‘Pretty Little Liars’ Author Announces New Series
The author of Pretty Little Liars, the novel-turned-series that took the YA circuit by storm ten years ago and inspired a highly successful eponymous TV show, will launch another book series in 2016. Sara Shepard is set to release The Amateurs on November 1 of this year under Disney Publishing’s newest imprint, Freeform. If the name of the imprint sounds familiar, that’s because it takes its name from another new Disney property: ABC Family’s replacement, the Freeform network. Like the TV channel it takes its name from, the new imprint will focus on fiction for young adults, as well as crossover fiction (the target demographic is age 14-34). The Amateurs will serve as the debut release for Freeform, with future titles in the series also on deck.
If you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars, you have a chance to catch a peek at Shepard’s new book on tonight’s PLL episode on Freeform. The novel will make a cameo during a bookstore scene — don’t blink or you just might miss it! If you can’t catch the show tonight, you can still catch a glimpse in this spoiler-free online sneak peek.
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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.