Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Me on Daughter of Deep Silence

Title: Daughter of Deep Silence
Author: Carrie Ryan
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (Penguin imprint)

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, 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.

Daughter of Deep Silence is full of intrigue, suspicion, and hidden truths. Frances is ready now, ready to get her revenge on those who hurt her, who ruined her life, but she has to realize that, even with years of planning, nothing about this will be easy.

Frances is calculating, determined, methodical. She's plotted and planned and now the time has come. Now to put on the act, put on the costume, and bring to light the truth of what happened that night on the Persephone. The past four years have blurred her identity. Who is she now? Has she become Libby? Or does Frances still remain, angry, desperate to strike? She's a mixture of the two, the girl she's worked to be and the girl she is deep down inside, the girl who's sticking to her plan while letting emotion take control when it comes to Grey. Because, like she couldn't forget what happened on the ship, she couldn't forget Grey.

The opening pages are rather visceral, rather visual. The smell of the sea air, the despair racing through Frances, the overwhelming taste of salt that makes her sick, the pain of the sores and the sunburn on her skin. The overwhelming memories of the murder of her parents, of Libby's death. The smell of blood. The sound of gunshots.

Packed with truth and lies, secrets, and deception, this book is both chilling and thrilling. How far some go for revenge, how far some go to cover their crimes. How much we never forget no matter how hard we try or how much time has passed. Those looking for thrilling, tense mysteries with a flawed but still fighting heroine should check this book out.

(I received an advance copy of this title to review from Penguin Canada.)

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