Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: The Sixes by Kate White



Publisher: Harper
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher


Phoebe Hall is attempting to adjust to a new life. Her once successful career as a bestselling author is in jeopardy when she is accused and found guilty of plagiarism. Her personal life is not much better, her long-time boyfriend abruptly leaves before the accusations, and Phoebe doesn’t know who to turn to. When her agent suggests that she change her plans and keep a low profile until the media storm calms down, Phoebe is elated when her friend Glenda offers her a teaching job at a small-town university in Pennsylvania. Phoebe retreats to Lyle College, and never expects to become involved in a media frenzy once again. A young girl, in Phoebe’s class mysteriously disappears and is found drowned in the river that boarders the college. One year previously, the girl’s boyfriend disappears and no one has heard from him since. Lyle College has a strict policy that no fraternities or sororities be allowed. When the administration hears about a Secret Society they set out to quickly shut it down. When it becomes clear that the Sixes may have a connection to the drowned girl, Phoebe uses her research skills to assist Glenda, the president of the college. Things take a turn for the worst when Phoebe begins to uncover their secrets, her home begins to be targeted by the Sixes and Phoebe is not sure what they will do next. It is clear that Phoebe has been warned to keep her distance. Just when Phoebe thinks she has a lead, she is quickly thrown off course.

The Sixes is a page-turner, it’s engaging, entertaining, and well-worth the read. I was skeptical of everyone, and questioned all the secondary characters. I trusted no one, except Phoebe. I really enjoyed Kate White’s previous novel Hush, and would recommend this one as well. Honestly, Hush was a great read. The characters are full of intrigue and well developed. Kate White does an excellent job of engaging the reader and keep them guessing throughout. Phoebe will stop at nothing in her investigation. As she is threatened, and endangered she still continues with her search. It really makes readers question her character, she’s not a detective, she’s a writer and at what point will she step back.  Phoebe does get involved in a romance and readers are not sure where the relationship is going. While I wanted to enjoy the romance aspect, I couldn’t because I couldn’t trust anyone. I felt like I was in the dark until the end. If you’re looking for a good mystery/thriller I would try this one out. It’s not very scary, but full of mystery.

9 comments:

  1. I love books that keep me guessing about everyone's motives, so this one sounds great to me. I am so glad that you liked it! It also sounds like I need to check out Hush as well. Great review today!

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  2. I had wanted to read Hush but never did and now this one sounds good too! I love the writer as detective thing... Do you watch Castle? I LOVE that show and he's a writer who does police work.

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  3. IS Phoebe the protagonist in both books? do they need to be read in order?

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  4. Not scary but full of mystery, ok I can deal with that. I am not a fan of scary in books, not at all

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  5. Oh wow, this book sounds so intense! I just LOVE mystery novels -- especially ones that constantly keep you guessing and re-guessing, because that just adds to the thrill of the story!

    Awesome review, Mrs. Q! This is definitely a book I'm adding to my TBR pile -- engaging and mysterious? Yes please! :)

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  6. I am glad you liked this one because I have it on my TBR pile!

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  7. I've just started dipping my toes in mystery novels and the fact that this isn't too scary sounds perfect for me. Sounds like a real page turner!

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  8. This sounds really good. I'll have to add this to my wish list.

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  9. 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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