was full of tension and anticipation, and her other YA series, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, have led me to this conclusion. Girl knows how to write kissing scenes! MOAR PLEASE! The ending/epilogue is probably where I would have wanted more from this book, but it’s more for selfish reasons and not for story purpose. Open ended epilogues always leave me feeling this way though. Loved it overall, highly recommend it, Carrie Ryan needs to write more YA, the end. :)

Daughter of Deep Silence remind me so much of the Revenge serie! I loved the revenge plot, that sometimes showed the weakness of Libby/Frances. It was really interesting to read, but I was expecting something more stunning for the ending, perhaps more elaborate, considering the four years Libby/Frances went through planning her revenge.

I found Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan to be underwhelming. I felt no connection or emotional pull towards the story and felt much of it was very far fetched. The style of writing was also not my cup of tea since it was a lot of telling rather than showing. I was instantly annoyed with the main character from the beginning of the story because her thinking and decisions aren't logical at all. Instantly, when the main character was talking about the boy she had known for a week over the death of her family in the beginning chapters I was put off by the book. It all doesn't add up. Overall, it just wasn't the book for me.

At first I thought Daughter of Deep Silence was going to be another mystery I solve midway through the text. Instead, I found it to be a fast-paced mystery with a surprise ending. Frances is chillingly vengeful and calculated while managing to lure readers to join her in her tangled web of deception.

I received an advanced copy of Daughter of Deep Silence and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It kept me interested from the very beginning, which is very important to a reader with my style. Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to reading more from this author.

If there is one thing that I’ve learned from all the books I’ve read, it’s to never judge a book by its cover. I’ll admit, I can’t resist a book with a gorgeous cover, and that’s the first thing that drew me to Daughter of Deep Silence. I did not expect a story that was so engrossing that I couldn’t put the book down, but that is exactly what I got from this story, and I enjoyed it so much. The main character in the story, Frances, aka Libby, is one of those characters that you’re not supposed to like. She’s hell-bent on getting revenge against the two other remaining survivors who have lied about what really happened on the cruise ship Persephone, burying the truth along with the ship itself. But Frances knows the truth and has lived with it for the past four years, and now, she’s set on getting her revenge once and for all. For this, you can’t help but relate to Frances, and as the story goes along, you can’t help but sympathize for what she’s been through. She’s a tough girl, that’s for sure. I had no idea when I started this book how completely addictive it was going to be. Once I started reading the book, I had a really, really hard time putting it down. The storyline was engrossing, and the main characters need for revenge for the terrible thing that happened was imperative. I loved the story so much, and I now want to read more books like this one. The only thing that kind of bothered me about the book was the decision that Frances made at the end, the one about the massive plot line in the beginning of the book that made her want revenge to begin with. The decision she made shocked me. I could understand her reasoning, but for something that insanely massive to have happened, I wouldn’t have been able to let it lie. I would want to know what had happened, but that’s just me. Overall; despite my issues with the ending of the book, I still found it to be a very enjoyable read. The storyline was highly addictive and I could not put this book down. I’m really looking forward to reading more books by Carrie Ryan as soon as possible, starting with her Forest of Hands and Teeth series!! Happy Reading!! Check out this review & more at TheReaderBee.com!!

A slow start for such a novel, but it is still very imaginative for a young adult mystery/thriller. Author Carrie Ryan initially intended for the main protagonist Francis was to reveal the truth of the horrible attack on the boat that stripped her of her innocence, her family and identity. Frances, the protagonist, has one idea, one goal in her new life: to bring down the senator who helped leave her life in ruins. That is what the story is made of, putting an intricate plan into action. There is a lot of telling in the narrative of the story, which detracts from the overall telling of the story. However, that does not hinder the story. While considered an overall faux pas when it comes to writing a novel, considering much of the story is captured in a first person narrative, telling versus showing is the best way to this tale. Now, as this is a story, you expect the drama alongside the intricate planning, and boy, there is a lot of drama in the novel. Nevertheless, there is an upside: it is not overdone. Ryan has thought of everything as she implemented the events of the book, tying them together. All the pieces of the novel, the plans, the events, the characters and actions, they all fit together. For a novel about revenge, all of those elements have to fit together to create a believable plot. The main reason everything connects so well though is due to the telling; narrative and storytelling are blended together effortlessly by that one element that really makes this story so very cohesive. However, while the story is constructed and told well, the possibility does exist for Daughter of Deep Silence to be lost in the throng of novels that fit into this specific genre. What keeps this novel separate from others though is the narrative, the characterization. Readers are presented with more than one identity. Frances Mace is two people: herself, her true self that she has locked up deep inside her, the girl who died on the ship when she lost everything that held her to that identity and Elizabeth “Libby” O’Brien, her friend who die, whose father took her in to protect her. Both of these identities have their own lives which presents the readers with a conundrum, pushing them to the edge of their seats because there is no way of knowing which identity it going to win. With two identities fighting each other over their existence, over the past, it’s hard for the reader to know who the protagonist is leaving readers to know her as this: a lost, lonely angry young woman with nothing to lose, and that makes her dangerous, it makes her cunning and captivating. With all the mystery and emotional distress within this sweet tale of revenge, Daughter of Deep Silence makes for a good read.

At a Glance: Daughter of Deep Silence was an intensely gratifying read, full of mysteries, danger, betrayal and revenge. The story was fascinating, the romance was full of tension, and I loved every minute of it! Cover: I liked the cover the moment I saw it (love that font!) but appreciate it even more now that I've read the book. I can just envision that picture hanging above a certain bed. Action: DoDS has quite a bit of action, and I love that a lot of it is instigated by the protagonist. Her revenge plots are a little sick at times. Just sayin. But there's also quite a bit of danger for her as well, which keeps you on the edge of your seat. Romance: The romance is going to be hit or miss with people, I think. I personally loved it because there was just so much tension. Frances and Grey have so much history. Even when they weren't together anymore, they were still feeling a lot of the same things, but she wants to hate him for his part in the cover-up of the attack. So it's this constant push and pull, and I couldn't wait for every encounter they had together. "Over the past four years Grey has been both my daydream and my nightmare, my fantasy and my darkest desire." Heroine: Can you call Frances a heroine? I'm not really sure. I think she thinks of herself as one, but over the coarse of the story, I love that she starts to reevaluate herself, her motives, and what this constant desire for revenge is doing to her. I have to say, though, I got a sickening satisfaction from all her scheming and cleverness. She's so devious! I don't know if that means you should never cross me, but . . . you should probably never cross me. ;P "I close my eyes and smile. How much more delicious will it be, then, to tear it all apart?" Hero: Even though Grey is the love interest, I think I'd have to say the hero of the story is Shepherd. He was such an amazing character, and really helped Frances to see clearly what she was doing. I didn't know what directions their relationship was going to go, but I'm really happy with where it went. Something I loved: I think you've probably gotten an idea of this, but I just loved the scheming. I loved all the planning Frances did to take revenge. But I also loved her character development. Something(s) I hated: I hated nothing about this book. I will note that I felt like Frances and Grey, in the flashbacks, seemed really, really mature for fourteen-year olds. My daughter is fourteen now, and it isn't even close. But it didn't bother me too much. Cliffhanger? This one is a stand-alone which I adore! But that ending . . . (I kind of loved it) Would I recommend it? Yes! Yes! Yes! (unless you don't like revenge plots, or need super steamy romances) Will I buy/keep it? Yes! I will be acquiring a hard copy asap! Hopefully with a signature :D Book Doppelgangers: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Wow this was wonderful. I've had Carrie Ryan's books on my shelves for ages but haven't read anything by her yet. Now that ice read and finished this book, I' need to start her other books. I thought this was kind of like the show revenge only I liked the characters better. Grey was...swoony. Omg, so swoony! Once you read this you can't stop.

