Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Diane Les Becquets author of The Last Woman in the Forest.
In 2016, Diane Les Becquets burst onto the scene with her bestselling debut novel, Breaking Wild, which Tana French called “a powerful, visceral book about the incredible human capacity to transcend the limitations imposed by our own pasts and our own fears.” A gifted storyteller with a talent for describing little-known landscapes in North America’s vast wilderness that she has hiked herself, Les Becquets combined dramatic suspense with her love of the outdoors, and readers of every kind of fiction raved about her first novel.
Diane Les Becquets is back with The Last Woman in the Forest, a thriller about a woman who fears that the man she loved may have been a serial killer. Combining her love of nature and wildlife conservation, her personal horrific experience with assault, and her interest in the real-life unsolved Connecticut River Murders of the 1980s, Les Becquests has delivered a novel of suspense that will haunt readers until the last page.
In The Last Woman in the Forest, Marian Engstrom has found her true calling: working with rescue dogs to help track and protect endangered wildlife. Her fist assignment takes her to northern Alberta, where she falls in love with her mentor, the daring and brilliant Tate. But after a tragic accident leaves him dead, Marian discovers growing and disturbing inconsistencies about Tate’s life. She begins to wonder if the man she loved could have been responsible for the unsolved murders of at least four women. Desperately hoping to clear Tate’s name as a serial killer, she reaches out to a retired forensic profiler who is still haunted by the open cases. As she circles ever closer to the truth with his help, she cannot shake the feeling that she is being watched and that danger lurks around every corner of the forest. Set in the wilderness landscapes of Alberta, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and northeastern Washington, The Last Woman in the Forest is a thriller about one woman’s quest to find a killer - even if it turns out to be the man she loves.
Diane Les Becquets is the author of The Last Woman in the Forest and Breaking Wild. Breaking Wild, an Indie Next Pick and a national bestseller, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist. It was also the recipient of the Colorado Book Award in fiction, the New Hampshire Outstanding Work of Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Award in Fiction. Les Becquets has served as a judge for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission, and has taught writing workshops at venues across the country, including the University of Mississippi, Auburn University, the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, the Arkansas Literary Festival, the Telluride Arts District, and at shelters for Katrina victims. She is a volunteer at Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center and an avid outdoors woman, enjoying archery, bicycling, snowshoeing, swimming, and backpacking with her dog, Izzy.