Lake Silence Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy set in the world of the New York Times best-selling Others series, an inn owner and her shape-shifting lodger find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.
Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others--vampires, shape-shifters, and even deadlier paranormal beings. 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 such as Vicki's don't have any distance from the Others, the dominant predators who 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 is 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 shape-shifting Others--discovers a murdered man, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, ancient forces are roused by the disturbance in their domain. They have rules that must not be broken--and all the destructive powers of nature at their command.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 38 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||06 March 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 28,668 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I really liked the main character Vicki DeVine by the end of the story. Completely out of her comfort zone taking over the rustic resort and finding herself surrounded by various Others, she starts to adapt to her new surroundings and accepts rather well that she is of much interest to these Others - even if they do at times completely terrify her.
Lake Silence contained an array of fascinating and some very devious characters, an addictive storyline, and a satisfying ending. Even a couple of VERY brief mentions of some fav characters from The Others series ( I could easily read another 5 books on Meg and Simon ).
Anne Bishop has created a new and unique story with a familiar setting and theme. The main character, Vicki DeVine, is starting a new life after leaving an abusive one, her closest friend is a badass woman with multicoloured hair, there is a good cop, a bad cop, a couple of Intuits, a Crow girl, yummy Sanguinatti, and cute and cuddly creatures who love carrots and who aren’t always so cute or cuddly. Any of this sounding familiar?
Does it matter?
Not at all.
Anne Bishop has once again woven magic into words. Without boring us, she manages to paint a world that is tangible and characters that are believable (even if they are fantastical). As is normal for a Bishop novel, there were multiple times that I found myself laughing out loud at the antics being played out on the pages. And, while becoming vested in the different characters, I never got bored with any of the different POV’s; as has happened while reading multi POV works by other authors.
For me, while not being my absolute favourite, Lake Silence was a very enjoyable read. It cannot compete with the first 5 books, but I hope we see more spin-offs from the world of The Others. Would love to see one from the POV of Barb Debany in Bennet.
We follow Vicki as she struggles as an innkeeper whilst navigating new friendships with the others, as well as dealing with treacherous humans.
Suggested to read the first books before this as some events need explaining.
Truly an amazing read. I barely slept, I couldn’t put it down.
Top reviews from other countries
I loved The Others, and this spin-off does not disappoint with its intensity and amazing atmosphere.
The plot centers around The Jumble, a dilapidated retreat with a new caretaker, Vicki, who received it in a divorce settlement. The Jumble is very similar to a Courtyard in its essence: it serves as a learning ground for terra indigene as to how to communicate with humans and how to understand them.
Vicki is a timid, shy woman with very low self-esteem and extreme panic attacks which come and go due to years of abuse by her ex-husband. In the words of her watcher, Ilya Sanguinati, she is like a wounded animal who hides her wounds at all costs, which only lets them fester.
She also accepts The Others in stride and they, in turn, try to protect her. Aggie, a young Crowguard, her suave vampire attorney, Ilya, whom she calls Mr. Yummy, even some of the Elders, all take up her cause. And don't forget the Sproingers! So creepy with their happy faces...
The book starts with a murder and slowly unravels a convoluted plot to take The Jumble away from Vicki and turn it into something terra indigene will never allow. It underlines again and again that extreme arrogance and superiority complex of humans which makes us so self-destructive.
Anne Bishop's villains are always superbly written. They are just so full of themselves and so revolting that watching them is like a trainwreck. You know what's going to happen, but you can't look away. Of course, there are good humans fighting for humanity's chance to survive as well, - police chief Grimshaw, a lovely owner of Lettuce Read, a kick-butt owner of a boarding house, - Ineke. Honestly, they were pretty amazing characters.
The pace feels very fast and the atmosphere is so tense, you are on the edge of your seat most of the time. The ending is explosive, violent and dark, but I don't expect anything less from The Others. It's also satisfying in the way it carries justice. I am very much looking forward to Wild Country, a second instalment which is out March this year.
