BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Complains About ‘The Amateurs’ by Sara Shepard


It’s time for another Spines with Wines live book club, which combines the two greatest wonders of the world: books and wine!

Spines With Wines is made up of myself, book blogger/BookTuber Kristin Hackett and illustrator Melissa Kay and involves talking about a pre-selected book all while sipping on wine.

For the month of December (yeah, I know, I know) we talked about the painful murder mystery The Amateurs by Sara Shepard.

You can watch our full book club discussion below and follow the #SpinesWithWines hashtag on social media or join our GoodReads group to stay up to date.

Want to join in on the fun in January? This month we’ll be reading Windwitch by Susan Dennard.

Read along and send us questions using the hashtag #SpinesWithWines!

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.

5 thoughts on “BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Complains About ‘The Amateurs’ by Sara Shepard

  1. I wish there was a way to turn the audio into a podcast. I would love to listen to Spines With Wines while waiting in the drop off/ pick up line at my kid’s school!

  2. […] Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs is a super problematic novel with one hell of a twist ending. From the one-dimensional characters to the deeply disturbing male POVs and the weird way race is handled — not to mention all the relationships centered around statutory rape — Shepard has gone off the rails with this series, and not in her usual good way. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION] […]

  3. Hi Cassie, I’m looking for some good ideas, good material, and motivated book clubs to test out a social book site I’m creating called PAGE DROPPER: I built it with IM and chatrooms so people can have a live online book clubs. I can create special chatrooms for book clubs and even build a password protected chatroom so only your members can enter. There’s also a video gallery where members can upload and share bookish videos, so I was thinking maybe adding a collection of Spines with Wines videos might be a fun treat for members and then could help you spread the word about your club. If you do get podcasts later on, I have a files download page I’m working on and perhaps you could make them available there for your fans.
    Would love for you to test it out and give me some feedback. You do have to set up a quick profile to see all of the pages, but I only did this to keep it free of spammers. I don’t send emails or newsletters. Looking forward to hearing from you, Drea

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