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.
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.
For anyone who loves Veronica Mars, Riverdale or Pretty Little Liars, this is an audio variation on the same kind of theme. Teen web sleuths set out to solve the murder of a young girl who may as well have been called Laura Palmer. She had secrets. But don’t get me wrong, it avoids falling victim to the expected tropes of the genre by delivering an engaging and clever plot with amusing pencil sketch characters to keep it all moving along nicely. I listened to the whole thing over two days and despite early misgivings, ended up pleasantly satisfied with the whole thing. The narrator is excellent and brings a warmth to the narration throughout the storytelling. If you are happy to spend a day or so in a world where all the girls are drop dead gorgeous, the boys have ‘ripped’ torsos and the author includes style notes in her character descriptions then this, quite possibly, is the perfect whodunnit for you.