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Leave No Trace

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  5,973 ratings  ·  963 reviews
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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

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 almost kills Maya in the process, the two form a st
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Mindy Mejia
Shelves: from-publisher
Happy Pub Day!!!

"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 line between thought provoking an
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

The 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 works in the psychiatric facility where Lucas is p
Larry H
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 trying to rob an outfitter store. He became aggress
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 he is caught breaking and entering an outfitters. ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: email invite from Atria via Net Galley
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 is nicely outlined in the blurb. This is different,
Diane S ☔
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
3. 5 A young man, now ninteen, missing with his father, since he was ten, comes out of the wild, and placed in a mental institution. Maya, a young speech therapist, once a patient herself after the loss of her mother, is assigned his case. He refused to speak, but seems to have a natural connection to Maya.

The boundary Waters, this natural, wild, beautiful place was the draw here. A place wonderfully described and Ely, where my son and his family spend a few weeks every summer. The question here
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 feelings and initial impression of this book.

I thought
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
3.5 Stars* (rounded down)

Maya works as a Licensed Speech Therapist at a facility she knows all too well, one at which she used to be a patient herself. One day, someone new arrives: Lucas Blackthorn. Lucas went missing 10 years ago with his father in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, only to turn up alone, uncommunicative and violent.

Never has Maya felt more drawn to someone or needed to help someone more then Lucas, who wants to go back to the Boundary Waters to find his father, hopefully alive. Ma
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AUDIO: Not the best narrator, but not the worst either. I was able to listen to the whole novel without cringing too much. That's always a good thing.

This is my second book to read by Mindy Mejia, a super-talented author, and I did enjoy it. As with Everything You Want Me to Be, this novel only confirms to me that Mejia is truly a YA writer. I would have eaten up these books as a thirteen year old. As a mumblemumble something yr-old, they sadly don't resonate with me now.

Mejia can con
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 ideal last image for Lucas of his dad. I like Maya’s dad’s ...more
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“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 explanation for years. She has a great relationship with her father
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5

I know everyone raved about her previous book but Leave No Trace is the first book I have read by Mindy Mejia, and after this one I am definitely going back ASAP to read Everything You Want Me to Be.

What it's about: Maya is a speech therapist at a psychiatric facility in Duluth when she gets tasked with connecting with a new high profile patient. 10 years earlier, Josiah and his 9 year old son Lucas disappeared into the woods surrounding the Boundary Waters never to be seen again.
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 & maroon hair set her apart. She lives with her dad Bria
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Normally I liked winter - the four-foot drifts, the nostril freezing arctic blasts that drove all the tourists away, leaving the town to the hardy, the survivors who bundled up and shoveled oceans of snow before retreating to our mugs and fleece blankets to wait out the endless December nights. Winter in Duluth was antisocial paradise and for someone whose mother suffered from chronic depression, there was a disconcerting comfort in the isolation. A home I recognized, even if I hadn't a ...more
Sarah Joint
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, atmospheric, and compelling. My first thought when I finished this one was a simple "wow".

No doubt the forests and lakes of the Boundary Waters in Minnesota hide many secrets, but it turns out they could hide people as well. Ten years after he disappeared with his father, a boy who is now a young man appears back in civilization, caught ransacking an outfitter store. He is violent and refuses to speak to anyone, almost feral. Maya, a young language therapist, seems to be the only one
Mary Kubica
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 yet I can't think of a more perfect and a more fitt
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 and she’s not your average mystery protagonist. She’s a
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 been declared dead but the sight of Lucas here in the
Erin Clemence
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel.

“Leave No Trace” is the newest novel by author Mindy Mejia (of “Everything You Want Me To Be” fame.) Her novels have always seemed to end up on my TBR list, but I have yet to experience her work.

Ten years ago, Josiah Blackthorn and his son, Lucas, disappeared in the Minnesota wilderness. Both were presumed dead until the day Lucas Blackthorn is discovered and brought to Congdon psychiatric faci
Book of Secrets
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
LEAVE NO TRACE is part mystery/part survivalist story, set in and near Minnesota's wilderness area called the Boundary Waters. A boy named Lucas disappeared with his father in this place, and a decade later at age 19 he makes a rather violent reappearance. Where has he been for 10 years, and what happened to his father?

Unwilling to communicate with authorities, Lucas is sent to a mental health facility, where he's assigned to Maya Stark, a young speech therapist, in hopes she'll make a connectio
Leave No Trace wasn't much of a thriller or a mystery as a whole but it incorporates a captivating natural setting and it was an interesting exploration of what abandonment looks and feels like within a variety of dynamics. In my opinion, this story requires the reader to suspend disbelief when it comes to the romance element, but overall I enjoyed the reading experience.

My favorite quote:
"Maybe our parents are only ever ideas in our heads, poorly enacted by the people who brought us to life. I
Sep 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Rounded up.
This was a really fast and entertaining thriller on some subjects I’ve never tackled before. I am fascinated with people that ‘live off the grid’ (I wouldn’t make it a week🤪)and feel the author was well researched on that topic. There are some aspects of plot that were slightly ‘too out there’ to believe, but I still enjoyed this book enough that the pros outweighed the cons. I have more of her books I can’t wait to start reading!
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 father disappeared in the nearby Boundary Water ...more
Kathi Defranc
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 psychiatrists.
We learn about Maya,what has happened in her
Liz Barnsley
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 the untamed Lucas are drawn together by more than just
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about a book, which had some promise if just to be an easy read, but simply became frustrating because the author did not do her due diligence in researching Mental health and or behavioral health, hospital protocol. Come on, at least visit a hospital to see how a seriously dangerous patients environment would look like.
I'm not going to get into all the errors and unrealistic plot formations (following along with the authors' weak character back story).

Alas, I took this book wit
Mary  Carrasco
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mindy Mejia's talent shines through in Leave No Trace. I loved her previous book as well but she shows that she's clearly not a one trick pony here with a different style altogether. Leave No Trace was beautiful, atmospheric and suspenseful. The characters were well rendered and it was easy to sympathize with their situation. It gets all of the stars from me and I'll anxiously await Mejia's next book! ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I went into this book with a lot of enthusiasm, as I really loved her previous book, "Everything You Want Me to be". Sadly, I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as her first. I will definitely be looking out for future books by Mindy Mejia. I requested and read this book from my public library. ...more
Karl Jorgenson
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a romance, pretending to be a mystery, with an hidden agenda as a psychological something. The broad premise is intriguing: 19-year-old Lucas comes out of the wilderness in N. Minnesota after being missing (along with his father) for ten years. Turns out they've been living WAY off the grid. He breaks into a store, a woman is killed, and they lock him up in a psych hospital (because he's uncooperative.)
Apparently they have very low standards for psychiatric care in Duluth. Lucas opens up
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My name is Mindy Mejia and I’m a writer. I write because, ever since I was six years old, my favorite game has been pretend. My life doesn't have symmetry, theme, symbolism, or meditated beauty and I gravitate toward these things like a houseplant to the sun. I love the perfect words; I love how 'fierce' and 'confounded' and 'swagger' look on the page and how my chest expands when I read them. I w ...more

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