“I am Elizabeth O’Martin, I remind myself. I am cold destruction, calculated retribution.” My first Carrie Ryan novel and it’s a blast. Daughter of Deep Silence follows the story of Frances Mae, one of the three survivors of the yacht Persephone. All of them are lying except for her. Frances Mae is the only one who truly knows what transitioned during that night. She is unstoppable, and she is planning to take down everyone in order to avenge her family. Initially I was a little bit skeptical about the premise of ‘Daughter of Deep Silence’. I didn’t know if it would live up to my expectations. I see several people comparing it to the Titanic, and that’s overly ambiguous to me. Not because this book is bad and Titanic is such a classic movie, but because they don’t have any similarities aside from the ship that killed thousands of people. That was a misleading blurb. Thankfully Daughter of Deep and Silence surpassed every inch of my expectation. The plot instantly sucked me in. Thankfully Ryan also established some ground rules and the relationship between the main characters. The writing is gorgeous as well. It is lyrical in some sense. I want to quote everything. The only negative thing I could think of is there are quite a few flashback scenes. I don’t mind it at all, it’s not as annoying as some stories. These scenes are genuinely necessary and an integral part of the story, but some particular scenes have no warning of a flashback coming. Aside from that, I am almost convinced Daughter of Deep Silence is written for me. It is calculating, fast-paced and spectacular in every way. Perfect for readers who are seeking a delicious, fast-paced, thrilling book. Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.

It's been way too long since Carrie Ryan has had a new YA book out and so, Daughter Of Deep Silence was easily at the top of my "to-read" list. From zombies to magical pirates to time-travel, Ryan never disappoints and her first foray into contemporary fiction is yet another winner. Daughter Of Deep Silence is wonderfully despicable and is one of the best YA thrillers on the market, marking Ryan as one of the best YA authors because she can write anything. This tale of revenge is as refreshing as a sea breeze on a summer's night and is truly thrilling. Few authors can engage a reader like Ryan does to the point where readers can't tear themselves from the page and have to keep on saying "one more chapter, one more page." I've seen plenty of books about vengeance before, but none have been as finely crafted and as well-told as Daughter Of Deep Silence. From beginning to ending, there are tons of clever twists, an excellent romance and a plot that will make readers question everything and anything under the sun. One of the wonderful things about DoDS how there's really no clear distinction between the good guys and the bad guys. The majority of the characters are in a grayish area where depending on the perspective, they're all heroes or villains. Frances is an anti-hero who is just so menacing and yet still easy to root for, which just speaks volumes about the development of her character. You won't be able to resist the dangerous allure of this novel and there is no shortage of characters who are just so realistically flawed. Stand-alones are really tricky as sometimes they're too rushed because the author doesn't have another volume to conclude the plotline. Daughter is wonderfully plotted to the point where there's not a single dull moment and the ending is just as satisfying. It gave me all the feels and I was just beyond pleased how Ryan left readers on the right note that didn't leave anything unsaid. The ending of this one is great in that feels all too real and leaves readers with a little something to think about. Carrie Ryan has written an undeniably amazing thriller that is incredibly cinematic and moving. I can definitely see this being a hit with fans of her previous books and this one will also bring her clusters of new fans who will be eager to see what she's cooking up next. Revenge has never been sweeter and sinister than in Daughter Of Deep Silence! I just hope that we won't have to wait so long for her next YA novel this time around because I neeeeeeeed my next literary obsession.

Overall I enjoyed Carrie Ryan's "Daughter of Deep Silence" and it's tale of a young woman seeking revenge for the mured of her parents and subsequent loss of her own identity. Following along with Carrie as she worked to unravel the events of that fateful night, why her parents and all the other people aboard the cruise ship were murdered, and why the boy she fell in love with during that vacation lied about the actual event all helped to keep my interest and make me want to keep reading in order to get to the bottom of the massacre. Despite all the intrigue and danger Frances found herself in, I found her to be rather annoying and over sexed when it came to her feelings towards Grey. The reader learns that when the two first met and fell in love they were roughly 13-14 years of age and yet apparently they were highly drawn to one another sextant and that sexual desire seems to have only increased in the four years Frances, now Libby, has been away from him. I had a hard time believing that just because Frances experiences her first teenage love that she would've been as sexual and sexually frustrated as she came off as at the age of 13. Overall though I did enjoy the book and would read more from Carrie Ryan.

Thanks for the chance to read this! I'm giving it 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed it! Carrie Ryan's writing is wonderful. There were a few plot points that weren't very realistic, but I still enjoyed reading about Frances and her revenge. She kind of reminded me of Emily Thorne from the TV show, Revenge! I love that show and I think that if you're a fan of that show, you'll be a fan of this book. I really didn't expect this book from Carrie Ryan. But, I'm so glad that I read it! It will definitely be a reread for me. I've already purchased my copy of Daughter of Deep Silence! I'll have a full review (with fave quotes) on my blog In Wonderland (( http://www.stephwonderland.blogspot.com )) sometime in June!

