Friday, September 14, 2018

Leave No Trace
by Mindy Mejia

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.


Kritters Thoughts:  Maya Stark is a speech therapist working in a psychiatric facility.  An interesting case enters the place and Maya is placed as the responsible person to bring this young man out of his shell and tell them what happened to him.  You see, he showed up after going missing in the woods with his father 10 years ago and his reentrance into society was quite dramatic.  At the same time, the reader knows that everything in Maya's life isn't exactly all sunshine and rainbows and its going to be a journey to find out.

I was on board with this book and liked most parts of it until one thing happened 2/3 of the way through - don't want to give too much away to spoil anything.  At that point I just shook my head and was disappointed as to where I thought and realized the book was going to go.  

I still liked Maya as a character and found her past to be the most interesting part of the book.  I loved learning about how she became who she was in the present and how that affected how she treated her patients.  At the same time, I also loved the chapters from the past of Josiah, the glimpses into how and why this father son ended up in the woods was the heart of the story for me.  

I wish I had held onto this book to read on a cold wintry weekend.  The location in Minnesota and the time of year made this book a good wintry read.  I maybe would have enjoyed the setting of the book more if I was snuggled in a warm blanket.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row


Ebook 2018 Challenge: 73 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Atria Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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