Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

Leave No Trace

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 ...

Details Leave No Trace

TitleLeave No Trace
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherAtria/Emily Bestler Books
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Leave No Trace

  • Meredith
    Unputdownable! Leave No Trace is a highly addictive psychological thriller that kept me glued to the pages! Lucas Blackthorn was last seen when he was nine years old--he and his father disappeared without a trace. 10 years later, he makes a dramatic reentry into society which results in him being committed to a mental health facility. Maya Stark, a 23-year old speech therapist, is assigned to work with Lucas. After Lucas tries to escape and almo...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    "Belief is a powerful thing. It grabs you, unmakes you, changes the tilt and angle of everything around you into an entirely different geometry. You see the world in a new shape and no matter how horrible the belief, no matter what awful things it makes you do, a part of you is still grateful for the structure."I'm 2 for 2 out of the Mindy Mejia books I've read so far, and I love it. Her novels are lightning quick and tend to hover just above the...
  • Debra
    3.5 starsThe Boundary Waters is a wilderness area in Minnesota with hundreds of miles of glacial lakes. Ten years ago, Lucas Blackthorn and his father walked away from society and into the Boundary Waters and were never seen again. That is until Lucas was found while breaking into an outfitters store. Lucas appears to be non-communicative and is placed in a psychiatric hospital for treatment and observation.Maya Stark is a language therapist who ...
  • Larry H
    4.5 stars here.Ten years ago Josiah Blackthorn took his nine-year-old son Lucas camping in the Boundary Waters, an area of northern Minnesota full of forests and ice-cold lakes. One day it appeared their campsite was ravaged by bears or other creatures, and the two were never heard from again. Once media interest died down, the Blackthorns were all but forgotten.Until a night 10 years later, when now-19-year-old Lucas Blackthorn was apprehended t...
  • Paromjit
    This is a wonderfully atmospheric psychological mystery from Mindy Melia that grips from beginning to end. It is set in Duluth, Minnesota and the vast wild wilderness of the forests and lakes of Boundary Waters, locations which are evoked beautifully with Melia's rich descriptions. Josiah Blackthorn took his 9 year old son, Lucas, and disappeared into Boundary Waters. Ten years later, a 19 year old Lucas emerges to a storm of media attention when...
  • Christine
    I loved Ms. Mejia’s last book, Everything You Want Me To Be, so I jumped at the opportunity to land an advanced copy of Leave No Trace. For the most part, I really enjoyed this one as well.For me, the start was a little slow. To be fair, I had just read two outstanding books by gifted writers, so anything in follow up was going to suffer a bit. But once I got hooked on the story, I was totally on board. Props to Ms. Mejia for the premise, which...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    3.5 Stars!My initial impression when I first started reading LEAVE NO TRACE by MINDY MEJIA was that it was an extremely compelling tale and I was totally intrigued in discovering all the multiple layered mysteries that this book had to offer. I found the storyline to be quite interesting and unique but I struggled a little bit with some of the main characters, Maya’s choices that she made and her motivations. Which later did hinder with my feel...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    My Experience: I started reading Leave No Trace on 6/16/18 and finished it on 6/25/18. This book is wow! and nature with camping for an extended period of time is an interesting topic! I like the concept of being left behind, either through unplanned death, shunned, or abandonment. I like following the characters and seeing how they are affected when those events happened to them. I personally don’t like how Josiah exit, it’s just not an idea...
  • Sandy
    After reading Everything You Want Me to Be last year, I knew this was an author I would follow. In this outing she gives us a very different book but with equally compelling characters.The blurb gives a great snapshot of the story so I won’t get into the plot too much. The MC’s are 2 damaged people who have more in common than you initially think. Maya Stark is a speech therapist at Congdon Psychiatric Facility. Her youth, innovative style & ...
  • Dorie
    “Leave No Trace” was quite different from “Everything You Want Me To Be” but it shared one shining quality, strong, well developed, deeply troubled characters that I desperately wanted to help. Here are some of the key points of the story.Maya Stark is a young woman who has been through a lot in her relatively young life. Abandoned by her mother at the age of 10 without a goodbye or an explanation, Maya has been searching for an explanati...
  • Mary Kubica
    At its core, Leave No Trace is slow burn mystery about the reappearance of a young man who disappeared many years before with his father. Where have they been all this time, and why did they disappear in the first place? Where is his father now? But the book is so much more than that too. It's a tender, beautiful love story, a novel about loss, family, friendship and overcoming feelings of abandonment. The finale was one I never saw coming, and y...
  • Amy
    I was a huge fan of Mejia’s debut and have been impatiently waiting for her next book since late 2016, but man was the wait worth it! This was totally different from Everything You Want Me to Be, I love when authors switch things up and avoid getting caught in a formulaic cycle and Mejia surely does that here. It’s every bit as compelling as EYWMTB but in a totally different way that excited me.This is mainly told from Maya’s point of view ...
  • Michelle
    I fell in love with Mindy Mejia's debut novel Everything You Want Me To Be so when I heard she had a 2nd novel coming out I was thrilled. When I won an early ARC through BookishFirst I couldn't believe my luck. Yay me! So what's it about? Maya Stark, a language specialist, is assigned to a strange case. It appears that Lucas Blackthorne has reappeared after going missing 10 years ago with his father in the forests of Boundary Waters. They had bee...
  • Kathi Defranc
    This is a very enjoyable read, a different type of story looking at the relationships in families. What a mother is really,not the child's adoring idea of her Mom but the naked truth, Mom without the rose-colored glasses. We meet a speech therapist , Maya Stark, who works in a house for those with mental challenges. There are floors for people there independently, and a locked ward where the state sends criminals who need therapy with psychiatris...
