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Last Seen (Dr. Pepper Hunt #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  145 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
When a traumatized reporter goes missing in the Wyoming wilderness, the therapist who knows her secrets is drawn into the investigation-and she comes face-to-face with terrifying answers regarding her own difficult past.
Paperback, 330 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by She Writes Press
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Wendi Lee
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review*

This is the first book in a series about Dr. Pepper Hunt, whose client has disappeared. Pepper is still recovering from her own traumatic past, and a relative newcomer to this small, unhappy Wyoming town.

There are some interesting things in this book, like the relationship between the Native Americans and non Natives. Kimi, the woman who has disappeared, is a Native American. There is much made about what she overcam
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Last Seen By J.L. Doucette
This mystery takes place over the period between the frigid month between December and January. Just about a months time. This is a fantastic novel that takes place in Wyoming. It is the first of a series featuring a cast of original characters.
Dr Pepper Hunt---a psychologist that councils Kimi and an assortment of other characters in her brand new practice. She is still haunted by a patient of hers in Cambridge, MA whose jealous rage compels her to murder Dr. Pepper Hu
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this through Netgalley.
This is the story of Dr Pepper Hunt, who has relocated to Wyoming following a personal tragedy.
She's a psychiatrist with her own practice and one of her patients, Kimi Benally, goes missing and she is drawn into the investigation. She also has a little bit of history with the lead investigator on this case and her secretary is married to the sheriff in the town.
I have to say, I did really enjoy this book. The plot becomes quite convoluted as the book goes on, bu
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery, series
Kimi Benally was Last Seen after her therapy session with Dr. Pepper Hunt. What happened to the Native American newspaper reporter? Is her disappearance linked to a story about a serial rapist she was working on? Or is it something closer to home? Did Pepper gain any significant information from her therapy sessions with Kimi that could help find the woman?
Leaving her own personal tragedy behind, Dr Pepper Hunt is still a relative newcomer to the small Wyoming town she relocated to in order to
Bonnye Reed
GNAB I received an electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, J. L. Doucette, and She Writes Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your hard work with me.

A who-done-it set in Wyoming winter, this was an interesting read. I was thrilled to read it in the glowing warmth of a New Mexico spring. Ms Doucette takes us there in mid-to-late December, and shares with us the people who live, play and work in the tiny town of Rock Springs, Wyoming. No, there are no springs,
Schuyler Wallace
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it

“Last Seen” is a vivid example of writing about what you know. J.L. Doucette, the author, has a doctorate in counseling psychology and is in private practice in Rhode Island. In her novel, set in the merciless winter environs of Wyoming where she lived for many years, she explores the world of disturbed minds, including that of her protagonist, Dr. Pepper Hunt. It’s her first book so I’ll make allowances for her overabundant reliance on the tenets of her profession.

Dr. Hunt, suffering from the d
Set in the harsh Wyoming winter, Dr. Pepper Hunt is a therapist who is trying to start over after her life was turned upside down by a horrific personal tragedy. She is reluctantly drawn into a missing person's case that hits too close to home for comfort. The writing is taut and engrossing and I found the book to be a very satisfying read. I am looking forward to reading more about Dr. Pepper Hunt.
I received a copy from She Writes Press via Netgalley for free in exchanged for my honest review.
Calina Benassa
2.5, really. I wasn't very impressed with this book at all. Pepper's tone evoked a grown-up Nancy Drew, and it was too matter-of-fact in a strawberry summer way for my liking. The few major points of tension were ruined by that tone as it permeated other characters' points of view. If you've seen Zootopia, you've read Last Seen, and I wouldn't say it's worth the refresher. This novel felt like a lean chicken stretched between a family of six. There just wasn't enough there to keep me interested. ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This was, in many ways, clearly a debut novel, with a bit of a creaky narrative, but it was mostly entertaining nonetheless. The least believable aspect of it is that so few characters are intertwined in so many diverse ways, despite the small-town setting. But the author does a good job of masking the culprit until nearly the very end. Not a bad read.
Becky Stanley
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This book was "okay" but not great. I was a little confused by all the changing of points of view from chapter to chapter. Sometimes I'd be a couple of pages into a chapter before I'd finally figure out who was narrating now. Character development was weak as well. There was a large cast of characters, but I didn't really feel anything for any of them, which also made it more difficult to keep straight who was who.
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
I had the ending figured out within the first 50 pages but kept hoping there’d be some great twist - there wasn’t. The story seemed completely unrealistic and left a lot of loose ends. I didn’t like the internal dialogue when characters thought about women - it was all breasts, lips, and hair. And how is this a Dr. Pepper Hunt mystery? It was much more about Antelope than her. I could go on but I’ve spent too much time on this book already. This book just needed a lot more editing.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had a very hard time getting into this story. There were a lot of characters and mystery from the very beginning, but I didn't care about anyone. I received this book through Net Galley and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to read it.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is what I wrote about the book on Audible:

