Lake Silence

Lake Silence

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 mo...

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Title:Lake Silence
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Lake Silence Reviews

  • Beth

    Vicki DeVine took one thing away from her divorce, the Jumble a resort on Lake Silence. Unused for years, Vicki renovates it and opens its cabins for rent. Her first resident is Aggie Crowe, an Other.

    When Aggie finds a dead body, Vicki calls the human authorities. This brings the human authorities onto the Jumble, were Vicki quickly learns is an Other’s domain. Someone is after the Jumble and Vicki will do whatever she can to keep the Jumble and the inhabitants (the Others) safe. With her actio

    Vicki DeVine took one thing away from her divorce, the Jumble a resort on Lake Silence. Unused for years, Vicki renovates it and opens its cabins for rent. Her first resident is Aggie Crowe, an Other.

    When Aggie finds a dead body, Vicki calls the human authorities. This brings the human authorities onto the Jumble, were Vicki quickly learns is an Other’s domain. Someone is after the Jumble and Vicki will do whatever she can to keep the Jumble and the inhabitants (the Others) safe. With her actions she quickly secures the respect and devotion of the Others.

    Veering away from a story based in the Lakeside Courtyard with Meg, Cassandra Sangue, and Simon Wolfgard, as leads, Bishop delves in with a collection of fresh new characters, a few unfamiliar Other species we haven’t seen before and a riveting tale that will have you mystified. Don’t fret, Vicki, coming out of an abusive marriage and learning to stand on her own, is an outstanding, warm-hearted, and as genuine as the come; a lead you can really get behind. I have to admit I'm loving this new direction.

    There is something about Anne Bishop's writing and The Others world that she has created that completely captivates me! Utterly Enthralling! It is one of the reads that you want to lock yourself away from the real world so nothing can distract you from immersing yourself deep into the story-telling.

    When I finished

    , I immediately re-read the entire series ending with a second reading of

    , YES, it is that GOOD!

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication Mar. 6, 2018.

    My Rating: 5 stars FAVORITE

    Written by: Anne Bishop

    Series: World of the Others, The

    Sequence in Series: Book 1

    Hardcover: 416 pages

    Publisher: Ace

    Publication Date: March 6, 2018

    Genre: Dark Fantasy | Paranormal

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  • Steven

    Thank you to Berkley/Ace/Daw and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

    I'd like to start with a cheer! I am SO glad that Anne Bishop was able to continue writing in the world of the Others. The first five books are stories surrounding Lakeside and involving Simon Wolfgard and Meg Corbyn, cassandra sangue. And they're fantastic. Book six, Lake Silence, picks up with a new set of characters in a new area of the world. This time, we're following a regular human, Vi

    Thank you to Berkley/Ace/Daw and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

    I'd like to start with a cheer! I am SO glad that Anne Bishop was able to continue writing in the world of the Others. The first five books are stories surrounding Lakeside and involving Simon Wolfgard and Meg Corbyn, cassandra sangue. And they're fantastic. Book six, Lake Silence, picks up with a new set of characters in a new area of the world. This time, we're following a regular human, Vicki DeVine, who just happens to get thrust into the limelight in the small town she moved to in order to start over. Her abusive ex-husband left her some seemingly worthless property in the small town of Sproing as part of the divorce, and she has moved to the Jumble to fix up the cabins and get it ready for visitors. Little does she know, she's about to be embroiled in a battle for the future of the town between the Others and a shady group of sociopathic ambitious business people.

    The cast of characters was great, but it did take some getting used to after five books of Lakeside and falling in love with that cast.

    I won't spoil any more, but it's a great expansion of the world we've experienced for five prior books, and the characters are entertaining. A few of them felt a little like carbon copies of some of the first series' characters, but as they go along, they get more fleshed out.

    All in all, I'm excited about reading more in this world, and can't wait for what comes next for Vicki and friends.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    Lake Silence was surprisingly good. Not that I didn’t think Anne Bishop could write another great book. But I was surprised how much I liked it after spending 5 books with other characters and then completely shifting to an entirely new cast. The reason was that everything felt familiar if slightly different, like a trip to your favorite store in a different state.