Hell yeah, highly recommended.
This spin off of the previous series (although still called The Others) centres on The Jumble, a small, slightly down-at-heel holiday home with 12 small chalets located just outside the village of Sproing, near Lake Silence. The owner, Vicki DeVine is a short, stubby woman (she isn't curvaceous, just solid) who received the Jumble in her divorce settlement. She has invested much of the remaining cash settlement in things like septic tanks and flushing toilets for the chalets.
Vicki only discovers that her single paying guest, a young girl called Aggie, is Crowgard when she discovers her trying to heat up an eyeball ready to eat! This leads her to discover the body of a murdered man on the edge of her land. What follows is part taut thriller, part urban fantasy and all good.
I can't even write a review because I just loved all of it. It was perfect. Loved all the characters (except the baddies - boo, hiss), loved The Others, loved Sproing. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
Also, because this is not set in the Courtyard it can also be read as a stand-alone, provided of course that the reader is ready to be immersed in a world which might on the surface feel like our own, but is in reality very different.
Go, go, go!
Vicki is not a kick-ass heroine, she's an ordinary woman who has just gotten out of an abusive relationship with her now exhusband. She's arrived in Lake Silence to start a new life running what she hopes will be a hotel beside Lake Silence. It needs a lot of TLC to nurse it back but Vicki is nothing if not a hard worker. The story follows Vicki's new life, the terra indigene she meets and interacts with and how her ex and his very dubious human business cartel, has decided he wants to claim Vicki's hotel, and more importantly, the land it's on. Vicki's life is in danger as the cartel is ruthless, but so are the terra indigene.
The story has gore, horror and humour. If you have read The Others series, there are new terra indigene to meet, which make for some lovely moments. It's a quick page turner and very enjoyable with action and a great cast of characters.
Saying that, there were a couple of issues that had me downgrade it from 5 stars.
The first is that the characters, generally, felt very much cut and paste from the previous 'others' books. Details were different, but in general, the characters felt samey from the lakeside ones. We have the main character who is a female with anxiety/trouble around people but who is amazingly open-minded and generally unstressed about supernaturals once she gets used to them, we have the good cop who comes in and wants to help keep things safe for humans and is careful enough around others that he forms good relationships with them. We have the vampires and crows, who ALL seem interchangeable, and we have the prospective friend/love interest. Due to this, the book feels very familiar, which isn't a bad thing, but at the same time it meant that the characters ended up feeling a bit like paper cut-outs, lacking depth of their own.
The second issue I had with it were the couple of instances where things seem to have been inserted for comedic purposes, but utterly broke the immersion for me. The most obvious of these is how the (completely normal) dog acts near the end of the book. The justification for it was so unrealistic that it irritated me.
Saying that, overall I would recommend this book, because it was fun, the pacing was good and left me wanting to read the next book despite its flaws. So, 4 stars.
This book centres on The Jumble, a special lake resort on Lake Silence, located just outside the village of Sproing. The owner, human Vicki DeVine received the Jumble as part of her divorce settlement from her toad of a husband. The resort has remained unused for years and Vicki spends the money received from her divorce to renovate it and the cabins on her property (she does so with a respect for the original terms of a very important contract and so falls to no harm).
Her first resident is Aggie Crowe, an Other. However, Vicki only becomes aware of Aggie being an Other, and the connections the Other have to the Jumble, when she catches Aggie heating up an eyeball to munch on, realising the eyeball belongs to a dead body Vicki calls the human authorities, and so the trouble begins.
There is a good blend of humour in this book, as well situations that invoke fear and had me keen to know more about those lurking/watching in the shadows and darkness.
Bishop’s story telling style is smooth and ensnares your attention, her plots, characters, and twists are enough to make the story highly enjoyable. Each character in this book added to the tale being told, it never felt like there were too many characters.
I know this book is a spin-off from the Other series, but didn't feel lost having not read them, but I will be reading that series next, this series has wetted my appetite for more by the author.