The Others #6
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
Domestic Violence (Verbal), Anxiety and Panic Attacks
I may have screamed when I got approved to read this. I mean, I rave about this series all over this blog… you knew I had to review this. Even though at first I wasn’t going to read this— it doesn’t follow my beloved characters from the last five books, it takes place in a neighboring town and I was heartbroken… but c’mon. I had to read it. And I was reminded why I love this world so much.
Vicki, divorcee of a verbally abusive man, inherits a house in Lake Silence where human law does not apply. But when her tenant Aggie— a crow shifter, finds a dead man, she is blamed with no way to get out of it.
Just like Bishop’s last series, the story— though of a slower pace, stays consistent with secrets and events being discovered and unveiled. And when it isn’t, the small characters interactions make this book so lovable. The plot was confusing when I started asking questions, but it was still a ride. Add the included commentary on respecting the environment and colonialism and here’s your book.
And through it all, Vicki was a great protagonist. Because she was in a verbally abusive relationship, she did suffer from severe anxiety attacks, but it was never made into a plot point or a convenient plot device and was handled nicely. We also have Ilya, her lawyer who I adored as well.
I don’t know why I was under the impression that there would be a romantic relationship between them? Knowing Bishop, it could happen
in five books but I kind of liked their friendship. However, Bishop is really good at hinting and slow burn. Even some of the characters hinting at some things… Look, we all know I’m here for it.
We get in the mind of the villains and again, Ms. Bishop knows how to make characters you can easily despise. Vicki’s ex- husband, his comrades… they were evil just for the sake of being evil. Which I guess is an issue in itself if I’m nit-picking… Sure, Bishop can make you hate a character like no one’s business, but… they don’t really have any complexities other than selfishness. There’s none of that feeling of I see where you’re coming from, despite how fucked up it is. Yet, not all villains have complex reasons, sometimes they’re simplistic and that’s fine when everything else works so well.
There are callbacks to the previous series, but it wasn’t enough ;( . We don’t see any of my beloved characters, but we get mentions of events that happened in the last book and some characters
they’re never named unless they’re Elementals and I may be a bit salty, but it’s fine.
But again, new characters latched onto my heart, like the Lady of the Lake and Fire and Ineke. I’ve heard people saying this was a standalone, but I’m begging for it to continue. There’s so much to explore and this still stands as my favorite series of all time.