    Vicky is working on bringing a run down resort next to the wild back into being a viable business. It was the only thing she got out

    Lake Silence was surprisingly good. Not that I didn’t think Anne Bishop could write another great book. But I was surprised how much I liked it after spending 5 books with other characters and then completely shifting to an entirely new cast. The reason was that everything felt familiar if slightly different, like a trip to your favorite store in a different state.

    Vicky is working on bringing a run down resort next to the wild back into being a viable business. It was the only thing she got out of the mess of a marriage she used to be in and she is beyond determined to make it work. The only problem is the girl heating up an eyeball in the microwave and the dead body it came from. Now there are all kinds of people in town asking questions and some are trying to push Vicky of the cottages so they can move their own people in.

    As is usual for the Others series this involves a few good Humans, lot of bad ones and The Others who will need to remind the bad humans again that they are not the top predators of the land.

    I liked spreading out into this world to meet a few new characters and some new Others as well. Vicky is broken in a lot of ways but it is great to see her be brave, to protect those around her and to try and reforge her life. She has been told for so long that she is worthless and ugly that she has believed it and I like that part of her isn’t fixed all at once but is a gradual transition as she becomes more confident in herself.

    The other main human players are Julian and intuit that runs the bookstore in town and Grimshaw the loner good cop that gets pulled into the murder mess and is trying to make sure no one takes advantage of the sleepy little town so close to the wild. I appreciated that Julian’s character is a mirror to Vicky’s in some ways. She is scarred on the inside and Julian is scarred on the outside.

    Both of them have their own demons to conquer from their pasts and they have a good friendship that I’m hoping with grow into more with some time to heal. Julian being and intuit should help that, he seems to know just how far Vicky is ready to go right now and he seems like a patient man who will wait for the right time.

    The Others of this area were pretty cool, the Lady of the Lake especially and I loved how she was described. Of coarse the members of the Crowguard were fantastic as per usual and just as much help getting into trouble as out of it. The fire elemental we meet is also a very cool addition to the story and a reminder why we should always play nice with the elementals. The Sproingers (in my head they are like a smaller fluffier kangaroo) were adorable and I loved how they are probably the gossipmongers of the sleepy little town and have their paws on the pulse of everything.

    There are a few references to the characters we know from the first five books of the series but not direct contact in the story. I miss Meg, Simon and Sam so hopefully we see them again in some other books of the series. This is not a story you can go into without spending some time in this world even thought the character list is new. This is definitely a continuation of the prior books and should be read in order for the more enjoyment of it.

  • Choko

    Another chapter in the tale of the World of The Others starts with this sixth book in the series. This time it is a mostly human settlement on the Lake Silence, and the recently divorced 30 year old Vicky DeVine. She has become the caregiver of a rustic resort on the lake, The Jumble, and her one and only lodger is the shapshifitng Crow -Guard Aggie Crowe. Although all humans in the aria are awar

    Another chapter in the tale of the World of The Others starts with this sixth book in the series. This time it is a mostly human settlement on the Lake Silence, and the recently divorced 30 year old Vicky DeVine. She has become the caregiver of a rustic resort on the lake, The Jumble, and her one and only lodger is the shapshifitng Crow -Guard Aggie Crowe. Although all humans in the aria are aware they share their land with The Others, most of them believe they have never seen one of Them around ever. The big happenings all over the continent of last year, when the Elders, the scariest and most secretive creatures of the local Others, had flexed some muscle and reminded everyone who is the boss, humans with their innate ability to minimize the important things and rely on their self-importance and arrogance once again try to establish a position of power in the most sneaky ways they could, since an all out confrontation would only end up badly...

    Until the morning Vicky finds Aggie trying to microwave a human eye for breakfast, she had had no idea Aggie was one of the Others. She has to put her surprise aside and call the authorities, since the aforementioned eye is apparently a part of a dead body. A very good-looking human Highway Patrol officer and temporary Chief of Police for the Sproing community, Wayne Grimshaw is a very cool player, quickly establishing that they are dealing with something that is upsetting the local monsters. This is never good for the human citizens and he can only hope a swift solution could be found. Fortunately, an old buddy of his rookie police years is the owner of the "LetUs Read" book store on the main street. Julian Farrow is a retired cop, dew to being beaten within inch of his life while on duty. He is slightly intuitive and after the trauma of his experience he found this small town and stayed so he could be far away from the troubles of the bigger cities. Vicky is his friend and it seems that the trouble is somehow connected with her and some buddies of her ex-husband. The stress of it all gets to both of them and they have to find strength in themselves and each-other in order to get through it. Lucky for them, the community of Others likes them and takes their side, so all those who might think them ill had better beware!!!