Daughter of Deep Silence toxic, ruthless, and unrelenting in the best way. Frances’ thirst for vengeance is brutal, gripping, and will fuel you with enough ire to plow straight through. You’ll want revenge just as passionately as Frances. PROS: There’s something utterly captivating and heart-breaking about Frances. The way she dissolves herself to become Libby is incredibly sad. Frances struggles to reconcile the girl she once was with Libby and this strange amalgamation of both. Frances lives and breathes revenge. Haunted by the memories of the events on Persephone and the lies she’s constantly bombarded with through the media, Frances feels more than betrayed, she feels downright reckless. Some of the most potent scenes in the story happen when Frances looks in the mirror; broken and lost, Frances searches her reflection for the remnants of who she once was under the deception. Her emotions are powerful and complex. Frances is willing to sacrifice her sense of self, everything she once was to out the truth. Brave, meticulous, and a bit of a criminal mastermind, Frances has plotted and schemed to perfection. You’ll adore her wrathful, ingenious spirit and determination. The pacing is fantastic. It’s gripping and draws you in as more clues pile up and all of the answers turn out to be more complicated than they appeared. Shifting between present tense and memories, each action-packed scene is full to the brim with chaos and carnage. From sounds to graphic imagery, the harsh reality of the Persephone, the effects of being lost at sea, and the dangers that lurk as Frances gets closer to the truth are a nail-biting source of anxiety. Grey is a conflicted, multidimensional and confused. Grey knows what’s at stake and has so much weighing on him that it’s not surprising that half the time he’s scared out of his mind. Grey puts on a mask of the perfect politicians son, he dresses the part, has the right facial expressions and answers for everything. What’s insanely endearing about Grey is that despite the heavy truth weighing on him, he can still crack jokes and make Frances/Libby smile. Sweet, thoughtful, and provocative, Grey is flirty, adorable, and deep. There are scenes that are so potent with grief and heartache that it’s easy to fall hard for him. Shepherd is rough around the edges, brutally honest, and explosive. He’s an intelligent activist that has just as many emotional wounds as Frances. His pain is agonizing loss. Grey and Frances as Libby together are beautiful. They get each other. Their rediscovery is bittersweet and pretty darn adorable. CONS: Some plot points were unrealistic and didn’t add up. The fact the Frances could slip so seamlessly into Libby’s life despite minimal plastic surgery and dental work was unbelievable. While Frances is a proclaimed loaner, Libby’s personality is at odds with how forgettable she appears to be. When Frances infiltrates Libby’s life, not one friend comes forward, no one tries to get in touch except for Shepherd? It’s weird and doesn’t sit right. The big reveal was disappointing and read like a brief summary. While the culprit and motivations behind the disaster were shocking, a more extensive look into the targets and why would have helped clarify the reasoning behind such a heinous bout of violence.

Thanks goes to the First To Read program for sending this book my way. I really enjoyed Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth, so looked forward to this read. It was a surprise.and not at all like the dystopian/Horror story I was expecting. Instead, Daughter of Deep Silence, marries the stark beauty of Ryan's prose with something akin to a soap opera type of story centered around a juicy revenge plot. The story starts off with a bang and keep moving forward at a tense clip. The only issues I had was the plausibility of some plot twists and the whole role of Grey. I like a good revenge plot to end with a bang, but this one sort of peters out. But overall a fun read!

Part Revenge, part Pretty Little Liars, Daughter of Deep Silence, by Carrie Ryan, is an absolute summer treat. In this delightful melange of suspense and romance, Ryan keeps you on the edge of your seat guessing until the very end. Four years ago, Frances Mace was pulled from a life raft after the sinking of the cruise ship, Persephone, barely clinging to life and staring at the body of her friend, Libby O'Martin, who has just died. There are only three survivors of the disaster, in which both of Frances's parents and Libby's mother were killed. Libby's father visits Frances just after she was just pulled from the water and asks her about the last days of his daughter's life. Upon finding out that Frances has been left an orphan, Libby's father offers her an alternative: that she assume Libby's identity and life of privilege. Frances agrees. After attending boarding school in Europe, Frances returns to the tiny island off of South Carolina that is her home. But she hasn't come home to just fritter her summer break away on the beach. She has a plan of action, and she's determined to find out who exactly hired the gunmen who were responsible for the murders of the innocent passangers of the Persephone and discover just exactly how Senator Wells and his son, Grey, survived, and why they're lying about what happened. Using her identity as Libby, Frances is able to insinuate her way into the Wells home, but even as she finds herself falling for Grey, she is still a girl on a mission: to find out what happened, who made it happen, and make the people responsible for it pay. Frances is a complex, tormented character, and as her investigation and plan progress, she questions her motivations. As she comes to terms with what happened and how she was never really allowed to process the tragedy and deal with it, she begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together. She realizes that the people who were responsible for it need to pay somehow, even if it means having to reveal her secret. Perfect for either a beach read or a dark stormy night, Daughter of Deep Silence will have you flipping the pages until the very end.

Holy. Shit. Daughter of Deep Silence just totally blew my mind. And that ending! Aggghhh I want more!! I don't really know what I was expecting when I started reading this book. And honestly, Carrie Ryan blew me away. Completely. There's something about a tale of revenge that just seem appealing to me. It makes me want to know backstory and reason and the why. From the moment I started reading Daughter of Deep Silence I was enraptured. The only thing Frances has been able to focus on for the past four years, has been getting revenge on those responsible for destroying her life. Taking on Libby's identity, Frances embarks on a journey to bring down the people responsible for the attack on the Persephone. It's a dangerous game she begins to play, one that left me gasping and aching for resolution. There's so much rage and hatred in Frances; an all-consuming fire that burns brighter and brighter every time she remembers what happened to the Persephone, every time she thinks about the plan she has so carefully thought through. While it was fascinating to read, it was also incredibly heartbreaking and enraging. I've written reviews about broken characters before, but Frances was something entirely new. She was broken in a way that was almost unfixable, especially to her. She hadn't let anyone close to her in years. Truthfully, she didn't know how to let anyone in. To her, Frances died right alongside the real Libby on that raft in the ocean. As dark as Frances's heart was, I couldn't help but to root for her. She'd been through so, so much---watching her parents get murdered, witnessing the moment Libby gave up, watching the boy she loved tell the lie that would condemn him---that she lost herself through it all. Yet in the midst of all that darkness and desperation and immense loss was a strength unlike any other. One that captivated me and had me turning page after page. I had to know how far Frances would go and how it all would end. When Frances sets out to destroy those responsible for Persephone's attack, she does so with the knowledge that she has to get close to the boy she was once in love with; that she has to lie to him and manipulate him and even bring him down. And as much as she hardens her heart toward Grey, he manages to crack her veneer. This is where I was torn in two. While I didn't dislike Grey, I never really fell in love him with. Grey was just there for me. Maybe it was because of his earlier actions, but I always saw him as a bit of a coward. Shepherd, on the other hand, was a different story. He seemed to me to be more of a rock for Frances than Grey. But, alas. I really couldn't have asked for a better resolution to Frances's story. Things don't get wrapped up in a neat little bow, and for that I'm extremely grateful, because an ending like that would not have done Daughter of Deep Silence justice. Things get explosive and messy and unfinished that's what made this book so realistic and so, so good. I beg of you, pick up Daughter of Deep Silence if you haven't already done so. You won't regret it.

