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4.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Q: Book Addict Oct. 8 2011
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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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars By the numbers Aug. 2 2011
By Sharilyn - Published on
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Here are six reasons why I found The Sixes less than satisfying (minor spoilers):

1. The Implausible Set Up. I'm happy to suspend disbelief, but this book stretches even my credulity. I highly doubt any respectable college would hire someone accused on plagiarism. And even in fiction, reasonably intelligent people call the police when their home is repeatedly broken into and their safety threatened.

2. The Shallow Characterisation. None of the characters ring true; they're all one-dimensional. The author meticulously describes what everyone is wearing, but never digs beneath the facade. Phoebe is bland and far too trusting for someone who supposedly used to dig up dirt for a living. Best friend Glenda is a driven career woman, so focused on her job she fails to notice that her marriage is disintegrating. Love interest Duncan is stereotypically handsome and brooding with a mysterious past.

3. The Dull Villains. The girls in the Sixes are more mild than mean. They don't pose a credible threat and, in the end, aren't even involved in the murder.

4. The Total Lack of Suspense. This thriller is lacking in genuine thrills. For example, the Sixes break into Pheobe's house leaving apples and later teaspoons. Sorry, but I just don't find fruit and flatware frightening.

5. The Bad Sex Scenes They weren't necessary to the plot. They also weren't romantic, sensual or erotic.

6. The Bland Storyline. The mystery failed to engage me and the solution was rather trite and predictable. Ultimately this book was like a made-for-cable movie: nothing special, but not bad enough to make you change the channel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Miss Marple than Mean Girls July 22 2011
By OutlawPoet - Down the Rabbit Hole - Published on
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When Phoebe, needing a break from an accusation of plagiarism, takes a job at a rural college, the peace of the small school is rocked by the death of a student and all signs point to murder. Phoebe is asked by a friend of hers to investigate the girl's death and discovers the presence of a secret society on campus - a society known only as The Sixes.


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This really is a very traditional amateur sleuth novel, mixed with a little Lifetime Movie intrigue. I think that this will appeal a bit more to fans of that genre than to those who like their suspense a little more hard hitting. Those of you who aren't fans of the amateur sleuth genre will find yourselves wondering things like:

"Who on earth would ask a blogger to investigate a murder?"
"Why would any college hire someone accused of plagiarism to teach this class?"
"Why does this college teacher in her thirties act like a giddy sixteen-year-old?"
"Why does no one ever call the police?"
"Why is this secret society so dull?"

I was intrigued and excited by the thought of the "mean girls'. The only problem was - they aren't so mean. LOL - no matter how hard you try, I don't know how any author can make someone leaving six spoons in your dishwasher threatening and chilling. In addition, they don't actually show up until the 2nd third of the book. By then, I wasn't convinced they even existed. And, unfortunately, when they do show up, they're a bit of a bore.

There are a few surprises here and there and it's not a bad read. It just wasn't really as advertised.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Negatives Outweighed the Positives Nov. 27 2011
By Mary Kate - Published on
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The Sixes was my first book by Kate White and it hasn't inspired me to seek out any of her earlier work.

Characterizations were flat with the main character rather unappealing and the titular Sixes uninteresting. I also found the romance dull and the constant descriptions of what everyone was wearing annoying. I did find the mystery itself rather intriguing, but the aspects of the story and writing that I disliked far outweighed that intrigue and make this a story I won't recommend to others.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to the expection Aug. 24 2011
By M. D. Mulhern - Published on
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This book had great premise and potential. Idyllic small town/college setting, malicious and secret group of girls, and murder.

Unfortunately, this book just fizzled out. I will say that Kate White was able to really alter her tone and style of writing- this wasn't fluffy like her earlier series.

Mainly, I was disappointed by the reality of The Sixes. I thought that much more of a back story should have been revealed and what there was could have been a lot darker....I felt like some of the story was cut out.

Mainly, I think this book just limped along toward the end. There was definite build up and then unfortunately, a huge let down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Nov. 1 2013
By Laura - Published on
Somehow I ended up reading two books about girls forming secret societies in a row, and this one probably suffered due to comparisons to the first (Under a Spell by Hannah Jayne). I don't have much to say about it - it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. It was pretty much average on all counts. It's a quick read if you like fairly tame thrillers.
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