Thursday, August 18, 2011

Book Review: The Sixes by Kate White @katemwhite

The Sixes: A NovelThe Sixes by Kate White
Publisher: Harper
Publish Date: August 2, 2011
Hardcover, 384 pages 
Fiction, Suspense
 ISBN: 978-0061576621

My Review:
My first Kate White book was Hush last year and I was hooked so I was thrilled when The Sixes arrived in my mailbox. Add that it has a plot line about secret societies and I couldn't wait to open this book.  And it didn't disappoint.  The Sixes had great suspense, secret societies and romance, it was the perfect book to keep me entertained over the weekend.

When Phoebe shows up on campus and people begin disappearing she uses her investigative reporting techniques as a favor to her friend Glenda to try and find out what is going on.  Glenda has heard rumor of a secret society on campus and thinks Phoebe can get to the bottom of it. Phoebe is interested and goes to work and starts uncovering secrets but also becomes interested in another professor.  I love the fact that every character that Phoebe comes in contact with eventually comes under suspicion.  I never could quite figure out who the bad guy/girl was but that was one of the things that made the book exciting for me.  The suspense is well-plotted through the whole book.  Every time I felt I got close to figuring out who was doing the crimes or understanding the crimes, the story would move in another direction and I loved it.

I also loved the setting.  A small college in Pennslyvania makes a great backdrop for a story of suspense like this and for one involving secret societies.  I also loved the background of Glenda and Phoebe's friendship and how it went further into Phoebe's background during the story.  I found the characters that were central to the story to be very interesting and well-developed.

The Sixes was a very entertaining read that kept me on the edge of my seat.  I found Phoebe a character that was very easy to sympathize with and I enjoyed watching her work and seeing her come to terms with herself and her life during this book.  A great weekend read for the end of summer and going into fall.

My Rating: 4.25/5.0

About the Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Hush and the Bailey Weggins mystery series comes a thriller set in a college town where a student’s death sends one woman on a search for the truth and into the clutches of a frightening secret society.

Phoebe Hall’s Manhattan life has suddenly begun to unravel. Right after her long-term boyfriend breaks off their relationship, she’s falsely accused of plagiarizing her latest bestselling celebrity biography. Looking for a quiet place to put her life back together, Phoebe jumps at the offer to teach in a sleepy Pennsylvania town at a small private college run by her former boarding school roommate and close friend, Glenda Johns.

But behind the campus’s quiet cafes and leafy maple trees lie evil happenings. The body of a female student washes up on the banks of a nearby river, and disturbing revelations begin to surface: accusations from coeds about abuses wrought by a secret society of girls on campus known as The Sixes.. To help Glenda, Phoebe embarks on a search for clues—a quest that soon raises painful memories of her own boarding school days years ago.

As the investigation heats up, Phoebe unexpectedly finds herself falling for the school’s handsome psychology professor, Duncan Shaw.

Plunging deeper into danger with every step, Phoebe knows she’s close to unmasking a killer. But with truth comes a terrifying revelation: your darkest secrets can still be uncovered . . . and starting over may be a crime punishable by death.

About the Author: 
Kate White, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of the stand-alone novel Hush and the Bailey Weggins mystery series—If Looks Could Kill; A Body to Die For; ’Til Death Do Us Part; Over Her Dead Body; and Lethally Blond. White is also the author of popular career books for women, including Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do. She lives in New York City.


FTC Information: I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.


LoriStrongin said...

Oooh, sounds good! I'm also a big fan of secret society plotlines. Might just have to check this one out. Thanks for the rec!


samantha.1020 said...

I really enjoyed this one as well but haven't written up my thoughts on it yet. The setting was definitely one of the best parts of the story and I found it to be quite creepy at times. Great review!

Danmark said...

I usually judge a good mystery by how long it takes for me to figure out who "did it". I kept going back and forth between two major characters - just what the author wanted me to do. However, it wasn't until closer to the end that I had the "aha!" moment.

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