Thursday, December 31, 2020

Anne Bishop: Lake Silence

While this is the first book in a new series, it is set in a world that is already developed therefore, I would recommend at least reading Written in Red which is the first book in the other series to familiarize yourself with this world.

In a new series based in the world of the Other, Anne Bishop takes readers to Lake Silence where there is no separation between the humans, Others and Wild Country:

Vicki received The Jumble in her divorce settlement but she was not entirely sure she knows what she has gotten into when she comes into her kitchen to see her only lodger Aggie, one of the crow guard, trying to heat up a human eyeball in the microwave. This event leads to a murdered human body. When the detectives arrive they are keen to blame the murder on Vicki. But why would they want Vicki out of the way? As Vicki and her friends search for answers, one thing is certain the Wild Country is deadly.

It has been a long time since I have read in Bishop’s Other series and while I think that the first series went on maybe a book too long, I was happy to return to the world in a completely different setting. I liked that Bishop used a similar format in this book, with three main points of view, two humans and one other. I like that this gave an overall view of the story as well as how they all see a situation.

I’m trying to think of the words to describe the story in this book as it not quite a mystery or thriller or romance, just a series of events and really getting to know the characters in this world and story. I was not surprised by how the events played out and who the bad guys were. There were also some patella and minimal interaction with characters from the other Other series, but this did not make this story feel less independent. I did enjoy the overall story and I think it had laid the ground work for additional books.

Vicki is a character that you root for and feel sorry for. She has many “flaws” in her thinking that had been ingrained in her by her ex-husband. Basically she see her self as too fat, hair too wild, everything is her fault when it goes wrong and that she is worthless. So while you cheer for Vicki as a character and she does have some character growth in the book but some of her chapters it is quite depressing. You can also see how nice and understands Vicki is a person and is the perfect person to run the jumble. 

I really enjoyed entering into the world of the Others again in a different setting and I look forward to the next book in this new off shoot series.

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