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Breaking Wild par Diane Les Becquets
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Breaking Wild (original 2016; édition 2017)

par Diane Les Becquets (Auteur)

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"It is the last weekend of the season for Amy Raye Latour to get away. Driven to spend days alone in the wilderness, Amy Raye, mother of two, is compelled by the quiet and the rush of nature. But this time, her venture into a remote area presents a different set of dangers than Amy Raye has planned for and she finds herself on the verge of the precarious edge that she's flirted with her entire life. When Amy Raye doesn't return to camp, ranger Pru Hathaway and her dog respond to the missing person's call. After an unexpected snowfall and few leads, the operation turns into a search and recovery. Pru, though, is not resigned to that. The more she learns about the woman for whom she is searching, and about Amy Raye's past, the more she suspects that Amy Raye might yet be alive. Pru's own search becomes an obsession for a woman whose life is just as mysterious as the clues she has left behind. As the novel follows Amy Raye and Pru in alternating threads, Breaking Wild assumes the white-knuckled pace of a thriller laying bare Amy Raye's ultimate reckoning with the secrets of her life, and Pru's dogged pursuit of the woman who, against all odds, she believes she can find"--… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Breaking Wild
Auteurs:Diane Les Becquets (Auteur)
Info:Berkley (2017), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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This is a tale of survival – both of the elements in the wild and of life in general. Told through the eyes of two tough women, this story is mainly about Amy Rae, a hunter (in more than one sense of the term) who goes missing when conditions turn bad. Injured, lost, and soon presumed dead, Amy Rae struggles to survive while also struggling with her dark past. A damaged character, at times her pain radiates off the pages, but it is that very pain that fuels her will to survive.

The other narrator is Pru, one of the officials called in on the initial search for Amy Rae. The more Pru gets to know about Amy Rae, the more she feels the need to discover what has happened to the missing woman, if only to provide her family with some closure. The more the reader gets to know about Pru, the more apparent it becomes that there are many parallels between the two independent women, although they have chosen different ways to handle their pain.

This is the first adult novel by author Diane Les Becquets. The writing is lovely, the story engaging, and the pacing suspenseful. Quite honestly, I didn’t know how the story would end until I finished reading. There were a few loose ends that I would have liked tied up – such as what became of certain characters, but I see this as a good thing. Too often lately I’ve found that I don’t care enough about the characters I’ve been reading to give them a second thought after I’ve closed the book. Les Becquets is definitely an author to watch. 5 stars. ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
4.5 stars.

Diane Les Becquets' Breaking Wild is a suspense-laden novel of survival and redemption. This compelling story unfolds from the alternating perspectives of lost hunter Amy Raye Latour and Bureau of Land Management Ranger Pru Hathaway and it is impossible to put down as the search for Amy Raye thunders to a thrilling conclusion.

During a weekend hunting trip, Amy Raye sets out on to bag an elk with nothing but a bow and arrow and a limited amount of supplies. While tracking the injured elk, the weather turns treacherous and Amy Raye quickly loses her bearings once darkness falls. With dogged determination, she continues trying to return to safety until a devastating injury leaves her stranded in a secluded cave where she soon faces frigid temperatures, numerous snowstorms and wild animals.

Pru and her search and rescue dog Kona are quickly called in to look for Amy Raye but deteriorating weather conditions soon hamper the team's rescue efforts. Recovering numerous clues during the search, local Sheriff Colm McCormac tries to determine what happened to Amy Raye. Unlike the other members of the search, Pru is not convinced that Amy Rae is dead and over the next several weeks, she continues looking for her on her own.

Amy Raye is an experienced outdoorswoman with a strong sense of survival. Battling the elements, she knows the steps to take to keep herself alive and she remains hopeful she will find her way back to civilization. With nothing but time on her hands, Amy Raye becomes quite introspective as she reflects on the mistakes of her past and her somewhat troubled marriage.

Pru also has a bit of tragic past but she has forged a successful life for herself and her teenage son, Joseph. She is a rather solitary person and while she does not date, she and Colm are good friends. Although the official search for Amy Raye has been called off, Pru cannot forget the lost woman and she continues to pore over evidence while still hunting for her. Discovering new information, she expands her search area but Pru is frustrated by her inability to locate Amy Raye.

