The Amateurs by Sara Shepard -- Review

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Title: The Amateurs 
Author: Sara Shepard 
Pages: 320 
Publishing: November 1st 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 1484742273

Summary: 

I need some answers about my sister. Help…

Five years ago, high school senior Helena Kelly disappeared from her backyard in Dexby, Connecticut, never to be heard from again. Her family was left without any answers—without any idea who killed Helena, or why.

So when eighteen-year-old Seneca Frazier sees a desperate post on the Case Not Closed message board, she knows it’s time to change that. Helena’s high-profile disappearance is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It’s the reason she’s a member of the site in the first place.

Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, she agrees to spend spring break in Connecticut working on the case with Maddy Wright, her best friend from Case Not Closed. However, the moment she steps off the train, things start to go wrong. Maddy’s nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin, doesn’t seem to want any help after all. Plus, Seneca has a secret of her own, one that could derail the investigation if she’s not careful.

Alongside Brett, another super-user from the site, they slowly begin to unravel the secrets Helena kept in the weeks before her disappearance. But the killer is watching…and determined to make sure the case stays cold.


Review: 

I was a little hesitant to read The Amateurs because I enjoyed Pretty Little Liars so much that I was afraid it wouldn't compare. No worries my friends... Sara Shepard has done it again! I was instantly pulled into the dramatic and fast paced world she created. Four young adults join together to attempt to solve the murder of Helena Kelly, only to become more wrapped up and involved than they could have ever dreamed. With turmoil and betrayal around every corner, the group learns to never believe things are what they appear to be. 

I absolutely love Shepard's writing style and it feels very similar to her other novels. This is definitely a "read in one sitting" kind of book! I became instantly hooked and couldn't put it down. The characters were interesting and each had their own little quirks, which I loved. Shepard does an amazing job of introducing certain characters who are supremely important and also others that are just meant to throw you off. I love that! I always want to figure out the mystery on my own, but Shepard made that virtually impossible. 

The Amateurs was a well written and thrilling story filled with mystery, drama, and enough edge-of-your-seat action to make you want to finish the book in one sitting. I absolutely adore Sara Shepard and can't wait for the sequel. I would highly recommend this book to YA lovers. It was a fun, fast paced read and I loved it! 

Rating 4/5 

* I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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