Monday, April 19, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Amy Rivers

Dear Reader…

Thank you for picking up a copy of Complicit. Based on the cover and the description, you’ve probably started imagining what you’ll find in these pages, and as much as I hope the book lives up to those expectations, I ask you to keep an open mind. 

I write about people who’ve experienced dark and disturbing things in their lives. These people are often haunted, and the thing about haunted people is that they aren’t always the easiest to get along with. They are guarded. They make confusing and often bad decisions in an attempt to control things in their lives. They are working toward acceptance, forgiveness, redemption, but they’re not there yet. I know you’re rooting for them. I am, too. And I’m glad you’re on this journey with me. 

In her mid-30’s, Kate Medina has already gone through more than many people ever experience in their lifetimes. And it’s not all bad. She had a long run where she followed her dreams and lived the life she wanted. The trouble for Kate, and this is definitely true of a lot of trauma survivors, is that she didn’t start with a clean slate. Not many of us do. We have baggage in the form of past experiences, dysfunctional family relationships, failed careers or love affairs. Sometimes the baggage isn’t obvious. Old wounds, maybe not even our own, can have a profound affect on our lives. This is certainly true for Kate, though she doesn’t realize it in the beginning. 

Kate does some amazing and brave things in this book, but she’s also just a normal human being—a woman struggling to do the right thing and to figure out what is right for her. She’s not always likeable. In fact, you might not like her at all. She’s made herself very difficult to love because it protects her from uncertainty, which she hates. She thinks it will keep her from getting hurt, but the events that unfold will make it clear that she’s wrong. And in the end, she’ll learn that the path of least resistance is not all it’s cracked up to be. 

Happy reading!

Amy Rivers



A tangled web of deception and duplicity where predators are shielded by respectability and no one is safe


Kate Medina had been working as a forensic psychologist and loving every minute until a violent attack left her shaken to the core. Retreating to her hometown where it's safe, she accepts a job where the prospect of violence is slim to none. As a high school psychologist, Kate tends to the emotional needs of the students. It's not the career she envisioned for herself.


Five years later, a student disappears, leaving the school in crisis and Kate at the helm of another traumatic event. Roman Aguilar, the lead detective, reaches out to Kate for assistance. Kate's position at the school and her training make her an ideal ally, but her complicated relationship with Roman puts them at odds. 


When the girl's body is found, changing the focus of the investigation to homicide, Kate finds herself in the middle of a situation she never anticipated. What started as her desire to help puts Kate directly in the crosshairs of an enemy who remains largely in shadows. As her past and present collide, Kate is dragged into the middle of a dangerous game where only one thing is clear-no one can be trusted.

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Amy Rivers writes novels, short stories and personal essays. She is the Director of Northern Colorado Writers. Her novel All The Broken People was recently selected as the Colorado Author Project winner in the adult fiction category. She's been published in We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor, Flash! A Celebration of Short Fiction, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses, and Splice Today, as well as Novelty Bride Magazine and She was raised in New Mexico and now lives in Colorado with her husband and children. She holds degrees in psychology and political science, two topics she loves to write about.


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