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