The Last Woman in the Forest

Published: 4/29/2019 10:04:51 AM

Newly released, The Last Woman in the Forest, is the latest work from bestselling author, Diane Les Becquets. The novel is a page turning thriller that explores what it would feel like to find the love of your life, to grieve his tragic and untimely death, and yet to wonder if he might have been a serial killer, and even worse, might you have been his next victim?

Hoping to clear her soul mate, Tate’s, name, heroine Marian Engstrom reaches out to a retired forensic profiler who’s been haunted by the open serial murder cases. As Marian relives her relationship with Tate and circles ever closer to the truth, evil stalks her every move.

Les Becquets’ inspiration for this novel came to her about ten years ago.

“I’d begun dating Shaun, a forester who told me about the Connecticut River Valley killer who had murdered at least six women during the 1980s, along the corridor of the Vermont and New Hampshire border,” she said. The killer was never apprehended.

“A little over a year into my relationship with Shaun, he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He and I married, and eventually hired a young home health care worker. One day, I asked the home health care worker if he had any siblings, and he told me that his sister had been one of the Connecticut River victims,” Les Becquets said. “It was after Shaun’s death that I felt compelled by these murders and the stories of these young women’s lives. I began to imagine a novel with a similar premise, but one that would take place in some of the most untamed wilderness of our country.” The result is the gripping novel that you just may read in one sitting.

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 14 years living in a small Colorado ranching town before moving to New Hampshire. Breaking Wild, her debut novel, was an Indie Next pick and a national bestseller.

The Last Woman in the Forest is currently available at bookstores now.

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