Disney Publishing Worldwide has announced the release of the first book in a new series by the New York Times best-selling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, Sara Shepard. The Amateurs, on sale November 1, 2016, is packed with the twists and turns, steamy romance, and stunning revelations that Sara’s fans have been waiting for. The Amateurs is the first book from DPW’s new Freeform imprint, which was created to coincide with ABC Family’s rename and rebrand to Freeform in January 2016. The new Freeform imprint will focus on young adult and crossover fiction aimed at 14– to 34–year-olds, and it will be dedicated to creating new book properties as well as co-developing content that could span formats from books to television and supporting existing programming on Freeform.

The Amateurs begins five years after high school senior Helena Kelly disappeared from her backyard in Dexby, Connecticut, never to be heard from again. Her family was left without answers—without any idea who killed Helena, or why. Now, eighteen-year-old Seneca Frazier wants to change that. After connecting with Maddy Wright, his friend Brett, and Helena’s sister, Aerin Kelly, on a message board dedicated to solving cold cases, Seneca just might succeed where the police have failed. But Seneca is hiding some dark secrets of her own—secrets that could get in the way of the investigation. And somewhere nearby, the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.

Print and eBook formats of The Amateurs are available for pre-order wherever books are sold.

About the Author

Sara Shepard is the author of two New York Times best-selling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, as well as the series The Perfectionists. She graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. Visit her online at @sarabooks on Twitter and Snapchat, and @saracshepard on Instagram.

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