The Amateurs

The Amateurs

Sara Shepard / Aug 07, 2020
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 a
  • Title: The Amateurs
  • Author: Sara Shepard
  • ISBN: 9781484742273
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 timI 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.
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      • Sara Shepard

        Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College She has lived in New York City, Brooklyn, Tucson, Arizona, Philadelphia, and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA Sara s Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia s Main Line.

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    1. 3.5 Stars Truthfully, this really was not a great book but I had so much fun reading it and became so addicted that part of me can t help but love it.The biggest flaw in this novel is the writing Not to be ironic, but the word I would use to describe it is actually amateur The writing felt very juvenile, and not just regarding it s intended audience, but in terms of complexity and skill I had heard not so great things about Shepard s writing from her other books, but I really expected from a hi [...]


    2. 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 looked.And the characters sure don t help, as they are as one dimensional as cut outs I tried hard to connect with them, but hell, the immaturity is hard to ignore.This is one of those times when you have to take the title and blurb seriously Aerin, Seneca, Maddy and Brett really are amateurs, meaning [...]


    3. 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 And even the title says so The Amateurs So like even the title has no hope in them Oh dear sweet baby grapes Let s just say this book and I shan t get along very well at all.L I K E S Okay so I think the writing was quite good It was engaging and easy to read and had some really great lines It was solidl [...]


    4. 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 youtube watch v bU_a4 I do not have a written review of this book because it is against policy to post sponsored reviews here.


    5. 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 some kind of test O okay This is the last exchange the sisters had before Helena disappeared She was seventeen, while Aerin was eleven Now it has been five years and four months Everyone seems to have forgotten about Helena except for Aerin The case remains unsolved even with Helena s body being found a year ago Aerin [...]


    6. BLOG REVIEWpassthefeels.wordpress 20Actual 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 novel, The Amateurs.This novel was my most highly anticipated read of 2016, and I m so glad it did not disappoint, even though I knew there was no chance it would.It was crazy, exhilarating, and packed with mystery It really got me being an investigator alongside our main clan of protagonists.I love how this book wa [...]


    7. 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 to her sister was going to remain a mystery and a recurring nightmare for the rest of her life This was a YA mystery crime story featuring a bunch of teens trying to solve a cold case.The characters in this were all okay, although I didn t really love any of them Seneca was fairly smart, but easily offended, M [...]


    8. 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 my mind Although this wasn t my favourite of Sara s books and didn t blow my mind as much as her previous books have done in the past, since I quite quickly predicted the outcome perhaps because I ve read so many of her previous books it didn t stop me from getting that oh.gosh feeling I really enjo [...]


    9. 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 excited to this book and I m not sure why I enjoy a good mystery but the fact that nothing horrific or exciting had happened has left me drained There is also a lot of weird elements like Maddy a boy who s name is Maddox is into his running coach and a bunch of over dramatic teenagers who are being followed The [...]


    10. The Amateurs offers a highly contemporary spin on a group of teens coming together in the name of crime fighting when the members of an internet crime solving forum, Case Not Closed CNC , dedicated to investigating unsolved crimes unite to tackle one of the most high profile cases of recent years the disappearance and murder of wealthy, white and privately educated Helena Kelly from Dexby, Connecticut At the time of her sister s disappearance, eleven year old Aerin Kelly struggled to come to ter [...]


    11. The Amateurs was my first experience with a book by Sara Shepard, I know I know, I can hear half of you gasping in shock But it is true I have never read her work, but that is not to say I am unfamiliar with Pretty Little Liars As some of you know, I happen to be the proud owner of a 16 yr old daughter So I have caught snippets of the television series and discovered the books lying casually around the house.So let me explain in a bit detail why I was very excited to receive this book My daught [...]


    12. 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 being a c t.


    13. Trigger warnings murder, death of a sibling, death of a parent, death of a grandparent They all happen prior to the beginning of the book, but investigating said murders is what brings the characters together, so they re discussed 2.5 stars This is the first book that I ve read by Sara Shepard And based on this, I m not entirely convinced I d repeat the experience But here s the thing it definitely had the bones of a good, solid mystery once you waded through all the teen angst bullshit Really, [...]


    14. Seneca frequents Case Not Closed, an internet board dedicated to solving unsolvable cases One night, she sees a desperate post from a girl named Aerin, pleading for help to find out what happened to her sister, Helena Seneca wants to help, as does her Case Not Closed buddy, Maddy, so she sets off to Connecticut to try and solve the case, hoping that her own secret doesn t get in the way of finding out the truth.Along the way, she meets Brett, who also frequents the Case Not Closed boards and Mad [...]


