The Silent Land: A Novel
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Award-winning novelist and cult favorite Graham Joyce transports listeners to a mysterious world of isolation and fear with this hypnotically dark story . . . a daring and powerful novel about love, loss, and rebirth.
In the French Alps around Chamonix, 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 begins to witness unsettling events neither can ignore, they are forced to confront a frightening truth about the silent land they now inhabit.
The Silent Land is a brilliantly conceived novel that puts a husband and wife in a strange and frightening reality where it would seem they are the last two people on Earth. Together they will face the ultimate test of their love for each other, and they will be forced to decide what their lives are worth--and what they will sacrifice to save each other. Joyce has written a mysterious masterpiece, a tour de force that will thrill fans of Peter Straub and the hit television show Lost.
drifted on and the sun appeared in the ice-blue sky. The sun lanced off the snow and they had to wear sunglasses all the time. Good sunglasses, expensive ones, and all they had to do was walk into a store and pick out the very best designer pairs available. Of course Zoe did not immediately accept that they had died in the avalanche. Swallowing that was more than a little difficult. For who could acknowledge such a thing? But it was as if once Jake had enunciated the fact, and had himself
back at her, she almost thought she could die in that place, and happily. If there are few moments in life that come as clear and as pure as ice, when the mountain breathed back at her, Zoe knew she had trapped one such moment and it could never be taken away. Everywhere was snow and silence. Snow and silence; the complete arrest of life; a rehearsal for and a pre-echo of death. But her breath was warm and it said no to any premature thought of death. She pointed her skis down the hill. The
I’m going to have to do.” “No, Dad.” “No other way, son, no other way.” Jake watched his father grind his teeth. Peter lay back twisting his fingers together. He was clearly in a state of anguish. Jake cleared his throat. “Dad. I’ll take care of that for you.” “What?” “Charlie. I’ll deal with it.” “No. Not having that. Absolutely fucking not. I’m the CO around here and I’m the one who has to do it.” “I’m going to take care of it for you.” “No, you won’t and that’s an order. My
just stopped pumping it. Don’t worry about it. We’ll drink red wine.” Jake was already drinking red wine. No matter how much he downed, he still didn’t seem to get drunk. Zoe was not so sure. Previously she had happily joined him in sampling the best bottles, but now she was much more cautious. Too many strange things were happening and she wanted to keep a straight head. Plus there was her baby to think about, even in this world. She hid her anxiety. When Jake was at her side she made a
any activity in any of the shops. Some of the stores were illuminated, some were not. The supermarket was completely lit up, but there were no people, neither customers nor staff, to be seen through the windows. A four-wheel-drive police vehicle with snow chains on its tires was parked in the yard. The police station itself was a small, unprepossessing concrete building almost hiding behind the supermarket. They pushed open the heavy glass-and-steel door, then opened a second door onto a small