Uncertainty of your loved one's fate is hell...

First let me explain it's 4.5 for both the story and the performance from me rather than 4, but as there are no half-stars I have to stay with 4.

It's my first book by J. L. Doucette and it's been a good experience. The plot is engaging though not really as fast-paced as in many other crime stories. The beginning is quite typical - a woman vanishes, nobody has seen or heard from her for a few days so an
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2017
Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a great mystery that stayed one step ahead of me the whole time, keeping me guessing until the final pages. And not only was there a mystery surrounding Kimi’s disappearance, but also in Pepper’s history and what brought her to Wyoming. Doucette really stretched that out, giving the reader small glimpses into that tragedy and Pepper’s role in it. That
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
Set in rural Sweetwater County, Wyoming, we are introduced to Dr. Pepper Hunt, a psychiatrist whose patient (Kimi) has recently gone missing. Dr. Hunt is a transplant to the area and feels that she truly belongs. She’s also battling her own personal trauma, which she’s managed to leave behind with the rural setting.

The Sheriff visits Dr. Hunt’s office, asking questions and letting Dr. Hunt know that Kimi is missing. Kimi has been disassociating, letting Dr. Hunt know that she’s awoken in places
Last Seen by J.L. Doucette
Dr. Pepper Hunt Book #1
Publisher: She Writes Press

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher She Writes Press for the ebook ARC of Last Seen, by author J.L. Doucette in exchange for an honest review.

Dr. Pepper Hunt, psychologist, moves to Wyoming after having a hard time dealing with the murder of her husband. She becomes a consultant for the police after her new patient, Kimi Benally goes missing after her last therapy session. She has diagnosed Kimi with dissociating which i
Jennifer Dwight
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Pepper Hunt is an insightful, brave, no-nonsense psychologist whom you will respect and gladly follow into this twisty, multi-layered mystery set in Wyoming near the Wind River Reservation. One of Dr. Hunt's clients, a Native American news reporter, goes missing and the circuitous investigations of the Sheriff and a handsome Native detective, named Antelope, commence. The novel's clean, spare prose matches the wintry landscapes and struggles of its inhabitants, their troubled demographic dyn ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed that Ms. Doucette brought Native American culture into the story by placing it near a reservation and featuring many Native American characters. However, I felt the culture was secondary and could have played a bigger role. Maybe in future books it will? I also enjoyed the several main characters that Ms. Doucette introduced us to; however, because it jumped around so much it was sometimes difficult to follow. I confused Pepper and Cassandra for most of the book. And, even thoug ...more
Lauren Schulman
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This debut novel takes place in a small Wyoming town where a psychiatrist (Dr. Pepper Hunt) is working with law enforcement to investigate the disappearance of one of her patients. This small community in the rural northwest and its' Native American influence give the novel a cultural richness not often found in this genre. Many of the characters are interconnected so as the plot unfolds there is a complexity to the relationships that ultimately define the outcome of the story. The only real cri ...more
Victoria Schwimley
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this story. A small town with a big crime. When a beloved resident goes missing, the fingers begin pointing toward the husband, who seems not at first concerned, but as time goes by, he becomes worried that something has happened to her. Is it a cover-up for his crime? Or is his concern genuine? Did he do it or not? Those are the questions that plagued my thoughts throughout the book. Then the author slipped in a surprise and I didn't know what to think until the very end. Great job Douc ...more
Maggie Kozel
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Last Seen is an immensely satisfying book. The skillfully crafted plot could stand on its own, but this captivating mystery offers so much more. DL Doucette draws on her own background in psychology as she deftly challenges us to feel empathy for her cast of flawed and vulnerable characters, while at the same time providing a well-guided tour into the minds of dangerous people. Just as striking as the human drama she conjures up for us is the sense of place. Doucette weaves the harshness of a Wy ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Last Seen: A Dr. Pepper Hunt Mystery
: J. L. Doucette