    Aggie and Ilya Sanguinaty, Vicky's vampire attorney and owner of most of the property in the town, we had met in the first five books, but here they pop-out and make themselves well known and loved by the reader. Aggie and the little Sproinger creatures, after whom the town is named, give the soul and charm to the story. However, AB is a very natural and sensitive storyteller and I think if you like her style of writing, you would not be disappointed. Another very pleasant and enticing story by an already proven to be a great author! I did not miss Meg and the Wolfs, because I was comfortable with the way their story was completed. I am very happy to be in the same world but with a different settlement and new characters to love and hate!

    Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many more wonderful books to come!!!

  • Jilly

    I wasn't sure that I would read this book because I was sorely disappointed in how Meg and Simon's story ended. We waited 5 books and only got a kiss? That pissed me off. Of course, one of the people who commented on my review of that book pretty much called me a sick pervert for

    there to have been wolfy sex, so that was a bit of a consolation. I do love it when I can get people to hate on me when I write silly reviews as a hobby. Of course, I don't respond to trolls, because my sons wou

    I wasn't sure that I would read this book because I was sorely disappointed in how Meg and Simon's story ended. We waited 5 books and only got a kiss? That pissed me off. Of course, one of the people who commented on my review of that book pretty much called me a sick pervert for

    there to have been wolfy sex, so that was a bit of a consolation. I do love it when I can get people to hate on me when I write silly reviews as a hobby. Of course, I don't respond to trolls, because my sons would be disappointed in me (I guess it's an internet rule?), but I DO enjoy getting trolled. It always makes me laugh. I recently was told that I was an uneducated child. I like that. Made me feel young again.

    When I decided to go ahead and read this one, I just went in with the expectation of NO romance. Then, I wouldn't be disappointed. And, it worked! I was able to just enjoy this world that I always find so charming. I don't know if it's the adorable animal critters, or the fact that they are also vicious killing machines, but the whole thing just makes me happy.

    In this book we have Vicky, a human woman, who owns a campground with cabins on Lake Silence. She got this as a divorce settlement with her ex husband who verbally abused her. She's super damaged by her ex and can't stand the thought of ever having sex again, so Anne Bishop just immediately took that off the table. Even though Vicky is 30, divorced, and a business owner, she comes across as pretty naive. Like, where the hell has she been, under a rock somewhere? She even uses the expression "Golly" a lot. The last time I heard someone say "Golly" was when I stole that time-machine and went back to the black-and-white television days.

    So, Vicky has definite vibes of Meg, who had actually never been outside before, which left me wondering at times if Vicky was a little slow. No judgement. But, well, okay, there was a little judgement.

    And, well, you know how smart animals always seem to protect and help the "special" kids? Vicky has that going for her. The many shifters and other scary creatures around her feel protective of her. And, that means that when the bad guys show up to mess with her, they get hurt in new and interesting ways.

    Fuck you, snail! My mom was just being friendly. Don't you dare slut-shame her!

    Another POV is from a cop who has just been transferred to the town after Vicky finds a dead body. He is a good guy and trying to keep the peace between the others and the humans. He's a good character. He seems to have a slight interest in a boardinghouse owner who has multi-colored hair.

    The guy who is interested in Vicky is a bookstore owner named

    Julian. He is an intuit, meaning he's a psychic dude. He likes Vicky, but knows she is damaged.

    Then, we have a gorgeous vampire guy named Ilya. He's a lawyer and you will love him. Much like you loved the vampire in the other books.

    So, yeah, okay, maybe this isn't all that new and original compared to the first five books, but I liked it anyway. It had the familiarity of the first books with new things happening and new characters (well, new names at least). So, if you liked the first couple of books in this series, you will probably like this one too.

