Hilary Davidson's The Next One to Fall takes place three months after the events of her debut novel, the Anthony Award-winning The Damage Done.
Travel writer Lily Moore has been persuaded by her closest friend, photographer Jesse Robb, to visit Peru with him. Jesse is convinced that the trip will lure Lily out of her dark mood, but Lily is haunted by betrayal and loss. At Machu Picchu, the famous Lost City of the Incas, they discover a woman clinging to life at the bottom of an ancient stone staircase. Just before the woman dies, she tells Lily the name of the man who pushed her.
When the local police investigate, the forensic evidence they find doesn't match what Lily knows. Unable to accept the official ruling of accidental death, Lily hunts down the wealthy man who was the dead woman's traveling companion and discovers a pattern of dead and missing women in his wake.
Obsessed with getting justice for these women, Lily sets in motion a violent chain of events that will have devastating consequences.
Davidson's exciting follow-up to her debut, 2010's The Damage Done, takes travel journalist Lily Moore, who's still reeling from her sister's death in The Damage Done, to Peru. Soon after Lily and her photographer best friend, Jesse Robb, overhear an argument between a couple while exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu, they discover a woman of about 30 lying at the bottom of a steep staircase. The fatally injured woman, who says her name is Trista, claims her boyfriend, Len, made her drink some sort of drug, then pushed her down the stairs. When the police dismiss the death as an accidental fall, Lily resolves to get justice for Trista. Len, Lily soon learns, is a rich boy gone bad with a past riddled with missing women. The rich history and geography of Peru add depth to an engrossing mystery that constantly keeps the reader guessing.