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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  3,974 ratings  ·  519 reviews
Kate White rises to the pinnacle of modern suspense with The Sixes, a page-turning stand-alone thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Hush, and the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. With taut prose evocative of Laura Lippman’s Life Sentences and Dennis Lehane’s Moonlight Mile, White paints the sinister picture of a quiet Pennsylvania college town l ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Harper (first published August 1st 2011)
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this book is a perfectly good bit of entertainment, if you can disarm your logic and incredulity buttons.

it's about phoebe hall; a newly single and disgraced celebrity biographer, who has fled the glamor of new york, world travel, and talk show appearances after a plagiarism scandal to teach writing at a private college in a tiny town in pennsylvania. glenda johns, one of her oldest friends from her own boarding school days, is the president of the college, and when a girl is found murrrrrderrr
Krystin Rachel
Hypothetically speaking...if you were the Dean of a university and had a sneaking suspicion that a secret society of bad girls, called The Sixes, were out murdering fellow students because of vapid, self-involved reasons, who would you call to investigate? Would it be a celebrity biographer who was disgraced by a plagarism scandal?

Yeah, me too! Twinsies.

whenever you say "twins" now, Beyonce appears.

So, here comes Pheobe Hall to start up her investigation at the behest of her oldest friend from
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book! It was a random find in an old bookstore near my apartment, but the back intrigued me (who doesn't love secret societies?). I'm really glad I picked it up!

Phoebe is a famous writer-turned-professor at an East coast college who recently moved there after being accused of plagiarism on one of her recent books. The President of Lyle College--and Phoebe's best friend from boarding school--asks her to help her look into a secret society rumored to be on campus kno
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book could cause you to do some of the following:

- Read more chapters than you planned in one sitting. They seemed to end with such cliffhangers that I couldn't help but continue on.

- Picture your college and college town in the scenes. Luckily my college wasn't creepy like this but it was fun to picture. Oh, they're at the science building? I know what that looks like!

- Refuse to read this during commercial breaks. It just wasn't fair to the book to read it in two minute spurts.

Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
When celebrity biographer Phoebe Hall is accused of plagiarism, her Manhattan life starts unraveling. Needing a break and a chance for a fresh beginning, she accepts a job as an instructor at Lyle College in Pennsylvania, where her old boarding school friend Glenda Johns is the president.

But she's barely in town for any time at all when a young girl, someone with whom she had a conversation just weeks before, washes up on the bank of the river. And a series of seemingly unconnected deaths begin
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Oh, did this look promising on the new shelf at my local public library! Unfortunately, it is another cheesy/flimsy effort from the editor-in-chief of Cosmo. But I fell for it, based on the dust jacket's blurb.

Phoebe Hall is taking a break from her fabulous life as a celebrity biographer. She's fled Manhattan for Lyle College in Pennsylvania. By teaching at Lyle, she's exorcising her demons (she had some nightmarish experiences in school) and trying to forget that icky plagiarism scandal (presen
Ivonne Rovira
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bailey Weggins fans, especially
Recommended to Ivonne by: Betsy
A pretty blonde junior goes missing at Lyle College, just six months after the girl’s boyfriend also went missing. Newly appointed adjunct professor Phoebe Hall agrees to the college president’s request to look into the disappearance of Lily Mack and into the possible existence of a secret girls’ society known only as The Sixes. (Think Mean Girls goes to college.) Are the two connected? Well, is the Pope Catholic?

Knowing that The Sixes are tied into Lily’s disappearance doesn’t take away from en
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is what would happen if MEAN GIRLS shacked up with HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and STALKER and had a love child...




I loved this one! It sucked me in from page one, had likeable characters and a good mystery that kept me guessing until the end. It even had a little romance and some mild sexy times. I'll be reading more from this author for sure.
Sara Strand
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I always forget how much I love a good mystery until I find myself reading one, and this was pretty damn good. Let me talk about the things that annoyed me first so we can move on quickly from that to what I liked about the book. First off, I kind of wanted to punch Phoebe. I wanted to punch Phoebe because she's that woman who is always way too focused on the wrong thing. She's setting aside her personal safety and ignoring blatant warnings in order to figure out who the Sixes are and what their ...more
David Jordan
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
This “psychological thriller” (as a jacket blurb calls it) about a writer/teacher investigating a secret society of mean girls who may or may not be killing people on a college campus is a pedestrian effort by the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. Although a novel, it resembles the writing in Cosmo and many other magazines -- easy to read but bland and depthless.
Pamela Scott
Aug 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, kate-white
This is my second novel by the author and I’ve decided she really isn’t for me. The Sixes has an interesting premise but is rather dull, bland and run of the mill. I found the book the opposite of a thriller. Certain plot elements make no sense. I doubt any respectable college would hire someone accused of plagiarism and I doubt even less that the woman in charge would ask the same person to investigate a murder. Maybe I’m being cynical? I’m sure disgraced celebrity biographers investigate crime ...more
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not really sure what I think about The Sixes, actually... I was sure I had the killer picked out from the very start of the book, and was surprised to find out that I was wrong. Up until the very last fifth of the book or so, it seemed as though the character I had targeted as the killer was actually the killer, and I was prepared to be very disappointed by my prediction coming true.

