THE AMATEURS by Sara Shepard


From the "Amateurs" series, volume 1
Age Range: 12 - 18
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This mystery brings online friends together in their attempt to solve a murder, sparking more than one possible romance.

Aerin’s 17-year old sister, Helena, disappeared five years earlier, and the white girl’s remains were found much later. Although the police investigated and the story was big news at the time, the murderer was never found. Now 16, Aerin, also white, sends out a plea for help to an online forum wherein amateur sleuths try to solve old murders. In response, Seneca, a biracial (black/white) college student whose mother also had been murdered, decides to travel to Aerin’s snooty Connecticut town to see if she can make any progress on the case. There she meets her online buddy Maddox, who she thought was an Asian girl but turns out to be a white boy. Brett, another white online forum participant, rounds out the team. Varying levels of trust and disclosure amp up the tension and complicate the investigation. Shepard at first seems unable to decide whether she’s writing a mystery or a romance, as she teams up Seneca and Maddox, who might have another girlfriend, and Aerin with a local police officer. Eventually, however, the story begins to weave all the characters together into a solution to the mystery, with appropriate red herrings and veiled clues.

A twisty and ultimately satisfying romantic whodunit. (Mystery. 12-18)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4847-4227-3
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Freeform/Disney
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2016


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