Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan | Review

Daughter of Deep Silence held onto me and still hasn't let me go.

Libby O'Martin isn't who anyone thinks she is, not even who she thinks she is.  When the Persephone goes down, and she is rescued by her father after the Coast Guard stopped looking, she's thrown into a life she never wanted.  A life she never planned.  A life that left her empty and cold and seeking revenge.

Now, months after her father - the last of her living relatives -  has passed, she returns home to put her calculated plan into motion.  To exact revenge on those responsible for her mother's and friend's deaths.  But the story is twisty and fluid and reactionary, taking you down paths you've never considered.

The way Ryan weaves the story together, with dreams and flashbacks that seem inconveniently timed for the story, kept me reading far into the night, taking it upon myself to try to solve the mystery when I wasn't even close to having enough information to solve it.  I judged the characters and their motivations completely inaccurately, and was pleased to be wrong.  There are so many angles that you don't even get the chance to consider until Ryan wants you to consider them that it's nearly impossible to figure out why the Persephone fell before she reveals it to you.

The main character is such a piece of work that she can't even figure herself out, so you have no idea what she's going to choose or act on until she does.  Ryan did a fantastic job of laying the psychological ground work for this mystery/thriller of hers that I'm almost sad it's a stand alone.  Sad it's resolution was so complete and perfect.

The only thing I have to criticize is the repetition of phrases throughout the book.  "Distance between us" was used at least three times that I noticed to describe romantic tension in the book.  Sure, it's a nitpicky thing to point out, but it is the only thing that stood out to me as annoying.

Parents: Libby has no parental figures in her life.  Either murdered or died of natural causes, she really has no one to guide her.  Make sure you discuss that with your teen.  Otherwise, the book is fairly clean.  No bad language that I can recall and nothing beyond kissing scenes, though they were pretty intense kisses. *wink*  She does resolve the fact that she has nothing to live for, and put her life at stake as a means to an end at one point, but she snaps out of it, and ends up fighting to live.  It's definitely something to chat about, but not really something I can see pushing a teen one direction or the other if their fragile.  But you're the expert on your teen.  Not me.  Use your discretion as always.

Today I start my last treatment of chemotherapy.  Do a little dance with me?  Thursday I'll be disconnected and we can totally party down in a few weeks once I'm recovered.