Series: The Nature of Grace #1
Publisher: Coleman & Stott
Date Published: November 29th 2011
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Description: 16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival.
When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.
One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father.
Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.
I kind of have mixed feelings about Untraceable. It started out very slow for me, in fact I read it for a book club and didn’t finish. This doesn’t usually happen. I thought all the detail about survival tips at the beginning was more info dump than world building. Ok, we get it, her Dad taught her all these great survival skills and now he’s missing, presumed dead, but Grace refuses to believe it and she’s out there looking for him. It just took a bit to finally get to the good stuff. But I kept reading and it did finally get really good. Grace continues to put herself in danger and uncovers a bear poaching operation that her Dad was likely trying to stop before he went missing. This is a story where you don’t know who you can trust, because Grace is very shocked to learn who is actually behind it all. Along the way she meets Mo, who ends up having secrets of his own and his story remains a bit open ended so we know there will be more in a sequel. Without giving too much away, the last third or so of this book pulls no punches and is definitely a roller coaster. I can’t imagine what Grace went through to find and lose so much in one day. Overall this was a pretty good read, though it might have benefited from further editing to speed up the action in the beginning and iron out a few continuity issues. This book was a freebie when I picked it up and it usually sits at 99 cents or so, so it is a good cheap read.