Parents' Guide to

Daughter of Deep Silence

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Suspend disbelief for this dishy, exciting revenge tale.

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If readers understand that this riveting book is more Revenge than Count of Monte Cristo, it won't be a surprise that the revenge plot eventually takes a backseat to soapier issues. Most prominent of those is Frances' inability to move beyond the memories of her first fling with Grey. Yes, she's bent on revenge, but she's also 18 and apparently never dated or kissed anyone in the four traumatic years following the events on the Persephone. So even though part of her plan is to make Grey fall in love with Libby and disclose the truth, Frances can't help but fall for the guy a second time.

The intensity of the two central romances -- Frances and Grey and Libby and Shepherd at age 14 -- may be difficult for some readers to get past. Shepherd is the one person who can foil Frances' plans, because he knew Libby from childhood and was her first love. Their love story is more believable, and he's the most fully realized secondary character in the book (and no doubt most readers' favorite). Grey and Frances/Libby are harder to root for, since the situation is so fraught with the trauma, stress, and grief of what happened on the cruise. Ryan, best known for her engaging zombie trilogy, knows how to write tension and romance, and if you don't mind the idea of freshmen falling madly, truly, deeply in love, then this is a delicious guilty pleasure you'll find hard to put down until the anticlimactic end.

Book Details

  • Author: Carrie Ryan
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dutton Books
  • Publication date: May 26, 2015
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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