Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

lake silence by anne bishopLake Silence by Anne Bishop

Series: The Others #6; The World of the Others #1

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Source: Audiobook, purchased; (13 hours, 38 minutes)

Narrator: Alexandra Harris

Publishing Date: 2018

402 pages

Synopsis: Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–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 Vicki’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 what’s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shapeshifting Others–discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’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 dangerous–and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive. 

My thoughts

I’ve read and loved all the books in this series and this is no exception. This book is about a new set of characters, but set in the same world as the ones before it. Chronologically it takes place after book 5.

I really like this new setting and the characters in this book. Vicki DeVine, Aggie Crowe, Wayne Grimshaw, Julian Farrow, Ilya Sanguinaty, Sproingers are all great characters. Vicki was damaged by her marriage. Her ex-husband verbally abused her and some of the villains in this story use that knowledge to try to make her feel less than she is. I love seeing her growth to a stronger woman. Aggie Crowe is one of the Others and is quite young, but she’s a great character, too.

Ms. Bishop does a great job showing the characteristics that various Others have when they are shifters from animal to human form. Aggie loves “shinies”–anything small that looks shiny that she can hide in her stash of personal objects. But Aggie is also brave and a good friend to Vicki. Ilya Sanguinaty is a suave, but scary character. And I like the irony that he’s an attorney and literally a “blood sucker!” Very fun to read about. And I’m hoping to read more about the Sproingers in future books. The Murder Game (similar to the board game Clue) in this book is fun to read about, too, especially after some of the Others change it to the way they play it. It’s suddenly a lot more scary and real.

I listened to the audio version of the book and think the narrator–Alexandra Harris–is excellent. She did a great job with the many voices in this book. I especially like the way Ilya sounds!

I highly recommend this book, but think you should read the first five books if you haven’t read them. You will understand the story, world and characters a little better. However, since these are new characters and a new setting it’s possible to read this one without the first series, but I think you will get more enjoyment if you’ve read the first books. And they’re so good you don’t want to miss them.

My Rating: B+

Narrator Rating: B+

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Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

10 thoughts on “Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop”

  1. It’s funny, I don’t read much UF, S/F, or Fantasy at all anymore, yet I love this series– read all of them, including Lake Silence in just 2 years. There’s something about the way the author makes us suspend reality and think that these characters could be real and enjoy the relationships among them. It certainly is original, and I love anything that’s not the same, old, tired plot. (I tried the first book in her previous series and I didn’t like it, DNF it. Too dark, too sensual for me).

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  2. I’m glad you really liked this. Is it sad that I’m afraid to read the last book about Meg because I know I’m going to miss her and Simon too much – and the weather ponies! I STILL want a weather pony!

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    1. I know. I don’t like to read the last books in series. I was comforted by the fact that there are more books in this world. I so agree with you about the weather ponies. There are ponies in the Lake Silence book! But wouldn’t it be great to get to meet one of those ponies??!

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  3. I love this series and I have the next one Wild Country which I want to read SOON. This one goes out away from the Courtyard with some new characters. I was just surprised it did not tie in one of the other blood prophets very much. I’m still very interested in that story of how they adapt and make lives outside of captivity. Anne – Books of My Heart

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