Book Review: The Sixes by Kate White

Title: The Sixes
Author: Kate White
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: August 2, 2011
Hardcover: 384 pages
ISBN: 978-0061576621
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

From the Publisher:

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 cafés 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. But when nasty pranks turn into deadly threats, Phoebe realizes she’s in the middle of a real-life nightmare, not knowing whom she can trust and if she will even survive.

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.

My Review:

The Sixes by Kate White is a tantalizing mystery suspense thriller set on the campus of a small town  college in Pennsylvania.  White weaves an intriguing tale that begins when writer Phoebe Hall decides to relocate to a rural setting to teach at a small private college after her career in Manhattan begins to crumble amidst plagiarism accusations.  What Hall does not know is that beneath the façade of the reputable school is a secret society, known as The Sixes, made up of some very strange girls with extremely disturbing behavior.  Though The Sixes would naturally be implicated when one of the college coeds is found dead in a nearby river, White crafts plenty of twists and turns within the plot to keep readers guessing and second-guessing as Hall is asked by the college president to learn more about The Sixes and to get to the bottom of a seemingly linked series of incidents.  Although the plot is loaded with suspense and mystery, I found some of the characters to lack a full complement of dimensions, but then again, these are college coed sociopaths that White has cast for her novel and one might expect there to be some shallow characters.  I think readers will enjoy White’s story, the backdrop of the college setting and the suspenseful moments that make The Sixes an exciting read.  I recommend The Sixes to mystery suspense fans in search of a good thrill.

To learn more about author Kate White and her books, please visit her website

I received a complimentary arc of The Sixes by Kate White from Harper Collins. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.

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