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The Sixes

by Kate White

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THIS IS A BOOK THAT I RECEIVED FROM A FIRSTREADS GIVEAWAY.
The main character was likeable and the premise of the book was realistic. There were a few good twists and turns and there were a couple of times when I was visibly shocked by events in the book. Without giving too much away, the main character (Phoebe) became a bit unreliable when, after promising to hold information in confidence, then proceeded to tell EVERYONE what she had been told. That was a bit lame but overall this is a fast read that will not overly tax your brain power. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
The Sixes is set on a college campus, where Phoebe has found herself teaching after her latest bestseller has her accused of plagiarism. When students start disappearing, and bodies start turning up, Phoebe throws herself into an unofficial investigation. As she digs deeper, she begins to discover evidence of a female secret society known only as The Sixes, which triggers her own memories about a tragic and terrifying event.

This is one of those reads that flies by, that grabs you and doesn't let you go. As Phoebe learned more and more, I became more and more intrigued, and had to find out the solutions to the many mysteries surrounding the campus, the deaths, and The Sixes. The solution is definitely a surprise, and I like that the twists kept coming. ( )
  seasonsoflove | May 5, 2016 |
Just average ( )
  Jodeneg | Oct 23, 2015 |
Kate White writes great mysteries, always featuring smart, interesting female protagonists. This story takes place on a small college campus, and is full of compelling characters and unexpected plot twists. ( )
  MsGumby | Apr 27, 2013 |
Kate White's The Sixes is an engaging, albeit predictable, thriller that attempts to piggyback on the idea of female bullies and a new wave of feminism that turns the idea of girl power on its head. Between secret societies, mysterious, escalating threats, and eventually dead people, Phoebe Hall has her hands full attempting to determining just what is occurring at Lyle College. While the idea of a female secret society is intriguing, the execution of the storyline prevents the novel from being as suspenseful and as strong as it could be.

The reader will experience several issues with The Sixes, the first of which is Phoebe's involvement in the mysteries. Why would anyone allow a celebrity biographer to snoop around a mysterious death? What makes her better able to solve the mystery than the police? If this were the beginning of a series, about a celebrity biographer/interviewer turned sleuth, the entire situation might be more plausible. Even worse, when someone starts breaking into Phoebe's home, who does not report the incidents to the police? I can understand the need to protect the college's reputation but at the cost of an employee's safety and well-being? These reactions to certain scenes do not feel authentic but rather appear manufactured to add more drama. Instead, they add a sense of incredulity to the entire affair.

In addition, Phoebe remains a distant heroine. Even with a third-person omniscient narrator, the reader does not get the opportunity to learn more about Phoebe's motivations or philosophies driving her actions. There are some rather overt hints, but Ms. White only explores Phoebe's past in fits and starts. There is an attempt to flashback, but the flashbacks are so abrupt and so without warning that the reader does not understand that they are flashbacks until several sentences into the new section. The reader never knows when the action is occurring in the present versus in the past or to which secret society to which Phoebe is referring. It makes for a disjointed story.

This is one audiobook experience where the narrator almost ruins the story. Ms. Cohn has an annoying habit of continuing her accent or inflections past the dialogue and into the "he said" or "she said" sections of the novel. It is distracting to hear a description stated with the rising inflection associated with questions just because the last line of dialogue is also a question. She tends towards over-dramatization and over-the-top reactions that do not appear to fit with the scene. Her hysterical characters are just a bit too hysterical. Someone sobbing is difficult to understand. It is all just too much. Unfortunately, with a novel that is weak anyway, the poor narrator makes it rather difficult to finish.

Putting aside the narrator, The Sixes is not terrible. It does keep the reader's interest through the secret society angle and Phoebe's own history. Unfortunately, the switches between the current situation and Phoebe's boarding school experiences are too abrupt, disrupting the flow and any building suspense. The reader never truly gets inside Phoebe's head, and some of her reactions to situations never quite make sense until the very end. The end result is an audiobook that one can enjoy much in the same fashion as someone enjoys watching B movies or cult classics. It is extremely predictable, somewhat campy, and yet, the reader is able to enjoy it immensely because of that.

Thank you to Beth Harper from Harper Audio for my review copy!
  jmchshannon | Aug 31, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006157662X, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:04 -0400)

"From the New York Times bestselling author of Hush and Cosmopolitan's editor-in-chief comes a new standalone thriller set in a college-town where a campus death sends one woman on a quest for truth and into the clutches of a deadly secret society"--

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