Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: The Amateurs by Sara Shepard | Review

Posted November 5, 2016 by MC / 2 Comments

Categories: Blog Tours, Book Reviews


Hello hello! Remember when I told you I had the final installment in the Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour? Well, surprise! I’ve got one more book for you! The final book on this tour (seriously this time) is The Amateurs by Sara Shepard. The Amateurs just hit shelves this week and it is a really fun mystery! Keep reading for my review!

Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: The Amateurs by Sara Shepard | ReviewThe Amateurs by Sara Shepard
Published by Disney Electronic Content on November 1st 2016

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. First in a new series by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, Sara Shepard, The Amateurs is packed with the twists and turns, steamy romance, and stunning revelations that her fans have been waiting for.

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.


Well, what a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be! Sara Shepard has had a ton of success with her Pretty Little Liars series, but I still wasn’t sure what I was walking into. I hadn’t heard a lot about The Amateurs and I actually didn’t read the synopsis before I picked up the book! Sometimes it pays off to go into a book completely blind.

Right from the start, I was hooked on this book. I trusted Sara to take me on a mysterious ride, and I wasn’t let down. I kept wanting to turn the page to see what happened next and I couldn’t seem to decide who was the culprit. The twist at the end really shocked me and left me wondering who I could trust. Plus, it was really fun seeing the story unfold in Connecticut, where I live!

One issue that I had with the book was that sometimes the characters didn’t seem very realistic. I liked the characters and their character development, but they definitely didn’t seem like typical high school students. The amount of drinking and drugs that these teens did (even right in front of their parents!) was a little much. Being from Connecticut, I can tell you that even the stereotypical rich Connecticut kids don’t really act like that.

The Amateurs was a really fun read that I finished very quickly because I couldn’t put it down. If you want a good mystery that isn’t too scary, then this is the book for you. If you have seen (and become addicted to) Pretty Little Liars, then you will probably love The Amateurs. It makes me want to try solving a mystery of my own! (But not really because I am a GIANT chicken.)

3.5 Stars

Purchase links for The Amateurs!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Meet the Author!

For as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny. Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the Freeform television series of the same name.


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