Books

Daughter of Deep Silence, by Carrie Ryan

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2.5 Stars

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.

This was a book I was super excited to read, and I went into it expecting awesomeness. Perhaps that was the reason I was so disappointed, but even then, this book is just so mediocre it’s infuriating.

From the premise, excitement is ignited with the promise of a strong, awesome heroine. Un-likable, flawed characters are extremely popular nowadays, and I admit that I myself find them to be the best kind of character. However, Frances Mace, while appearing strong at first, quickly proves to be moody, helpless, and worst of all, obsessed with making out with the guy who most definitely had a role in the brutal murder of her entire family. Her transformation from revenge-obsessed, kick-ass heroine to love struck, useless female happens in those pages in between the inside cover and the first chapter, and I was thoroughly unamused.

The rest of the characters were pretty cardboard-cutout, the love interest most of all. The way I know this book was unmemorable is the fact that although I read this book just a few weeks ago, I couldn’t remember most of the characters’ names.

The plot was okay, not particularly engaging, but not bad either. In fact, it’s probably the reason I finished this book at all. However, no matter how good the plot may be, Frances’ ridiculous actions/personality bring the whole thing down.

Overall, Daughter of Deep Silence is a book with potential ultimately sunk by a terrible, terrible main character. I’m not sure who I’d recommend this to, but overall, it’s not a bad choice for a fast read you can forget soon after.

-Liz

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