The Amateurs by Sara Shepard

Posted October 31, 2016 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Amateurs by Sara ShepardThe Amateurs (The Amateurs, #1) by Sara Shepard
Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 1st 2016
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Alloy Entertainment, Disney-Hyperion
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As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she’s hooked. Helena’s high-profile disappearance five years earlier 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.
So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong. Maddy is nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin Kelly, seems completely hostile and totally uninterested in helping with their murder investigation.
But when Brett, another super user from the site, joins Seneca and Maddy in Dexby, Aerin starts to come around. The police must have missed something, and someone in Dexby definitely has information they’ve been keeping quiet.
As Seneca, Brett, Maddy, and Aerin begin to unravel dark secrets and shocking betrayals about the people closest to them, they seem to be on the murderer’s trail at last. But somewhere nearby the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.

“The Amateurs” by Sara Shepard is easy and fun. I had a lot of fun reading it. It was nice getting to just have a fast read. It has been awhile since I’ve read a mystery novel. Shepard didn’t disappoint.


It was a lot of fun for me to try to figure out who the killer is. i would mark a spot every time I found a clue. Trust me my ARC is full of sticky tabs. It made reading this story eve more fun. “The Amateurs” is a fantastic fall read.

The one thing about “The Amateurs” is it is so intriguing. I wanted to know how it would end.

Characters. Boo!

I was a bit disappointed in the characters. They weren’t the greatest characters and I had a hard time liking any of them. In this case I was able to move on from the characters because the story had my interest more.

I am very interested to see where this story goes and how it will end.




About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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