Part Revenge, part Pretty Little Liars, Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan is an absolute summer treat. In this delightful melange of suspense and romance, Ryan keeps you on the edge of your seat guessing until the very end.
Four years ago, Frances Mace was pulled from a life raft after the sinking of the cruise ship Persephone, barely clinging to life and staring at the body of her friend, Libby O’Martin, who had just died. There are only three survivors of the disaster, in which both of Frances’s parents and Libby’s mother were killed. Libby’s father visits Frances just after she was just pulled from the water and asks her about the last days of his daughter’s life. Upon finding out that Frances has been left an orphan, Libby’s father offers her an alternative: that she assume Libby’s identity and life of privilege. Frances agrees.
After attending boarding school in Europe, Frances returns to the tiny island off of South Carolina that is her home. But she hasn’t come home to just fritter her summer break away on the beach. She has a plan of action, and she’s determined to find out who exactly hired the gunmen who were responsible for the murders of the innocent passengers of the Persephone and discover just exactly how Senator Wells and his son, Grey, survived, and why they’re lying about what happened. Using her identity as Libby, Frances is able to insinuate her way into the Wells home, but even as she finds herself falling for Grey, she is still a girl on a mission: to find out what happened, who made it happen, and make the people responsible for it pay.
Frances is a complex, tormented character, and as her investigation and plan progress, she questions her motivations. As she comes to terms with what happened and how she was never really allowed to process the tragedy and deal with it, she begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together. She realizes that the people who were responsible for it need to pay somehow, even if it means having to reveal her secret.
Perfect for either a beach read or a dark stormy night, Daughter of Deep Silence will have you flipping the pages until the very end.
I received an advanced review copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.