This book was a really fun read. I was lucky to be chosen to read and review it before the publish date. If you are a fan of TV shows like "Revenge", this book is right up your alley. It is a heartbreaking story of loss, secrets, love, revenge, and finally triumph..... In some ways. Carrie Ryan keeps you guessing until the end. This is a great read for teen through adult , men and women alike.

I was fairly hesitant when I started this book. I haven’t seen a lot of early reviews and the cover was cool but didn’t match up to the synopsis. But I was pleasantly surprised with Daughter of Deep Silence. The book started off right away with very little intro. I really liked how it just jumped into the story and didn’t waste any time. I felt like the whole book was right to the point and wasn’t slow or boring at all. I liked the main character quite a bit. I didn’t find her to be really annoying or stupid. She was really well written and even though most of the time I couldn’t relate to her, I got caught up in her story and her quest for revenge. I did feel like the writing was a little over the top at times. It’s not a big deal and it’s more of a personal preference then a “flaw” but it did get a little annoying to me at times. Overall, I don’t actually have a lot to say about this book because I wasn’t actually being critical while reading Daughter of Deep Silence. I felt like it was a fun read and I did enjoy reading it. I don’t think it will become one of my favorites but I’ll most likely reread this book some time.

Daughter of Deep Silence was truly beautiful. I loved our main character and how we got to experience living someone else's life. Though I didn't always agree with how she went about doing things I couldn't help but feel sympathetic to her cause. The idea of corruption in politics is at the forefront right now, and Carrie Ryan has brought it into a beautiful light that allows even the most ignorant of people to start researching and thinking. This novel holds many of the ideas of a dystopian novel while not being a dystopian novel, which I think is it's greatest achievement. Daughter of Deep Silence opens the eyes and broadens the mind, and I would recommend it to anyone.

I enjoyed this book, though, there were a few times where I had to stretch my suspension of disbelief. I did feel that the narrative was beautifully written; I loved all the ocean/water references throughout. I felt the ending was okay...I'm not sure how it could have been more satisfying, but I'll take it.

I loved the first two books in Carrie's FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH series so when I heard she had a new book out I was really excited, and I was not disappointed. A thrill ride from start to finish I was so pleased with how the story played out and that the "twist" was something that you couldn't guess. The way that Ryan played with Frances/Libby's identity and how she herself wasn't sure about it was fascinating. The emotions she played with, along with the cold/calculating demeanor that was presented is something that was portrayed perfectly, and despite being a story of revenge there were some passages that were truly beautiful. There's something to be said about a badass female character who, instead of being physically strong/an expert in martial arts of any kind, is perfectly meticulous in a cunning plan meant to cut to the bone. So far I've read nothing quite like this and hope to see more. Whatever Ryan writes next I'm sure I'll look into it.

The whole book strains credulity. When she is 14 years old, Frances Mace’s parents are gunned down by unknown assailants as are the rest of the crew and passengers aboard the cruise ship Persephone, some 200 odd souls. Before the attack on the cruise, she has become best friends with rich girl, Libby O’Martin, and fallen in love with a senator’s son, Grey Wells, all within a week or two. I know teens feel things intensely but this scenario is improbable. The only survivors are Frances and Libby and they spend seven days on a life raft before they are rescued by Libby’s father, Cecil. Libby had died right before they were found. Frances learns that the only other survivors were the senator and Grey. They said a rogue wave sunk the ship and have no idea anyone else survived. Cecil O’Martin Frances and he says that no one will believe her story and that she is now in danger. So they conspire for Frances to become Libby. Four years later she returns home after spending her high school years in Europe at boarding school and all that time Frances/Libby has been meticulously plotting her revenge compiling notebooks detailing the lives of Senator Wells, his wife, and Grey. She believes she has mastered Libby’s mannerisms and life but Shepherd, the hot ward of Cecil O’Martin, knows how Libby put a towel around her waist, among other secrets Frances couldn’t possibly glean from Libby’s journals. Really? When she sees Grey again, Frances/Libby still has feelings for him and she struggles to quell those feelings lest they hinder her plans for revenge. She has to get him to fall in love with Libby, so that she can convince him to turn on his father and tell the truth about what really happened. The overwrought, breathless narrative and musings of Frances/Libby might appeal to some teen girls, as well as the two hotties whose shorts are always revealing the taut lower abs of the boys, but they will have to put aside their common sense.

Frances Mace and Elizabeth "Libby" O'Martin are adrift in the ocean, the only survivors of a mass murder shooting onboard the cruise ship "Persephone" shortly before it sank. After being adrift for seven days, Libby succumbs to the elements and Frances is pulled to safety by Cecil, Libby's father. It is then that Frances learns there were two more survivors to the wreckage, Senator Wells and his son Grayson. Except they are saying that the ship sank from a rogue wave, not from the men onboard. Fearful for Frances' life, Cecil offers the orphaned girl a new hope: become Libby and help him figure out the truth of what happened. Now it's four years later, just after Cecil's death, and the only thing on Frances' mind is revenge. She has fully become Libby, fooling even her own adopted brother and has returned to their beachfront home in the U.S. only a few houses down from Senator Wells with an elaborate plan to uncover the truth and make the senator and his son pay. The only thing that "Libby" doesn't count on is the fact that Frances is still alive, deep inside, and she isn't gone for good. This is a novel that I had been meaning to read because it looked interesting, but I kept finding another book to read in it's place. Biggest mistake. I think this book is going to be one of the underestimated favorites this summer. I read the whole thing in one sitting, staying up until 5 a.m. to finish it and loving every moment. It is a simple, intriguing, tantalizing mystery and another great beach read too. The thing I really liked about the writing of this book is that as far as pacing goes, we don't miss any of the storyline due to time. There's the incident, then it picks up four years later and we're with Frances almost every minute from there until the end. No skipping whole days, no alternate points of view giving us gaps. Just straightforward storyline with flashes from the incident and subtle insight to the missing four years. And it's pretty refreshing. I love the writing in this novel and how well crafted the plot, Frances' internal dialogue, and the flashbacks flow together to really keep the pacing even and always moving forward. Warning: Read this book with a full glass of water. You'll want it later. Trust me. No matter how much I love that water was basically another character in this novel, you'll get plenty thirsty reading about it.

