Stumble & Fall – Amy Rivers

Kate Medina is a young psychologist who has returned home to Alamogordo, NM after being raped in her prior position as a prison counselor. Since coming home she’s become very aware of a sex trafficking ring in her hometown, the same one her sister Tilly fell prey to in her teen-age years. Its’ corruption reaches into local law enforcement and beyond, leaving Kate and her boyfriend Roman not knowing who to trust. Dealing with the grief of losing her father, and more determined than ever to bring the towns secrets to light, Kate has purchased a well secured hacienda in the outskirts of town, in hopes of operating a safe house for young women. She is also opening her own private practice in hopes of providing support to those young women in need. 

Meanwhile, Kate’s sister Tilly has decided to return home as well, bringing along her companion of two years, Jim. Tilly, despite her trauma as a teenager, has gone on to become a nurse practitioner and a sexual assault nurse examiner, therefore bringing another valuable skill set back to her hometown. As she quickly settles in and starts seeing rape victims, she soon becomes suspicious that her cases may be linked by a single predator, a suspicion that is also shared by the local DA – an individual Tilly can’t quite get a feel for. 

Soon, an unexpected tragedy rocks Tilly’s world, she fully immerses herself into her work, and recklessly devises a way to catch a rapist – while Kate is busy making her own waves – settling back into town, making connections with other townspeople – and letting them know that she’s here to stay and won’t back down. As she goes through her parent’s belongings, she makes some strange discoveries, realizing that nothing is at it seems – leaving her wondering if her mother’s death all those years ago was truly an accident – or murder – and wondering if a similar fate will befall her next… 

I read the first book of this presumed trilogy on a whim, thanks to Netgalley – and I absolutely loved it! So, when I saw the author’s name come up again – I just had to read it!  While easily read as a standalone, the backstory is laid thoroughly in the first novel. There are also several storylines yet to be completed, so now I wait for the next installment.  Kate’s character also has plenty of potential for a longer series – and that would be terrific too! 

I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley & Compathy Press in exchange for an objective review. Do you love to read?? Visit netgalley.com and start reviewing books today!!