Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned. They were presumed dead until a decade later...the son appeared. He is sent to a psychiatric facility, where he meets an assistant language therapist with secrets of her own.
The excellent Leave No Trace works well as a look at mental health recovery, surviving in the wild and navigating a media frenzy. The maturation of Maya and Lucas enhances the story as Mejia delves into their backgrounds and provides an intense look at Josiah’s motives for disappearing ... A strong sense of place infuses Leave No Trace, especially the expansive Boundary Waters.
...[an] evocative new thriller ... This psychological thriller is a triumph on two fronts: its evocative northern Minnesota setting, and the forthright voice of Maya Stark, its narrator ... Along with the breathtaking descriptions of the Boundary Waters...Mejia also evokes Duluth, its people and the 'absolute reign of Superior' with humility and humor ... Maya is such a refreshing change from the trend of unreliable 'girls' in current thrillers.
Mindy Mejia knows how to build suspense, and has timed every twist and turn perfectly, constantly raising the stakes for her characters. Maya and Lucas are both mysterious and well-developed, and their chemistry is palpable ... Mindy Mejia kicks things up a notch, delivering another nail-biting page-turner that grabs you early and never lets go ... Leave No Trace is her best thriller yet.