by Anne Bishop
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Length: 13 hours and 37 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration: 5 cups
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 by Anne Bishop is the sixth book in the Others series and one of my most anticipated books for 2018. I was nervous leaving beloved characters behind, but I was in good hands as Bishop transported me to the small rustic resort near Lake Silence and introduced me to a new heroine, humans, and others. Lake Silence was brilliant from beginning to end. I cannot wait for more.
Full Disclosure: I love the Others series and I do I mean LOVE them. I own all of the hardcovers, audiobooks, and eBooks for this series. If I know you personally I’ve recommended this series or gifted you book one. I have a bit of a ritual with each book. First, I listen because Alexandra Harris rocks my ears off and the story is epic on audio. After I’ve listened I do a reread when my hardcover copy arrives. I think I’ve read or re-read the series at least a dozen times. This time around, I received a digital ARC and early release of the Audio, so I listened and read at the same time. I devoured it over a weekend and it was freakin’ bliss.
In the sixth book, we leave Meg and Simon behind and travel across Thaisa to a small rustic lakeside resort bordering the small-town of Sproing. The resort sits along the shore of Lake Silence. Here we meet Vicki DeVine. I liked Vicki, she is damaged but has a strong moral compass and inner strength. It will be interesting to see her grow and trust. Vicki came by her little resort through a divorce settlement and it comes with some strict rules regarding the land, buildings, and lake. While Vicki owns the buildings it sits on land owned by the Others. I loved the premise and the little community with its quaint shops and bed and breakfast. I loved meeting the inhabitants and beginning to see Vicki build friendships and attachments.
Vicki befriends some of the crows and when trouble comes to the door, it is those crows who seek the help of Ilya Sanguinati, the vampire who lives across the lake. Murder, secret societies and people from Vicki’s past, soon have Vicki, the town of Sproing and Officer Grimshaw realizing just how much influence the Others have in their little town. I loved every moment of it from the Elementals, Nahid’s Teeth and Claw and the Crows. Bishop gave us a murder mystery, suspense, unexpected humor, justice and more. She is a masterful storyteller bringing both the landscape and characters to life.
If you have not read the previous five novels and are considering jumping in, I think Bishop did an excellent job of giving backstory and this is a great place to jump in. Of course, you’ll want to go back and read/listen to the rest.
Alexandra Harris has been the voice of Meg for so long that it took me a minute to slip into Vicki’s pov, but Harris is brilliant bringing the characters and the creatures of the Lake Silence community to life. I could not imagine Bishop without Harris, so I was delighted she will continue the series.
Lake Silence took me back to the beginning of the series which began with Written in Red, giving me all the feels and excitement of new beginnings but with a familiarity, I embraced. I am excited to continue Vicki’s journey. Already Bishop has shown us unique characters, dangled some interesting threads and brought me more Others to get to know.
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I can hardly imagine this series without Alexandra’s excellent narration either! If I have an ARC copy though I usually read the book first and then get the audio and listen. I was a wee bit nervous I’d be disappointed, since I loved Simon and Meg so much and not having them here was a little bit of heartbreak. Still, this was really good and I’m hoping for some romance in the next one! Great review! 🙂
Yes. I agree she is the perfect narrator for this series. I have heard the next book is in a different part of Thasia.
I think Alexandra Harris did a good job of making Vicki sound a little different from Meg so I didn’t have the issue I usually have with a narrator narrating the same book in a spin-off. Meg ‘s voice is a little slower (some people complained about that with the other series) but it worked for her. Vicki didn’t sound as “child-like” as Meg.
I completely agree, and as I listened I grasped the slight difference. I heard the next book is in another part of Thasia, I am quite curious.
Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
I may have to give this a go though it’ll be hard to leave Simon and Meg behind! Vikki sounds dull in comparison but I do LOVE the Others world. Great review ♥️
Bishop takes good care of us Dani 🙂
I loved this one so much too. I want the next book now. I was listening to FB live, it appears the next book we are going to another new location. I wanted more time with Vicki.
That bums me out a little, but I trust Bishop at this point.
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
I just got Written in Red on audible and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve heard really good things about the series as a whole and I love that this one has you just excited as book #1!
