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The Last Woman in the Forest

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From the national bestselling author of Breaking Wild, here is a riveting and powerful thriller about a woman whose greatest threat could be the man she loves.…

Marian Engström has found her true calling: working with rescue dogs to help protect endangered wildlife. Her first assignment takes her to northern Alberta, where she falls in love with her mentor, the daring and b
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Berkley
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May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
The Last Woman in the Forest Diane Les Becquets is a 2019 Berkley publication.

A beautifully written, purely intellectual, psychological thriller!

Marian Engström works with rescue dogs to help protect endangered species. Stationed in Alberta, she falls in love with Tate, her mentor. However, her happiness is short-lived when Tate dies tragically.

Her grief soon turns to fear, as evidence surfaces that suggests Tate could be a serial killer. Torn between needing to know the truth and needing to
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Marian Engström works with rescue dogs to help protect endangered wildlife - wolf, moose, and caribou. She loves her job, she loves being a dog handler and she loves the outdoors. Through the course of her work, she falls for her mentor, Tate. Everything seems to be great until Tate is killed while working on an assignment. Shortly after his death, Marian begins to wonder about some of the things Tate has told her, something doesn't feel right. Tate often embellished his tales,and yet kept his p ...more
What would you do if you found out you were in love with a serial killer???

This was a wild story packed with gorgeous imagery and beautiful words. Diane Les Becquets has an amazing way with words, she really brought the wildlife setting and the tension in the story to life. I truly felt as though I was in the middle of nowhere with Marian. The feel of the trees, the smell of the dirt, and the sounds of the animals all leapt off the pages. The tension was palpable especially in the last 10% of t
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slow burning, descriptive & eerily entertaining!

THE LAST WOMAN IN THE FOREST by DIANE LES BECQUETS is an interesting, enjoyable, and chilling tale that immediately grabbed my attention and held steadily throughout. Being from Alberta, Canada & visiting Montana often I absolutely loved the outdoor & wilderness backdrop to this story.

DIANE LES BECQUETS delivers a character driven, atmospheric, slow-moving, intriguing and well-written read here that I wouldn’t necessarily say was all that suspensef
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Marian is a conservation worker, globe-trotting from one assignment to another. Her latest contract takes her deep into the Oil Sands region of Northern Alberta Canada to study the effects of the oil industry on local wild-life habitats. It’s here she meets and falls for her mentor, Tate. But what may have developed into a beautiful love story will take a tragic turn.

Fully aware of the string of unsolved murders of women in the area, Marian enlists the help of a retired forensic profiler to help
Sep 13, 2018 added it
My sincere thanks to Netgalley, Author, Diane Les Becquets and Berkley Publishing Group for the privilege to read an ARC of this novel to be published May 2019.

Since reading Diane Les Becquets' Breaking Wild, published in 2016, I have been impatiently waiting for a new book. I even went so far as to contact her to see when I might expect that event. Granted the privilege to read the ARC of her latest work, The Last Woman In The Forest, made my day.

I wondered if Les Becquets would continue the
Susanne  Strong
3 Stars

What do you do when you discover that everything you thought you knew was a lie? When you find out that the man you loved and lost may not have been who you thought he was? You investigate.

Marian is a conservationist who is most at home in nature, working with rescue dogs. On assignment in Alberta, Canada, she meets Tate, her new mentor who teaches her how to identify caribou, moose and wolf, based on their scat specimens and how to protect endangered wildlife. The two grow close and sh
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3 stars. A chilling and atmospheric journey.

Marian Engstrom works with rescue dogs, traveling to the most remote and uninhabited parts of the world to help protect endangered wildlife. She falls in love with her team leader, Tate, making her feel the happiest she has ever been. When Tate is found dead, Marian is devastated but also curious to learn more about his secretive past. What she finds out will make her question everything about the man she loved.

I enjoyed learning about Marian’s job res
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Do you ever truly know the ones you love?

When Marian receives an opportunity to work as a dog handler for a biological study researching endangered species in the remote Northwest, she jumps at the opportunity.

It is perfect for her. The freedom and beauty of the outdoors, working with dogs and ultimately being able to help the species they are studying.

