- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (September 4, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501177362
- ISBN-13: 978-1501177361
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“With intensely complicated characters, a fast-paced plot, lots of twists and turns, and an impeccable ending, LEAVE NO TRACE is the type of book one finishes in one sitting, preferably with rain pattering on the window and a cup of coffee in hand.” (Minnesota Monthly Magazine)
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“I fell in love with Mindy Mejia’s EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE, and with LEAVE NO TRACE she solidifies her position as one of my go-to authors. Smart, sophisticated and with characters so real, I kept expecting Maya and Lucas to stroll out of the forest. This novel deserves the top-spot on your reading list!” (Hannah Mary McKinnon, author of THE NEIGHBORS)
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About the Author
Mindy Mejia received her MFA from Hamline University. Her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, was published by Ashland Creek Press in 2012. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children. She is the author of Everything You Want Me to Be and Leave No Trace.
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Reader: Okay, so this is not my genre. Like at all. And this book reminded me why. I just don't like books that attempt to build suspense by straddling the real/not real, crazy/not crazy narrator line. I mean, I'm not a huge fan of unreliable narrators to begin with, but I can understand that sometimes they're called for. After all we often view things in ways that are always accurate. That's part of being human. But this one take it a bit too far. I think that if it had chosen a different narrator (Josiah perhaps-his parts are delightful or Lucas, still unreliable but more interesting) it would have been more enjoyable. Mindy is to manic pixie dream girl for my tastes.
In the likes of her previous book, the plot is unique and intriguing. You get pieces of the current story intermingled with the past and how they eventually connect. I was a little shocked in how the past connected to the present. The author is a genius in this fact.
The downside. I was disappointed in the telling of this book. Most of the book drug. There was more down time in the book than things actually happening. I found myself struggling to keep going in many places. I needed a little bit more in this book for me to fall in love with it.
Overall, this wasn't necessarily a bad book. I am sure there will be people that will fall in love with it. However, there will be many that will be bored due to the lack of things happening to keep their attention.
Leave No Trace is now on my list of absolute favorites. It's about two wayward souls who cross paths at a time when both their lives are in turmoil, & through that chaos they quickly form a bond, but they both have secrets that will either solidify that bond or tear them apart. Mindy weaves a beautiful tapestry about family, mental illness, depression, regrets, forging your own path, & finding home. It's about the pressure of meeting the expectations of others. Mostly, it's about the peace that comes when you find what feeds your very soul. As usual, there's a mystery to be solved, but it's not the heart of this well layered tale. I found that extremely refreshing.
This book was a very easy & entertaining read for me. Her writing just flows so effortlessly. I appreciate the time & detail she put into fleshing out these characters, their motivations, & their environment. I found myself really invested in these people & the outcome of the story. I even learned a fair amount about the Boundary Waters. Mindy Mejia knows how to capture it's beauty on paper, for sure! She is one of my favorite authors. With writing like this, she always will be! I can't wait to see what she writes next, & I highly recommend this book.
Thank you Bookish First, Emily Bestler Books /Atria Books, & Mindy Mejia for this gifted copy.