–review by Bronto Incognito
Daughter of Deep Silence
by Carrie Ryan
It’s funny, most people think that revenge is a passionate affair, driven by rage and pain. But it can’t be. Feelings such as those make you weak. They overwrite thought and cause reckless impulses that lead to poor decisions.
If anything, revenge is the absence of emotion. It’s pure, calculated thought stripped bare of entangling emotions. It’s cold, deliberate action.
Book-a-likes: The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard, The Shadow Club by Neal Shusterman, and (though it’s not a book) the TV show Revenge
So have you seen the show Revenge? Even just an episode or two?
I’ll admit, I only watched part of season 1, but MAN was that show addicting. If you’ve seen even a little of the show you can’t help but make an immediate connection the second you start reading Daughter of Deep Silence.
Frances and her family take a cruise where she meets two people that will change her life: Libby, the wealthy life-loving girl that bears a strong physical resemblance to Frances, and Grey, the oh-so-charming senator’s son.
Things go just fine until the ship is attacked. Seven days later Frances is rescued, only to discover that Grey and his father were the only other survivors-except, wait a second. They’ve already told everyone that the ship went down in a storm. So uh…WTF?
Libby’s dad takes a shine to Frances and helps her to hide her true identity and get outta Dodge. But 4 years later she’s back and set on revenge. On Grey, on the senator, on anyone who helped them hide the truth of what happened to her, Libby, and both of their families that fateful night.
The main character is cold, tough, and calculating. Sure, seeing the first boy she ever fell for is throwing her off her game, but it’s believable because there’s a part of this girl that stopped progressing at age 14 when she stopped being herself and had to start pretending to be someone else. She is bound and determined not to let anything stand in her way.
And she’s done her research. She knows the profile of every person killed aboard the Persephone. She knows every interview the senator and his son have ever done about that night. She knows when Mrs. Senator takes her swims in the morning and what she eats for breakfast. She knows…everything. She’s planned this thing down to the letter and while sure, revenge is a cancer that destroys from the inside out, you really want to see her succeed in her goals. If only because she’s so determined to reach them, no matter the cost.
There are two boys in this story, but don’t worry, it’s pretty clear fairly early on that this is not a love-triangle situation. Frances barely has it left in her to care about one person, let alone two.
I sped through this book crazy fast. It’s definitely one I would recommend if you find yourself caught in a reading slump. (I was in one simply because reading isn’t enough of a distraction from morning sickness to make me not feel it and get distracted.)
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