However, I was wrong. The actual killer did surprise me, but... there was something kind of "off" about the re
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was by far the best book I have read this year. If you like a good suspense thriller then this is for you. I was on the edge of my seat thru the whole book. The boo is very well written with good character development. Not that I am any book critic but this book is at the top of my list for a suspense thriller.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
This was a way to spend a few pleasant hours reading. I can't say I didn't enjoy it and I wasn't bored. I wish the author had concentrated more on the secret society of 'the Sixes' and the 'mean girls' who were members. I think it would have made the story more exciting. I found it a bit odd that it was more part of the background rather than front and center.
Beverly Duffy
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: popsugar-2019
This was an entertaining read about a secret society of mean girls. Nice college campus mystery. .
Carolyn Wyatt
May 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
I listened to this on audiobook and a couple of chapters in I said "Ick. This sounds like it was written for Cosmo." Then I read the author's bio... and she's the editor of Cosmo.
The story is about woman who ends up in the middle of an investigation into both a murder and a group of mean girls on a college campus. It's a pretty serious subject, so the silly writing just doesn't fit. I found myself rolling my eyes an awful lot, especially during the sex scene (I think she used the word "expl
Susan Mackie Powers
Mean Girls to the extreme!

Phoebe Hall needed a fresh start. Not only had her live in boyfriend dumped her and quickly moved on to another woman, but her very successful career as a writer of celebrity nonfiction was in jeopardy after she was accused of plagiarism. When her prep school friend, Glenda, offered her an opportunity to teach writing at the small college she was the president of, Phoebe jumped at the chance to get out of New York for a while to lick her wounds and plot her next move. P
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A college campus, students turning up missing and dead, a secret society and a disgraced journalist are the elements of this quirky story. I enjoyed the storyline, although a little unbelievable at times.

The main character, Phoebe, is a journalist teaching at a small private college. After a scandal involving plagiarism she is given an opportunity to teach at Lyle College by her friend, Glenda, who is the president of the college. Phoebe begins an unofficial investigation, at the request of Gle
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Reeling from a plagiarism scandal that torpedoed her personal and professional lives, Phoebe gratefully accepts a friend's offer of a teaching job at a small college. When a coed dies under mysterious circumstances, Phoebe's asked to put her considerable research skills to work solving the case. Her investigation leads her to a secret society known as The Sixes, who'll stop at nothing to protect themselves - and Phoebe's first on their hit list.

Now this is a suspense novel. It's an edge-of-you
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Phoebe, she has a really rough time of it in this little psychological mystery.

The book skips from present day back to her school days and at first this was a little confusing, but once you get the timelines sorted it falls into place.

Phoebe a investigative journalist has recently been disgraced when some research she has outsourced is deemed to be plagiarism. She didn't bother to check the facts correctly. Luckily an old school friend is able to offer her a temp teaching position at the co
Faye Heath
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been sitting here asking myself what it takes for a book to rate a four or five star review. I read for many different reasons. I read to be enlightened. I read to be uplifted. I read to be entertained. Heck, sometimes I read to scoff and maybe feel a bit superior. How do you compare different types of books? If East of Eden or A Tale Of Two Cities deserves five stars how do you rank a really good beach read? It's comparing apples and oranges.

I've decided that, for me, I will hand out stars
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Although I've enjoyed all of her books, this is my favorite of Kate White's to date. I found this book to be engrossing and suspenseful. I liked the characters, and I was kept guessing as to who was behind the evil deeds in the story.

Phoeby Hall had had both her professional and person life shattered, and she takes a job as an instructor at a small college. As she arrives, she learns that their are rumors of a secret female society that bullies, harms, and possibly even kills. Phoebe's backgrou
Book Him Danno
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a psychological thriller that kept me guessing throughout. It is about a secret society of “mean girls” who take feminism to an extreme. The main character Phoebe is an author who is taking a time out from writing after an unfortunate plagiarism scandal. She ends up teaching a writing course at Lyle College. Her past and present collide when she is asked to investigate the secret society of girls on campus. After a few pranks and then murders she realizes s ...more
Michelle Shock
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Although there could be some improvements in the writing, overall the book had some good moments. First off, there were a few grammar errors which was annoying. Most importantly Phoebe's character was greatly underdeveloped. What could have been a great story turned quickly into disappointment. Phoebe turned out to be an annoying 40 y/o who acted like a 17 y/o. Too many conversations were forced by the writer. I felt like I was reading a book rather then living a story. ** spoiler! And I was gre ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Nov 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
It's very seldom that I write a review of a book. This one was really terrible. Unlikable unsympathetic characters, predictable plots, and really terrible writing (typical description: light reflecting on the sidewalk shined "like crazy.") not to mention the horrible anti-feminist messages and the ridiculous caricature of academia. Awful.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
While this book started out slower than others from Kate White, it did pick up. I enjoyed this book just as I have all her others. Kept me guessing throughout.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
Absolutely the best book I've read in a long time, keeps you enthralled from page one to end!!! The Sixes is a secret society of young women attending Lyle College. Phoebe is a celebrity biographer from NYC who was accused of plagiarism in her recent book, she's an investigative reporter. Her best friend from boarding school is now the Director & offered a temporary job teaching. Little does she know that instead of hiding out & "licking her wounds", she will be investigating several murders!!! ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I really thought I knew what was happening in this book, the entire ending through me for a loop! I was thinking one thing and it ended up being something else entirely ! Loved that - the author did a fantastic job of keeping me intrigued and wanting to keep reading chapter after chapter.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the Edge of My Seat

Every time I thought I had it figure out, it took another turn. It definitely had be wanting to read more and more.
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Kate White is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels of suspense: seven Bailey Weggins mysteries and five psychological thrillers, including The Secrets You Keep. Her next suspense novel, Such a Perfect Wife, will be published on May 7, 2019.

For fourteen years she served as the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, and though she loved the job (and the Cosmo beau

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