Case not Closed
Tagline of the book
The Amateurs (Book)
Author Sara Shepard
Illustrator HarperCollins
Published by Disney-Hyperion
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Preceded by
Followed by
Follow Me

The Amateurs is the first book in The Amateurs book series written by Sara Shepard.


Back Cover Summary

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.

In-Depth Summary

The Amateurs follows five amateur crime solvers that were brought together via a website called Case Not Closed, where members post about and try to solve cold cases. Helena Kelly's disappearance and murder was a high profile case a year ago, but the police are at a standstill and the case went cold. Until Helena's sister, Aerin, posted about it on Case Not Closed and Seneca Frazier, one of its members, decided to use her spring break to investigate the murder that she followed quite closely, almost obsessively, in the news a year ago. Seneca and Aerin were joined by other CNC members Maddy Wright (Seneca's best friend on the site) and Brett Grady. As they enter the rich and privileged world of Aerin and Helena's town of Dexby, Connecticut the group soon realize that they have more in common than they thought. But, someone does not want them digging into Helena's murder, and will do anything to keep certain truths from coming to light.

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