Before she knows it, she is there, trying to fit in and adjust to her new lifestyle. Her mentor and trainer, Tate, is an attractive man with a s
Holly  B
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it

A chilling first chapter gave this one a pretty suspenseful beginning, but overall it was more of a slow burn.

Les Becquets writes beautifully and captures the descriptions of the forest setting and the atmosphere perfectly. I could easily picture the terrain, the wildlife and surroundings.  The Protagonist, Marian Engström goes to Canada to work with rescue dogs for a project and ultimately meets Tate, who she "connects" with.  She begins to fall for him, but things don't go well for him whe
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Something quite different with its atmospheric descriptions!

Marian Engstrom is working with rescue dogs to protect wildlife. It’s her dream job, and she travels to northern Alberta only to fall in love with her mentor, Tate.

Marian is on a different assignment, away from Tate, when she finds out about his tragic death. On top of that, things start falling into place that suggest Tate may have been responsible for murdering four women.

Marian hires a forensic profiler to help prove Tate’s innocen
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Diane Les Becquets, and Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Diane Les Becquets presents readers with an interesting thriller that straddles two timelines to potentially track a serial killer’s path. Marian Engström loves working with tracking dogs and has been employed on a number of sites to locate movement patters of a number of animals. While on a s
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
The opening chapter to Diane Les Becquet’s The Last Woman in the Forest is positively chilling! From the moment I read it, I seriously couldn’t put the book down. I wouldn’t say this is an action-fueled thriller, but it is absolutely a plot-driven thriller. As I read clue after clue, I needed to understand how the pieces would come together. Outstanding and powerful—this thriller is a must-read!

About the Book

Told primarily from Marian’s point of view, we see Marian’s search for answers unfold ac
Julie (JuJu)
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-have, arcs
An atmospheric thriller with vivid details of the wildlife and outdoors explored by the characters and animals in the story.

This one had remarkable settings and I loved the pictures painted of the areas, some of which I’ve visited. That is always an added bonus for me. The author did a great job of bringing each area to life.

The story itself had it’s up and downs. Some spots were a little slower than I like. Still, the story was very well-written and had some very exceptional areas.

Thank you
Diana | Book of Secrets
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars → Marian is a conservationist who works with rescue dogs in research projects, often in very remote and dangerous locations. After her boyfriend Tate is killed on assignment, she begins to suspect that he was responsible for the unsolved murders of four young women. Marian enlists the aid of a retired criminal profiler in hopes of putting her mind to rest.

The cold, desolate, and quiet natural setting of this book added an eerie sense of dread to the story. The writing was beautiful, a
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-to-read
Marian Engström is a dog handler who works with rescue dogs, to help protect endangered wildlife. She loves her job, the challenges it presents, and the places it takes her. Also she falls in love with Tate, an experienced, long time dog handler, who becomes not only her mentor but her lover. Tate enjoys relating stories of his past jobs, his past life, and people from his past. At times, some of the stories that Tate tells Marian, spark a tiny bit of doubt in her mind, of the validity of what T ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: publisher, reviewed
This book is psychological suspense, with really no suspense until the last 5% of the book. Marian and Tate become romantically involved while working together on conservation projects that involve tracking and monitoring various animals. After Tate dies, Marian begins to suspect (based on pretty much no evidence) that Tate may have been a serial killer responsible for the deaths of four young women. She enlists the help of Nick Shepard, a retired psychologist and criminal profiler who has brain ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marian learns about four unsolved murders, and wonders if her recently deceased boyfriend, Tate, could have been involved with them. She finds it difficult to reconcile the man she loved with him also being a murderer. She wants to keep her questioning private, and involves a retired profiler to help her learn more about the unsolved cases.

