Release Date: August 2nd, 2011
Genre: Adult, Thriller/Whodunit
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Sixes by Kate White
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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 taught 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 left shaken after a mysterious death precipitates a cascade of evil events on campus. When new teacher Phoebe Hall undertakes the dangerous quest of uncovering the truth behind the ghastly recent happenings, her investigation will send her into the clutches of a deadly secret society—the Sixes—and unearth the dark relics of her own long-buried past.
I think it is important to note that Kate White is the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. If I had known that from the very beginning, that would have explained a lot. You would think that being an editor of a top magazine would almost guarantee that someone would be a great writer, but unfortunately that is not the case. Because honestly, the whole time I was reading this book I couldn’t help but think it was written by an amateur who clearly had no idea how to keep the reader involved in the story. Dialogue was awkward and stilted. I don’t know how many times I caught myself saying, “No one would actually talk that way.” It was weird. Really weird.
Mystery/thriller novels are extremely hard to write. It’s terribly difficult to hide your true villain in the prose so as not to give it away to the reader, while also pointing the finger at a few other characters to throw the reader off. All this must be done and not be obvious. And unfortunately, in The Sixes it was all too obvious what the author was trying to do. So disappointing. Especially since this book was one I was really looking forward to reading. But then, if I had known this book was just going to be your typical run-of-the-mill thriller I would have passed on it in the first place.I know I am wordy tonight and I apologize. I have a lot to say.
There were a few things I did like about The Sixes. I loved the setting of small town Pennsylvania. I liked the idea of a secret society of girls being in the center of all the drama going on at the college. I liked the fact that there were a lot of suspects to choose from. If the book had been written a little more carefully, you would never have been able to figure out who the killer was. It was a good book to read as the weather is getting colder. It gives off that fall, mysterious, Halloweenie vibe. Yes, I said Halloweenie. I am not suggesting you don’t read it. But I just want to prepare you for the fact that this is a decent read, but don’t expect to be knocked off your feet. It was a fun ride. And that is all.