For Atmospheric Suspense, Check Out Diane Les Becquets' Breaking Wild

For Amy Raye Latour, hunting in the woods of Colorado is as natural a feeling as breathing. The mother of two spent many years hunting with her grandfather. This is why it's so surprising when she goes out with her compound bow on the final day of hunting season and never returns.

Pru Hathaway, a ranger, gets the call regarding the missing woman and heads out with her search and rescue dog. The weather is not cooperating, but worse is that something doesn't feel right. While everyone else believe it is a recovery mission, Pru feels there is more there to this disappearance. She is certain that Amy's too skilled to be another casualty, even if the clues they've been able to find are definitely pointing to it no longer being a rescue.

Talk about a very gripping and very addicting story. The chapters in Breaking Wild bounce back and forth between Amy Raye and Pru. While much of the story takes place in present day, both characters do spend time reflecting on their pasts and what made them the women they are today. I started Breaking Wild thinking it would be a good way to relax before bed. Instead, I was hooked and stayed up far too late reaching the final page.

The setting is part of the draw. I could feel the bitter cold winds pick up and the snow begin to fall. When the characters heard the yips and howls of a coyote, I could hear them too. The wilderness setting was crafted to make you feel like you're there.

I always love finding a new-to-me author whose novels call me to seek out other books and read on. That's exactly what happened with Diane Le Becquets' writing. This is her first adult novel, but she has a few young adult books out there. I was hooked and definitely want to read those young adult novels.

Breaking Wild came out in February 2016. It's a Berkley release.


  1. Edith Wharton, my favorite writer, thought one of the best techniques was to switch between close perspective of two complementary -- in terms of personality but also experiences -- characters. Thanks to your description I am downloading this one right now . . .

  2. I loved it and hope you do too. It's been years since I've read Wharton, and I really should sit down and read more. Ethan Frome was mandatory reading in a few of my English classes due to the New England setting, and that story has always been a favorite.


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