Psychologist and police consultant Dr. Pepper Hunt, struggling to deal with the murder of her husband, leaves the private practice they shared and relocates to Wyoming. There, in the stark landscape of the high desert, there is nothing to remind her of everything she lost and left behind. Then her new patient, Kimi Benally, goes missing in a Wyoming blizzard after her last therapy session—making Pepper the last person to see her. She knows the secrets Kimi shared in therapy hold clues to her mysterious disappearance, and she joins forces with Detective Beau Antelope to try to discover what’s happened to her. But as she follows the trail of Kimi’s obsession with the past, Pepper begins to fear the worst for her missing patient—and her own haunted memories surface.
#FirstLine It was the Monday before Christmas, and I was in my office at the Hilltop Medical Center, waiting for the crisis to happen.
A great start to a series and one I plan to follow... Last Seen was well plotted with great characters and a story that was really easy to get lost in.
J.L. Doucette's clinical work as a psychologist helps her create fictional characters with depth and complexity that the reader can relate to easily. She worked for many years in rural Wyoming where she encountered the stoic nature of people living small towns and on the Wind River Reservation. Her debut novel, Last Seen: A Dr. Pepper Hunt Mystery, won a Finalist Award in the Next Generation Indie Awards and a Distinguished Favorite in the Independent Press Awards in 2017.