Amy Rivers, author of the literary thriller, Complicit, holds degrees in political science and psychology, and has extensive experience with the topic of this true-to-life contemporary fiction. Protagonist, Kate Medina, is introduced through a brief glimpse of her traumatic teen years. She and her friend, Roman, had discovered the murdered remains of a fellow high school friend. She then abruptly left town to attend college with no intention of returning.
Kate is in denial of a romantic relationship with Roman. However, their cooperative involvement in solving what appears to be a local sex trafficking organization turns an abandoned friendship into something deeper.
The reader is led into the persuasive personalities and lives of the characters, the drama of dysfunctional families, and the secret lives of community leaders. The reader will be forced to recognize and analyze similar situations in his own town.
The author has written a compelling, and captivating, timely thriller. Has she fictionalized a real situation in Alamogordo and other similar towns or used her expertise to tell a moral story? The contemporary world of sexual assault and trafficking is hideously denied and covered up. Young girls who have suffered betrayal and physical and emotional abuse deserve to have their stories told to enlighten and protect others. Watch for other novels in Rivers’ “Legacy of Silence Series.”