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The official story behind the loss of the Persephone claims a rogue wave was responsible for the sinking of the ship; a natural, freak accident that claimed the lives of three hundred and twenty-three people. But Frances knows the official story is a lie, a cover up spun and spread by Senator Alastair Wells and his son after they were rescued.

Frances was on Persephone and managed to escape only after she witnessed the murders of her parents and her friend’s mother. She and Libby – Elizabeth O’Martin – fled the ship and lasted seven days on the open sea, but in the end only Frances lived long enough to be rescued.

Frances doesn’t know why the senator lied about Persephone. She can only assume that by telling the tale of the rogue wave he was somehow complicit in the attack and thereby responsible for the deaths of everyone she loved. And now, four years later, she’s decided it’s time to get revenge.

Ryan’s latest is a definite step away from the zombie apocalypse world of the Forest of Hands and Teeth series. Daughter of Deep Silence features a contemporary setting and a plot akin to the show Revenge.

While the story could have fallen prey to a serious lack of believability – convincing the reader that Frances could become Libby and trick even the person closest to her (aside from her father, he’s the inside man in the identity theft) was no small task. At first I thought Ryan wouldn’t pull it off at all, but she got me. She made me believe, for the most part, in Frances as Libby and in Frances’s plan.

Daughter of Deep Silence was great fun. My one and only real complaint was that it ended too soon.

5/15 Becky LeJeune

DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE by Carrie Ryan.  Dutton Books for Young Readers (May 26, 2015).  ISBN 978-0525426509.  384p.

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