Rating: 5.0/5.0 Stars!
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Main Takeaway: An exciting mystery that keeps you turning the pages to find out more. Must read!
*I received this novel from the publisher, Atria Books, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation for this review, and the opinions expressed were not influenced by this transaction.*
In the forested town of Boundary Waters, a man and his son went missing in the vast woods and were presumed dead, until ten years later when the son, Lucas, is discovered as part of a crime and is sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark, a language therapist, is tasked with finding answers to his ten year disappearance. She finds that Lucas and herself are not so different from one another, and becomes irrevocably dedicated to solving the mystery of Lucas and Josiah Blackthorn.
I love everything about this novel. The pacing. The plot twist. The resolution. It all fell together so perfectly, and not in that annoying squeaky-clean way. I love the setting of Boundary Waters (give me a creepy forest, a raging winter, and a couple murders and I will 15 out of 10 times read that book every time). I fell in love with Maya and Lucas, and found myself rooting for all their nefarious activities, and I love how Mejia made me feel like I could put myself in their shoes. I love how this novel discusses mental illness with true empathy. And if you’ve been following my reviews for a while now, you will know how I love a novel where no word, no scene, no backstory goes unresolved – I love how this novel makes every word, fact, statement inside it count and brings it all home.
Leave No Trace is a book that kept me excited to read it from the first to the last page. Leave No Trace is a truly unique take on the psychological thriller genre that you will not want to miss.