ARC Review | Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop | The Others #6
Urban Fantasy
Published on March 6th, 2018
ARC from Netgalley and the publisher


Book Blurb:

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.

| Review |

I loved the first five books of The Others series so much and the cast of characters living in Lakeside that I was really nervous to dive into Lake Silence. It was bittersweet as well as exciting, and I’m happy to say the residents of Lake Silence won me over in the end. Right off the bat I will say that Vicki feels like a Meg 2.0 to me – a female who has been abused and is skittish around men, though I think Vicki is even more skittish than Meg. The obvious difference in this new location is that this is a human controlled town (at least they thought so) meant to teach The Others as opposed to an Others based city inviting humans in. But while there may be more humans there, that doesn’t mean the residents are safer. Everything came to a head in the last book with the Humans First and Last movement, and the Elders are watching humans closer than ever.

Like the original five books in the series, this book is slow going, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. I find this world and watching the people do their day to day tasks enthralling even if it doesn’t keep me on the edge of my seat. This book upped the ante in that it flirted a bit with horror; there were a lot of spooky scenes, and they were done well. Though I will say at the beginning of this book, I feel like there were parts of it that maybe mocked the beginning of the series, and it didn’t leave a very good taste in my mouth. If it wasn’t the same author, I think I would have been more angry, but I can’t imagine her mocking her own work.

While I did enjoy this story, it felt like this particular plot line was more par for the course when dealing with the terre indigene, and this could have been a side story to a more extraordinary plot. Especially since I didn’t find any of the humans to be intriguing.  My final gripe is the cover – since Vicki is the only woman whose point of view we get in first person POV, I am guessing it’s supposed to be her on the cover. And if it is, I can’t help but feel like there was a missed opportunity here. So man women have body image issues and would be able to identify with Vicki, but there is nothing curvy, plain, or plump or particularly relatable about the woman on the cover. She looks sexy and alluring, and that’s not what I got from Vicki at all.

Overall, I thought Lake Silence was a good start to the next arc in The Others series. Elementals continue to be the standout characters for me (and we get to meet more of them!) and the line in the sand is even deeper now – the Elders and the rest of the terra indigene aren’t even playing nice with each other, and it makes me really excited to read what’s coming!

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7 thoughts on “ARC Review | Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

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  1. Excellent review. I’ve never read one of Anne Bishop’s books so far but the reviews are always excellent yours included. I do agree that taking the time to build the world and set the scene can be really gratifying when done properly!

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  2. I really enjoyed this one, despite missing all the characters from the previous books. I enjoyed the new characters, especially Ilya, and I really liked how the Elders showed once again an ability to show compassion for those who earn their respect. As for the cover, I assumed that was the Lady of the Lake (especially since she is in the water), and not Vicki.

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    1. I really enjoyed this one, too, and I think the author made a good call not bringing all of the Lakeside characters into this book. Let it stand on its own. Ilya was also one of my favorites!

      I pictured the Lady of the Lake forming from water. I don’t remember her taking on a human form in the book, so I guess my mind never even went there!


  3. I’m so intrigued by this series, and the cover of this one always jumps out at me. Even though it’s not the first book in the series I’m tempted to start with this one! I love the sound of the elementals…


  4. Interesting with the vibe you felt coming across about the earlier ones. I’ve still not tried her.


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