Squee. Now I will hope you love it as much as I did. Eeep!
this is one of those series I can’t wait to start but have been procrastinating like nuts because… Am I worried that it would’t live to my expectations? LOL I like that I could just in this one!
Audio. Audio. Audio.
Glad to know that the author did a good job on giving the backstory. This books sounds mysterious and interesting!
Thank you, Michelle.
This series sounds so good I really need to make time for it.
Audio Stormi..go audio!
Ha, yes I would love a Sproinger! Yes, I agree the beginning is what I want for all, but if I can get just one person to jump in here..its a win!
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
Great review, Kim! I so agree that Bishop managed to make this one totally accessible for those who are new to the series. Obviously, I think everyone should start at the beginning and enjoy every second, but this one could easily stand alone. I’m already invested in the new characters and can’t wait to see what comes next. And I have to say, I totally want a Sproinger!
This sounds like another I must add to my list TBR. Currently reading Nuts. Loving it.Thanks Kim for recommending another great series. Could spend my life reading 🙂
LOL, nothing wrong with reading every day 🙂
I knew you loved this author, but I didn’t know you read and listened to it that many times. How cool!
I know, I do need to get into this series, it sounds exactly like something I’d love too!
I hope you decide to try them, Naomi!
Tyler H. Jolley
Owning multiple formats of the same novel probably the highest compliment you can give an author. I hope Bishop sees this review. It will make her day, maybe even year.
Ha, not sure about that, but yep even though I received both an arc and advanced audio, I bought the hardcover for my shelf and Audible edition to have on the go.
The Others series is a when not an if for me, but I love seeing that it is a phenomenal one for you. I can’t wait for my turn. 🙂
I cannot wait until you listen or read them Sophia 🙂
I’m so excited for this novel. The Others is one of my favourite book series. However, before reading your review, I was afraid of picking Lake Silence up since there’s a new set of characters. So happy to know the new characters are as awesome as Meg and Simon and all his friends.
Happy readings! 😉
Have no fears, we are in good hands with Bishop 🙂
I have had my ebook ARC for weeks, but I was holding out for the Audiobook which I just got today, so I will be listening as soon as I finish up my reads. I cant wait to jump back into this world. Love it!
Enjoy. I loved listening along to with the ARC Heidi. It helped with the spelling of a few creatures. Happy listening. I am waiting for my hardcover to be delivered today and will begin a re-read.
I hope you get your hands or ears on it soon!
I haven’t started reading this series yet but all the reviews for this one seem so good.
That makes me smile!
I have a couple of these in audio and enjoyed them. I probably should listen to this one as well. But reading it was fine. I enjoyed it. I really want to know what’s going on with Meg and Simon though! Gah! I guess we will never know…
I am hoping we do get some updates. LOL
Oh I do want to jump right in Kim but I’ll be a good girl and start from book one. I’ve seen this series out there and really want to read/listen to it I just need more time. lol you should see my tbr pile, oh heck what am I saying yours probably equals mine 🙂
LOL, tis true my friend.
Jenea’s Book Onsession
I haven’t read anything from Bishop, but this sure sounds a series that I need to read.
Ah, your killing me.
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
That’s commitment, right there, Kim! And that’s all I’m going to say… I actually haven’t read any books in this series yet, even if it sounds amazing!
I always get too carried away with ARCs, or new books, to go pick up a series that has already started.
I feel you. Although it can be done..as I have proven with Iron Druids, Cryptids, Immortal Guardians etc…
I totally just picked this one up the other day! I am so glad I did! I love your review and makes me want to put it at the top of my list!
That is awesome news, Mary. Enjoy!
*high fives you* Yes! This really was fabulous and once I got over my earlier nervousness about it and sunk into the story, it really was just as fabulous as her others.
She is gifted. And now we wait for more! *faints*
So happy you loved it, Kim! I was nervous too, but Anne Bishop delivered in every way! The humor in these books just crack me up!
Great review, Kim!
I agree, just things the others do crack me up.
Now this sounds like an intense and awesome book! Great review and of course this series will be on my to read shelf.
I love this series Cindy and hope you try it.
Lots of bloggers keep ‘pushing’ me towards the Others series, should I take this as my final
warningclue and finally give it a go? 😉 Love your review, Kimberly!
YES….you needs to read these Silvia