The Sixes

Kate White

HarperCollins, 2012

Agent: Sandra Dijkstra

Kate White rises to the pinnacle of modern suspense with The Sixes, a page-turning stand-alone thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Hush, and the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. With taught prose evocative of Laura Lippman’s Life Sentences and Dennis Lehane’s  Moonlight Mile, White paints the sinister picture of a quiet Pennsylvania college town left shaken after a mysterious death precipitates a cascade of evil events on campus. When new teacher Phoebe Hall undertakes the dangerous quest of uncovering the truth behind the ghastly recent happenings, her investigation will send her into the clutches of a deadly secret society—the Sixes—and unearth the dark relics of her own long-buried past.

“This is the perfect book to take on a transatlantic flight to Europe. Trust me I just did it. Start reading it in the departure lounge, skip the in-flight movie, and you’ll be done on landing. You won’t stop reading while you have the wine/nuts/meal tray/snack. Set on a college campus (always a winner) in Pennsylvania, it’s the story of a best-selling celebrity biographer who goes to teach writing after she’s accused of plagiarism. But then a coed turns up dead in a river, and could a secret society known as the Sixes be involved? You get dark nights, more bodies, and ominous groups of six objects left around as signs, in a fast-paced plot that wraps itself up in time for you to race to the bathroom before the plane starts its descent.”
Vanity Fair

“This thriller hooks you from the get-go—besides the adrenaline rush, this story reminded me how every experience, good or bad, forms us and makes us stronger.”  
First for Women

“Taking a break from cover lines like “How to Outsmart a Bitch” and “Guys Rate 50 Sex Moves,” Cosmo editor-in-chief White tackles a humorous thriller. First, New York writer Phoebe Hall is dumped by her boyfriend. Then, she’s accused of plagiarism in her latest book, “Hollywood’s Badass Girls.” She flees the city to teach at a small college in rural Pennsylvania. But when a co-ed from Cobble Hill is murdered and Phoebe is determined to investigate, she runs up against a group of mean Girls — The Sixes.”
New York Post 

“Cosmo editor-in-chief White's prose--like a brisk walk through a tree-lined campus in autumn--is perfectly suited to the setting and tone of this stand-alone mystery thriller about mean girl games run amok… Great pacing and plausible characterization…make this a worthy end-of-summer beach read.”
Publishers Weekly

“Kate White’s newest stand-alone is scarily good—a riveting, psychologically complex tale of mean girls, with a dark twist. You won’t be able to put it down. I loved this book!”
Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Save Me

The Sixes has all the ingredients for a fantastic summer read: an elite private school, a secret society, and a band of terrifying mean girls. In Kate White’s skillful hands, it’s a story that simultaneously scares and entertains.”
Alafair Burke, author of Long Gone