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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 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. That is, until Lucas turns up trying to rob an outfitter store in Ely in the middle of the night a decade later. He is violent and unresponsive and ends up being transported to the psychiatric facility where Maya works. Both of them have secrets and soon they form an attachment that causes Maya to want to do anything to help Lucas reunite with his father.

This book was a real page-turner of a story and I did not want to put it down. I think someone could easily read this in a day because the pacing is so on point. I loved Maya, although not always her choices, but she was a very intriguing character and I liked hearing things from her point of view.

I also loved that the story is set in my home state of Minnesota. It was cool to read about places that I have either been, or at least knew about, throughout the book. I much prefer that to authors entirely making everything up.

Final Thought: I don't really have anything else to say about this book as I think it is best to read it and let it carry you on the journey. And to be honest it left me feeling pretty speechless! Leave No Trace felt very atmospheric and even the places I wasn't familiar with came alive in my mind. There is a lot of action in the book and the ending was a total surprise for me. Highly recommend and so happy I read this book.