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Leave No Trace is one of the best books I've read in a long time and is easily in my top five books of 2018. It's an outstanding psychological suspense novel that's packed full of twists I genuinely did not see coming and with an ending that's somehow uplifting yet a very real reminder of how far we will go in the name of what we see as justice.

And to top it all off, it's gorgeously written as well!

I want to avoid spoilers because this book is so good I think you should be as sucked in by the plot's twists and turns as I was but the basic premise is this: Lucas Blackthorn, who was last seen in the company of his father, vanished into Minnesota's Boundary Woods forest a decade ago. He is found breaking into a store near the edge of the woods, arrested for assaulting the owner, and, as he refuses to communicate, sent to Congdon, a psychiatric facility, in the hopes that he'll get enough treatment to be able to tell authorities what happened to him.

Maya Stark is a relatively new member of Congdon's staff, working as a speech therapist. She's also a former patient.

And she is assigned to work with Lucas.

From there, it's off and running and you might think you know what's going to happen...but trust me, you don't. I'm not usually surprised by suspense novels, but this one...wow! I actually gasped twice while reading this and I can't remember the last time that happened.

I would have finished this in a day except I had to work and sleep but every spare second I found I returned to this astonishing book.

Tldr: Leave No Trace is easily one of the best books of 2018. Read it! Seriously. Read. It.