Publisher: Dutton Children's (2015)
Hardcover (375 pages)
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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.
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.
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This novel follows the gist of Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. Since I really like The Count of Monte Cristo, I had very high hopes for this novel. On top of that, I love the cover. I was expecting a ton from this book.
The novel begins with the attack on the cruise ship Persephone. Frances Mace and Elizabeth (Libby) O’Martin escaped aboard an inflatable life raft. For seven days they floated adrift until a boat was spotted. Libby did not survive. Frances did. Senator Wells and his son, Grey, also survived but they are telling a different version of event where the Persephone was struck by a rogue wave.
When Frances tells Libby’s father what really happened aboard the Persephone, he comes up with a plan. he proposes that Frances Mace died in the tragedy and that Frances takes Libby’s identity. Frances has no one else in the world and nowhere to go, so she agrees. Libby’s father takes her to Europe to recover, have some surgeries, and attend a boarding school in Switzerland.
When Libby’s father dies and she turns eighteen, she returns to the United States with a detailed plan for revenge. She wants Senator Wells and his son to pay for their lies about what happened aboard the Persephone. She also wants answers as to why her parents and Libby died. Armed with her elaborately detailed plan for revenge, she gets right to work.
This novel totally lived up to my expectations. I read the entire thing in less than a day. I am pretty sure this is a stand-alone though I would love more of the story. It was an amazing book; everyone should read it. This book has definitely earned a place on my All Time Favorites list.
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