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The Amateurs, Book 1 The Amateurs Paperback – October 3, 2017
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Gr 8 Up—Five years after the murder of Dexby teen Helena Kelly, her killer is still at large and her younger sister, Aerin, is consumed by grief and lack of closure. Seeking help in solving the crime, Aerin posts to Case Not Closed (CNC), an online forum that specializes in solving cold cases. Eighteen-year-old Seneca Frazier and 19-year-old Maddy Wright, two amateur sleuths who frequent the board, are among those who answer the call. The ragtag duo, joined by Maddy's stepsister Madison and fellow CNC member Brett, show up on Aerin's doorstep ready to start the investigations anew. As the skilled group begin to make headway, explosive relationship dynamics threaten their efforts. The teens must also deal with increasingly physical attacks as they chase down clues. The first in a new series, the narrative is told from multiple points of view, with chapters in this page-turning thriller alternating among four main characters. Lighthearted moments break up the tension, but the characters' logic often requires a suspension of disbelief, while pacing can be uneven and dialogue stilted. Love triangles are distractingly prevalent, with all four main characters somehow involved in one, and the relationships mainly give way to love at almost first sight. Additionally, Shepard seems to take pains to reveal that Seneca is biracial and Madison is Asian American, but the knowledge adds little to the story. VERDICT A fun but additional whodunit for libraries with a demand for Shepard's other series, as well as fans of Ally Carter's "Gallagher Girls" or James Patterson's "Confessions."—Alea Perez, Westmont Public Library, IL --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"A twisty and ultimately satisfying romantic whodunit." ―Kirkus Reviews
"The Amateurs is a clever, well-structured mystery about a group of unlikely young detectives who come together to solve a cold case. In the end, The Amateurs is as much about the value of true friends and learning to accept your own demons as it is about discovering who really committed the crime."―Kimberly McCreight, New York Times best-selling author of Reconstructing Amelia and The Outliers
"You'll think you know, but you won't know."―Kate Brian, author of the New York Times best-selling Private and Privilege series
"IT's clear that Sara Shepard is no amateur; her devious and thrilling twists will leave you frantically turning pages until the very last moment."―Kass Morgan, New York Times best-selling author of The 100 series
"The Amateurs is Nancy Drew for the digital age, with all the fast-paced action, humor, and romance that Sara Shepard does so well. The final twist will leave readers breathlessly awaiting the next book!"―Katharine McGee, New York Times best-selling author of The Thousandth Floor
"Deceitful and delicious! Sara Shepard remains the queen of high-stakes, high-octane, compulsively readable suspense. Prepare to stay up all night!"―Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times best-selling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless
"The Amateurs makes me want to go on an adventure with Sara Shepard. She has a knack for sizing up situations, people, and finding mystery in everyday life. She just plain gets it, page after page."―Caroline Kepnes, author of You
"Long live the queen of secrets! The Amateurs is a dark and twisty thriller which might just fill the Pretty Little Liars shaped hole in my heart!"―Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die
"The Amateurs is Sara Shepard at her best-chilling and romantic and full of surprises. A classic whodunit with a contemporary edge. The ending will leave you with your hair standing up, begging for more."―Cecily von Ziegesar, New York Times best-selling author of the Gossip Girl series
"A delicious and suspenseful page-turner. I want more!"
―I. Marlene King, Executive Producer, Pretty Little Liars
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Throughout the book I was not too impressed as it seemed like some of the parts of the book didn't seem very relevant to the storyline. But, when I reached the last 50, or so, pages, I was so impressed and I could not put the book down because it was such a surprise ending. I would have never expected it at all!
This book does touch some subjects that may be a little too hard for younger teens such as, of course, murder, but also assault. I think that parents of younger children should make sure they are comfortable with it. But, overall I think that any PLL fan would like this book. I can definitely say I was impressed and I can't wait to read the sequel!
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Seneca's passion for crime-solving is commendable.Read more