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About The Sixes
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (June 5, 2012)
Right after Phoebe Hall’s 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, she jumps at the offer to teach in a small private college in Pennsylvania run by her former boarding school roommate. But something evil lurks behind the quiet campus cafés and leafy maple trees. When the body of a female student washes up on the banks of a nearby river, disturbing accusations begin to surface about abuses wrought by a secret campus society known as The Sixes. Haunted by memories of her own school days, Phoebe launches a private investigation, and soon finds herself in the middle of a real-life nightmare, not knowing whom she can trust and if she will even survive. Because with the truth comes a terrifying revelation: your darkest secrets can still be uncovered . . . and starting over may be a crime punishable by death.
I’ve been looking at Kate White’s novels for years, but haven’t read one yet, so when I had the opportunity to be part of the this blog tour, I jumped at it. As soon as I read the synopsis for The Sixes, I knew it was one I wanted to read. I liked the idea of reading about a writer who felt like she needed to escape to a small town for awhile. I’ve also always liked the setting of small college campuses in stories. But it was the secret society that really drew me to this novel; I’ve always loved stories about secret societies and I really liked the idea of a secret society of women.
The Sixes was a bit of a slow starter for me, but once it picked up I was turning pages. I found that some of the dialogue throughout the novel felt a bit forced and there were some chapter endings that were abrupt (based on where the next chapter picked up), although there was always resolution to what had happened in the previous chapter. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. I thought that White really captured the feel of the town and the small college campus. I felt a connection to Phoebe and went through the novel questioning everybody and everything like she did. The ending took me by surprise–I was certain that I had figured things out, but I hadn’t. I love it when mysteries surprise me, because that’s not always the case! I had trouble keeping track of all of the characters at times and I wish the novel had focused more attention on the Sixes and the memories from Phoebe’s school days. I didn’t think this was a perfect novel, but I really enjoyed it and thought it was a fun mystery to escape into. I’ll definitely be reading more books by Kate White in the near future. I actually own the first four books of the Bailey Weggins mystery series and one of my reading goals for the year is to start it, so you might be seeing more reviews of Kate White’s books here in the near future!
// Be sure to nominate a book for June’s book club read! There have been some great nominations so far!