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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

REVIEW: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Following the utter destruction of luxury yacht Persephone, fourteen year old Frances is one of only three survivors. However, their story is a far cry from the terrifying truth and Frances makes it her mission to avenge the brutal deaths of her parents and best friend Libby even if it means targeting the boy she loves.

This is one of those books where readers are torn whether to connect with Frances, her loss and need for justice or to be alarmed and appauled by her actions.  Fast forward four years later, Frances has been living as Libby (the only person to know her true identity is Libby's father and he's recently passed away). She's determined that this is the time to put her plan in motion.

Daughter of Deep Silence is a fast paced and compelling thriller even if there are some flaws. Frances is pretty messed up which is probably normal after her ordeal but that doesn't excuse her horrible and rather vicious choices even if the bad guy deserves what he gets.  The senator's son, Grey, is just a victim in all of it--true he's bullied into lying, but Frances' treatment of him and the subsequent ills which befall him are harsh. Poor Shepard is a pawn too. Frances manipulates him using his feelings for Libby.

Overall, this is a quick and interesting read but it left me wanting a bit more resolution.  Plus, Frances does some pretty horrible stuff without any real consequence.  I have a problem with this since books are supposed to help set a precidence for behavior. I'm reading way too much into this, but as an adult working with youth, I know that teens are impressionable and often look toward book protagonists as life guides. Frances living as Libby, plotting nefarious crimes, digging up her BFFs corspe and then trotting off to make her way in the world with lots of money isn't setting the greatest example.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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