Dr. Pepper Hunt, newly moved to Wyoming after her husband's death. Along comes a missing person case, one of her patients. Law enforcement contracts her to help profile the case. There are too many suspects in what is a serial rape case. Just when the listener thinks they have figured it out a twist then a turn and you're scratching your head waiting for the next clue. The suspense lasted to the end. I will look for more from this author.

May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good start to a new mystery series featuring psychologist Pepper Hunt. Pepper is a new transfer to Wyoming. She's had a harrowing past, and went there for a fresh start. She does therapy, but also works with prisoners and sex offenders. One of her patients goes missing after their appointment and Pepper looks deeper into her life.
The tension is good and so is the actual mystery. The characters were well-written. I have to say that the person who turned out to be the one responsible ca
Abby Schmidt
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a really quick read! The mystery was super intriguing and for the most part I couldn't put it down. My only criticism is due to the lack of clarification of which character is speaking/being referenced at the beginning of the book. There were lots of people introduced all at once and it became confusing at times. Also, there seemed to be a few characters in the story (Diego, Cass) that were mostly unnecessary to the story. They were prevalent in the first half of the book but then ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an advanced reader copy from the author. I love a good mystery and compared this book to the many Mary Higgins Clark books I have read. I think this was a good first novel book. It kept my interest until the end. The only thing I didn't like was that in the beginning I didn't know who the author was referring to and had to read at least 2 pages of the chapter to find out. Many reviews said they figured out who Kimmi's killer was early on, but I didn't not--it was a surprise up until t ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was immediately attracted by the cover and I thank netgalley and she writes presses for this partnership.

On the cover we see I think Kim, who has disappeared in history, walking on the road.

It all starts when the psychiatrist and police advisor Pepper Hunt who is fighting for the murder of her husband leaves this private life for Wyoming. His new patient Kim disappears. She will team up with Beau to investigate this disappearance.

A well-crafted storyline with engaging characters and a captiva
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Last Seen is a classic mystery story told from the vantage points of several of the people most closely involved. When a young reporter goes missing just before Christmas, a variety of possibilities are investigated by the police. Was it murder, kidnapping, a disturbed woman's illness?
As the story unfolds, a variety of scenarios and possible perpetrators are considered but it's only in the closing chapters that the whole story is revealed.
A well told story with a variety of interesting and comp
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first started this book I was thinking I would give it 3 stars. It seemed pretty standard to me with typical characters and conventional storyline. But I was wrong and so glad I was and stuck to it. There are twists and turns galore in this missing person story and enough going on to hold your interest and see where it all leads. I am looking forward to the second one in this series.

Put on your to-read list.
Jennifer Rico
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was great! I loved the Native references. I also loved that I didn't know who was the guilty one until the very end! I would like to see more of Antelope and Pepper Hunt, especially their next case with finding out about Kevin.

The only thing I didn't like about the book was the chapters and how it would jump back and forth between who was telling the story, and sometimes it wasn't clear who was the story teller for the first few sentences.
Martha Brindley
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a very good debut novel from the author. Set in Wyoming with the central character being Dr Pepper Hunt, a psychologist, recently moved there after her husband was murdered. It got a little bit muddled with the characters and it was slow paced but it was well written and promises to be a good series. Thank you Net Galley for my copy.
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The stark and haunting landscape of Wyoming’s high desert is the inspiration for JL Doucette’s mystery novels, which focus on human experience at the intersection of psychology and law.

She is a member of the Wyoming Writers Organization and the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Doucette is currently working on Book 2 in the Dr. Pepper Hunt Series, On a Quiet Street.
More about J.L. Doucette

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