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Leave No Trace

by Mindy Mejia

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Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2018
    336 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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.

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"Starred Review. The author uses Lake Superior's violent storms and the Boundary Waters' forbidding wilderness to intensify the story's emotional impact and heighten its exploration into the unpredictability of half-buried secrets." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Mejia's thrilling tale works both as an engaging mystery and a haunting meditation on grief, abandonment, and the lost places within ourselves. Brutal, devastating, and utterly riveting." - Kirkus

"Although overly plotted, especially with what feel like forced symmetries between Maya's and Lucas's backstories, the novel is saved by its arresting characters - none more so than the mysterious, primeval expanse of the Boundary Waters itself. Mejia remains a writer to watch." - Publishers Weekly

"A tense and gripping read that plumbs the depths of grief and longing. Leave No Trace is as thrilling as a whitewater rapid and as dark as the Minnesotan wilderness itself." - Amy Gentry, internationally bestselling author of Good as Gone

"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." - Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of The Marriage Lie

"This novel deserves the top-spot on your reading list!" - Hannah Mary McKinnon, author of The Neighbors

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Mindy Mejia

Mindy Mejia received her MFA from Hamline University. Her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, was published by Ashland Creek Press in 2012. The granddaughter of Minnesota farmers, she lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children. She is the author of Everything You Want Me to Be.

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