I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Amateurs #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on Nov. 1, 2016
Genres: mystery, Thrillers & Suspense, young adult
Source: the publisher
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.
It’s been a long time since I read a Sara Shepard book but when I received The Amateurs in the mail I figured it was a good one because it’s the first in a new series. A great place to start since I fell so far behind on the other series’.
The Amateurs was super easy to get into. It had a good enticing mystery that kept me turning the pages. The characters were multifaceted and I didn’t love all sides of them, which is okay. Since there are several you are going to see the negative sides even more. Especially in a mystery where you are suspicious of everyone.
I had been told by someone that they thought the mystery was predictable. I personally didn’t guess the right person. There were lots of twists and turns and maybe I should have figured it out, but I really didn’t. I was too busy focused elsewhere.
The ending was KILLER. It was a bit of a cliffhanger, but more in a end-of-this-story kind of way. Leaving the perfect opening for the next book. Don’t worry, we DO find out who the murderer is and get all the answers for this particular mystery.
There was teen drinking and drug use, all normal teen stuff, but if you aren’t comfortable with that then you might want to skip this. It didn’t bother me (but I wouldn’t give it to my 11 year old just yet).
Overall this was a great read. It was a fast one and very enjoyable.