First time I have read this author, and I was not disappointed. Frances is an orphan after a horrible massacre of the cruise she was on with her parents. While on the cruise she finds a friend, Libby. They become great friend until that fateful night of the massacre. Libby and Frances escape, but to what a week of floating around the ocean. They are finally rescued but not before Libby dies. In order to protect her from the killers, Libby's dad comes up with the plan of Frances taking over the life of Libby. Four years later Frances/Libby is hell bent on revenge of those responsible for the massacre of her parents and will stop at nothing to achieve revenge.

DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE is the first novel I've read by Carrie Ryan, and I'm glad I've finally delved into this author's works. I would rate this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars. DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE follows Frances Mace, the survivor of a cruise ship tragedy, as she pursues the truth about what happened that night on the Persephone. This pursuit, coupled with a thirst for vengeance, ultimately leads Frances down a path that has her questioning who she's become and whether or not it was all worth it in the end. While I appreciated the story in this book, it was really Ryan's prose that had me flipping the pages. The cadence of the voice in this novel, the way the words float onto the page and paint the pictures, is truly a testament to Ryan's well-crafted writing. I don't normally read YA suspense/thrillers, but I do recommend this one for fans of the genre and definitely a must read for fans of Carrie Ryan.

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This was a total 4/5 stars! I'm usually very selective about the mystery/suspense books that I read, and I was not disappointed. The pages turned themselves and I was curious about how things would turn out. It kept me reading until the end!

Ahhhh this was so good. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Reminded me of the TV show Revenge and Throne of Glass in a way. Still keep thinking about this book even after I have read it.

I would like to start of by saying, I do not read thrillers, or mysteries, or whatever this is categorized as. I am a lover of fantasy and YA contemporaries. And as such, I had no idea what to expect going into this book. I was pleasantly surprised. I truly enjoyed watching Libby grow as a person and seeing her transition from intense hate to more of a mellow anger. She has this revenge that drives her every move and it has completely consumed her. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well. They are rich and all completely different and care about Libby in different ways. I would give this a solid 3.5 stars out of 5. It was enthralling and page turning and deeply entertaining.

Daughter of Deep Silence was different from anything I have read. It kept me turning pages with the interesting plot twists. While some of the book was predictable, there are still surprises that will catch the reader off guard and intrigued. Overall, I enjoyed reading the thriller and am interested to see what else the author has written. At the beginning I found the plot line a bit implausible, but the author does a good job at justifying events that take place. She keeps you wondering how the book will end- which keeps you reading. I would suggest this book to young readers (13-15) who are just getting introduced to the thriller genre.

This book should come with a warning label: absolutely do not start this book until and unless you have time to read the whole thing. It was the last thing I did before heading to work for my last shift before BEA vacation, and I had a lot of plans for that shift: pack, laundry, get stuff together for my dog, who is also on vacation. Here is what actually happened: I read Daughter of Deep Silence. (Worth it.) I don't want to ruin anything, so that the book can unfold as it should. But suffice to say that if you like revenge stories, this is for you. I love Frances (who turns into Libby). Yes, she is very, VERY focused on revenge, but she absolutely deserves it. Horrible things happened to her, and I think if I went through even a tenth of what she did, I would be revenge-minded, too. This book definitely functions as a standalone, but a door is left open for a sequel. (This is probably just wishful thinking on my part.) Highly recommended.

Set in a world of privilege, excess, and secrets, Daughter of Deep Silence delivers a compelling story of revenge. Frances, or Libby as she is now knows, is a devious and cunning character who is not quite sure of her own capabilities or identity. No one is to be trusted and those responsible for the attack on the Persephone must be punished. But coming home and exacting revenge is no easy thing when you've spent the past four years living as someone else and trying to find the truth. Quick-paced, yet emotional, this book will have readers racing toward the end and delivers a satisfying conclusion.

Ridiculously addicting! Could not put it down and found it utterly mesmerizing.

I honestly had no idea what this book was about. I just really wanted to read another book by Carrie Ryan! I'm glad to say that this was a very interesting read and completely different from Carrie Ryan's other books! This book starts with Frances being rescued after being stranded at sea for a week. She was on the cruise ship Persephone when it was attacked, everyone on the ship was murdered. Frances escaped with her friend Libby, but Libby sadly didn't survive the days lost at sea. Turns out that The Senator and his son--Frances' first love--also survived, but tell the media that the ship was taken by a rogue wave. Frances ends up taking up Libby's identity , to help Libby's father and to also have a home. For four years she lives overseas to hide from the media and those who know Libby, the real Libby, until, at 18, she comes back with a plan. She wants to find out the truth of what happened, and unleash the truth. And she will do anything to make it happen. The entire idea behind this book is fascinating. First of all, the idea of taking someone else's identity was done so well here. Frances has been Libby for four years and has long since buried Frances. What's really interesting is that she is neither Frances or Libby. She has completely taken over Libby's identity, doing what she believe Libby would do, but she could never truly be Libby and all of her ideals have been morphed by revenge. The mystery aspect of this book, as well as the revenge, but I really think Frances/Libby as a character is also very important. This entire book focuses on her getting over her past and realizing who she really is. Still, I loved the mystery aspect. The book is slowly-paced, but there is so much suspense that I couldn't help turning the pages to find out what happened to the ship and what Frances would do to get her revenge. I was a bit disappointed when I found out what actually happened, it wasn't as big as I thought it would be (not big enough to have so many people killed) and it just felt odd, but I still loved how everything came together in the end. Lastly, there was romance, but there wasn't. The romance is a complete mess in this book because it starts out as revenge and then there's the whole Frances/Libby thing. Really, it's hard to explain. There are feelings in the romance, but there is more focus on Frances and the entire ship mystery. Overall, I'm so glad that I picked up this new book by Carrie Ryan! It is completely different from her zombie horror, but this is not a big to be missed by fans of mystery and revenge! I hope to be able to read more from her in the future!

