The Amateurs
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The Amateurs


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.

Title:The Amateurs
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

    The Amateurs Reviews

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Aug 19, 2016

    I think I like the idea behind The Amateurs better than the story itself.It is relatively original and makes the reader curious, but the writing is so dry. I couldn't find the atmosphere anywhere I lo...

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Dec 07, 2016

    Mostly my opinion is: "WHAT IN THE NAME OF SHERLOCK FREAKING HOLMES DID I JUST READ???" Because I'm nearly extra sure that these 4 teens are just about the worst mystery solvers in the history of ever...

  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Nov 18, 2016

    I was sent a copy of this book by Freeform Books and they also sponsored my video review, which can be found on my channel: I do not have a written review of t...

  • Laura
    Dec 15, 2016

    “A purse, maybe. I found a brown vinyl one at Goodwill a few days ago. It’s on my bed. Wanna grab it?”Aerin was certain she’d heard her wrong. Helena’s room was off-limits. Maybe this was s...

  • Kate ?
    Nov 01, 2015

    BLOG REVIEW Rating: 4.25Well, I think it's fair to say that Sara Shepard, aka. mystery/thriller/murder mystery goddess, has done it again with her latest ...

  • Sarah
    Oct 04, 2016

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bonnier Publishing and NetGalley.) “She was never going to know the truth about Helena. What happened t...

  • Kate (GirlReading)
    Dec 16, 2016

    The Amateurs gave me all the nostalgic Pretty Little Liars feels and it was brilliant. Sara Shepard really knows how to keep you reading and I'll never get bored of the way her books totally play with...

  • Amber Robertson
    Dec 21, 2016

    DNF @ 30%Nothing horrendous or quotable about The Amateurs - it's just boring. 30% and I hate every character. I don't feel connected to any character. I would rather they all get punched. I was excit...

  • The Bookavid
    Mar 07, 2017

    More Reviews on my Book Blog The BookavidIn THE AMATEURS, Aerin and a bunch of amateur detectives are trying to solve the murder of her older sister. What intrigued me: Felt like reading a thriller. ...

  • ??Em loves Hollenstein???pizza rolls over gender roles?Don't fall in love with the moment and think you're in love with the girl
    Oct 24, 2015

    so disappointed. not only was this unbearably boring, but the character Seneca threatens to out a gay man in one scene, so DNF'd for that. Outing people isn't a way of getting what you want, it's just...