The Amateurs

The Amateurs

Book - 2016
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When Aerin Kelly was eleven, she idolised her seventeen-year-old sister, Helena, and they did everything together. But when Helena went into senior year things started to change. Rather than being Aerin's inseparable sister, she started to push her away. Then, on a snowy winter's day, Helena vanished. Four years later, Helena's body is found. Wracked with grief and refusing to give up on her sister, Aerin spends months trying to figure out what exactly happened to Helena and who killed her. But the police have no leads. A young, familiar officer named Thomas wants to help and suggests she checks out a website called Case Not Closed. Hesitantly, she posts, and when teenagers Seneca and Maddox show up on her doorstep offering to help investigate she accepts in desperation. But as their investigation begins, it seems that maybe it's no accident that they are all together, and that maybe the crimes have something - or someone - in common.
Publisher: London : 2016. Hot Key Books,
ISBN: 9781471405266
Branch Call Number: YF SHEP


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LoganLib_Kirra Nov 30, 2016

The Amateurs is actually a pretty good read with a story that starts with a missing teenage girl but takes an interesting twist when an online community of crime solving fanatics decide to take on her case years after it went cold. I enjoyed this story overall but the last chapter had a huge plot... Read More »

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Nov 01, 2018

The Amateurs by Sara Shepard is a suspenseful mystery book about a group of young teenagers who come together to solve a cold case. The story begins with Seneca Frazier, an eighteen-year-old that is addicted to crime. After seeing a post on the Case Not Closed message board, her and her friend, Maddy Wright, spend spring break in Connecticut trying to crack the case. Throughout the story, several others join the group to solve the difficult case. The Amateurs is a book filled with shocking twists and turns as well as bits of humour and romance that will keep you wanting to read more. I would recommend this book to anyone that is into mystery and thriller. Sara Shepard did an excellent job with her thrilling twists and well-structured plot. It was a very fun and interesting read and if I were to rate this book, I would give it a 4/5.
@phlanets of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 01, 2018

The amateurs is a great book where a group of people from the same organization called Case Not Closed. The book has a near infinite amount of twists and unravels what seems to be a simple cold case into a long intricate well thought plot. I really enjoyed the book and finished it very quickly. I would recommend this book looking for an exciting read with a great plot and mystery

Jun 21, 2017

This book was really good! I can usually never stop reading Sara Shepard books :P
The ending, obviously, like all of her books had a major plot twist!!! Be prepared, nothing is as it seems.

VaughanPLKim Apr 25, 2017

Fans of Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game will enjoy Sara Shepard's first installment in her latest series. Like Shepard's previous books, there are plenty of pop culture references and hints of romance with the mystery. At times the dialogue had me rolling my eyes, but there are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.

Mar 09, 2017

This is not my first Sara Shepard book. I have read the entire Pretty Little Liars series, twice. I've also read and enjoyed The Heiresses and The Perfectionists series. I was super excited about her latest book The Amateurs due to be released here in the U.S. on November 1, 2016. I am so grateful to Netgalley and Disney Book Group for allowing me the egalley in exchange for my honest review.

I really enjoyed this book! Just like other books by Shepard, this book starts out with secrets, murders, gossip and lies! While other books had female lead characters, this book has 2 male main characters in addition to the females. It was a change that I really enjoyed. The Amateurs also took on a slightly older feel with main a main character being at the end of high school and in their early 20's.

Though I was very excited to read this, it was a bit of a slow start. Once I eased into the book and learned about the characters and story I was hooked! There were so many twists and turns that it kept me engaged and excited to open the book and read every chance I got. I was kept guessing throughout the story and in typical Sara Shepard fashion I was left guessing right up until the end!

This book, of course, has some romance to it. There were a few times I rolled my eyes during some romance scenes, but nothing that made me hate the book. I did feel during all the romance scenes that I just wanted to get back to the mystery at hand! With party scenes that involved alcohol, drugs and sex this is definitely not a book for the younger reader.

All in all, I really enjoyed this and look forward to the next one! I need to know what happens next! This may turn into Shepard's best series yet! A 4-star read for me.

The Amateurs is due to be released Nov 1, 2016. At the time of this blog post publishing it is currently on sale at 39% off for the Kindle Edition and 41% off for the Hardcover on Amazon!!! Pre-order it now!

Once again, thanks again to Netgalley and Disney Book Group for allowing me to read and review!

Jan 16, 2017

This book is incredibly similar to the Pretty Little Liars series (also by Sara). The story is around the disappearance and murder of a popular blonde girl in a rich town where "nothing bad ever happens". A group of teenagers start looking into the murder as it has not been solved yet, and as they are doing so someone starts to "mess with them" to get them to stop. All of which is right in line with PLL. However, the book keeps you guessing throughout as they try to solve the case. The last chapter totally throws a curve ball and now I cannot wait for the next book!

LoganLib_Kirra Nov 30, 2016

The Amateurs is actually a pretty good read with a story that starts with a missing teenage girl but takes an interesting twist when an online community of crime solving fanatics decide to take on her case years after it went cold. I enjoyed this story overall but the last chapter had a huge plot twist.

Nov 30, 2016

Your typical Sara Shepard book - cheesy dialogue, forced pop culture references, but still so hard to put down. I did see the final, dramatic plot twist coming (although it was so shocking it still managed to surprise me). Definitely a fun read.

Nov 28, 2016

This book had me on my toes the entire last few chapters. I really did not see that plot twist coming. I am so glad that there is going to be two more books in the series. I love how she kept the readers in suspense with plot twists (in like almost every other page) in The Perfectionist series and this book.

Nov 14, 2016

OMG I did not see that twist coming. Unpatiently waiting for the next!

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