Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Lake Silence
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #6; The World of the Others #1
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Ace Books
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: 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 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’m going to be brutally honest here. This review will be far from biased because I absolutely love The Others series. So it’s hard for me to provide an objective review because I’ve honestly loved every single book I’ve read by Anne Bishop. This one was no different. While it’s still set in the same world as the story around Meg and Simon, Lake Silence actually revolves around the village of Sproing and Vicki, the caretake of The Jumble, instead of Meg & Simon. It takes place about a year after the decimation of certain human run towns. I won’t go into much detail about the story itself but I do believe readers should read The Others series before they read this one. Technically it can be read as a stand-alone but it would make much more sense in not only what’s happening in the world but just how fierce and dangerous the others are if you read the series from the start.
Vicki was an interesting characters as she was very open to the situations that were happening. Yes, she had some issues but she ended up embracing the role that she found herself and really seemed to care for her lodgers and all the others. Wayne was a great character, though. I loved that he started off a reluctant cop and turned into the Chief of Police without realizing it, which was quite funny. Julian, the owner of Lettuce Read, was an intriguing character too. We’ve seen a few intuits through the series but this felt like the first time we could really experience their abilities aside from a few impressions. I loved reading those moment.
There’s, honestly, a ton of characters in this book so really hard to go into all of them. The story isn’t really focused on one character, it’s focus felt more on The Jumble and how important it was to the community. It kept the piece between the humans and the others. I loved that we got to see how the others reacted to protecting Vicki and I loved seeing the murder mystery unfold. It was a little predictable and there are definitely similarities between Vicki, Wayne and Julian with Meg, Monty and Simon but it was a read I couldn’t put down once I started it! Plus, this one really delved into different kinds of other creatures than previous books, which was quite fascinating to me and I loved getting to explore a bit of what other creatures are Namid’s teeth and claws.
My only issue with this one was Vicki at times. I liked her as a character but sometimes I wanted to smack her for how naive and ignorant she was being. For Meg, I could understand why she had those traits as she grew up in a compound and didn’t know any different but Vicki grew up around humans and married a manipulative man but she still couldn’t tell when she was being used and manipulated. I get that she was traumatized but I wish she didn’t act so naive and confused on why others would do certain things.
In the end, I really loved this book. I was hesitant to start it because I was afraid I wouldn’t like because I”m a little sore that Meg and Simon’s storyline has ended but once I started it, I was drawn in and couldn’t stop reading. I’m curious to see what the author writes about next in the series because this one tied up quite nicely so not sure if we’d see more of Lake Silence or another town. Either way, I’m eager to read what comes out next!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*