The AmateursSeneca is totally addicted to Case Not Closed, a website where amateur sleuths try to solve cold cases. When she sees a post from the sister of a murder victim from a case she's familiar with, she jumps at the chance to do some investigating over Spring Break. She recruits her Case Not Closed bestie, Maddy to help-- and Maddy happens to live close to where the original abduction took place.
Once in Connecticut, things get crazy. Maddy isn't who Seneca thought she was, other people get involved in helping, and the sister isn't being as cooperative.
Once they get past those obstacles, the group of now 5 get to unraveling Helena's disappearance and murder. Once things start heating up, it becomes clear the killer is watching them. Will the killer or will they get caught in the killer's web?
You know what I love about Sara Shepard books? EVERYTHING!! They're my total guilty pleasure books! Going back to another Sara Shepard series after so long without one made my heart happy.
This series has so many elements that I love: Mystery, Cold Cases, Red Herrings, Fancy Living, Fancy Parties, Fashion, and Secrets!!
If you read Pretty Little Liars, this is very much the same formula and feel. Ms. Shepard isn't re-vamping her style, she's sticking with what works. BUT, I didn't think this worked as well as the Pretty Little Liars mostly because the characters weren't as strong. There was a lot of unnecessary drama that had to do with the 5 teens trying to get along enough to work towards their goal of cold-case solving-- and I was more into the mystery than I was them.
I thought the mystery was completely solvable. I thought I knew who it was right away, and I ended up being right-- but I wasn't 100% sure, so it was still fun walking through all the twists that Helena's life took before it ended. I just wished there weren't so many plot-holes. I had to keep shuffling back pages to check on certain things that were stated, only to find that they didn't line up with what I was reading currently. That kind of stuff BUGS ME.
I want to recommend this because it's completely fun, but I also know a lot of people might not like how NOT DEEP the book is. So I'm going to say-- yes read it!! But as a guilty-pleasure fun series like I do with all Sara Shepard books! Her books are just FUN to read!
OVERALL: A fun mystery that I think could be taken or left. I enjoyed it, but I personally enjoy Sara Shepard books and don't take them too seriously. I thought parts of this could have been more in-depth and the characters could have been more likable, but I still really liked the book. Everyone should have a guilty pleasure series in their lives!!
Date Published: 11/01/2016
How I got this book: BEA- thanks to Disney-Hyperion for giving me a copy to read and honestly review.
Add it to your To-Read List!!
My Rating: 3.5/5
Book: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- Just in case she hasn't already read this-- I figured it's a GO-TO for anyone interested in True Crime.