Revenge! Revenge! Revenge!(My favorite type of book!) Such a wonderful story with well developed characters. I found myself involuntarily skipping ahead a few paragraphs because I couldn't get there fast enough and then having to go back and let the anticipation of certain scenes overwhelm me! Carrie Ryan captured my attention and I couldn't put Daughter of Deep Silence down for a minute!! The internal Libby/Frances struggle was masterfully done and I have to say one of my favorite aspects of the character development and the novel as a whole. Definitely a must read for anyone looking for a thriller filled to the brim with revenge, a search for the truth, and a desperation to discover one's true self in the midst of disaster.

I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I don't think there was a single point in reading it where I just wanted to skip over it and get to the good stuff. There was a couple of things that were a bit far fetched but it is a story. My daughter wants to read it next.

For whatever reason, be it the writing style or the overall feel of the book, I could not for the life of me get into Daughter of Deep Silence. I tried so hard and several times to pick it up and make my way through. Maybe I'm no longer a fan of mystery and suspence. Maybe I just couldn't handle the writing style. I gave it my best but this just wasn't for me.

I received a digital ARC of Carrie Ryan's" Daughter of Deep Silence "courtesy of First to Read. Very fast paced read, couldn't put it down once I started. A well told revenge tale.

OMG!! This one blew me away! I have to say that Carrie Ryans come back from zombies to this is amazing!!! This thriller was so good! Revenge takes center stage in this one. It was fast paced with a complete plot and story. Carrie did a great job developing her characters and the story. With a lot of suspense and a few twists this is a must read!

Wow, Wow, Wow Daughter of Deep Silence is quite the mystery and thriller. Not in the way you might be thinking, it is a edge of your seat thriller that slowly unravels and has you going oh my stars. Frances is out for revenge and she will not rest till someone pays for killing everyone she has loved. I can't even imagine witnessing what she saw and being 14. Carrie Ryan did an excellent job at character development and having the reader really fall into the world she created for Daughter of Deep Silence. I loved how each character had their own back story not just Frances/Libby. You really got to know the main characters and she even developed great little back stories for the minor characters. My favorite besides Frances/Libby was Shepherd. I really like him! The ending is not what I expected and I loved it. This book is absolutely perfect for summer reading. However don't plan on doing much else than just reading this book. Trust me I speak from experience, I love books that grab you and don't want to let go of the book till you finish it. This book would be perfect for a movie (hint, hint) it kinda reminds me of Revenge for YA readers. It is really pretty clean minus a few kisses and talking about wanting to kiss someone, no bad language or adult situations.

I really liked the action in this book. It was hard to put down.

I freaking loved this!!!!! There is not one tiny thing I would change and that NEVER happens when I read! Carrie Ryan I bow down before you, you masterful genius! Simply put this novel is about Revenge. Frances is on a mission to right the wrong that was done do her and her family and she will stop at nothing to achieve this. Frances is calculated and ruthless in this wild thriller that totally left me on the edge of my seat. If this is what the show Revenge is all about please sign me up! I need more of this in my life! Carrie Ryans characters were amazing. I loved Frances fiercely and I wanted her to get her revenge. She deserved it in my opinion. I loved seeing how ruthless she could be because we really don't see these types of characters in YA that much. Yes I know I am rooting for someone out for revenge, but if you went through what she did I guarantee you would want revenge as well. What I loved even more though was the internal struggle she had when she came face to face with Grey. Sometimes the best laid plans don't go as planned and well Frances didn't go quite the way she wanted them too and it was amazing to see certain scenes play out. The story was pure brilliance. I won't go into details because so much is secret and I don't want to spoil anything for you. I'll just say that I loved the way this story was crafted and I loved how we got to see how Frances was on the boat. I loved the history that she shared with Grey and those moments were magical. The horrific scenes will stay with me just as much because the writing was so vivid. I could actually see and hear what Frances did and oh my goodness her scenes with Libby before the rescue were just terrifying. Those images will haunt me for awhile. I am also very thankful that a certain love triangle was squashed and never even brought to light. I was worried I won't lie, but when certain revelations were made it became quite clear that a triangle wasn't even an option and thank you Ms.Ryan for that. A triangle would have killed this book for me. I like who Frances was meant for and even though I wish that certain person would have manned up a bit I am completely satisfied with the way things ended. I understand what needed to happen at the end and I am honestly appreciate the author giving her characters what they needed. The ending didn't feel forced a tad unbelievable maybe, but that was okay too. I can tend to overlook certain things when I have amazing writing, intriguing characters, and a kick ass storyline. I mean really what more do we need?? This is my first book by Carrie Ryan and it will definitely not be my last. I adored her writing. Even when things were repeated, which normally would have bothered me I loved every word. I mean that takes talent to make a reader forgive and forget the things that normally bother them. And that's not me saying that I was annoyed by any means, I just mean that when a book is this good you can forgive a lot of things and you won't dwell on things as much. I wouldn't have changed anything about this at all. I think I am rambling and maybe not making much sense now and I am truly sorry for that. I am just in awe of this book and well I can't gather my thoughts. Yes it was that good. Brilliant story that will stay with me forever!

After the Persephone is attacked, Frances and her friend Libby somehow survive. They are shipwrecked on a raft for 5 days. Hours before they are rescued, Libby gives up and dies. Frances finds that she has no family left and the other two survivors of the shipwreck, Grey and Mr. Wells, say that it was a rouge wave that took out the ship. With Libby's dad's help she assumes the role of Libby for her own protection. Now years later, she plots her plan for revenge on the Wells' who she knows had something to do with the attack. But will she be able to put her feelings for Grey aside? Or will she once again fall in love with him? This book had a strong beginning and end, but a mushy middle. The plot sort of got mixed up and jumbled to me, although it never got boring. It just seemed like there was too much happening, and maybe the author planned out the book a little too well. I loved the main character, how she wasn't dependent on anyone, let alone some boy. I really liked how she couldn't quite let go of her past and who she used to be. I think it would be really hard to leave your real life like that and I really respected how she was able to do that. The minor characters seemed really 3D and the author did a really good job letting the reader know more about them. I really felt like they were real people and that I have known them all my life. After reading this I will definitely be reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth soon, its been on my to-read pile for a while, but I haven't quite gotten to it. As soon as this is released go buy it! ***Thank you Penguin First to Read for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this book! This did not influence my rating or review in any way.***

One terrible day, the yacht Persephone sank--four people came off the yacht alive, three survived to be rescued. But two of them are lying, and the only other person who knows the truth, Frances Mace, wants the truth to come out. More than that, she wants to punish the liars for their part in destroying her family and her life. Frances is willing to break any rule, lie, and sacrifice whatever she must to get her vengeance. But when she has what she wants, what will be left? Will she have destroyed her chance at a second life, and love? I just didn't like Frances. I could understand her wanting justice, but she wavered between being certain and full of doubt just often enough for me to lose patience with her. And she has a terrible tendency to hurt other people on her way to her vengeance, in ways that more than border on sociopathic. And the ending was a little too open ended for me, a disappointment when I was hoping for a firmer resolution. Still, the story--the inner journey--is concluded well enough. However, the story is gripping enough, dark and well-written. Fast-paced, it's an easy read, and likely to be a hit with fans of thrillers.

