Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

Posted February 12, 2019 by Holly in Reviews | 6 Comments

Review: Lake Silence by Anne BishopReviewer: Holly
Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Series: The World of The Others #1
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Point-of-View: First Person

Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 402
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Series Rating: four-stars

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.

Like many others, I was disappointed when I realized Lake Silence was going to be set in the world of The Others, but wouldn’t feature any of my favorite characters from the Lakeside Courtyard. While there is a passing mention of some of the characters, this novel features a new cast. Soon enough I was wrapped up in the story, however, and I ended up loving it. This read like one of the “Crowgard Cozies” the Lakeside Female Pack was so enamored with.

Vicki DeVine got a rustic resort near Lake Silence in her divorce. For the past few months she’s been working hard to restore it. Per the terms of the original sale, Vicki has to be very careful in how she renovates. The Others – shape-shifting beings who rule the Earth – were very specific in the deal with her husband’s ancestors and she doesn’t want to do anything to anger them. When her boarder, Aggie (a crow shape-shifter), turns up with a human eye, Vicki discovers a murder took place near her resort. While a human detective wants to pin it on her, The Others protect her. They’ve come to see Vicki as someone who can help teach them about the humans.

Vicki’s marriage was not a good one, and she’s still dealing the trauma of living with an abusive man for too many years. For her, the resort is a refuge. A place to rebuild her life as well as the crumbling cabins and overgrown grounds. I enjoyed Vicki’s personal growth over the course of the novel, as well as getting to know The Others who reside nearby. There are hints of a romance between Vicki and the owner of the bookshop in town, but merely hints. I wonder if Bishop will return to Lake Silence at some point in the future?

I was fully engrossed in the novel, and very much look forward to the next installment.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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6 responses to “Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

  1. I’m a big fan of The Others series and was so sad when the original series came to an end after 5 books. I really enjoyed this one even though I missed all the old familiar faces. Aggie was priceless and I loved Ilya (I seem to have a thing for the Sanguinati). And I totally want a Sproinger! 🙂 I’m actually reading Wild Country right now and am loving it. Familiar characters are back!

    • I loved Ilya, too, and I definitely want a Sproinger. As much as I missed the familiar characters, it was kind of nice to see more from the world. I can’t wait to read Wild Country. Maybe next. I have a couple other books ahead in the queue, but…man. I’m tempted.

      • I wasn’t sure what to expect after Lake Silence, but the timeline of Wild Country actually overlaps with Etched in Bone so there are plenty of familiar characters. I’m loving it. 🙂

    • Kareni

      I’m admittedly envious that you’re already reading Wild Country, Tanya; I’m looking forward to its release next month.

      Like you, Holly, I was originally disappointed when the story began; it also seemed sillier than the original quintet. That said, it’s grown on me with each reread, and i now consider it a favorite.

      • Lake Silence had such a different feel (to) from the previous books. I enjoyed it, but it was just different. Wild Country takes place in Bennett and the timeline overlaps with Etched in Bone so there are so many familiar faces. 🙂

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