Daughter of Deep Silence Carrie Ryan

Daughter of Deep Silence
by Carrie Ryan

published on May 26th 2015 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
young adult | mystery | contemporary | romance

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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.

Book Review

Where do I begin with Daughter of Deep Silence? It was one of those books that I couldn’t seem to really form a solid opinion for. Did I love it? Nope. Did I hate it with a burning passion? Not really. But it kind of isn’t “in the middle,” either?

The main problem I had with this book was the writing style. It was really hard for me to get into, and the narrator was telling then showing more often than not. It felt like Frances had to keep repeating the statements over and over again to get the readers to believe her–and I just didn’t buy any of it. Plus when she does all these movements or expressions, she has to explain what she’s trying to do because apparently we’re all idiots.

And this book has flashbacks. Normally, I’d be okay with flashbacks, but with this one, they were repeated. Multiple times. I GET IT. I need to get a perfume called Eau de I Am Not an Idiot. I know I’ve mentioned multiple times that I have a short attention span and horrible memory, but you don’t have to repeat ALL the flashbacks ALL THE TIME.

Another thing that REALLY bugged me was the romance. We have two love subplots here, but one is more prominent than the other. Basically it goes like this:

At 14 years old–
Girl: This guy’s only talking to me because he likes my best friend.
Guy: I want her best friend.
*they have one conversation*
Girl & Guy: I’m in love. (Take note–THEY’RE FOURTEEN.)

At 18 years old–
Girl: MUST SEEK REVENGE.
Guy: I am falling for this girl I don’t know.
Girl: Holy shit I still want him. *cue internal struggle*

So yeah. Didn’t like that at all.

Let’s talk about The Twist now. It honestly was the biggest letdown of a twist I’ve ever encountered. Sure, it may seem like a legit reason for things that have happened, but was it unique? No. Did it make me go WHAT THE FUCK? Yes. But not because I was shocked… More of because I was expecting so much more. It was just so… ordinary. Mundane.

Okay, rant over for now. If there’s one thing I liked about the book, it was seeing the things that happened to our heroine as she struggled to stay alive on a raft. The descriptions during these parts of the flashbacks were a tad bit graphic, which I liked–you could really see how tired the girls were, and that made me want to go into the book and feed them some cake.

For some strange reason… I can’t bring myself to give this book one star, despite my earlier qualms about it. Like I said earlier… My brain is full of fuck. It’s probably the heat.

2 stars

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32 thoughts on “Review: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

  1. Uh oh. I call this serious book problems Aimee. Hehe I can feel your anger and can totally relate! As for flashbacks I’m all for them if they’re done right and like you said if they don’t REPEAT. It’s like: yeah, yeah I read it once I don’t need to see it AGAIN.

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  2. Hahahaha love the review Aimee! The romance convo is quite funny XD I’m so sad the plot twist turned out disappointing! That sucks!! I’ve seen lots of mixed reviews on this one so I will be pushing it back on my TBR now.

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  3. WHAT?! AW DAMMIT.

    I heard such great things about this one, to be honest. no one mentioned multiple flashbacks. however, the telling this – i was warned about that meh. i’m probably going to try it because revenge plots are literally my life. i wonder what that says about me.

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  4. Yes. I agree with EVERYTHING. This book was just bad. All the telling… the supposed revenge that in reality was a way of getting together with Grey… -_- #hate

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  5. Aw man I was looking forward to this! I still kind of am because I have a thing for revenge plots but I heard a lot of people complain about the Telling, Not Showing thing too :/ Although this is the first time I heard about the multiple repeated flashbacks. How does that even work…and why…maybe I need to stock up on Eau de I Am Not an Idiot just in case too.

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    1. Basically a flashback happens, then it either happens again or is mentioned a shitload of times after. :/ You should. Then get me some for the future. xD

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  6. Oh dear, this had sounded SO promising before. (But your rage was extremely fun to read. So that’s a plus.) I love revenge plots (mostly when subverted) but this doesn’t really sound like my thing — especially the awkward romance. Argh. Still, they tempted you to give the character cake. That’s definitely a plus.

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    1. Thanks, lovely! ;) The romance was so uggh. >_< Maybe it's just me though… And yeah, I would've reached in and given her sixty pounds of chocolate mousse!

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  7. Flashbacks are the bane of my existence. I hate them. HAAAAAAAAAAAATE.That alone is more than enough to turn me off a read, especially when they’re repeated over and over. But the romance sounds just as bad. I haven’t seen many positive reviews for this one sadly. Sorry you couldn’t enjoy this one Aimz, hopefully your next read is much, much more engaging and less flashbacky <3
    PS. Flashbacky is totally a word.

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  8. the great thing is that I wasn’t even looking forward to this book. hahahaha. I like flashbacks but when they’re just throwing it right at your face over and over then please stop.

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  9. Aww. :( I absolutely adored this one Aimee, so I’m not going to lie: I’m a bit sad to see you were a bit ambivalent about it. But oh well, not every book is for everyone, right? Thanks for sharing this though!

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  10. Awww booooo. I actually had no interest in reading this, but I’m sorry to see that you didn’t like that much. BUT HEY at least it’s not a one star hahahah. Awesome review Aimee!

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  11. Okay, so I had seen the cover of this floating around, but hadn’t actually looked into what it is about because I am going through an intense stage of literally adding nothing to my TBR. I feel so overwhelmed, so I hardly ever add anything to the TBR because then my overwhelmed-ness would increase and just GAH.

    But then I read the synopsis in your review, and it sounded COOL, and the I read your review, and it sounded LAME.

    It’s so annoying when the same incident is replayed over and over until any effect that it MIGHT have had is completely erased. And ugh, that romance sounds insufferable.

    BOO at mundane twists. They are the worst. Twists should be intense and mindblowing etc etc. Sigh.

    I hope you like your next book better than this one, dear! <3

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