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Book Blurb Breakdown: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

book blurb breakdown

Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author (gently) rips apart jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  


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today's blurb


Status:  Unread


the blurb: as is 
from Goodreads

I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose. 


the blurb:  shredded 

I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.  (These opening snippet things really aren't that useful to me unless they're interesting.  This is all information that I could have gleaned from the blurb.  I guess maybe if she makes this statement in the book, it's okay.  Eh, just not grabbing.)   

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone (This is more grabbing, although a little wordy.  "Devastating destruction"--redundant, much?), just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying.  (Hm, you've caught me.  I have a pretty good sense of the premise and tone, now.) Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the hey, murders (Okay, now you're skipping ahead a little.  Probably want to note that, hey, the truth is it wasn't an accident.  A little set-up goes a long way to add suspense.) of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves ("Taking down" is kind of weak.  Also please let this not be totally about a romance.) and possibly losing herself in the process.  (Losing herself how?  People throw this line around a lot.  It's filler.  I know very little about what happens in this book after the sinking.) 

Sharp and incisive (These are king of similar...), Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller (Okay, not all romance.  This is encouraging.) that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.  (This would be a fine sum-up if it were more clearly linked to the rest of the blurb.  Where are all these identity things coming from?  I know so little about what's going on.)   


the verdict 
3/5 stars

would i read it?:  yes, but i'm not rushing to

This blurb suffers somewhat from being short and vague.  You see this a lot with blurbs for books by established authors.  "Oh, it's Carrie Ryan.  We don't need to tell people what the book's about."  I don't need a plot summary, now.  I just want something to hold onto.  Is this a game of intrigue with important people?  Some kind of news expose?  Is Frances working with someone to investigate and get enough proof?  Why can't she just tell the police what happened?  The set-up itself is intriguing, but that set-up could go many different ways.  For this kind of blurb, I end up waiting until other people review the book before deciding if I want to proceed.  (Unless I was a huge Carrie Ryan fan, in which case the marketing people would have had me.)  




your thoughts

Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
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