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.
***I received this eARC via Penguin First to Read in exchange for an honest review.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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