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by Kate White
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Harper, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Popular celebrity biographer Phoebe Hall's life takes a dramatic downturn when she is accused of plagiarism. Reeling under a mistake made by someone else, she feels her life shift from receiving plaudits to accusations. Her boyfriend decides he wants to move on in life. So then does she.

She accepts a teaching post at a college where her best friend Glenda is the president. But trouble is not left behind. It seems to travel with her to a small New England town and the college located there.

This quiet campus is broiling beneath the surface. One student has gone missing. His girlfriend is found in the nearby river. Phoebe's home is invaded. She hears rumors of a secret society as various facts emerge. Phoebe decides that she must help Glenda unearth this secret society before it can damage her friend's standing as president.

This endangers her life and Glenda's as well, as Phoebe seems to be coming too close to the nasty rules of the society and to those behind them. But Phoebe ignores threats and is determined to track down whoever is trying to stop her. And discover why!

The Sixes keeps readers on their toes in trying to keep one step ahead of Phoebe and find the clues that will lead to the solving of the mystery of the society. Along with a good story that kept me guessing, this book also points out how such societies can form and operate behind the scenes. And the off-kilter girls who run and rule the actions of members. What price we pay for friendship!

Kate White is editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and the New York Times bestselling author of the Bailey Wiggins mystery series.

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