Sunday, September 25, 2011

(150)The Sixes by Kate White

The Sixes

Publication Date: August 2, 2011
Pages: 384


Nothing says Fall like novels set at Universities or Colleges.  As I type this I hear college football on the television in the other room, there is a cool breeze coming in the window, my husband is outside fertilizing the lawn, and the aroma of my new Yankee Candle, Natures Paintbrush fills the air.  Fall is the most beautiful time of the year and I love to read about the season in books as well.

The Sixes is set on a college campus in a small Pennsylvania town.  World renowned biographer, Phoebe Hall, has gone to Lyle College under the guise of teaching, but in reality, she is licking the wounds caused by the accusations of plagiarism on her last book.  She takes comfort in her best friend, Glenda, who is also the college's President.  When a young coed goes missing, Glenda asks Phoebe to use her investigative skills to see if she can get to the bottom of things before the police can.  But when strange things start happening at Phoebe's house, she starts to believe the rumors of a secret society on campus called The Sixes.  Are these young women behind the missing young woman?  Are they behind the mysterious break-ins at Phoebe's house?  Will she be able to find the missing woman and bring her home safely?  Or have The Sixes taken "Mean Girls" to a whole new level?

The Sixes is one of those novels that you can easily see translated to the Big Screen.  Phoebe is a flawed, yet interesting character who has her own past dealings with a group of "Mean Girls".  Those memories keep creeping back as deals with The Sixes.  Phoebe also has interesting relationships with some of the other characters and the author has a way of putting doubt in the mind of the reader, and Phoebe about the sincerity of their friendships.  Mix that all with the fast paced setting of a college campus and you have the makings of a really, really good suspense thriller.  And nothing says Fall more than a great suspense novel on a brisk Saturday afternoon.

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