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.
Published March 6th 2018 by Penguin Audio
Four and half stars: An engaging spin off with entertaining characters, fantastic settign and more of The Others.
Vicki Devine isn’t looking for trouble. She is busily trying to renovate the land left to her after her bitter divorce from her controlling ex husband. She inherited a piece of land called the Jumble, nestled next a lake, but it is smack dab in the middle of the Others territory. Vicki is following the rules and doing what she is supposed to, but danger finds her when her her lodger, Aggie Crow, tries to cook an eyeball belonging to a dead man found on the boundary of Vicki’s property. That brings Officer Grimshaw to the area, another man who wants no trouble from the Others. Things quickly spiral into dangerous territory as Vicki and Officer Grimshaw, along with some of the Others, uncover a conspiracy aimed at Vicki and her land. Will the Others be forced to retaliate again against the meddling humans?
What I Liked:
- I was delighted to dive back into the world of The Others even if it is in a new territory with different characters. This one doesn’t disappoint. It delivered all that I love in Bishop’s series. Top notch characters, outstanding setting, thrilling story and plenty of paranormal. If you haven’t tried Anne Bishop’s books, what are you waiting for.
- This latest book introduces us to a new cast of characters. It took awhile to get to know them, but I enjoyed them just the same. The book centers around Vicki Devine, a woman who is damaged an emotionally unstable after years of abuse by her ex husband. Vicki is kind and big hearted, but she is also naive, bumbling and she is quick to speak her mind. She reminded me a bit of Meg with her naivety. Officer Grimshaw is a police officer assigned to the area. He is a good cop, one who takes his time to investigate, and he is motivated to do the right thing, he is much like Monty in the previous series. Julian is a retired police officer who has the gift of prophecy. He wants nothing more than quiet and solitude, but quickly finds himself pulled into the mystery. There are also many new faces courtesy of the Others. I had a great time getting to know these new faces, and I certain in time, they will grow on me and become favorites.
- The Sproingers were something new and different. They are a hundred furry rabbit like creatures that serve as eyes for some type of Other. I am anxious to learn more about these furry guys.
- I liked that the plot of this one was not overreaching like the previous series. The story stays confined within this book, so everything is easy to follow.
- The bad humans are as bad as ever, and they make stupid mistakes that cause them to come face to face with the Others, including the deadly Elders. There is something so satisfying about a bad human getting what is coming to them at the hands of the Teeth and Claws.
- The ending is satisfying. It ties up the story without leaving much undone. I am eager for more, but happy this was a complete story.
And The Not So Much:
- I have to admit, I was disappointed that there wasn’t a tie in with the characters from the first set of books. There are mentions of Meg and some of the Others in the Lakeside Courtyard, but they never come into this story. I was wanting to catch up with all my favorite friends.
- I was confused going into this one. During the last book in the first series, there was set up I thought for this book. Characters were being introduced and set out in another part of the land. I thought for sure these would be the characters featured in this book, but alas, they were not. Not sure what is up with that?
- Even though I loved this book, I felt there were too many similarities to characters and events that occurred in the first books. I wanted more diversity.
- I was hoping for a bit of romance for Vicki. Perhaps it will come later?
Lake Silence is a promising new start in The Others spin off series. I enjoyed the characters, the setting and the story. I just wish there had been more originality and diversity, it felt like a revision of Meg. Still, I love this series fiercely, I am more than eager for the next book. If you haven’t treated yourself to this series, do it!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I Was not compensated for this review.
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