Title: Daughter of Deep Silence
Author: Carrie Ryan
Pub. date: May 26th 2015
In the wake of the deadly devastation of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son, Grey, are claiming—it was attacked.
To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to expose the truth and set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: Grey Wells himself.
Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by 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.
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book, or the review.
Daughter of Deep Silence is, in one word, brilliant. I personally haven’t read the author’s debut, The Forest of Hands And Teeth, so I really wasn’t entirely certain what to expect. Thankfully, it blew me away!
The novel opens just after newly-orphaned Frances has washed ashore with the body of her friend Libby, who died after a few days on the life raft. They barely escaped after a group of gunmen came onboard the Persephone and killed almost everyone, including her family. Frances is horrified and confused. Soon after, she learns that she was not the only person who survived the attacked. Senator Wells and his son Grey (who Frances was in love with during their brief time on the Persephone) did as well, but they’re claiming that the ship was sunk by a storm. To protect herself, Libby’s father suggests that Frances pretends to be his daughter, and she agrees.
Years later, Libby’s father dies and Frances inherits his family fortune, ready to enact her revenge plan against the powerful Wells family. Frances has nothing to lose at this point, and she’s ready to pay any price to get her revenge. She was an awesome main character! It’s always interesting reading about characters who are desperate and who have nothing to lose, and Frances was no exception. Although it’s been years since the sinking of the Persephone, Frances is still hurt. She’s fierce and broken and so determined that it was scary to read about sometimes.
Daughter of Deep Silence is one of those novels that pulls you in and doesn’t let go until the very last page, or maybe even until after that (I’m still in recovery). It reminds you of why the genre is called a thriller. The plot twists, secrets are revealed, and characters develop in ways that you never would have expected. It is an intense read. Carrie Ryan’s writing is gorgeous. Each word has a purpose, and I loved it!
Can we take a moment to talk about Frances’ relationship with Grey, the senator’s son? Saying that it is complicated would be an understatement. Frances and Grey were starting to fall in love during their short stay on the boat, but then the shooting happened and the Wells’ became her enemy. Now Frances is back, but she is impersonating Libby and trying to get revenge on Grey and his family.
Despite their history, despite all her calculated planning, Frances is starting to fall for Grey again, and he might be falling for her in return. Or is he? It’s a very interesting romance, because you never really know what’s true and what isn’t in their relationship. It’s complicated, to say the least, but somehow still manages to be romantic. It was a great addition to the story!
Strong and broken heroine? Check. Suspenseful and thrilling plot? Check. Intense writing? Check. Swoon-worthy romance? Check. Really, what does Daughter of Deep Silence not have? It was an amazing read and although it was a stand-alone, I would still love to get to spend more time with this world and these characters. Five well-deserved stars!