Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (The Others #6)

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Ace on March 6, 2018

Source: Library

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.

  

LAKE SILENCE is the sixth book in Anne Bishop’s The Others, an urban fantasy series that chronicles the developing personal and political relationships of humans and the Others, supernatural creatures who can take human form. It’s also a spin-off of the original series, so if you’ve been interested in checking this series out, LAKE SILENCE is a great place to jump in.

In the small village of Sproing, newcomer Vicki DeVine is doing her best to revive a rundown nature resort called The Jumble. The property was part of her divorce settlement, and despite its current lack of profitability, it’s by far the best thing to come out of her marriage. There’s only one problem: while Vicki owns the buildings at The Jumble, the land itself belongs to the Others. The terra indigene have strict laws governing their lands, and a human like Vicki is quite literally dead meat if she breaks them. Thankfully Vicki has lots of allies in Sproing, not all of them strictly human…

If I had to describe this series in one sentence it would be this: dark urban fantasy featuring shifters meets cozy mystery with a dash of politics. Intrigued? You should be. The action in LAKE SILENCE begins when Vicki’s only lodger at The Jumble stumbles upon a dead human and takes one of his eyeballs for her lunch. Vicki, understandably freaked out on all counts, calls the police…and falls right into the trap set for her by a shadowy group who want the valuable land The Jumble sits on for their own.

The characters in LAKE SILENCE are all complex, compelling, and dogged by darkness. My favourite combination! Vicki in particular is a fantastic character: her insecurities and struggles are relatable and realistic, but her problems never completely take over her development. Vicki has panic attacks and serious trust issues, but they don’t stifle her warmth and compassion. Her curiosity about the Others is especially charming, and leads to some genuinely hilarious moments. Secondary characters like officer Grimshaw, the local bookseller Julian, the boarding house operator Ineke, and Aggie Crowe are all equally as lovable, and I love the dynamic that’s building between them.

Since LAKE SILENCE is only a minor continuation of the first series arc, there are only minimal references to the events and characters within them. Bishop introduces the Others or terra indigene to new readers, going over their society, politics, and history with humans. Long-time readers of the series shouldn’t find themselves bored by this though, since Sproing is a unique community with its own creatures. Sure, it features a twee bookstore and café just like Lakeside, but the village’s proximity to Other-controlled land means the conflict (and harmony) between humans and the Others are quite different. We also get to meet a few different types of terra indigene, including the mysterious and beautiful water creature, the Lady of Lake Silence!

With LAKE SILENCE, Anne Bishop has provided both a great introduction to the world of the Others and a strong continuation of the series for longtime fans. If you like character driven urban fantasy, add this to your TBR immediately!

Have you read any of the books in The Others? What’s your favourite unusual supernatural creature? Let me know in the comments!

22 thoughts on “Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

  1. I so want to read this. And I’m glad it’s a book you can jump into without having read the others, because that’s what I’m thinking of doing lol. I mean, I SHOULD start at the beginning, I know, but I don’t know- this one just appeals to me. That cover doesn’t hurt. 🙂

    Glad this is good! I have to admit, dark UF/ shifters meet cozy mystery- that has me REALLY intrigued!!

    1. You so should, Greg! Anne Bishop is a total auto-read author for me at this point. I actually think this is a good jumping-off point for the series, definitely go for it if you want to. You won’t get *quite* as much info on The Others as you would with the first series arc, but hey. You can always go back and read those if you decide you want to!

  2. That one-sentence description is SPOT ON, Danya! I had so much fun reading this one. I definitely enjoyed the cozy mystery vibes to it. I love The Others so much! Especially the Crowgards! <3
    I can't wait to read more from the series. I'm so happy you enjoyed it!

    1. Eeee thanks so much, Nick! I’m quite proud of it. The Others are soooo dope, and the Crowgards are hilarious. I love their camaraderie, and Aggie’s such a great character. Can’t wait to see where Anne Bishop takes this series arc!

    1. I didn’t see that many reviews of this one when it came out, either! While I liked book 1 of the first series arc a *little* more than this one, I think LAKE SILENCE is on-par with the original in terms of quality.

  3. In addition to the twee bookstore and cafe, it felt like there were a lot of parallels or reused ideas from the first series. I did enjoy it though! Still, I’m hoping this one will find more of its own personality as more books come out, and I’m mostly crossing my fingers Vicki won’t turn into another helpless charity case for the Others like Meg.

    1. Yeah, there were a lot of parallels for sure! I kinda like that though, it made this arc feel more connected to the first one. I fully expect book 2 to deviate a bit from the arc set forth in the original books though, so if that doesn’t happen I’ll be a little disappointed. From what we’ve seen of her, Vicki has a lot more agency than Meg started out with! And she seems quite determined to take her life into her own hands, so I’m hopeful her development will be solid. 🙂

  4. Ooh, this sounds cool – although I haven’t read this series at all yet. But I love the sketchy resort/hotel setting in general! It’s definitely among my favourite settings in TV (e.g., Bates Motel)

    1. No fear, LAKE SILENCE is a good place to jump in if you’re intrigued by the series. And The Jumble is definitely a bit rundown, but I’d hardly call it Bates Motel. After all, there’s only been *one* murder on its premises. 🤣

  5. Well now you’re making me want to read this, it’s sound good. Urban fantasy meets cosy mystery? Yes, I would definitely like that. I am determined to read The Others series in order, though, even though this is a bit of spin off from it, I just can’t do it. I have to read in order, it’s a weird little thing I have. I do think this sounds like an awesome read, though, so don’t worry it’s on the TBR I will get there (give me a decade or so).

    1. You should, Becky! Although you can definitely read this one out of order, I personally recommend reading them in publishing order anyway…the series just feels richer and the world more developed when you do it that way. The only books I can read out of order are romances! Sometimes certain couples or tropes don’t interest me so I skip ’em. 😅

    1. HOORAY! I’m so glad, because I really do think I nailed it with that one sentence description. I think you’d really enjoy these books, although TW for cutting in the first series arc (that’s not an element of this book/series arc though).

  6. I haven’t read this series, but I have been seeing reviews of her books coming more and more, so it’s good to know where to jump in. She’s one of those authors Iv’e always meant to read but never did

    1. Eeee hooray! I can’t wait to hear what you think of The Others series, Di. It’s one of my favourite urban fantasy series of all time. Yes, this cover is really distinct from those of the first series arc! I think it helps signal the change in tone. 🙂

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