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DNF Review: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (Sophia is a Mad, Mad Reader)

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Daughter of Deep Silence
Carrie Ryan
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Reviewer: Sophia

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.

You know what happens when you read a little over a hundred pages and rage for two full pages in a reading notebook?

You don't continue the book. You mark it as a DNF, because you don't want to spend approximately eight pages raging and raging over a four hundred page book when you can read another book.

As you can see, I did exactly that.

But never, never have I ever wanted to throw a book out the window SO BADLY as I want to do with Daughter of Deep Silence. This is an absolute, horrifying mess disguised as a book with a gorgeous cover and an absolutely beautiful interior layout. Daughter of Deep Silence is really about a girl who is so hell bent on revenge, she's become obsessed and obviously needs to get a move on with her life.

It's obvious from early on in the book. I don't actually know much about Frances as a person from the fourth of the book I read. I know her plans and what happened on the Persephone with the flashbacks here and there, but I don't know Frances. The book screams revenge. It also screams obsessed, because what else could it be if you're keeping a bleeping notebook on each of the family members filled with little details among details about each member?
Over the past four years I've become an expert on Grey. An expert on everyone in the Wells family. I have the same kind of notebook on each one of them.
But Daughter of Deep Silence isn't just that. It's a carbon copy. An absolute carbon copy of Revenge, and I mean ABSOLUTE. It's worse than Unbreakable and Supernatural or The Hunger Games and The Testing and other dystopian novels put together, because there's actually some difference. There's a chance that I'll actually like the book. (It's happened. I PROMISE.)

Daughter of Deep Silence, on the other hand? I don't even know where Revenge ends and the book actually begins – I can distinguish nary a difference, and I'm completely disappointed.

There's revenge – obviously. There's a reason behind both Frances' and Emily's vengeance, and this whole revenge idea didn't bother me at all. It's only just one similarity right? This could have gone on an entirely different route from early on and I wouldn't have complained about a single thing. Maybe not a single thing, but there would be less rage. But I should have seen the signs from the moment I picked up the book.
*peruses new books shelves, sees book*
Hey, didn't I want to read this? *picks up book and reads synopsis again*
Sounds like Revenge. I'll come back and think about it. *looks at other books and chooses two more*
Screw it. Let's give this a whirl. If I don't like it, I've got plenty of papery ammunition.
There's a disguise involved. It's revealed in a later season View Spoiler ». Frances is asked by her best friend's father to change her identity to Libby O'Martin so she can be protected and be able to find a way to exploit the truth behind the fate of Persephone.
"It's the only way to keep you sage." He pushes the ring toward me. "It's the only way to figure out who did this and make them pay."
There's a politically powerful family. Both are senators, both are planning on running for president, both are famous, both have a mansion with French doors (at least, I'm pretty sure Revenge had the French doors). And both have a son named...

...wait for it...

Greyson. *whistles* Imagine that! I mean, so much is similar, and the son had to be named the exact same name as the one in the show I'm comparing this to? You have got to be seriously kidding me. View Spoiler »

I just... can't. Someone pick up my horrified self off the floor. I'll wake up later. Until then, Ella or Lupe can take over.

Daughter of Deep Silence is Revenge down to the very basic formula. Enough said.

1.5 Owls

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.