Title: The Sixes
Author: Kate White
Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a psychological thriller that kept me guessing throughout. It is about a secret society of “mean girls” who take feminism to an extreme. The main character Phoebe is an author who is taking a time out from writing after an unfortunate plagiarism scandal. She ends up teaching a writing course at Lyle College. Her past and present collide when she is asked to investigate the secret society of girls on campus. After a few pranks and then murders she realizes she is in over her head.
Kate white is a wonderful writer. I haven’t previously read a book written by her and I’m glad I didn’t pass up the chance to do so now. I adored this story and its twists and turns. I love books that keep me guessing right up until the end and this one did just that.
Thanks go to Heather for this review.
Publisher: Published August 2nd 2011 by Harper (first published August 1st 2011)
Quick Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Why I Read It: Sent for review
Where I Obtained the Book: from the publisher
Synopsis: 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. 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.
Author Biography: In addition to being a book author, Kate White is the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the largest-selling women's magazine in the world. Under her editorship, guaranteed circulation has increased by over 500,000 and Cosmo now sells on average two million copies a month on newsstands alone.
Kate began her career in the magazine business by winning Glamour Magazine's Top Ten College Women contest and appearing on the cover.
She was an editorial assistant at Glamour and later became a feature writer and columnist for the magazine. She went on to hold key jobs at several national magazines, including Mademoiselle. She eventually was named editor-in-chief of Child and then later Working Woman and McCall's. Before joining Cosmo, she served as editor-in-chief of Redbook for four years.
White became editor-in-chief of Cosmo in 1998. She is the recipient of the Matrix award, which honors "extraordinary achievements of outstanding women in the communications field."