Recently, I received a galley copy of Mindy Mejia’s new book, Leave No Trace, which is coming out September 4. I had never read anything by Mindy Mejia and I absolutely LOVED Leave No Trace, so when I saw that she had another novel, I knew that I wanted to read it.
This book is about Hattie, an 18 year old girl who is wise beyond her years, growing up in a rural farming town in Minnesota and dreaming of moving to New York City.
This book opens with Hattie attempting to run away. The next chapter is the discovery of her dead body. I have an 18 year old daughter and I almost put this book down because it hit too close to home. But I LOVED–like I can not stress enough how much I LOVED “Leave No Trace” so I persisted. And I am so glad that I did. This book is a wild ride. I thought I had figured out who murdered Hattie, but all I can say is: Read to the very last page.
This book is told from the point of view of three characters: Hattie; the chief of police of their small town and her dad’s best friend, Del; and Hattie’s teacher who also directs the school play that Hattie stars in, Peter Lund. I will be honest. I did not like Hattie. I think she was a sociopath. She played people and was extremely self-centered, she had no feeling for other people. But I really did like both Del and Peter and I found them sympathetic characters.
This book is different from other thrillers in that it takes you deep into the many layers of a sociopath’s personality. It was also shocking in parts. If you like thrillers, don’t miss this one and pre-order your copy of Leave No Trace or put in your library hold today!!
From the Publisher:
No one knows who she really is…
Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community.
It soon comes to light that Hattie was engaged in a highly compromising and potentially explosive secret online relationship. The question is: Did anyone else know? And to what lengths might they have gone to end it? Hattie’s boyfriend seems distraught over her death, but had he fallen so deeply in love with her that she had become an obsession? Or did Hattie’s impulsive, daredevil nature simply put her in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading her to a violent death at the hands of a stranger?
Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to death.