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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!
The Silent Land
Zoe and Jake are on a skiing holiday and survive an avalanche whilst out on the slopes. When they emerge from the snow, the resort is completely deserted....
I started reading The Silent Land just as the first thick blanket of snow fell here which felt weirdly like the story was seeping into real life! But the writing is so good that even if it...
Published on 29 Nov 2010 by Kim Slater

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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much more.
The Silent Land gets a straight up three for the premise and the premise alone.

Having thought about it, this would have been much better served as a short story. As it was there was simply too much padding throughout and pages and pages of the main characters performing the most mundane of tasks, which were in no shape or form even necessary to the plot...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERB ATMOSPHERIC READ, 28 Dec 2011
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Alan J. Crowley (Binley, Coventry) - See all my reviews
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I review few books, and those that I do review tend to be duffers or great reads. This is definitely a great read.
A good, simple flowing story-line; very well written characters, Zoe especially. The author's descriptive prose is excellent, and brought the alpine settings to life.
The ending is a dead give-away, especially if you read the poem at the start, from where the title is drawn. It is still a great read, and I recommend it with no reservations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and soul searching., 12 Nov 2011
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Martin Belcher (Hampshire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Jake and Zoe, two people deeply in love are on a skiing holiday in the beautiful village of Saint Bernard en Haut in the French Pyrenees, whilst up on the ski slopes they both get caught in a huge avalanche which buries Zoe alive. She manages after a few minutes to wiggle herself free and finally escapes from her snowbound cocoon to be reunited with Jake who mysteriously also survived the avalanche. They are both shaken by their ordeal and make their way back down to the village but find themselves utterly alone in a world where time seems to have slowed or stopped but they both seem alive and well. Telephone lines ring and no one answers, TV and Radio are nothing but empty static, it is as if the whole world has disappeared in a flash! Over the next few days they live in their hotel eating food from the kitchens and exploring the village. They then try to escape the village by skiing over the mountain but frustratingly every time they try they find themselves back in the same place. Zoe begins to see strange figures outside their hotel and witnesses people arriving and then disappearing which Jake cannot see at all...

I absolutely loved this book, some of the paragraphs read like poetry, so beautiful and descriptive. It keeps you guessing right up to the very end with a very emotional ending which will live with me for a long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb read, 7 July 2011
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Mark West (Kettering, Northants United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Zoe & Jake are caught in an avalanche, whilst on a ski-ing holiday in the French Pyrenees. Managing to dig themselves out, they head back to their hotel, only to find it and the village deserted, though the power is still on. They try to leave the town but every road they take brings them straight back to where they started. And then Zoe starts to see other people. This is a fantastic book, no doubt about it, told in a brisk, easy style that hides the cumulative force being built up over the pages. The characters - we only really get to see Zoe & Jake - are well-drawn (though I could have done with some more "he said, she said" in places) and completely believable and when they have interaction with their fathers, the sequences are incredibly powerful. A ghost story that isn't really about ghosts, this examines love and what it means to both you and the people around you and the ending, I'm not ashamed to say, brought a tear to my eye. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a meditation on death and love, 3 May 2011
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Mrs. Lisa M. Griffin "lisamarie" (hertfordshire, England) - See all my reviews
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I read this book in two days as it really does grip you from the outset. The strangeness of feeling makes it obvious that there will be a kind of Shymalan style 'twist' but this really isn't what it's about. There are creepy moments especially the overall isolation of the characters in the hotel - I thought of 'The Shining'. This is not a horror, though it has supernatural elements and is a quite lovely book, simple yet satisfying as a short read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real page turner, 23 Jan 2011
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I couldnt put this book down. It was a real page turner, which i read during all the recent wintery weather we had, that made it all the more authentic.

Because there was only 2 main characters in it, you really found yourself relating to them.