  • Shari Kay

    First book without Meg and the gang. Yes, some of the "vampires" we know from the first 5 books are present in LS, but generally it's a new group of characters. I enjoyed most of them, but unfortunately, I didn't care for the main protagonist...Vicki.

    I get what Ms. Bishop was trying to do: create another vulnerable character like Meg was in the beginning and let her grow throughout the book/series. The author chose a protagonist who is an unattractive, 'nervy' (which apparently means something d

    First book without Meg and the gang. Yes, some of the "vampires" we know from the first 5 books are present in LS, but generally it's a new group of characters. I enjoyed most of them, but unfortunately, I didn't care for the main protagonist...Vicki.

    I get what Ms. Bishop was trying to do: create another vulnerable character like Meg was in the beginning and let her grow throughout the book/series. The author chose a protagonist who is an unattractive, 'nervy' (which apparently means something different to Bishop than it does to me) woman with severe body issues and coping mechanisms that verge on panic attacks/catatonia. Her past/present circumstances with her ex are not nearly as...sympathetic to me as Meg's were. And yes, I understand mental/emotional abuse can be as devastating as physical abuse. I'm not questioning Vicki's issues are real, I'm questioning the author's choice of making her our MC and the subsequent portrayal as someone who I want to continue to read about.

    Rather than plot holes, I'm gonna complain about

    holes.

    There is no way to say this nicely, so I'll just plow on in and take the lumps that may come with my POV. Vicki is made out to be very unattractive. Very unattractive. Not just in

    head, but in actuality. Everyone comments on her square shape, she's overweight with rolls of fat, her hair's a wild mess, she a nervous wreck almost all the time. Weak. A pushover. A mouse surrounded by lions. The only positive ever mentioned is she apparently has a 'pleasant enough' face. Why does Bishop make her so unappealing? Could she not have been an average-looking woman and have her emotionally abusive past be enough reason for growth and drama?

    Or maybe just not mention it so often? We are hammered with her unattractiveness over and over and over again. From inside Vicki's head to everyone around her. And I'm just gonna put it out there...but why would anyone think Julian could be romantically interested in her? I'm not talking

    looks, I'm talking personality here. I got pity vibes. Protective vibes. I can't buy any sexual vibes.

    And talking about sex...if she's soooo unattractive...why was her ex with her for 10 years? He had mistresses, but was apparently still sleeping with Vicki. If the OW hadn't insisted he divorce her, they'd still be married. Being a kept man in the beginning didn't fly, because Vicki wasn't even skilled enough to hold down any kind of decent money making job. You can't tell me Dane couldn't have found some other lonely woman who had a better income to pay his way while he worked on his schemes. It just didn't add up.

    Bottom line: I thought Vicki made a poor protagonist. I felt sorry for her. She has a good heart, but she's so down on herself and unfortunately not too bright.

    She doesn’t recognize a crowgard up close and personal for weeks? She doesn’t realize Others are occupying her cabins and working on her garden. She lets a strange man, who isn’t even a man, into her house because he says they have a mutual friend. She has random thoughts and is shocked when she realizes she actually said them out loud. She’s afraid of men but lusts after a Sanguinati. And the 'vigorous appendage'? Omg, it was just so stupid! It really did make her look like an idiot.

    As much as I didn't connect with Vicki, Ms. Bishop's world is unique. I'm still interested in the other characters and I'm hoping she'll concentrate on one of them rather than Vicki next time. Please.

  • Manju

    A new cast and new place from what I have been reading in first five books. I took a lot of time to get used to the characters but Vicki is nowhere near Meg in her innocence. Being oblivious of outside world made story of Meg so excited but here it felt like Vicki was overdoing it. While this book was okayish but I kept thinking about Meghan & Co. Not a good sign.

  • Nina

    Seriously?

    We'll only get the end of Meg and Simon...like that? *crying in the corner* Why? Why? I still have questions! It was five years, Ms. Bishop. Five years and still I'm not satisfied with their ending :( And I really thought book six will delve more into Meg and Simon. And the end of Meg and Simon couldn't be just like that *curling up and try not to cry*

    Well, to be fair, I know Ms. Bishop will be able to make me love the new characters. But.........

  • Nafeeza

    So there is going to be crossovers from my beloved characters right? Right!? Because I am not a happy camper if that is the last we will see of them with the way things ended.

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