Friday, 7 July 2017

Daughter of Deep Silence - Book Grumbles

Daughter of Deep Silence
by Carrie Ryan

What is it about:
In the wake of the complete destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, three people are left alive who know the truth about what happened and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after seven days adrift with her friend Libby (who died of thirst just before rescue), knows that the Persephone wasn't sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son Greyson are claiming it was attacked.

In order to insure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby's father helps Frances assume Libby's identity. Frances has spent years in hiding, transforming herself into Libby, and she can no longer allow the people who murdered her entire family and Libby to get away with it even if she had been in love with Greyson Wells.

After years of careful plotting, she's ready to set her revenge plans into motion. The game has just begun, and Frances is not only playing dirty, she's playing to win.

What did I think of it:
I will confess that although I liked the premise of this book, there were some things that left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

The main problem I had with this story is how it seems to say that justice and revenge are the same thing. There are several people who tell Frances she should just let go and live her life instead of getting even. Now usually this might be good advice, but in this case letting go also means letting people get away with something truly horrible.

And while this message of "revenge is wrong, just let go and let the bad people get away with it" is being force-fed to the reader, the reader also gets the nice contradicting message that revenge might be the right way to go after all as Frances goes on trampling all over people to get her revenge.

I had wanted to see a bit more nuance between justice and revenge and for a certain character getting a serious wake up call instead of the infuriating turn of events this book gave me and where this person, who deserved all kinds of torment, to be painted as the wounded party.


All in all this book started out promising only to annoy me more and more the closer I got to the end. It won't be a keeper.

Why should you read it:
It's a "smart revenge thriller" according to the blurb on Goodreads.

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