Published by Dutton on May 26, 2015
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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.
~ The book opens with Frances being rescued after days at sea, only to discover that her friend Libby died just before they were saved. Frances is weak and unable to speak, but knows she is in big doodoo when the only other survivors of her boat attack are claiming it was a rogue wave.
~ So, instead of making orphaned Frances his ward, because it would take too long and because Cecil suspects that Frances is in considerable danger as an unexpected survivor, he has Frances take over Libby’s identity. This works mostly because they looked pretty similar to begin with, and Frances studies Libby like she’s Hermione with a book from the Restricted Section.
~ Barely 14 at the time that the Persephone is attacked, time speeds forward four year and Frances is an adult, arriving (for the first time) at Cecil’s home after his death. She’s spent the last 4 years abroad.
~ Shepherd is not pleased with her, since she hasn’t had any contact with him in years and he thought he and Libby were in love.
~ Throughout my notes I just call Frances Fake Libby. I’m not a fan of the name Frances, whereas Fake Libby is a great name.
~ Fake Libby is doing a pretty good job of passing herself off as Real Libby, the few physical differences have been disguised with subtle plastic surgery, make up and contacts. Thankfully, Real Libby kept journals and Fake Libby has stayed away and grown enough in four years to explain away most differences still left.
~ Originally, Fake Libby took on Real Libby’s persona in order to get revenge someday against Sen. Wells (who she blames for lying about the rogue wave and the ship’s location, which had the searchers looking in the wrong area and for only a short time). But for Cecil’s sake she had tried to put it behind her, now that he’s dead though she is guns blazing ready for revenge.
~ I really loved the idea of this book, the boat attack was horrific and the Fake Libby really goes after what she wants. And by that I mean, Fake Libby goes to extreme, crazy person lengths to take down the Wells family.
~ Some complaints- not enough revenge! Seriously, more revenge would have been better. And more of a back story. It was hard to connect to Fake Libby. I think a chapter or two showing her transformation into Libby, the emotional trauma of having to bury her parents and her true identity, Cecil’s heartbreak and the bond that they developed…. something was needed to bridge the beginning to the present. It didn’t invest me enough in Fake Libby’s plans.
~ Also, I don’t know how long this cruise was, I’m guessing really long, because Frances and Libby get really close really fast, and Frances and Grey fall in love. I had assumed up until the first scene that Libby and Frances had been friends prior to the cruise, but no. It would have made more sense if Cecil had known and liked Fake Libby longer. Or for Fake Libby to take over Real Libby’s life as smoothly as she does. I get that they bonded a lot while adrift, but still.
~ I did love the complicated history between Grey and Fake Libby. Back on the ship, Grey had fallen for sweet, less dazzling Frances. Which makes it hard for Fake Libby to plot to make Grey fall in love with her, since it brings up weird jealousy of herself. It was wonderfully messed up.
~ At times this truly felt like the tv show Revenge adapted for the YA crowd, and I’m fine with that.
~ Thankfully we do learn why the Persephone was attacked… but it still seems awfully extreme and over the top. And now I’m suspicious of EVERYTHING and EVERYONE! Always follow the money, midnighters, and definitely be careful who you vote into office.
~I really liked the ending, but if you’re looking for realism, you are sailing on the wrong ship.
Frances Mace- one of only 3 survivors of the Persephone, has lost her parents, her new best friend, and now her identity.
Grey Wells- the handsome, charming and very loyal son of Senator Wells.
Senator Wells- Grey’s politically ambitious and lying father.
Libby O’Martin- beautiful, rich friend to Frances, who survives the boat attack, only to perish at sea waiting for rescue.
Cecil O’Martin- Libby’s rich father who serves as Frances’ protector.
Shepherd- Cecil’s ward, and former boyfriend to Libby.
Luis- Shepherd’s older brother, mentioned but not seen.
Martha Wells- Senator Well’s wife and Grey’s clueless mom.
Det. Morales- old school detective with a gruff demeanor and a soft heart for kids in trouble.
Thom- head of security for Sen. Wells
When Lizzie was decorating the house. I loved the design details, but I also loved her interactions with a certain character.
Stop the Clock:
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It fell a little short of my expectations of it, but the concept was very cool. At some point in the book, Fake Libby muses that true revenge relies on the absence of emotion. And there were times that Fake Libby pulled that off, but the best times were when she was unsure of her actions. I think we’ve all dreamed of getting revenge on someone before, but even on the rare occasion that we can get it, is it worth what we’ve sacrificed to achieve it?
Also, one of my favorite covers of the year!
Also, cruises usually aren’t this bad.
Daughter of Deep Silence gets a Midnight Book rating of: