Book Review Of “Leave No Trace” By Mindy Mejia @AtriaBooks @EmilyBestler


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. (From Goodreads)

Thank you Atria Books for gifting me with a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3 out of 5 Stars.

I was excited to get my hands on Meija’s new book, and when the ARC came in the mail, I may have squealed a big, I absolutely loved her last book “Everything You Want Me To Be”. I was so curious to see what she would write as her follow-up book.

It seems I may be in the minority here, but I wasn’t in love with this book, I liked it, but I found the pacing to be very slow, and I just couldn’t get this book to grab my attention. I did appreciate her details though, and her description of the Boundary Waters, it sounds like a place I’d love to see. I don’t want to go in to too many details, but there are some nice plot twists in the book, and once those were occurring, I could not put the book down, and then the pace slowed again for me. Even with not loving the book, I believe Meija has fantastic writing skills, and I will continue to be first in line for her next book. I actually really did like that she wrote a completely different style of book than her first, these two books are polar opposite, and I believe many, many readers are going to enjoy this one.

This book is out on Sept. 4th. I will include some helpful links below.

Add It On Goodreads Here

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