Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review of The Sixes by Kate White

The Sixes
Title: The Sixes
Author: Kate White
Published by: HarperCollins
Released: 2011
Summary: Phoebe Hall was a best selling celebrity writer, but now her career is plagued by plagiarism charges. On the advice of her agent, Phoebe decides to hunker down and get away from L.A. She accepts a teaching job at Lyle College where her best friend is president. By Lyle suddenly becomes a dangerous place to be. A student turns up dead in the river and rumors about a secret society of mean girls start to swirl. Phoebe's friend Glenda asks her to investigate this secret society of the Sixes to find out if they are really plaguing the campus. Phoebe fins out that the Sixes don't want to be uncovered and her stay at Lyle gets a lot more dangerous. Sometimes girls in a pack are more dangerous than a pack of wolves. Phoebe must uncover the secrets of the Sixes before it's too late.
My Thoughts: Ehh. A bit of a disappointment for a mystery/thriller. This book was okay, but it wasn't great. The writing was easy to follow and the cover was pretty, but the story contained within was filler.
I really got annoyed with the cliff hanger endings as the end of EVERY chapter. I like to see chapters as possible breaks, but this book decided those kinds of chapters just weren't exciting enough. Plus, they weren't particularly good or needed cliff-hangers. They were just always there and they ended up getting on my nerves.
The mystery was also sort of forced. It's like The Sixes were thrown in every paragraph. Anything that went wrong or was strange, the main character's mind automatically went to the Sixes. For example, (SLIGHT SCENE SPOILER) someone leaves apples in Phoebe's house and she calls her housekeeper to thank her. The housekeeper denies leaving the apples and Phoebe's mind automatically goes to the Sixes. It just seemed too forced. The Sixes were the bad guys from the start, even though they hadn't done anything really bad yet.
My last annoyance with the story was that the main character Phoebe was kind of an idiot. She ran around in the book like a chicken with it's head cut off. She perceived everything as a threat or attack on her. She was always the victim and she took much longer then it was necessary to solve the mystery. She also forgot to eat meals so she would be achy and have headaches. If the book were real, she would've been dead because of her stupid actions.
I wanted a nice thriller. Something to keep me in suspense with a nice mystery to keep me guessing. This novel was just mediocre. No great insights, fascinating characters, or genuinely puzzling mystery. Also there were a couple typos which are never good to see in a finished, published novel. Just an average book for me, but that's just my opinion. Someone else could love this book.
Not too worked up about The Sixes.

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