Book Review: The Sixes – Kate White

Title: The Sixes
Author: Kate White
ISBN: 9780061576621
Pages: 384
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

After being accused of plagiarizing her last book, Phoebe Hall has left Manhattan to allow things to cool off.  She is offered a teaching position at a small college, where her best friend from college is running things.  Phoebe settles in at the school, and though she feels like an outcast, she gets along well enough.  But when a girl goes missing and it looks as though her disappearance might be related to a secret society on campus called The Sixes, Phoebe feels compelled to investigate and find out what is really going on underneath the surface.

Review:

The Sixes is a novel that you have to just go with in order to be able to enjoy it.  There are random coincidences and occurrences that are just strange if you think about them too hard.  However, if you can just put aside your sense of disbelief and allow yourself to be immersed in the story, you will find an enjoyable mystery with an appealing setting that deals with timely issues.

I’m a sucker for books set on a college campus, so I really loved this aspect of The Sixes.  White portrays the world of academia well; Phoebe is ostracized because she is new, but she’s also shunned by some because of the plagiarism charge.  It’s surprising that any college campus would want to hire her (one of those niggling occurrences I mentioned earlier), but she’s an appealing character.  I appreciated how determined she was to get to the bottom of what was going on, and how much things affected her personally.

The main issue that The Sixes deals with is bullying, and it’s an important problem right now.  Phoebe searches for information about this mysterious group of girls, trying to determine who they are and whether they could be responsible for what’s been happening.  Female bullying is an issue close to Phoebe’s heart, as it’s something she experienced in college, so she wants to protect people from it now.  The Sixes are supposed to have a bit of a creepy nature; as Phoebe begins asking more and more questions about them, they begin to target her, and it’s supposed to be sinister.  It doesn’t quite come across that way, though, and it left me wondering why they couldn’t come up with something a little scarier to do.

In the end, the twists and turns surprised me and kept me hooked on The Sixes.  This would be a great book for an airplane or car ride; it’s engaging, but also easy enough that you don’t have to put a lot of thought into it.  It kept me hooked from beginning to end, and I definitely recommend if you’re in the mood for a fun mystery.

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Comments

  1. Gotcha…I know the type of book. But they can be a good escape when you need to dial things down.

  2. Gotcha…I know the type of book. But they can be a good escape when you need to dial things down.

  3. Sounds perfect for the holiday season when it’s easy to get distracted. So timely with the plagiarizing.

  4. Sounds perfect for the holiday season when it’s easy to get distracted. So timely with the plagiarizing.

  5. I can suspend disbelief in a book like this. I really didn’t think bullying was much of a problem on college campuses, so I’m intrigued to read about that.

  6. I can suspend disbelief in a book like this. I really didn’t think bullying was much of a problem on college campuses, so I’m intrigued to read about that.

  7. Some of the things you mention about this book remind me of The Twisted Thread, which I think you read as well. It sounds like it could be an interesting book if you suspend your sense of disbelief over some of the plot elements. Very interesting review today, Swapna. I might like to read this one!

  8. Some of the things you mention about this book remind me of The Twisted Thread, which I think you read as well. It sounds like it could be an interesting book if you suspend your sense of disbelief over some of the plot elements. Very interesting review today, Swapna. I might like to read this one!

  9. I really enjoyed The Sixes. I had read her prvious novel Hush, and was very excited about this one. I also love having books set on a college campus. I’m happy to read that you enjoyed it as well.

  10. I really enjoyed The Sixes. I had read her prvious novel Hush, and was very excited about this one. I also love having books set on a college campus. I’m happy to read that you enjoyed it as well.

  11. I enjoyed reading this one as well although I thought that the ending was a bit weak. It was a fun read though and I’m glad to hear that you liked it 🙂

  12. I enjoyed reading this one as well although I thought that the ending was a bit weak. It was a fun read though and I’m glad to hear that you liked it 🙂

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