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’s story quickly jumps to her return to her hometown, Alamogordo, New Mexico, twenty years later after the death of her mother. A trained forensic psychologist, Kate has reluctantly moved back to care for her invalid father while taking on the position of high school counselor. Her role leads to her involvement in the trauma of a girl found beaten, raped, and dead. When another student, Mandy, is reported missing, Kate is in conflict.
Before leaving town to attend college, Kate had a deep relationship with her best friend, Roman. She had abandoned her boyfriend in an effort to escape the confines of the small town. Now in her new life thrown back into her hometown, she must confront her feelings towards him as well as her compulsion to help Mandy, a surly depressed student.