Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Book 15 - The Sixes

Posted by Dawn Dalton on 8:58 AM

Book 15The Sixes
Author: Kate White

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing NY Times Bestselling author Kate White for the International Thriller Writers Organization newsletter, THE BIG THRILL. The article posts June 1, and maybe I should have saved this review for then.

But, I couldn't wait.

In Journalism school, I idolized Kate. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Cosmopolitan for 14 years, and was responsible for the magazine's turning point, firmly establishing it as the #1 selling monthly magazine on the newsstands. I wanted to BE her.

Like many journalists, though, Kate had the itch to write fiction, turning to the crime genre after reading Nancy Drew books as a youth. Kate has now published nine novels — six mystery titles with lead protagonist, tabloid reporter Bailey Weggins, and three psychological suspense novels, including Eyes on You, which launches this June.

I scooped up two of Kate's novels at my local bookstore (poor selection of her titles!) — a Bailey Weggins mystery and The Sixes.

The Sixes is a fast read, set at a small college with BIG problems — including an elite circle of nasty "mean girls." The book overflows with cliffhanger chapters that lead you from one red herring to the next until you reach a truly surprising end. (I guessed wrong!) While the horror aspect is not graphic, I shivered on more than one occasion, feeling genuine fear for the protagonist — the true mark of a great psychological thriller. One particular scene actually had me grateful I don't have a dishwasher.

* shudder *

This story is a wonderful blend of suspense and romance (though certainly not the main thread), infused with a couple of pop culture references that remind you that Kate isn't just a great writer, she remains entrenched in a fascinating industry *I* (for one) definitely want to read about.

Loved it!

- Dawn

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