Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Daughter of the Deep Silence

Author: Carrie Ryan, Karissa Vacker (Narrator)
Info: Dutton Books for Young Readers, copyright 2015, 375 pages

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.

~Goodreads Description

Let's start with the cover, because that's where I started.  It's kind of beautiful.  The contrast between the brilliant blue painting of violent ocean waves and the red lit wall it is hanging on is eye catching.  Except that is not what I saw at first.  For some reason, I got it into my head that the girl was standing on a train looking out a window, which made the story VERY confusing when I started listening.

This is basically a teen version of the TV show Revenge.  Frances Mace has a score to settle, so she changes her identity and works toward exposing the deceit of a greedy family that nearly got her killed four years previously on a luxury yacht.

I wanted to like this book, but there were too many plot holes and it was incessantly repetitive.  Frances's inner dialogue goes on and on and on.  And just when you think she's told you enough to understand how she feels, she starts telling you again and again and again.   She falls in love with a boy after a week while on vacation (her middle class family taking a holiday on a yacht with rich politicians ????) and acts as if she has known and loved this boy for years.

And then there is an ambiguous ending, an open ending, that feels a bit unfinished.

I will say this though...it was a LOT of fun to listen to this with someone.  My pal Julia over at Stylish in the Stacks and I chose Daughter of the Deep Silence for our road trip to Charleston.  We would pause and discuss and question and theorize each time we took a break.  Makes me want to do more tandem audiobooks :)


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