The Silent Land by Graham Joyce

Synopsis: In the French Pyrenees, a young married couple is buried under a flash avalanche while skiing. Miraculously, Jake and Zoe dig their way out from under the snow—only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. Their hotel is devoid of another living soul. Cell phones and land lines are cut off. An evacuation as sudden and thorough as this leaves Jake and Zoe to face a terrifying situation alone. They are trapped by the storm, completely isolated, with another catastrophic avalanche threatening to bury them alive . . . again. And as the couple begin to witness unset­tling events neither one can ignore, they are forced to con­front a frightening truth about the silent land they now inhabit.

Review: I admit that the synopsis immediately gave me the impression of a ” Thriller / Horror ” novel, so I was curious to see how the story would be. It’s finally a bit different from what I’d originally thought, even if the atmosphere is scary throughout the novel, the love story between the two characters is present and leads the book.

Jake and Zoe are two persons on vacation in the mountains. But on a trip, while they are skiing, an avalanche is triggered and both are buried. It’s a rather difficult situation for Zoe who finds herself completely blocked in the snow without being able to escape. But fortunately, Jake is able to save her, to help her release. And when they return to their hostel, they realize that it was deserted, as well as the village not far away. Is it because of the avalanche? But soon they will understand that there is more and that their lives will be changed forever.

I enjoyed all the mysterious and frightening atmosphere of the book. I also tried to understand the difference between Jake and Zoe. Of course, we soon figure out what happened to them even if they need a little more time to know it. By cons I was curious to understand why Zoe had all these visions, but then again the same, we finally also understand after a few chapters the reason. The story is interesting and I liked to follow our little couple, but at the same time I found that it did not happen much and it was unfortunate… I expected maybe a little more. I had a little feeling of emptiness in the end and I confess that sometimes I was a little bored but I was happy to discover the truth about what happened and the end is really well written. After that, I wish I had more answers on certain points, but I think it will be interesting to read more novels by this author.



6 thoughts on “The Silent Land by Graham Joyce

  1. Well shoot, that description had me SO curious, I want to know what’s going on! But if it was kind of slow and at times boring then I probably wouldn’t survive through it. I may have to go to the book store and read the end cause I want to know why everyone was gone!

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