Lake 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
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.
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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