Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

Posted March 1, 2018 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Lake Silence by Anne BishopLake Silence by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #6
Published by Ace on 2018-03-06
Length: 416 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release Challenge

In this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy, set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, Vicki DeVine and her lodger, the shapeshifter Aggie Crowe, stumble onto a dead body . . . and find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Othersโ€“vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget . . .

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vickiโ€™s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know whatโ€™s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Croweโ€“one of the shapeshifting Othersโ€“discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the manโ€™s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerousโ€“and itโ€™ll take everything they have to stay alive.

I was so excited to startย Lake Silenceย by Anne Bishop. I loved the first part of The Others, and I was curious to see where the author would take us next. I wasn’t disappointed ๐Ÿ˜€

Welcome to a small town in the middle of Wild Country off the coast of one of the Finger Lakes, Lake Silence. Vicki DeVine is a recently divorced woman trying to make a go of the property she inherited in the divorce, The Jumble. What Vicki doesn’t realize is that the Jumble is actually aย terra indigeneย community. This makes for quite the surprise when the book opens with one of her residents warming up an eyeball in the microwave.

Vicki is not all that different from Meg. She isn’t a “sweet blood,” but she is damaged mentally and emotionally thanks to her ex. However she is trying to make a life for herself and I have to give her props for that. Vicki is a fairly independent woman and is embarrassed that she allowed her ex to control her like he did. I think fans of the series will enjoy Vicki and her interactions with theย terra indigene.

Like the previous books, this one is told from multiple POVs with Vicki being the main focus. Grimshaw works highway patrol and is sent to investigate the eyeball and dead body found near the Jumble’s property. I like Grimshaw, he reminds me a little of Lieutenant Montgomery in that he is very aware of theย terra indigene,ย enough so that he knows when to fear them and when to back down. What I didn’t care for with Grimshaw is that he was standoffish at times and didn’t seem to want to develop a working relationship with theย terra indigeneย beyond keeping humans (even bad ones) safe. The other two main POVs (there are more but I’ll only touch on these) were Ilya Sanguinati and Aggie Crowgard. Aggie is young, even for a Crow, and I like her devotion to Vicki. She is the resident that warms up the eyeball but she is also a kind, inquisitive teen in her mannerisms and interactions with humans.

Personally I was excited to have a Sanguinati as the leadย terra indigeneย in this book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Simon and the Wolfgard. BUT there is something mysterious about this race ofย terra indigeneย that intrigues me. Maybe it’s because of how relatable they are to humans. Maybe it is Vicki’s reaction to this particular Sanguinati and his reaction to her. Who knows! I really enjoyed this character!

The plot unfortunately was very predictable and very slow. I had a really hard time completing the book. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, because I did. It was just really long. I think some of that is due to the fact that the author is introducing new characters and new setting. Also if you are someone who hasn’t read the previous books of the series, you can read this one without going back to the previous books. I think that is a plus, though I did get excited when a character from the previous books was mentioned.

Overall I enjoyedย Lake Silence. I didn’t love it, because it was just so slow and I missed Meg, Simon, and the rest of the gang. I do like Vicki and the Jumble. I’m curious to see what is in store as theย terra indigeneย return to the community. If you enjoy dry humor, a little horror, paranormal urban fantasy, I highly recommend this one.

About Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel,Twilightโ€™s Dawn, made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

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