    15. 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 little hard to get to know, but I took that as a side effect of the reason they were together Sadly, it also meant I didn t really connect with any of them The plot was interesting, yet it lacked an intensity and spark I was hoping for It didn t seem like a puzzle to me, everything came so easy It was almos [...]


    16. 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 main characters, Seneca and Maddy are both part of this online forum, Case Not Closed, that gives people access to information about unsolved, cold cases the police have given up on Using contacts, members of the website are able to solve the unsolvable and play the detective Another of the characte [...]


    17. The summary of The Amateurs is something I can totally get behind But it didn t really feel like the summary matched up with the overall content I was optimistic that this novel would at least be enjoyable PLL and The Perfectionists the two series I ve read by Sara Shepard both have elements of solving crime but are heavily motivated by blackmail and manipulation It seemed like a good change of pace to feature people who are generally detached from the crime and who manage to avoid being harasse [...]


    18. Mehr auf xobooksheaven.wordpress Inhalt Die Wahrheit ist zum Sterben sch n Aerin Kelly war elf, als ihre ltere Schwester Helena verschwand F nf Jahre sp ter wird Helenas Leiche gefunden Sechs Jahre sp ter legt die Polizei den Fall zu den Akten, ohne einen Spur vom M rder Aerin macht sich auf eigene Faust auf die Suche ber die Website Case Not Closed nimmt sie Kontakt zu zwei Teenagern auf, Seneca und Maddox, die ebenfalls Angeh rige verloren haben Gemeinsam versuchen sie, den Fall Helena zu l se [...]


    19. Oh my god, what an ending I can t believe I never put everything together until the very end I need book two NOWWWWW


    20. I bought myself The Amateurs as a gift about this time last year Everything about the synopsis screamed that this would be a me sort of book I expected that sharing a cast of like minded characters would make for a fast paced, unputdownable read but it turns out, not so much Look, amateur detectives solving crimes that baffle the police is always going to be a hit or miss It depends on how believable you can make the crime solving feel and the random luck of these characters did not feel realist [...]


    21. THE AMATEURS is an addictive young adult mystery about a group of teens who set out to solve a cold case that they all have special connections to Sara Shepard s books are like candy I always find them completely enjoyable and hard to put down I never finished the Pretty Little Liars series but I can definitely see how far the author has come THE AMATEURS was well set up, nothing seemed to be too rushed or too slow The relationships, both platonic and romantic, developed naturally and easily All [...]


    22. 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 Incre blemente genial Te deja con la boca abierta e hiperventilando de la genialidad y lo retorcido.Espero que esta saga no sea eterna.





    23. Aerin s older sister, Helena, disappeared five years ago and no one can figure who was responsible Her body was found years later, but the authorities still haven t cracked the case Now Aerin is sixteen years old and obviously still thinks about her sister and her untimely death She finds a website that discusses cold murder cases and amateur detectives try to figure out if there are any new leads Aerin sends out a desperate message for help and in turn, Seneca, a college student, is interested [...]


    24. Spoiler Free Review as taken from my blog Mortal Reader PlotThe Amateurs by Sara Shepard is my second experience with a Young Adult Mystery I love mysteries and thrillers such as Paula Hawkins The Girl on the Train so I m always interested in seeing that in a Young Adult setting This was also my first experience with Sara Shepard as an author, if you don t know Sara is the author of the widely popular series Pretty Little Liars I loved Pretty Little Liars the TV Show so I was excited to give thi [...]


    25. As a big fan of Sara Shepard s different series, when I read that she had released a new book and the beginning of a new series I knew I had to read it, and I waited and waited till I could get my hand on a copy I have to admit, though, that after reading this book I was a tad disappointed as it didn t compare high on my list to her other three series In The Amateurs, Aerin Kelly s sister Helena disappeared five years ago, and then her body was found one year later The case has remained unsolved [...]


    26. 4.5 StarsThe Amateurs was my first Sara Shepard, and after reading it, I definitely feel like I should read This murder mystery tells the story of four teens that meet online and contains a strong main character The way the book is written is so mysterious and really makes the reader suspect everyone This eerie book is the perfect read for the fall season It s been a while since I ve read a murder mystery novel, and The Amateurs was the perfect book to get me back into the genre I loved how all [...]


    27. An action packed mystery following teens trying to solve cold cases that are close to their hearts The only thing that, at rare points, bothered me was the dialogue that didn t seem genuine for teens because it was so outdated There were also racist and sexist lines in this novel that should have never been included.


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