The Silent Land

The Silent Land

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Buried under a flash avalanche while skiing, young married couple Jake and Zoe miraculously dig their way out only to discover themselves alone in an eerily silent, evacuated region and unable to contact the outside world.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2011], c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780385533805
0385533802
Branch Call Number: F Joy

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ryner
Aug 26, 2016

During a skiing trip in the French Pyrenees, Zoe and her husband Jake are one morning surprised by a sudden avalanche while out on the slopes. Miraculously, they are able to dig themselves out, only to discover that the world they now find themselves in is not quite the same as the one they left behind. The village, their hotel, the cars in the street -- everything inanimate remains untouched; but there are no other people to be found anywhere, and some inexplicable force is preventing them from leaving town.

I was hooked from the first few chapters by this thriller from Graham Joyce. "The reveal" could admittedly have been more complex and dramatic, but I'd still recommended it for a fun, different, compelling read.

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hamerkop
Mar 08, 2015

Imaginative and suspenseful, the author maintains a suitable and inviting pace. Well worth taking the time to read it in one go.

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gvlee
Jan 13, 2014

If you like stories about the afterlife, you will like this one. It's heartbreaking.

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uncommonreader
May 16, 2013

Suspenseful and well-written.

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MaisieMilo
Aug 17, 2012

While some of this book's plot is predictable, it would be cynical to react to it entirely on that. The setting is interesting, and the author builds tension admirably. Because I guessed the conceit/premise nearly from the get-go, I almost didn't want to keep on reading. But continue I did, and upon closing the book 24+ hours later (it is a quick read), actually decided it had engaged me enough to merit four stars.

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 05, 2012

As a new ski season approaches, curl up safe and warm with this unusual survival novel by acclaimed British author, Graham Joyce. The story will grip you in the first few pages and never let go, as the reader tries to figure out where the author is going and how it will all be explained.
Jake and Zoe Bennett are a young couple who set off skiing in the early morning with the mountain to themselves. They are soon trapped by an avalanche in a remote part of the French Pyrenees. Once freed, the world they enter has no rules. All roads and trails lead back to the same village and their hotel, where the food never rots. Communication is cut off and there are no people. There are brief glimpses of a normal world but it always reverts back to the eerie and empty landscape, frozen in time.
There is an impending doom throughout, although the reader is never sure what is coming- another avalanche or something even more frightening. The suspense is unrelenting.
This book is skillfully written with realistic descriptions of the setting and good character development, depicting the emotional attachment of the couple. Although not a thriller in the traditional sense, this book will keep you reading even when you should be doing something else.

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miranda57
Jan 03, 2012

Defnitely a page turner. Read it in one day... could not put it down.

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cwagner742
Oct 13, 2011

Great read.

mondayschild May 07, 2011

This novel was hard to put down. Its tone of ominous suspense had the reader one step behind the writer in guessing where this was going or how it would end. Yet still, a satisfying conclusion.

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