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 23, 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...

  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Nov 21, 2016

    I was sent a copy of this book by Freeform Books in exchange for an honest review and they also sponsored my video review, which can be found here: I've read a...

  • Kate ?
    Dec 10, 2016

    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 05, 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 18, 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...

  • Stacee
    Oct 16, 2016

    2.5 starsThe premise of this book is exactly the type of thing I love. I was so excited to get my hands on it and yet, I was quite disappointed. The characters were okay. I felt like they were a littl...

  • ??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
    Jun 13, 2016

    WHAT THE EVEN???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????...

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    Sep 25, 2016

    Review originally posted on Heart Full Of BooksI was really excited by the first couple of chapters of The Amateurs, because the concept was just so cool for a girl that wishes she was Nancy Drew. The...

  • Meli
    Oct 04, 2016

    MIIIIIIND BLOWNEs entretenido pero flojo en algunos aspectos, como siento yo es costumbre en esta autora, sin embargo tiene un giro argumental que KJSKJSNCJKSNL WTF, no, no se puede creer. Increíblem...

  • Nomy
    Feb 23, 2015

    Another Sara Shepard book ?! Man I love her, her stories are so addicting. I'm sold !...