This book is a really nice easy flowing book that you wont want to put down and the plot really draws you in right from the very first page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing,enthralling,encore!!, 14 Jan 2011
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Denis Reed (Stockton-on-tees, Cleveland England) - See all my reviews
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This is a novel I will be re-reading very soon.I couldn't put it down it was so involving from start to finish.One of the best books I have read in years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good page-turner, 7 Jan 2011
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The Silent Land is a good erie novel that kept me turning the pages - this isn't a shabby trick to pull off in a novel which is mostly focused on just two characters. Recommended.
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A great disappointment, 4 Sep 2011
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After reading the reviews I was sure that I would really enjoy this book. It sounded like it was well written and a little bit spooky, just the thing to curl up with in the evening. I was so excited when it arrived and I settled down to read. It started slowly but some good books do so I persevered. It continued to be slow and by this point I was getting a little bored to be honest. Long story short I got over half way through the book and still nothing of significance had happened, nothing spooky or ominous, nothing even remotely original or exciting. I carried on reading hoping that things would get better. They didn't. Obviously I am in the minority as many reviews are positive but I wanted to warn people so they don't waste their money like I did. This book is slow, very slow and not really that well written. There is no atmosphere created. I really didn't like this book at all and I read a lot (not all of it that great.) I usually try to find a positive but my overall feeling about this book is just as described above, a very dull read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Are they coming down the mountain?, 8 Feb 2012
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I enjoyed reading 'The Silent Land', but now only a few days later, I'm struggling to remember much about it. Certainly it is very easy read; a book that draws you in and propels you towards its conclusion, but the details of its events are already hazy.

The novel's central premise is not a new one. Two skiers are caught in an avalanche. After digging themselves free they return to their hotel only to find it, and the rest of the town, entirely deserted. Assuming the village has been evacuated, Zoe and Jake try to make their way down the mountain to the next settlement only to find themselves back where they started. No matter what method of transport they use, they cannot leave. Soon they notice that food doesn't rot, and candles don't burn, bringing them to the conclusion that they are both dead.

Since Jake makes this observation in the first quarter of the novel, it is obvious that this isn't the full story. Zoe and Jake are happily married, but like all marriages there are tensions between them, and days of enforced seclusion starts to take its toll, affecting them both in different ways. Zoe has a secret that she was going to reveal on the trip, but should she still do so? When is going to be the right time? Is there any point if they are dead? Joyce sets up the dynamic nicely and as the couple both start having hallucinations, the bounds of their love and trust are put to the test. Their memories of events since the accident become jumbled, as do recollections from before, and both characters become increasingly disoriented. There is a palpable sense of uncertainty and paranoia, that compels you to read on, and the subject of marriage and love is handled with such tenderness, it is easy to become wrapped in the emotional side of the story.

Less compelling is the dialogue, and actions of his characters. Jake in particular, doesn't talk like a real person, and whilst much of what goes unsaid between the two is very good, in conversation Zoe and Jake's don't seem like a married couple. Without wanting to give too much away, Zoe's excessive consumption of alcohol doesn't marry at all with some of her other actions, and for me it destroyed the power of one of the novel's central themes. The way the novel is constructed there are very few plausible outcomes, so the novel's conclusion is all too easy to predict. That said, Joyce does deliver an emotive and fitting finale.

'The Silent Land' is a readable mystery-cum-ghost story and one of the better 'isolated by snow' thrillers I have read (which is a surprisingly large number). Through flawed, it is entertaining, often reminiscent of a good Stephen King novel, but ultimately it is all too forgettable. It's less than a week now since I read the 'Silent Land' much like the half-dreamed hallucinations of its characters, I'm struggling to recall what happened, and I have feeling that within a month the whole thing will fade to white...
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Silent Land As Dull as Ditchwater!!!, 22 July 2011
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Mr. John Frank Herbert (Greenwich, London) - See all my reviews
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Ho hum - I must obviously have read a different book to all these reviewers: good writing indeed!
If I didn't know any differently I'd have said that a kid of thirteen had written this story.
The writing was very basic - pit this up against an R J Ellory and you'll see what I mean!!!

The two skiers were so boring it wasn't true - their characters so uninteresting who really
cared what happened to them?

And their crass bad language at times was just crude and unreal.

The story was a dreamlike affair, having survived an avalanche, but by the end of the book
I was disappointed that the avalanche hadn't won right at the start, and obliterated the
whole concept.

Suggest the writer sticks to his day job, but if it's to do with writing - go get an R J Ellory
and brush up before it's too late!!!
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