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.
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Untraceable starts with suspense you can't ignore. I like that each chapter starts as a survival skill. It gives the book a unique trait while making chapter names low maintenance enough for the author to focus on the actual story. I've seen a lot of criticism about the naiveté of Grace's search, but I think that's what makes her a believable, well rounded character.
Because we know Grace has grown up in the woods and that makes her confident about her search. But her search is very clearly emotionally driven, which we see as she tears up every time she sees a photo of her dad or talks about him. And even though she grew up in the woods, she's still young and hasn't really gone through the professional training that the Fish/wildlife preserve and the police department had.
So emotions+young ambition=naive recklessness.
I very much enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to several people, but I would much sooner buy it from a library than buy it for myself.