Tuesday 18 December 2018

#BookReview Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia @MejiaWrites @QuercusBooks

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the author of the “compelling” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) and critically acclaimed Everything You Want Me to Be, a riveting and suspenseful thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a boy and his stunning return ten years later.

There is a place in Minnesota with hundreds of miles of glacial lakes and untouched forests called the Boundary Waters. Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned.

Search teams found their campsite ravaged by what looked like a bear. They were presumed dead until a decade later...the son appeared. Discovered while ransacking an outfitter store, he was violent and uncommunicative and sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark, the assistant language therapist, is charged with making a connection with their high-profile patient. No matter how she tries, however, he refuses to answer questions about his father or the last ten years of his life

But Maya, who was abandoned by her own mother, has secrets, too. And as she’s drawn closer to this enigmatic boy who is no longer a boy, she’ll risk everything to reunite him with his father who has disappeared from the known world.


Last year I read the fabulous Everything You Want Me to Be by Mejia and I've been looking forward to reading Leave No Trace. And just like with Everything You Want Me to Be is the writing excellent in this book. I greatly enjoy reading mystery books and I was engrossed with the story of this book. What happened to the man and the boy after they disappeared ten years ago? What's the boy's story? Can Maya Stark, the assistant language therapist get him to talk? Maya herself has secrets, and a traumatizing upbringing. Her mother left the family when she was little.

As the story progresses do we learn more about Maya, what she's been through. We also get to know more about the boy's story, what he was doing in the outfitter store and why he's hellbent on escaping the psychiatric facility. And as Maya is growing closer to him is she more and more risking everything to help him. But, is he really worth it all?

Leave No Trace is a great book that I warmly recommend!

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

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