Read This: Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets

Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets (February 9, 2016 from Berkley) – I judge books by their covers (shush. So do you. I know you do). I took one look at the cover for Breaking Wild and said GIMME.

Amy Raye Latour’s an accomplished bow hunter. Patient, comfortable with long periods of solitude, and tenacious, she’s determined to fill her tag on this last weekend of the season. It gives her something else to focus on besides her increasingly fragile home life. But the weather doesn’t cooperate, stranding Amy Raye in the wilderness…and the only person who refuses to believe she’s dead is ranger Pru Hathaway. Called in during the initial stages of the search and rescue operation, Pru holds on to the feeling that Amy Raye is smart enough to stay alive, even as the days stretch into weeks.

Breaking Wild required a bit of an expectations adjustment. Billed as a thriller, the pace isn’t fast enough to merit the label. It flips back and forth between Amy Raye’s and Pru’s points of view, allowing the reader to get to know both women as the story unfolds while slowing the narrative. While Pru is likeable enough, the story belongs to Amy Raye. My first impression was one of a woman without any regard for the people who care about her. She treats them kind of like tools – something to use when she needs them, ignoring them when she doesn’t. There’s a lot of heartbreak and strife in her wake, and it makes it difficult to care whether she lives or dies.

Diane Les Becquets had me fooled. Amy Raye isn’t what she seems, and the way Les Becquets dances around a particularly touchy subject is almost brilliant. Tension builds the longer Amy Raye is lost, tightening like a vise in the second half of the book. That’s when you start to wonder if Amy Raye will survive, and if she does, what kind of life she’ll be going back to.

Copy provided by the publisher.

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