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Saturday, February 16, 2019

REVIEW: The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets

The Last Woman in the Forest 
by Diane Les Becquets

Thank you Berkley Pub and NetGalley for this early copy.

Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: March 5, 2019
Kindle Edition
352 Pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller

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 brilliant Tate. When they’re separated on another assignment, she’s shattered to learn of his tragic death. Before long, Marian discovers disturbing inconsistencies about Tate’s life, and begins to wonder if the man she loved could have been responsible for the unsolved murders of at least four women.

Hoping to clear Tate’s name, Marian reaches out to a retired forensic profiler who’s haunted by the open cases. But as Marian relives her relationship with Tate and circles ever closer to the truth, evil stalks her every move.…

My Review:

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 woman.

The writing is fantastic but for me, I could have done without the overly description scenes with regards to the job at hand.  Don't get me wrong, I do find it fascinating but there was a lot of it and I could feel my eyes getting blurry in certain parts and had to put this down several times.  

We go back and forth from past to present and even with her suspicions, she loves him and wants to try and clear Tate's name.  She couldn't have possibly fallen in love with a psychopath... right?  This psychological suspense novel borders on genius but doesn't quite reach the mark.  It's rather slow paced and doesn't pick up anywhere after the prologue.  I with the characters had been a bit more fleshed out and had a fast pacing but the overal feel of the book was definitely consistent and I was intrigued enough to find out if Tate was really the killer or not.  By the time I got to the ending, I wasn't surprised, relieved or cared and I really wish I had.

I appreciate what the author was trying to do in terms of making women aware of their instincts to get themselves out of potential harmful situations... but I think this gets lost.  If you like reading stories about conservation projects with an overlaying of psychological suspense then this will definitely be a good read for you.  It's very atmospheric in putting you in the feel of the places they go to for their work.  While I felt the main storyline dragged on a bit and was a bit slow, I think readers who enjoy that psychological pull of did he/did he not will thoroughly enjoy this one.


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