Amazon Blurb:

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.

Quote:

“You mentioned the Elders when Officer Grimshaw called about the new trouble. Who are they?”
“They are Namid’s teeth and claws.”
Oh crap. “So they’re what, the world’s hit men?”

Review

I… really don’t understand why Lake Silence was written, honestly.

Anne Bishop returns to the world of The Others immediately after finishing a well liked series featuring a human blood prophet learning how to exist in the world, and a wolf Other who is in charge and having to keep things in order when Meg disrupts the order. And then she goes and writes about a town we’ve never heard of, with characters we have never met, and a really bland story.

And the characters are all trying to be like the characters we already know.

On the surface, they’re different. Lake Silence takes us to a story about a woman, Vicki DeVine, who has gotten out of an abusive marriage. In the divorce settlement, she got a vacation spot on one of the finger lakes that used to work as a functioning resort but has lain dormant for years. And Vicki is determined to make it workable again. She has finally gotten things pretty again and even has a few guests, even though there is a lot more work to go.

But she is just like Meg. Vicki has no idea how the world works, and has to learn almost everything Meg had to learn over the course of a series all in one book. The Others all love her because she is willing to work with them – even though she never really says that she just goes along with their weirdo ways. She is practically helpless the entire book. In part because the people who are supposed to be helping her keep her helpless. By not telling her anything going on in her own life.

Especially annoying because these dangers ar going to have a very real effect on her life. Her plan for getting her life back, fixing the resort,  is about to be taken from her. Or so her ex-husband thinks. He waited for her to sink all her money into fixing the resort up, and then he came around to try and have it taken from her. He is being egged on by some friends of his, and he thinks it is a perfect idea to screw over his ex-wife that he abused. And he continues thinking it is a great idea even when the Terra Indigene get involved.

Because that isn’t the stupidest fucking thing ever because most of the humans on the planet are now dead because they pissed off the others just a little too far. The Terra Indigene wiped out an entire fucking continent, and every single human on the planet is on notice. Do something stupid and you will die. And now these fools are ignoring every single one of the rules the Others have laid down? Why in the world would you be that stupid?

And it just bugs me that the Terra Indigene are treating Vicki like she is Meg, without Vicki being cassandra sangue. And yeah, Vicki hasn’t done anything to make them angry, but that seems like a very low bar. And they are unreasonably accommodating for her based on the fact they just kind of like her and she just kind of goes with it. And frankly it’s just incredibly boring

And that is just some of the problems I have with this book. I really just don’t understand why this story. This might be better as a standalone, if it weren’t connected to anything else. But it is connected, it is a part of a series, even if it is basically trying to take the series in a new direction. And if you read this as part of a series instead of as a standalone series, you see all the things that could have been explored instead of… this. 

Also, Vicki is working to run a resort. And she is proud of the fact that she doesn’t serve breakfast because she is proud that she can’t cook well. And I don’t understand at all how this is supposed to be either a good thing or a sound business decision.

Also, if you’re curious, I didn’t reread it, but I have reviewed the next book in the series, Wild Country, when I read it a year ago.