The Amateurs Review

Title: The Amateurs

Author: Sara Shepard

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, mystery, thriller, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging

I am always a fan of a good mystery book. I love feeling gripped to the read and having the ability to guess the culprits of all of the mysteries. The Amateurs is a book that I’d been hearing some pretty great things about, so after finding it at my library, I decided to give it a try.

I really enjoyed The Amateurs in a four-star rating kind of way. Though I couldn’t necessarily bond with the characters, I fell in love with the riveting storyline and found it very hard to put down.

I think that it’s best to go into this book blind, but for the briefest of brief synopsizes, this book follows four teens in their quest to find out the mystery about another teen girl who had gone missing five years before. That’s all I’m going to get into here, and plus I would say that is all that’s necessary to know about the story before diving in.

This book had four main characters, but I did not find myself able to pinpoint any of their traits. All of them were quite dull, which I did not like, but I still really appreciated the team-working skills they all possessed as well as their determination to solve the mystery.

What I enjoyed the most about The Amateurs was once again, the gripping, fascinating plot. I’ve said it once, but I will say it again- this book is seriously unputdownable. Cliché to say about a book, maybe, but it’s 100% true! The mystery always kept me on my toes guessing, and once it was solved, I could not believe it!

All in all, I enjoyed The Amateurs a lot. I loved the mystery and the writing style, although the four protagonists were quite bland. For those avid young adult readers looking for a gripping, thrilling read that will take you through a roller coaster of events, Sara Shepard’s book is the one for you!

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