The Silent Land Paperback
by Graham Joyce
THE SILENT LAND is a brooding and tender look at love and whether it can survive the greatest challenge we will ever face.
The film rights have been optioned by the producer of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. A young couple are caught in an avalanche during a skiing holiday in the French Alps.
They struggle back to the village and find it deserted.
As the days go by they wait for rescue, then try to leave.
But each time they find themselves back in the village. And, increasingly, they are plagued by visions and dreams and the realization that perhaps no-one could have survived the avalanche.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 10/11/2011
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9780575083875
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Review by AHS-Wolfy
Zoe and Jake have treated themselves to a skiing holiday at a resort village on the slopes of Chamonix and had got up and headed out early to have some alone time on the mountain. Unfortunately they hadn't picked the best moment as they find themselves unsuccessfully outrunning an avalanche. Having seemingly survived with only minor ailments they make there way down to the village only to find the place entirely deserted. No sign of any other living thing at all. Presuming they have evacuated in anticipation of worse to come the couple decide they need to do the same to escape the anticipated danger. But all their attempts to leave are thwarted and they always find themselves somehow back at the deserted village. Having no clue as to what's happening they decide to make the best of things and hope that an answer or rescue arrives some time soon. They set about enjoying all that the resort has to offer but then realisation sets in that things are a little off. Food that's been left out hasn't spoiled, candles will burn but not melt and then the visions start. Perhaps they didn't survive that avalanche after all and this is what comes after!While it's not too difficult to guess where the story is heading nor to see the inevitable ending that's not what this book is about. It's the nature of life, love and the shared existence of two people involved that want to be explored here. The description and place setting are beautifully drawn out and evocative as the situation descends towards the creepier end of the spectrum. Despite the foreshadowing of the ending it still holds enough of an emotional impact to cause a lump in my throat.