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Release Date: November 7th, 2017
Synopsis: It was the perfect night for a party.
That is, until twenty-one-year-old Chelsea Dawson disappeared. The social media star was last seen enjoying a beautiful summer night at the Jersey Shore with her friends. But after an explosive fight with her ex-boyfriend, she vanished without a trace.
When Seneca, Maddox, Aerin, and Madison hear about the suspected kidnapping, they notice a jarring detail about the victim: she looks exactly like Aerin’s sister, Helena, who was killed five years earlier. Seneca is convinced she knows who killed Helena, and she can’t shake the feeling that the same person has taken Chelsea.
Desperate for answers about the two girls, and the truth behind her mother’s murder, Seneca will stop at nothing to find out if the cases are linked. So when Maddox receives an invitation to the Shore from none other than their primary suspect, the Amateurs begin an intense new investigation.
Full of disturbing secrets, startling twists, and horrifying revelations, the second book in #1 bestselling author Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs series follows the team down a twisted path—one crafted by a brilliant killer.
Follow Me is the second installment in Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs. It could be read as a standalone, but I recommend you read the previous book before starting this one. To sum up what’s happening, a group of teen sleuths are attempting to find a serial killer, the same killer they now know is behind the murders of Aerin’s sister and Seneca’s mother. While this sequel lacks the enormous “gotcha” twist of its predecessor, there are still a few surprises here.
Once again, I mostly enjoyed the story being told from multiple povs, including those of the killer and his latest victim. The one problem I had was even at the end of this sequel, I still didn’t find myself attached to any of the characters. It’s not that they’re unlikable, well except for the killer that is. I just didn’t find them all that interesting. If I had to pick two who I’m still hoping to connect to, it would be Seneca and Aerin, as they have direct personal ties to catching this killer.
Now that the intrepid sleuths know the villain’s identity, the mystery focuses more on where is he, finding his latest victim before it’s too late, and what is his endgame. The one thing that’s apparent is that he plays everything out as a sick twisted game, and he delights in taunting and tormenting not only the girl he’s kidnapped, but also the Amateurs.
While this particular kidnapping is solved by the end of the story, it still concludes with a cliffhanger that sets things up nicely for the third book.
Follow Me is definitely more a plot driven book than a character driven one, but it’s still a quick and entertaining read. I think fans of Sara Shepard’s other books, especially her Pretty Little Liars series will enjoy this series.