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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.

Leave No Trace

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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.


Mindy Mejia

Mindy Mejia received her MFA from Hamline University. Her debut novel, THE DRAGON KEEPER, was published by Ashland Creek Press in 2012, and the critically acclaimed EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE was published in 2017. The granddaughter of Minnesota farmers, she lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children.

Book Details

Publisher Atria
Genre Mysteries & Thrillers
Publication Date Sep 04 2018
ISBN 9781501177361


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May 08 2020 – 03:04 AM


This is an excellent and unique thriller. A decade prior a father and his young son disappear...

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Feb 25 2020 – 11:20 AM


This novel was brilliant! I read it in two sittings and found myself thinking of the characters...

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Jun 19 2019 – 10:40 PM

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