Monday, September 19, 2011
The Sixes by Kate White
Never underestimate the vindictiveness of young women...
Harper sent an ARC of this book for review (thank you). It was published in August, so you can pick up a copy at your local bookstore now.
Ms. White's main character disappointed me in a way. I suppose it's just because she made her too human. Phoebe Hall is a journalist who did very well at interviewing celebrities and creating stories from the facts they revealed to her. Her downfall was that she did not check her researcher's facts and ends up being accused of plagiarism.
Phoebe ran from her problems in school in the past, and she leaves town again under this new onslaught. But instead of things getting better, it gets worse.
Ms. White writes of a clique in school that operates undercover. Such societies do exist and she shows how their use of power and an inborn nastiness of the young can scare even older adults.
Phoebe's friend hires her to teach a class on a journalism, and asks her to see if such a society does exist and who belong to it. She suddenly finds herself involved in murder...
The action is fast, there is a bit of horror in what the Sixes will do, and the killer is the last one anyone would expect. This is a busy story with lots of cross-ties between the past and the present. You won't be bored reading it.
If you'd like my copy of the ARC, leave a comment here on my blog and email me at info at bookfaerie.com with your name and ADDRESS to be entered into the contest.
Let me know how you felt about the lead female character, too. Was I offbase in my feelings about her?