It’s time for my favorite reading challenge, Readers Imbibing Peril! To join, just read as many mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, dark fantasy, supernatural, or Gothic books as you’d like
September 1st August 27th – October 31st, and post/discuss them on your blog, Instagram, or Twitter. Yep, the official launch this year is a few days early, so grab those spooky books!
Use #RIPXVI or tag @PerilReaders to connect with other challenge participants. R.I.P. is also on Discord this year! Peril of the Group Read is THE SUNDIAL by Shirley Jackson.
I’m pinning this post to the top of my blog and will keep track of books for this challenge here:
- NOT A HAPPY FAMILY by Shari Lapena [3.5/5]
- A LESSON IN VENGEANCE by Victoria Lee [2/5]
- MRS. MARCH by Virginia Feito [3.5/5]
Happy R.I.P. Reading!
🦇 It’s time once again for my favorite fall reading challenge, Readers Imbibing Peril! It’s very simple, just read as many mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, or Gothic books as you’d like between September 1st and October 31st, and discuss on Instagram or Twitter.
🎃 Use #RIPXV or tag @PerilReaders to connect with other challenge participants!
🕷️ Books I’ve read for RIPXV:
- ONE STEP BEHIND by Lauren North
- SCRITCH SCRATCH by Lindsay Currie
- THE HEATWAVE by Kate Riordan
- THE TWO MRS. CARLYLES by Susan Rindell
- THE COMPANION by Katie Alender
- THE VACATION by T.M. Logan
- THE NESTING by C.J. Cooke
- HAUNTED HOMICIDE by Lucy Ness
What? Readers Imbibing Peril Reading Challenge
When? September 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Where? Link up @ readersimbibingperil.com
Why? It’s fun!!! 🎃
How? Read Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy,
Supernatural, Gothic, and Horror
R.I.P. XIV Books Read:
- A GIRL NAMED ANNA by Lizzy Barber
- THE WOLF WANTS IN by Laura McHugh
- THE STRANGERS by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- THE VANISHED BRIDE by Bella Ellis
- WE SPEAK IN STORMS by Natalie Lund
- THE GHOST OF CRUTCHFIELD HALL by Mary Downing Hahn
- THE SILENT COMPANIONS by Laura Purcell
- THE BODIES IN THE LIBRARY by Marty Wingate
LEAVE NO TRACE by Mindy Mejia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Mindy Mejia’s latest novel is part mystery/part survivalist story, set in and near Minnesota’s wilderness area called the Boundary Waters. A boy named Lucas disappeared with his father in this place, and a decade later at age 19 he makes a rather violent reappearance. Where has he been for 10 years, and what happened to his father?
Unwilling to communicate with authorities, Lucas is sent to a mental health facility, where he’s assigned to Maya Stark, a young speech therapist, in hopes she’ll make a connection with him. Maya is struggling with her own troubling secrets and personal issues, and on top of that Lucas proves to be a very difficult patient.
I’m left with a lukewarm feeling towards this book. I was drawn in by the unique premise and loved the survivalist aspects of the story and the wilderness descriptions. I did keep wondering how the pieces of the puzzle would fit, and I liked the twist that brought everything together.
On the other hand, I felt like this book was too slow paced to be a suspense/thriller. I struggled to become invested in the characters, and Maya, in particular, I never cared for. She wasn’t that interesting and her actions were downright unethical. I also never understood why a 23-year old speech therapist with little experience would be put in charge of a high-profile, dangerous patient.
I adored Mindy Mejia’s first book, and though LEAVE NO TRACE didn’t thrill me as much, I will definitely keep an eye out for her next novel.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley & Bookish First in exchange for an honest review.