Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

Posted November 10, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 24 Comments

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Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Lake Silence

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Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace
Released on March 6, 2018
Pages: 414
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

I was thrilled that the author continued writing in the world of the Others because I definitely wasn’t ready to say good-bye to the series.  This is a different setting within the world and a different cast of characters.  I didn’t mind that since the author had introduced other settings and characters in the earlier Lakeside series arc.  A murder and a plotting group of humans made for an exciting new series story.

Review

Lake Silence is the sixth of The Others series and the first of the World of the Others continuation.  It’s tricky to say whether it can make a good place to jump in or not.  In one sense, its a new story arc, new setting, and new characters so its very much a doable thing to jump in here.  However, the reference to other places, the blood prophets, the Humans First and Last, and the war between humans and the Others are what are at the foundation understanding of this next series arc so missing all that means missing some big pieces in understanding.

The story starts out on a gritty amusing note when Vickie’s boarder proves she’s not human at the same time a murder is discovered.  This sets in motion a chain of events for several people:  Vickie the downtrodden new owner of a dilapidated resort property on Lake Silence that she got in her divorce, Officer Grimshaw who doesn’t want to deal with people though he wants to serve and protect, Julian the mysterious bookstore owner who came to the small village out in the Wild Country for peace, Ilya Sanguinati who is the Others administrator of this village of humans and now has to come forward out of the shadows when human mischief arises to distract the Others’ plans, and Aggie, the Crow who moved into the cabin at Vickie’s resort and has enjoyed learning human ways from the crime show and thriller book-reading Vickie.

Alongside this group who just want to figure out what is happening and set things straight so they can get on with living, there is a group of greedy humans who have a greedy plan of their own and will stop at nothing to achieve it.  They think they can outsmart the Others and they know they can cow the fragile, panic attack ridden resort owner.

Lake Silence, like the rest of the series, builds slowly and had the job of introductions.  But, while it got rolling, intense incidents were taking place and building the suspense of the story.  Vickie was terribly abused by her ex and never got help for it.  He never physically abused, but emotionally and mentally ripped her apart and made her buy into his version of her- an overweight dolt who is incapable and weak.  I was angered and sad for her.  Her weakened mental state when it comes to fear of men and struggles with self-esteem are extreme, but she had a better support unit of humans and Others around her to help her cope and heal.  I did feel that she needed professional help, but there were hints that Ilya was on that for her.

Vickie was the focus, but there were actually a few main characters to add their perspective to the story which I appreciated.  It was fun getting to know the Sanguinati and Crowgard better through Ilya and Aggie’s points of view.  I liked that Julian was Intuit and Grimshaw was fun to me in his gruff, crabby ‘I hate dealing with people problems’ way.

The villains were properly vile and I was so impatient for the Elders and Elementals and lesser Others to help them meet a bad end.  Humans can be so arrogant and obtuse about who are really at the top of the food chain even after empirical proof was given them.

It got exciting and twisting there in the last quarter of the story and I was flipping pages madly.  But, in the end, I felt like I do when a book is at the beginning of a series.  It finished up all the immediate plot threads with no cliffhangers, but didn’t have a standalone feeling either.  However, I know that the next book moves to a new setting, new characters, and new plot so I do have a little disappointment in that minor nagging feeling of needing more with the Lake Silence people.  On the other hand, I will be simply grateful to be getting more stories in this world.  Period.

So, Lake Silence built and built into a riveting story that I was not ready to put down when it finished.  I am still amazed with the Others world and can highly recommend this alternate earth urban fantasy series.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Anne @ The Reading Life
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It seems like this series doesn’t overuse cliffhangers – that is FANTASTIC. Cliffhangers are painful, but they are flat-out cruel when authors just keep using them at the end of every. Single. Book. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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Very true, Anne! And, I completely agree. A cliffie now and then in a series isn’t a bother, but the big ones that force you to keep reading on with few resolutions are tough. You’re right about this series. She manages to keep you reading without using them at all. 🙂

Carole Rae
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Like this author. So this is a maybe for me 😀

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, it was a little tense trying a new place and new characters, but I soon loved them, too.

Angie Elle
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I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia. I felt like this was a 2.0 of the other series (haha) and it didn’t work well for me.

Great review!

Sophia Rose
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I started to say I didn’t see that in this one, but yeah, I guess it was a bit. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart
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Excellent review! Really excellent. I don’t think people should start here. That said I miss the lack of continuity between the original part of the series and all the “standalones” in the continuation. I would have like to see an overall story arc throughout which to me would be the blood prophets and how they evolved. But I am only a reader and I do enjoy the books.

Sophia Rose
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I was tossed up about how to recommend reading this one since it’s part of a series and yet off on its own, too. 🙂 I would love to go back to a long series arc story set, too. Oh, I like your idea about the blood prophets becoming something new out of the Inuits.

Mary Kirkland
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I haven’t read her books but they always sound good to me. I may have to put her books in my wish list at some point.

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, you’d find them fascinating, Mary. Once in a while, Written in Red, book one, is on sale so watch for it. 🙂

Lorna
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Lorna

While I liked it and gave it 4 stars also, I so missed all the other characters from Lakeside. The next book is good, but I still wanted more from the originals.

Sophia Rose
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I missed them, too. Simon was my favorite, but I think I could learn to love Grimshaw who reminds me of Simon. 🙂

Melanie Simmons
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Wonderful review, Sophia. I really enjoyed this book, too. I wish we had more time with these characters before moving on to the next setting (though I enjoyed those characters too).

Sophia Rose
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That was my little wish, too. 🙂 Maybe she’ll come back to them.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I really enjoyed this one too, but it didn’t hold the same appeal as the original books with Simon and Meg, IMO. Still, like you I was happy to get more in this world all the same. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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I was a little hopeful it would be more connected and give a scene or two with the Lakeside Courtyard. 🙂

RO P
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RO P

Love this cover a lot, and glad you enjoyed this and the other books in the series. Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
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It gives a nice thriller vibe, right? Happy Monday, Ro!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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I am so glad you enjoyed this one. I do hope that she goes back to feature this group again because I really like Vickie and the group. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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I have the very same hopes, Carole. I felt there were more story possibilities there in that group. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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The murder mystery, various characters and exciting plot sound like they made for a great story! Excellent Review Sophia! I hope the next boo is just as good and you get more of the Lake Silence people.

Sophia Rose
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Thank you, Lindy! From your lips to Anne Bishop’s ears. 🙂

Lola
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I really should start this series eventually, the more of your reviews I read the more curious I get. It sounds like a solid urban fantasy series. Good to know this book starts a new story arc.

Sophia Rose
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I’m wearing you down with my reviews. Haha! Yes, its a great series and I think you’d like the attention to the world building and set up.