Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce

The Silent Land (original 2010; edition 2012)

by Graham Joyce

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
3414232,181 (3.7)44
Title:The Silent Land
Authors:Graham Joyce
Info:Anchor (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Your library

Work details

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce (2010)


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 44 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 42 (next | show all)
Subtle mystery, that I only caught about ten pages before the resolution. ( )
  shadowdancer | Jun 22, 2017 |
A married couple are on a ski vacation in the Pyrenees when they become caught in an avalanche. They manage to rescue themselves, but when they return to their hotel, they find the resort village is entirely deserted. They try to leave the village but cannot, and things get stranger from there.

A slight book with an interesting premise, although most readers will likely figure out what is happening here before the characters do. I enjoyed the setting, which had a high creep factor, and the subtly slow progression of the story. I thought the dialogue sounded fairly stilted, especially at first, and I was not crazy about the omniscient narrator inserting observations into the narrative. This is a short book, though, and a quick and atmospheric read, although not immune from some heavy-handedness. ( )
  sturlington | Jun 1, 2017 |
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. ( )
  ryner | Aug 26, 2016 |
A young married couple on a skiing holiday is caught in an avalanche. Making their way back to their hotel, they realize they seem to be the only living things in an empty landscape. Their first assumption is that the resort village was evacuated; but mysterious phenomena quickly throw doubt on that premise.
At times, the story is a bit predictable and sentimental, but it also has times of genuine, effective spookiness and can be sincerely emotionally touching. It's almost like a more introspective version of The Shining. Very well written; I may seek out more of this author's works. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Meh. It was fine, but disappointing after all the rave reviews of Graham Joyce's earth-shattering brilliance. Maybe just not his best book? I don't know.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 42 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (1 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Graham Joyceprimary authorall editionscalculated
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To Sue, rescuer
First words
It was snowing again.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
She almost thought she could die in that place, and happily...

Zoe and Jake are caught in an avalanche during a skiing holiday in the French Pyrenees. They struggle back to their village only to find it deserted. As the days go by, they wait for rescue, they try to leave. But each time they find themselves back in the village, with the entire resort to themselves.

Then come the visions and the dreams, and the glimpses of familiar figures out in the snow.

And the realization that perhaps no one could have survived the avalanche...

The Silent Land is a brooding and tender look at love and whether it can survive the greatest challenge we will ever face.

Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385533802, Hardcover)

Award-winning novelist and cult favorite Graham Joyce transports readers to a mysterious world of isolation and fear with a hypnotically dark story about a young couple trapped by an avalanche in the remote French Pyrenees. . . a daring and powerful novel about love, loss, and rebirth.

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.

Award-winning author Graham Joyce has written a mysteri­ous masterpiece, a tour de force that will thrill fans of Peter Straub and the hit television show Lost.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:28 -0400)

(see all 4 descriptions)

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.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 5 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 avail.
196 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (3.7)
0.5 1
1 3
1.5 1
2 7
2.5 3
3 22
3.5 16
4 44
4.5 12
5 19

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,159,629 books! | Top bar: Always visible