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“This is the perfect book to take on a transatlantic flight to Europe. Trust me I just did it. . . . A fast-paced plot that wraps itself up in time for you to race to the bathroom before the plane starts its descent.” (Vanity Fair )

“A coed’s gone missing at leafy Lyle College, and visiting prof Phoebe Hall is asking too many questions. A nifty spine-tingler.” (People )

The Sixes has all the ingredients for a fantastic summer read: an elite private school, a secret society, and a band of terrifying mean girls. In Kate White’s skillful hands, it’s a story that simultaneously scares and entertains.” (Alafair Burke, author of Long Gone )

The Sixes is a terrifying, psychological thriller that takes ‘mean girls’ to a whole new level of creepy. It’s Kate White’s best!” (Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Live Wire )

“You won’t be able to put it down; just remember to reapply your sunscreen every so often.” (Harper's Bazaar, Labor Day Weekend 'Must Reads' )

“Kate White’s newest standalone is scarily good—a riveting, psychologically complex tale of mean girls, with a dark twist. You won’t be able to put it down. I loved this book!” (Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Save Me )

“Cleverly woven with comic dialogue and sexy dates, the narrative mixes the spookiness of Twin Peaks with the scandal of Gossip Girl, plus a dash of Ian McEwan-esque drama. . . . A page-turner.” (Nylon Magazine )

“Kate White writes smart.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer )

“A superior mix of romantic suspense and pure mystery while avoiding clichés. . . . An academic mystery, a women’s novel and an insular village mystery with the private school standing in for a small town.” (South Florida Sun Sentinel )

“This thriller hooks you from the get-go-besides the adrenaline rush, this story reminded me how every experience, good or bad, forms us and makes us stronger.” (First for Women )

“It was so much fun to read about the secret-girl society in The Sixes. Their evil pranks gave me chills! A fun Pretty Little Liars for grown-ups . . . I can’t wait to read more from Kate. She got the evil girl thing just right.” (Sara Shepard, author of the bestselling Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game )

“Cosmo editor-in-chief White’s prose--like a brisk walk through a tree-lined campus in autumn--is perfectly suited to the setting and tone of this stand-alone mystery thriller about mean girl games run amok. . . . A worthy end-of-summer beach read.” (Publishers Weekly ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Playaway Adult Fiction
  • Preloaded Digital Audio Player
  • Publisher: Findaway World (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611202035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611202038
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of ten works of fiction--six Bailey Weggins mysteries (including So Pretty It Hurts and If Looks Could Kill), and four suspense novels: Eyes on You, The Sixes, Hush, and the upcoming The Wrong Man (June 2015). She is also the editor of The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, which will be published in March of this year.

You can get monthly updates from Kate by signing up for her newsletter on her website http://katewhite.com/

Kate's writer's eye has been described by the New York Times as "scathingly observant." The Los Angeles Times says of Kate's work: "It's like devouring a box of chocolates!" Publisher's Weekly recent review of her most recent book, Eyes on You, called it "timely and engaging," adding that "it's [White's] devious mind that puts the thrill in this thriller." Her books have been published in 18 countries. Romantic Times said: "The surprise begins almost instantaneously. Not only is the lead character immensely relatable, but the mystery surrounding whoever is trying to sabotage her holds up until the very end and the culprit is a complete surprise."

For 14 years, Kate was the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, taking it to number one on newsstands and keeping it there. Though she loved the job (and the Cosmo beauty closet!), she decided to leave in late 2013 to work full time as an author, a long-time dream of hers.

Like many mystery writers, Kate fell in love with the genre after reading her first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of Redgate Farm, and she still admires those cliffhanger endings created by "Carolyn Keene."

She is married and the mother of two children. She once had her young daughter stalk her through the woods so she could better describe the sounds of someone being followed.

Kate is also the author of several hugely popular career books, including I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve, and Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do.

Find out more about her suspense novels on katewhite.com and her career books on katewhitespeaks.com, where she offers career advice through KateTV.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By S. A. W. on August 2, 2011
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By OutlawPoet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2011
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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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samantha.1020 on August 30, 2011
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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.
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