The Last Woman In The Forest by Diane Les BecquetsThe Last Woman In The Forest by Diane Les Becquets

The Last Woman In The Forest

byDiane Les Becquets

Hardcover | March 5, 2019

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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 brilliant Tate. After they’re separated from each other on another assignment, Marian is shattered to learn of Tate’s tragic death. Worse still is the aftermath in which 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.…
Diane Les Becquets, a former professor of English and MFA director, is an avid outdoorswoman, enjoying backpacking off the grid, snowshoeing, archery, and swimming. A native of Nashville, she spent almost fourteen years living in a small Colorado ranching town before moving to New Hampshire. Breaking Wild, her debut novel, was an Indie...
Title:The Last Woman In The ForestFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:March 5, 2019Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0399587047

ISBN - 13:9780399587047

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Bookclub Guide

The Last Woman in the Forest Diane Les Becquets Readers Guide Discussion Questions 1. Why do you think the author chose to include the victim portraits? Do you think they are effective? Why or why not? 2. Discuss the characters of each of the victims. What do they have in common besides their deaths? What is different? Do you think these similarities and differences are meaningful? 3. Expanding on the previous question, how do the victims compare to Marian? 4. The setting of this novel spans an enormous geographical and environmental range, including the Rocky Mountains, the deserts of Utah, and the Alberta oil sands. What impact does the environment have on the novel? Do you think it would have been as effective with a more confined or different setting? Why or why not? 5. Discuss the character of Nick. Why do you think it is so important for him, personally, to help Marian? Why do you think the Stillwater killings stuck with him? 6. As Nick notes, although the killer likely had relationships, it was impossible for him to truly reciprocate the feelings women may have had for him. Do you see this in Tate and Marian’s interactions? How does Tate and Marian’s relationship compare to what we see of Nick and Cate? 7. Despite the sense of isolation offered by the wilderness setting, interpersonal connections and relationships are crucial for Marian’s development and for her exploration into Tate’s life. Discuss Marian’s relationships with characters other than Tate and Nick, such as Jenness, Jeb, Emily, and Trainer. How do you think her relationships with these characters influence Marian throughout the course of the novel? 8. There are various dog characters with distinct personalities. What do you think their presence adds to the novel? How do the dogs affect Marian and the other characters? 9. A major theme in this novel is the idea of moving forward after discovering you’ve been lied to. How does Marian reconcile the feelings she had, and the things she experienced, with everything she learns? 10. Discuss the confrontation toward the end of the novel. Was it satisfying? What do you think this scene means for Marian? 11. Do you think this novel explores, to some degree, what it means to be a woman in modern society? Why or why not?

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Last Woman in the Forest   “I raced through this gripping tale in two sittings, only pausing to admire the stunning views of the snowy wilderness. Beautifully paced and twisty.”—Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow   "A taut, well-crafted thriller that pulls readers in from the very first page and keeps them guessing until the very last. All this, while also illuminating universal truths about intuition, trust, and love."—John Searles, New York Times bestselling author of Help for the Haunted"Diane Les Becquets at her best: unflinching and terrifying, yet buoyed by hope and love. This novel scared me… but that didn't stop me from racing through it….This is a powerful novel, and a story I won't forget."—Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Ballad   “A compelling and searing novel of grief, suspicion and examining the rugged terrain of the human heart."—Riley Sager, national bestselling author of The Last Time I Lied