  • Dennis
    Leave No Trace was just a fast and fabulously told joyride from start to finish. I know many of you love Mindy Mejia's books, but I've never had the opportunity to actually pick up one of her novels before this one, and I'm so happy that I did this time. In rural Minnesota, Maya Stark is working as a language therapist at a psychiatric facility, when the facility receives their most famous patient yet, Lucas Blackthorn. Lucas Blackthorn and his ...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Intriguing suspense story with a bit of a wilderness aspect which creates a unique setting. Mindy Mejia became a must-read author for me after Everything You Want Me to Be and I had been eagerly awaiting her next novel, which did not disappoint! I love how Mejia writes her flawed characters in such realistic and endearing ways that you feel for them, despite all the reasons in the world not to, and Maya is surely an example of this.Thank you Atri...
  • Kristie
    So, I read 47% of this book and I'm just not engaging with it. I'm not sure what the issue is. Honestly, I don't think it's a bad book, but I thought I'd enjoy it a lot more. We're just not clicking. I have to admit that I'm leaving off at chapter 15. There has just been a big reveal and I should be super engaged. I think most people would be really excited to read the next chapter, but... I just don't have enough interest to keep picking it up a...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Having been a huge fan of “The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman“ I was intrigued to find out how Mindy Mejia would follow that up.Leave No Trace is a gorgeous, emotionally resonant read, once again peppered with beautifully drawn characters who creep up on you. Descriptively this is brilliantly done bringing the wild and edgy setting to vivid life.Into this comes Maya, once a psychiatric patient herself, now a person who helps others. But she and...
  • Emily
    I have mixed feelings on Leave No Trace, but I did enjoy it overall, so I'm going with 4 stars instead of 3. This was my first Mindy Mejia book, and it was definitely an intriguing story. The part that held my interest is what is discussed in the synopsis on the back of the book. However, this book heads in a different direction than what I expected, and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. This story is heavier than some thrillers I've rea...
  • Stacee
    I was borderline obsessed with Mindy’s other book, so when I saw this one, I basically jumped on it without reading the synopsis. I loved Maya. She’s smart and resourceful and she’s got a lot of things going on. I loved the relationship she had with her dad and the dog might have been the best part. There are other characters, but I’m not going to say anything about them. Plot wise, the pages were laced with tension pretty much from the s...
  • Tami
    Mindy Mejia’s newest book leaves the school grounds in favor of the Boundary waters of Minnesota, which is a fairly drastic change from her previous book, Everything you Want Me to Be.In Leave No Trace, readers meet Maya Stark, a speech and language therapist at a mental hospital where she was once a patient. Maya has a shocking past. She was abandoned by her mother and is unable to form meaningful friendships. But why was she a patient in a me...
  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    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 Min...
  • Kimberly Belle
    A boy missing for ten years emerges from the Minnesota wilderness in Mindy Mejia’s spellbinding page-turner, Leave No Trace. Dark and atmospheric, with palpably vivid details and complex characters harboring plenty of secrets, Leave No Trace is the perfect combination of gorgeous prose and edge-of-your-seat storytelling. Clear your calendar, this is a book you’ll want to swallow in one sitting. A stunner!
  • Nadine
    3.5Leave No Trace is a story about secrets, family, and the wilderness. With the Boundary Waters as the backdrop, Leave No Trace is a picturesque thriller with an ominous feel.I was excited to get the chance to read Leave No Trace since I loved Mejia’s previous novel, Everything You Want Me to Be. Unfortunately, I didn’t love her latest release as much as I wanted to. There isn’t something specific about the book that I could point to, to e...
  • Elle's Book Blog
    Release Date: September 4, 2018 Genre: Psychological Thriller and Suspense Actual Rating: 4 starsLeave No Trace is a gripping and original thriller with a compelling story-line and complex characters that will leave you reeling from beginning to end. I was absorbed in this story. So much in fact that I looked down to start reading and only looked up from the pages when I was getting close to the end. This author has an exquisite eye for detail...
  • Milena
    4.5 starsI became a fan of Mindy Mejia after reading Everything You Want Me to Be last year. I was eagerly awaiting her next book, Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace is very different from Everything You Want Me to Be but just as brilliant and incredibly engrossing. This is a story about Lucas, a boy who disappeared with his father into Minnesota wilderness only to be found 10 years later with no trace of his father, and Maya, a speech therapist, who...
  • Meigan
    Blending various aspects of mental health, the wilderness, and several mysteries that meld into one, Leave no Trace was an atmospheric page-turner that kept me guessing until the very end. A decade ago, Josiah Blackthorn and his 9 year old son Lucas all but disappeared in the wilderness of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. Present day, Lucas is admitted to the mental health facility where Maya Stark works as a speech therapist, and oddly enough, she...
  • Heidi
    To me, there is nothing more intriguing than a mystery with a wilderness setting and a survival theme, and I can never resist when I stumble across one! I loved that Leave No Trace was inspired by real families who escaped civilisation to live in the wilderness, and Mindy Mejia’s fascination with those real life characters shows in the way she presents Josiah’s background and his motivations to live a life off the grid.The atmospheric setting...
  • Jen
    I knew, when I saw the setting of this book was the Boundary Waters in my amazing state of Minnesota, that I had to get my hands on a copy of it. 🌲The author did not disappoint in setting up the setting with vivid details about this amazing gem. The Boundary Waters, in northern MN, is hundreds of miles of lakes and untouched forests. 🌲In Leave No Trace, a man and his son went camping in the wilderness and never returned. Their campsite was ...