Kate White rises to the pinnacle of modern suspense with The Sixes, a page-turning stand-alone thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Hush, and the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. With taught prose evocative of Laura Lippman’s Life Sentences and Dennis Lehane’s Moonlight Mile, White paints the sinister picture of a quiet Pennsylvania college town left shaken after a mysterious death precipitates a cascade of evil events on campus. When new teacher Phoebe Hall undertakes the dangerous quest of uncovering the truth behind the ghastly recent happenings, her investigation will send her into the clutches of a deadly secret society—The Sixes—and unearth the dark relics of her own long-buried past.
VERDICT: Wow…what a fun, exciting, and sometimes a bit scary read. I don’t usually read books that I consider to be a bit of a mystery novel. I’m not usually drawn to “real mysteries,” but this one caught my attention from the very beginning. This is the second book I’ve read by Kate White. The first one was The Wrong Man – another great mystery/romance/chick flick type book! In The Sixes, you meet Phoebe Hall, the main character of the story whose life has begun to unravel.
Phoebe breaks up with her long-term boyfriend and she’s been accused of plagiarism in her latest best-selling biography. To get away from all the mess, she decides to go teach at Lyle (a small private college) when her close friend, Glenda Johns, offers her a job.
When the body of a female student is found on the banks of a nearby river, things in the quiet little college town get kind of crazy. Phoebe decides to help Glenda (the head of the school), and begins investigating a secret society of girls on campus known as The Sixes. There are so many things going on in this book – – there are many different characters, and at some point, I thought all of them were guilty of something!
Each time I thought I had this all figured out, Kate White threw another curve ball and proved my theory wrong. It was not until the last chapter of the book that I figured out what had actually happened and who did it!! Crazy, right? Usually I’ve got these things figured out 1/2 way through the book. Same thing with The Wrong Man – I did not expect it to end the way it did. I think that’s the sign of a good writer.
Kate White is now one of my favorite authors for a good pool-side or beach read! When I’ve read 2 books by an author and enjoy them both, then I know I have a new author to follow. And that makes me happy!!
Kate White is a New York Times bestselling author of many fiction books. She is well-known for her Bailey Weggins novels – six of these have been on the New York Times bestselling list – I’m definitely going to look for one of those sometime soon. I love following the same character through several novels. The first one in this series is called If Looks Could Kill. It’s on my Goodreads list of books to read now! Click on the underlined links if you’re interested. Can’t wait to get started…
Before becoming a novelist, she was the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine. She left that job in 2013 to concentrate on being an author full-time. In her short bio on her website, she said that she fell in love with the mystery genre after reading her first Nancy Drew book – The Secret of Redgate Farm. She especially loved Carolyn Keene’s cliffhanger endings that she had in many of her Nancy Drew novels.
How many of you read The Secret of Redgate Farm? I sure did, and I still have a copy of it. I’m saving it for Morgan, in the hopes that one day, she will be reading many of my Nancy Drew books from my childhood!
In addition to these fun mysteries, Kate White is also the author of a few very popular career books. Career books really aren’t my style at all, but if that style suits you, here are a couple to choose from (click on title to read about them):
- I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve
- Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do
Like I said, not my style, but if you read one that you can’t put down, let me know. Maybe I’ll pick up a copy… For now, just get yourself a copy of The Sixes or The Wrong Man, and find yourself a great seat by the pool or on the beach and enjoy. Until next time…