DISCLAIMER: If you enjoyed this book I am in no means trying to rip that away from you- this is just my honest opinion and thoughts on the novel. Written by the same author who wrote Pretty ...
DISCLAIMER: If you enjoyed this book I am in no means trying to rip that away from you- this is just my honest opinion and thoughts on the novel.
Written by the same author who wrote Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard brings us The Amateurs. Now from such a successful author, I expected better. Unlike Pretty Little Liars (from what I’ve seen), The Amateurs was a disappointment for me. For one, the characters were two dimensional. Second, everything wasn’t described well. Third, I absolutely hated the ending. The only good thing about this book was that the plot was in fact quite entertaining. WARNING: I usually try to avoid as much about the plot details as possible so I don’t spoil anything! BUT there is some spoilers in the “Ending” section.
The characters were a huge let down to me. I usually enjoy characters that go out of the social norm. For instance take what I said in my “Gold, Silver, and Bronze Book Awards Go To…” article about Throne of Glass. Long story short I basically said that I enjoyed how the main character was a little cocky and messed up, it brought a different flare to the story. But for The Amateurs, quite a few of the characters were like that, and that was about it. They were the stereotypical moody teenagers, and that was all they brought to the table. Something I didn’t mention above is that there was no development in the characters, they were static.
The description just didn’t do it for me, I was lost half the time. For example, I thought half of the characters were mixed when in reality, only Seneca was! Until something like “his pale skin” was inserted into the text, I didn’t realize that only one of the characters was African American and white. Things like this just kept me in the dark and I was surprised a lot- and not in a good way.
Now, in the little intro above I said I “hated” the ending, and “hate” is a strong word. But sadly, it’s true. Now I normally love when a book has a twist ending, but this one didn’t make any sense to me. When all of a sudden Brett was the murderer, I was extremely confused. Shepard goes through just about every characters mindset, (I say “mindset” because it was in third person- you’re kind of seeing everything from their eyes but at the same time your not) including Brett’s. So when he turned out to be the killer; why was I so surprised? The answer is foreshadowing. When in Brett’s mindset and thoughts you would think you would see a flash of that darkness, right? Or how he was obsessed with Aerin rather than just having a crush?
All of a sudden in the “after” part of the book Brett was this insane dark guy. While other readers are trying to figure out why he did it, I’m trying to figure out how in the world we got here. Also there was a huge jump from plot to conclusion. In about the last chapter, Brett goes missing and all of a sudden everyone figures out he did it, and it wasn’t based off of concrete facts. They were just kind of like, “Well he had the drug dealer we spoke to with a contact already set up- definitely sketchy enough to call him a killer.” To me that was inconclusive. With technology you can easily go back into your history and set up a simple contact name for anyone. It didn’t seem like a big deal. Anyways, everything wasn’t there and ultimately disappointed me to say the least.
The plot was entertaining, I will give it that. As much as I was annoyed with this novel I can’t deny that it kept me hooked. It was a suspenseful murder mystery that kept you wanting more and more, something new popping up every chapter. It was fast paced like I usually enjoy as well. But while it was entertaining, there were lots of holes. Just about everything was a coincidence. The characters didn’t figure anything out with their detective skills or anything.
I will say that this novel was an entertaining read but I would not recommend it. The description made things confusing the characters were two dimensional and the ending just got to me. If you’re looking for a good murder mystery check out One Of Us Is Lying! https://wedreaminchapters.com/2018/07/05/gold-silver-and-bronze-book-awards-go-to/