The Amateurs by Sara Shepard is a sleuth story about a group of teenagers that all come together to try and solve a case about a girl that disappeared without a trace five years prior. When first given this book, I was very excited to read it. I am a fan of the show Pretty Little Liars, also written by Sara Shepard, so I knew this one would be good!
I really enjoyed that this book had a great story line. The characters told their own stories and connected with each other very well. This book kept me on my toes and I could not put it down. If you like suspense, this is definitely a book for you. I could not wait to find out the truth at the end of this book! Sara Shepard knows how to keep readers captivated from beginning to end.
If you’re looking at this book for an older (middle school age) child, keep in mind this book is directed toward high school readers, due to some language and the overall content of the story. The book includes some colorful language and discusses topics you may not want younger readers to experience.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It was suspenseful and interesting to read. It had a truthful and exciting story line. This was an awesome beginning to The Amateurs series.
Are you looking forward to this release?
From the publisher:
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced the release of the first book in a new series by the New York Times best-selling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, Sara Shepard. The Amateurs, on sale November 1, 2016, is packed with the twists and turns, steamy romance, and stunning revelations that Sara’s fans have been waiting for. The Amateurs is the first book from DPW’s new Freeform imprint, which was created to coincide with ABC Family’s rename and rebrand to Freeform in January 2016. The new Freeform imprint will focus on young adult and crossover fiction aimed at 14– to 34–year-olds, and it will be dedicated to creating new book properties as well as co-developing content that could span formats from books to television and supporting existing programming on Freeform.
The Amateurs begins five years after high school senior Helena Kelly disappeared from her backyard in Dexby, Connecticut, never to be heard from again. Her family was left without answers—without any idea who killed Helena, or why. Now, eighteen-year-old Seneca Frazier wants to change that. After connecting with Maddy Wright, his friend Brett, and Helena’s sister, Aerin Kelly, on a message board dedicated to solving cold cases, Seneca just might succeed where the police have failed. But Seneca is hiding some dark secrets of her own—secrets that could get in the way of the investigation. And somewhere nearby, the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.
Print and eBook formats of The Amateurs are available for pre-order wherever books are sold.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.