Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Review: The Sixes by Kate White

Phoebe Hall is a celebrity biographer disgraced by a plagiarism scandal in New York City, fortunately, her best friend Glenda is the President of Lyle University and hires Phoebe to teach journalism.  Lyle is a sleepy New England college that has had some unusual disappearances and shortly after Phoebe's arrival a student is murdered.  Glenda and other school staff are certain a secret society "The Sixes" are behind the crime and she asks Phoebe to research and destroy The Sixes.  Phoebe must face her own demons and endure several terrifying experiences as she solves the murder and uncovers the Sixes.
This is Chic lit at its most mediocre, it's equivalent to watching a Lifetime movie on a snowy Sunday, its not good but not bad enough to take your arms out of the blanket and change channels. You are half asleep but still predicted the ending.  
The plot is weak and the Sixes do not figure into the story as much as you would think.  Of course the story needed the handsome brooding love interest with a mysterious past, Duncan Shaw. Phoebe and Duncan's affair is full of turmoil and you never really feel a connection between them, even though she is frequently weak with desire. 
The Sixes are a pretty lame secret society, the "terrorize" Phoebe by leaving six apples in her kitchen and six spoons wrapped in a Tarot card in her dish washer.  They did leave six live rats in her freezer - that was a decent prank.  Phoebe never calls in the police in any of these incidents, just campus security and Glenda.  If someone broke into my house a left rats in my freezer, I'd call the cops.  The sixes also use Phoebe's past incidents with a secret society and her trouble with plagiarism to scare her.  It's all pretty weak.
The book solves everything very neatly and conveniently, however, it felt odd because the culprits were really strung out. Several people were involved but yet they were not connected.  I felt like the author wanted to make things more complex yet it made the ending seem rushed and lets just place blame on weird characters
I would not recommend this book, its not a guilty pleasure, its not fun, its not original, it barely held my interest, it was just ok.  So if you are in the mood for a bad Lifetime movie and don't have a TV, read this. 

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Harper (first published August 1st 2011)
006157662X (ISBN13: 9780061576621)
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