I quite enjoyed this book. Once I started reading it kept me hooked wanting to know more. I was fascinated by the internal Frances/Libby struggle and how she plotted and planned everything. Definitely a good read.

I thought I had a clear idea of how this book was going to go. But I was surprised. I enjoyed the way she was fighting to keep Francis "quiet". All the hard work she did to become someone else. All the careful planning that she made to take them down. I thought this story was very well written. And I look forward to reading other books by Carrie Ryan in the future.

I loved this book! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I read it in two sitting because I didn't want to put it down! Amazing read! It left me wanting more! Be sure to add this one to your to your to be read list!

**I received this book for free from Dutton Books for Young Readers via First Reads in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.** *Genre* Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller *Rating* 4.0 *My Thoughts* When Frances Mace was Fourteen, she watched in horror as her parents were gunned down along with hundreds of others on the cruise ship called the Persephone. She managed to survive thanks to her friend Elizabeth "Lizzy" O'Malley and a bit of quick thinking on her part. Lizzy and Frances spend Seven days in a raft hoping to survive long enough to be rescued. Hoping that it would rain so they could drink water necessary to keep the body from shutting down. Hoping that the truth about what really happened to them would come out. But, when Frances learns that two others have survived, Senator Wells and his son Greyson, while her friend was dying needlessly, plans are put into place that sets Frances on a dangerous course that will ultimately test her limits, her sanity, and her love for the boy she thought she knew. Four years later, Frances travels to South Carolina having completely taken over Libby's identity and personality. The new version of Libby has revenge on her mind and a step by step process going about it. For "Libby," nothing matters but the truth about what really happened to the Persephone, and paying back those who lied about what really happened for their own personal careers. But, how far does one go to ruin the life of the only boy who she truly loved and maybe still loves? How can she forget about the boy that her friend left behind? How far does one go to get revenge on those she believes are responsible? How many people does she have to turn away before she realizes that she doesn't have to do it all by herself? Daughter of Deep Silence is such an imaginary tale, but it does have hints of the TV show Revenge integrated into the story. Haven't watched Revenge? Watch an episode before reading this book. I loved the description of being stranded in the ocean without any hope of being rescued. Such a vivid reminder of how frail the human body really is. Loved the struggles France had with reconciling who she really was. Is she still Frances, or has Libby taken control of her thoughts? What does she do if and when her plan for revenge is actually finished? What happens if anyone finds out Frances true identity? Daughter of Deep Silence is the first novel that I have read by author Carrie Ryan and probably won't me my last. I think there are those who will latch onto Libby's plight, as well as the pretty cover. Her refusal to make friends. Her determination to see justice done for her family and friend. Her difficulty resolving her feelings for Grey, and her lack of understanding about Libby's loss would affect the boy she loved. Definitely recomended> Note: Review will have been posted to Gizmos Book Reviews on 05/09/2015* *Recvd 04/21/2015* Expected publication: May 26th 2015 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE is certainly the thriller it claims to be. The first page sets the pace and the following chapters race toward the finish line. Frances is a compelling character. I love her inner struggle. The romance. The plan. The story is beautifully detailed and carefully plotted. There was one small spot that tripped me up--her road trip--because there shouldn't be any bodies in her parents' graves it made her reason for being there a little too obvious to me, but that's just one little nitpick. Overall I really enjoyed this and will definitely recommend this book. ****

This is explosive right from the beginning! Two girls go on a cruise with their families and their lives are abruptly changed forever when their cruise ship sinks. They are found on a life raft a week later. Frances is now an orphan but is taken in by a kind man who asks only that she pretend to be his daughter that he lost. However two more survivors are found and they lie about what sunk the ship. They are powerful people so Frances does not dispute them . Why they would lie about the nightmare cruise eats at Frances all of her life. Once she is done with school she sets out to get revenge on the people who lied about the nightmare that ruined her family. If I say anymore I will ruin the read for you. It is truly enthralling to read this story about coming of age, getting to know oneself, and bittersweet revenge. Hop on for the ride!

Carrie Ryan's "Daughter of Deep Silence" was a pleasant surprise. Frances was a heroine with a vulnerable heart encased in a vengeful ribcage. I'm trying to tiptoe through the story to avoid spoilers, so follow me from tenderness to steel. First, never lie to a girl who's just lost everything she loves. And whatever you do, do NOT tell your lies on national television. Next, do not assume you are the only one who knows. And whatever you do, do NOT think you're in control of witness #2. Finally, pay close attention to the people around you. In fact, ALWAYS assume people are out to get you. And then prepare to lose. No one can anticipate what the girl who's lost everything might do. All you can do is buckle up and enjoy the read. Loved "Daughter of Deep Silence"!

Such a unique read in the YA genre! This book was really thrilling with many twists and turns. In some ways it reminded me of The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, with its three protagonists who together help you piece the truth. It was very smart and thrilling!

I thought this book was wonderful! The beginning started off crazy intense. What Francis went through was horrific and makes me terrified to go on a cruise now (...just kidding...well only a little). I really loved the plot, it kept me glued to the pages to see what happened next. I really liked Frances, I got a better understanding why she felt the need to do everything thanks to all the flash backs throughout the book. I had so much sympathy because of her past and rooting for her to get the truth. The only thing I wished more of was the ending. To me, I felt I was left hanging. I wanted to know the fate of a friend and what the other's answer would be (sorry to be vague but don't want to spoil anything). Other than that, the book had enough horror (of what happened), devious planning, cunningness, & a somewhat happy ending. Fantastic.

