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.