Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia
Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on September 4, 2018 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 336
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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.
After reading – and loving – Mindy Mejia’s Everything You Want Me to Be a couple years back, I was so excited when Leave No Trace appeared on my radar. And it definitely lived up to my expectations!
Mejia’s writing style really works for me. She sets a tone from page one that gets in the readers head and sticks there until the very last sentence. The setting helped to draw this as well, taking place in and around the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, a large area of wilderness comprising a mixture of forests, glacial lakes, and streams. And she evokes vivid descriptions of this place while keeping the story moving at a fast pace and creating unique characters with great development individually and in their relationships.
There are a few historical stories and events that are also woven into this book, which is right up my alley. These accounts are intriguing in and of themselves, but also add extra context and depth to some of the themes explored here. This is a story of love and loss, right and wrong, and all the gray areas in between. And I could not put it down.
In the end, Leave No Trace hit all the right notes for me. I do believe I’ve found an auto-read author in Mindy Mejia and can’t wait to see what she does next!