Beautifully rendered and impeccably researched, Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets is a magnificent story of inner strength, survival and ultimately, a journey of healing and self discovery. This well-written novel has an engaging storyline and a cast of multi-faceted, sympathetic characters. A riveting read that I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
You know how movies can have you sitting on the edge of your seat? Well, that's what Diane Les Becquets' Breaking Wild did to me. This book is, in part, an homage to the wonderful Colorado wilderness. In talking about grief and love and wild spaces, it is downright poetic. But much more than that, it is a survival story and a character study of two amazing women.

On the surface, the women seem to be opposites. Pru Hathaway has only had two relationships in her whole life, and now the BLM archaeological law enforcement ranger's son Joseph is about to finish high school. Hers has been a very self-contained yet rewarding life. Amy Raye Latour is a wife and the mother of two...and when it comes to men, she's made one disastrous choice after another. So many disastrous choices that her marriage is in very real danger. Pru looks within herself for what she needs; Amy Raye looks outside herself. The only two ways these women are similar is in their love of wild spaces and the fact that neither one of them knows how to give up.

In alternating chapters, we hear from both Pru and Amy Raye. When a cougar begins a cat-and-mouse game with Amy Raye, Les Becquets really tightens the thumbscrews on this tale of survival. I was so caught up in the story of Breaking Wild, that I cried at the end-- and that very seldom happens to me. This is an exceptional tale well told. If you're in the mood for a rollercoaster ride of a character study featuring beautiful wilderness and two fantastic women, don't wait to get your hands on a copy of Breaking Wild. Wow. ( )
  cathyskye | Jul 1, 2019 |
This book is far from perfect, but I found myself quickly captivated by the characters and the situation. The more I think about it, I'm sure I'll find things to pick apart, but as a reading experience, I found myself utterly engrossed and invested in the outcome.

My biggest complaint, though, has to be sidelining of Kono, the search and rescue dog, for much of the second half of the book. More dog = more better. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
I listened to Breaking Wild over the course of about a week. As the story progressed, I found myself making more and more time to listen. It was terrific!

In a nutshell, it's about a woman who goes hunting alone one morning and doesn't return when she should. During search and rescue, a woman working for the Bureau of Land Management gets especially invested in finding this particular hunter. The story is told from both perspectives, and I thought each narrator was excellent.

I'm not a hunter, in fact I'm 100% city girl. For me, this was an escape and learn type story. I learned about the process and motivations behind hunting. And because it was so different from my own life, it felt like a complete escape from reality.

The pacing and suspense are very well done. Both main characters are flawed, but admirable and strong. The secondary characters flesh out the story well. It's a solid 3.5 stars and I rounded up. The only reason I didn't give it more stars is because it wasn't a "best ever" type book. Nevertheless, it's worth the time if you're interested in a unique suspense novel. ( )
  TheBibliophage | Mar 20, 2018 |
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"It is the last weekend of the season for Amy Raye Latour to get away. Driven to spend days alone in the wilderness, Amy Raye, mother of two, is compelled by the quiet and the rush of nature. But this time, her venture into a remote area presents a different set of dangers than Amy Raye has planned for and she finds herself on the verge of the precarious edge that she's flirted with her entire life. When Amy Raye doesn't return to camp, ranger Pru Hathaway and her dog respond to the missing person's call. After an unexpected snowfall and few leads, the operation turns into a search and recovery. Pru, though, is not resigned to that. The more she learns about the woman for whom she is searching, and about Amy Raye's past, the more she suspects that Amy Raye might yet be alive. Pru's own search becomes an obsession for a woman whose life is just as mysterious as the clues she has left behind. As the novel follows Amy Raye and Pru in alternating threads, Breaking Wild assumes the white-knuckled pace of a thriller laying bare Amy Raye's ultimate reckoning with the secrets of her life, and Pru's dogged pursuit of the woman who, against all odds, she believes she can find"--

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