Told from Marian's point of view, the story alternates between past and present. The past is about her work in wildlife research and her relationship with Tat
Patricia Williams
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this book from First Look book club website. I am very happy to have won it and I really enjoyed reading it. It was a quick read and an interesting story. In the beginning, was not sure I would enjoy it because it skipped around in time a lot, past, long ago past and present. but it came together and the second half of the book was much better because it mostly remained in the present and was much easier to follow. I loved the main character and was very interested in her jobs and her love ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Marian loves her job. She works as an orienteer and dog handler on a wildlife conservation project in Canada. She even falls in love with a man she she works with. Tate quickly becomes everything to her. After a few weeks, they are placed on separate assignments and Tate is killed. Only then does she discover that he lied to her about his background, his family and childhood, nearly everything about himself. Even his story about finding a woman's dead body in the wilderness seems off. That parti ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tl;dr: A lyrically written novel about a serial killer, the nuance of life, and how beauty and terror are encapsulated in nature. (Seriously!)

The Last Woman in the Forest is ostensibly a thriller, but it's more of a psychological profile of how closely linked life and death are, both for the mc, Marian, and for those last few places in the United States (especially Montana) where there's true wilderness.

That's not a bad thing--in fact, it's a great thing! Ms. Les Becquets' novel does away with a
Julie Christine
I read The Last Woman in the Forest during one night of wretched insomnia, but I can't help but wonder if the gripping readability of this outstanding thriller simply made it impossible for sleep to catch hold and take me under.

Marian Engström works in a rarefied circle of wildlife professionals known as "conservation gypsies" who travel around the world on short-term assignments. She lands in northern Alberta and begins to train as a dog-handler for a study of the effects of oil exploration on
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Marian Engström loves working with rescue dogs to help protect endangered wildlife. In a new assignment to northern Alberta, Marian is assigned to work with Tate, who she eventually falls in love with. But months later on a different assignment, Marian is blindsided when she learns Tate has been killed in a bear attack. In her grief, Marian begins to question the man she loved. There are inconsistencies in his life and she starts to wonder if he could be the man responsible for four women's brut ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Marian falls in love while working in for an environmental group in northern Alberta, but when her boyfriend dies she starts to wonder if he might have been a serial killer. I was unsettled the entire time. The wilderness is scary enough without a killer on the loose!

I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. It came out March 5, 2019.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This powerful book, with its unique characters and wilderness projects, really resonated with me. It literally took me to the wilds with the research teams and was beautifully descriptive of nature that most of us will never personally be able to navigate or to see, it is so remote. Some of this research, however, is done right here in our own National Parks in the U.S., such as Glacier National Park or Yellowstone.

Within this nature story is a story about a research team of men and women who c
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the end, I very much enjoyed this book; in the beginning, I wasn't so sure. The "thrilling" action really didn't pick up until the last quarter or so; after that, my eyes were glued to the Kindle pages and I didn't put it down till I'd reached the last page.

The story centers on Marian Engstrom, who, after college graduation, applied for and landed a job working with dogs as part of a study on the impact of oil exploration on the caribou, moose and wolf populations in Canada. There, she meets
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The story centers on Marian and working with her rescue dogs to help protect endangered wildlife. She loves her career path, working with animals, and the wildlife.

Through her career, she meets and falls in love with her mentor Tate. Sadly, Tate is killed while working on an assignment. Something doesn't feel right for Marian about Tate's death and things aren't adding up. Was Tate being truthful to Marian? What was made up and what was the truth? Could Tate be responsible for a string of young
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
This book starts off strong - the opening scene really gets you quite interested... and then it just kind of goes downhill from there. Marian works in the wild, tracking and monitoring various animals - it's a lonely life without much romance or time for anything else. Although it's frowned upon to date someone within your group, when she meets Tate, she just can't help herself. However, what's too good to be true usually is and she starts suspecting him of being the killer of at least four woma ...more
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received this book for free from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Last Woman in the Forest caught my eye on First to Read with the cover and blurb. It sounded like a me book - and I was right, it was. Here is what I enjoyed:
Setting// The story takes place mostly in Montana and Canada. I loved the remote feeling it gave the story. It definitely made the atmosphere creepy when the story needed it.
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Good story with lots of twists.
This book is written in a different manner than what we see in a typical suspense thriller or murder mystery. This book reads more as a women’s fiction story that evolves into something much more sinister.

Written in short sentences with a timeline that bounces back-and-forth between the present and the past, you have to be on your toes when reading this novel.

The author sneaks in tiny drips of clues and information. Just enough to make you dou
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