This is my first ever read by Sara Shepard and I am very impressed. The notoriety of her Pretty Little Liars series (which is also a TV show) knows no bounds.
I really didn't think I would like this book that much. The description was intriguing enough to have me read it, but I didn't think I'd be blown away. I was suffering from a reading slump, and I didn't particularly want to read anything. “The Amateurs” has changed that.
It gripped me from the very first pages. The plot is straight forward and well-paced. The shifting focus on the different characters didn't detract from the story, but only made it richer. The mystery is truly captivating and surprising.
I thought I knew how the story would end. I thought I knew who did what and who was guilty. I was wrong. I was very wrong. I am so happy that I was, because the truth of the twists in this book are so much better than my imagination.
Any fan of crime fiction/mysteries or YA novels should read this. Definitely any fan of Shepard's will enjoy her new series.
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.
First in a new series by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, Sara Shepard, The Amateurs is packed with the twists and turns, steamy romance, and stunning revelations that her fans have been waiting for.