I was lucky enough to receive of copy of this novel via Disney Publishing and let me tell you it did not disappoint! If you’re a fan of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series or her Lying Game series you will love this book. This book reminds me more of The Lying Game plot wise with the gossipy feel of a Pretty Little Liars novel. The novel focuses on five teens Seneca, Aerin, Brett, Maddy and Maddy’s younger stepsister who isn’t a main player but feels like it thanks to Sara’s incredible writing. These five teens come from completely different backgrounds but have one thing in common their love of solving mysteries. The biggest mystery of all the death of Aerin’s sister is right under their noses and this story captures their fight to find the truth about what happened to Helena.
The first thing that struck me about this novel is that it’s not for the faint of heart. This novel focuses on dark subject matter and death… lots of death, but if you’re a Sara Shepard fan you would expect nothing else! I recommend the book for high school age kids and older like myself or anyone who enjoys a captivating mystery. The book itself isn’t an incredibly long read but it is an incredibly interesting one. I am a fan of mysteries and always have been but I think if you’re new to the genre this might be a great book to pick up to try it out. The book is fast paced and interesting enough to keep new readers hooked.
As far as the plot I can’t say much as I am sworn to secrecy (not really but I don’t want to spoil it for readers) All I can say is the final five pages of this book will leave you reeling, as in oh my god how did I not see all this coming reeling and switching back to pages to see where you missed the obvious. If you’re like me and you love to try and figure out mysteries before you finish the book don’t even try you’ll never guess the surprise twist, but once you read it you won’t be able to contain your excitement for the next novel in the series as it sets up for an interesting second book. Everything is not what it seems in The Amateurs and the truth is way closer and more twisted than you could ever imagine.
Overall I give this novel a resounding A+ because it kept me on my toes the whole way through.
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About the Author
Sara Shepard is the author of two New York Times best-selling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, as well as the series The Perfectionists. She graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. Visit her online at @sarabooks on Twitter and Snapchat, and @saracshepard on Instagram.
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