Daughter of Deep Silence was a fun, quick read. It had enough tension and suspense to keep me reading and it started off so fast and exciting that I got sucked in by the very first page. If I had had the time, I would have loved to read this all in one day. I also really enjoyed the author's writing. The premise was fun and new to me, I liked the whole idea of revenge and taking on a new identity. The character development was pretty good but I felt like it could have been a little better because there were characters that I wanted to see a little bit more of and know more about. At times this book became a little predictable and unbelievable. Sometimes I felt like Frances' plans went a little too smoothly. But I did like how smart and calculating she was. I also really liked how we saw her internal struggle with wanting revenge but also wanting just to let go. I liked seeing the two sides of her because at times it seemed like she was so cold and unfeeling. I was a little underwhelmed with the ending. It felt a bit rushed and not as satisfying as I wanted. I enjoyed this book enough to keep reading but in the end, it just felt like something was missing. Overall, this book was nothing extraordinary but it was a fun and captivating read. 3.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book! It was very fast paced and capture my attention really quickly. I was fascinated in finding out the truth with Frances and seeing what laid in store for her on her journey for the truth. I read this bok in one day and I highly recommend it to people who like ya thrillers!!!! The development of Frances was amazing! One could see her internal struggles of trying to figure out who she is, while trying to deal with the past of Frances and Libby. Her struggles were so real and captivating and really made the book for me.

*I received a digital ARC from the publisher* I had seen a lot about this book over the past few weeks so when it popped up on Penguin's First to Read program, I made a guarantee that I'd get it. This is a revenge story at its best. Frances Mace is on a cruise on the Persephone with her parents when destruction visits the yacht. Frances is one of three survivors, the last to be rescued, and is shocked to discover the other two telling lies about what happened. How far will she go to discover the truth and make sure the rest of the world knows it? What I loved about this book: The cast of characters. Frances is our MC and carries the story well, especially her interactions with Grey and Shepherd. However, Grey, Shepherd, and Detective Morales are really fascinating characters. I wish we would have gotten a little more backstory on Morales. Frances' internal struggle. Frances spends the majority of the book trying to exact revenge on those who lied about the events on the Persephone. She feels survivors guilt that fuels her to continually seek the truth of what happened. She suffered the events on the Persephone at 14 and spends the next 4 years trying to come to terms with why the others lied about events and what that means. Instead of dealing with her grief and guilt, she locks it away and becomes a machine for revenge. Grey. Oh Grey. He's an interesting character. Frances fell in love with him while they were on the Persephone, but now has to reconcile the person he is with the person he was. The issues at the heart of this book. How many times do things happen and the general public has to take the word of survivors/"experts" on it. Frances' struggles with how to expose the truth are so genuine. How do you oppose a media darling and person in power to get the truth out? Will anyone even listen to you? What I didn't love: I want more. I want to know what happens next - but I also love where it ended.

I really enjoyed this book. That being said, it was purely for the entertainment value. The book starts with Frances Mace and her friend, Libby, finally being spotted and rescued on the raft they jumped on when the ship they were on, the Persephone, was taken over by a bunch of machine guns wielding, bad guys. Everyone was shot and killed. They managed to jump.into a raft. However, Libby has finally died on the 7th day at sea. She dies right before a boat is seen and they are rescued. Libby's father is onboard the rescuing yacht. After Frances tells him how the Persephone actually went down and not how the rescued Senator Wells and his son, Grey, are saying (a rogue wave tipped it over), they devise a plan for Frances to take over Libby's ID and for Frances to have been the one to die at sea. The reason for this is to find the ones responsible for the death of Frances' parents and Libby and her Mother. As I said, I enjoyed purely for the entertainment factor. The story line was so far out there as to be completely unbelievable. However some books we read and enjoy because we can. This was one of those books for me. I couldn't wait to turn the next page even though I knew it would bring another totally unbelievable factor to the story. If you are wanting to read and believe that this could really happen, don't. But if you just want to enjoy a book and see what could possibly happen next, I would definitely recommend it. I did enjoy the author's writing too.

Wow, what an amazing story! The developments of the characters were really good. I am familiar with the other books of Carrie Ryan and was really curious about this particular one. For me, it felt like that the most important character, Frances, her struggles were real and you could easily identify with her motives for revenge. Not only her decision-making but also her struggles with the questions: ''Who am I exactly and what have I become?'' Through small flashbacks, you get small bits of information about the details of what exactly happened that specific night on the Persephone and you will start to admire Frances even more. Each character begins to grow on you and it is only leading to the biggest question: '' When will the truth be revealed?'' If you like a little bit suspense, a story that grabs your attention and some romance, than this is the right book for you! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I can say with certainty that I will recommend it to my friends and also to anyone who reads this review.

I received this book from Penguin First to Read for review (which I am not being paid for!). Daughter of Deep Silence tells the story of a young girl who survives a terrible incident on the yacht Persephone. One of only three survivors (two of which are lying about the incident), fourteen year old Frances goes on to spend the next four years planning a meticulously detailed plan of revenge in order to bring to light the truth of what happened. Daughter of Deep Silence is a really fun book; it's highly entertaining. What you expect to get when you read the summary is what you get, but Carrie Ryan writes beautifully, and she crafts some great characters. I thought the way she presented Frances' identity before and after the incident was extremely well done and seemed realistic. I never felt "No, this is not how a person would act." In fact, if this were a superhero origin story, the actions would fit extremely well into that story. It's extreme, but who wouldn't want revenge? And she did have a lot of development throughout the story, which we got to see through her strong insistence to not develop in the ways that she was. I enjoyed that. The one thing I would have liked was more time spent in the beginning building Frances' relationship with both Libby and Grey. Because we only got the moments with her between these characters in flashbacks, it was hard for me to believe those relationships. They felt pretty superficial. In the end, though, this book was just fun. It was time well spent in a couple afternoons; it kept me on the edge of my seat. The book gets around a 3.75 from me, but it's a 'high' 3.75.

This book was so, so good...an intriguing story of a girl hell-bent on revenge. I went into it blind knowing not much about the story and having never read anything by the author. The book had great character development and the premises was unique. The story sucked me right in. I didn't want to put it down! I received this book from the Penguin First to Read program for my honest review.

Wow! What a book. I loved The Daughter of Deep Silence. Its beautifully written, the characters are crafted with care and the plot is just perfect. What else do we want in a good book. It was a compelling tale that kept me hooked for eighteen hours till it ended. As it ended it made me feel empty as if I have lost a good friend. The author Carrie Ryan has done a commendable job. I am deffinately going to read more books from this author.

Daughter of the deep silence is a beautifully woven story of revenge and unfathomable sorrow. I couldn't put it down! If you love the TV series Revenge and The Ringer, there's no doubt you'll love this book.

I enjoyed Daughter of Deep Silence more than I thought I would. I loved the switched identities! The plot was very fast paced and intriguing. I haven't see Revenge, but from what I understand of the show I would recommend this book to fans of that show.

 


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