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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006157662X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061576621
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Mrs. Q: Book Addict TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 8 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By the numbers Aug. 2 2011
By S. A. W. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
More Miss Marple than Mean Girls July 22 2011
By OutlawPoet - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
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.


SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!


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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Sixes by Kate White (thoughts) Aug. 30 2011
By Samantha.1020 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Sixes tells the story of Phoebe Hall as she attempts to adjust to her new life as a small town college professor and the mystery that she finds herself wrapped up in. Because young college coeds are dying and the only hint that the authorities at the college have is of a "secret society" that has been rumored to have been the cause of lots of trouble in the past. Little is known of this secret society and Phoebe sets out to find proof that it exists while trying to keep her past behind her.

The Sixes is one of those books that you don't want to put down. The author creates a chilling atmosphere in a small town college campus where everything (and everyone) isn't what it seems. This creepy atmosphere was one of my favorite things about the story. There is a constant hint of danger throughout the book that kept me turning pages. The setting is in the fall/early winter and the descriptions of the weather tied into the story so nicely. It just all added up to maintain the sinister feeling that the author was creating. I loved the idea of a secret society that isn't really up to any good, and I felt that the author really did a good job of building on the hint of mystery that went along with "The Sixes". I kept wondering what they were going to do next and how they were involved with the deaths that had occurred. This novel was definitely a page turner and I just didn't want to put it down. The ending itself was a surprise that I didn't see coming. I was a bit disappointed though as I felt like the author did such a great job on the creepiness factor with The Sixes and then the ending was a bit of a letdown. Just not what I expected but I don't want to give away any spoilers so I'll leave it at that. All in all, a really solid read with atmosphere in spades. I've heard that this author has written other books and I'm anxious to check them out.

Bottom Line: A solid thriller that kept me on my toes throughout!

Disclosure: This was kindly sent to me for review by the publisher. Thanks so much!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One of the worst books I've ever read Aug. 25 2011
By A.O. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I thought this book, The Sixes, by Kate White, would be great after I read what it was about. That was until I started reading the book. The Sixes is about a woman Phoebe, who takes a job teaching at a small college after an accusation of plagiarism. The book opens at the discovery of a body of one of the students. Phoebe and one of the other faculty members become involved. The relationship between the two characters is a central theme to the book. Phoebe investigating the murder is the main theme. During this murder investigation the character Phoebe is one of the most selfish and unlikable characters I've read. She blindly (and very dramatically) rushes into things, expecting others to save her. When they get hurt or killed as a result of something she did she doesn't feel much remorse, instead feels sorry for herself. She is overly dramatic and very cliche. For instance, Phoebe's "disguise" when she went investigating was dark sunglasses. I would expect to find a scene like that in a cartoon but I expected something a bit better from an accomplished writer. Phoebe is one of the most unlikable characters I've read in a long time. I had to quit reading this book and come back to it many times because I just wanted to yell at Phoebe. I would not recommend this book at all.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Negatives Outweighed the Positives Nov. 27 2011
By Mary Kate - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
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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