Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Anne Bishop Takes Readers on a Tour of Lake Silence (Review)

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.
Lake Silence
The Others #6
Anne Bishop
Pub Date: 3/6/18
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
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I've been crushing on The Others series since Written in Red. While I was patiently waiting for another story about Simon Wolfguard and Meg Corbyn, Anne Bishop decided to introduce Vicki De Vine and a slew of new and interesting Others. I begrudgingly admit that Lake Silence pulled on my heartstrings a bit, and I'm dying for more!

Vicki is the new owner and caretaker of a bed and breakfast, called The Jumble, in a human town controlled by the Others. She doesn't know that there are evil, greedy forces waiting to pounce and take away everything she's worked for. Thankfully, her compassion for the young Aggie Crowe, and other Others she comes across, endear her to the terra indigene leaders and gains her some kind of protection from the Elders.

Yes, I was a little depressed to not get more of Meg and Simon, but Lake Silence has offered a different vibe that makes this story an asset. All the stories up to this point have touches of dark humor, but I found many more laugh out loud moments paired with the violence of life with man-eating creatures. Vicki may struggle with insecurity and anxiety, but her snark and sass come through loud and clear. She finds her voice by the end of the novel and I love her just as much as I love Meg! There are quite a few compelling human characters that also have backgrounds that make them different from the rest of the population. Events in the Lakeside Courtyard are creating a wave of change in the rest of the world and it's characters like Vicki, Officer Grimshaw, and Julian, who do what they can to keep the terra indigene from wiping out the entire population of humans.

I can safely say that I have no idea where this series is going, but I'm behind Anne Bishop 100%! With Lake Silence, she's opened up the world of the Others to our prying eyes and I can't wait to travel a bit further into this fantastical land!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

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