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The Sixes by Kate White

The SixesReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

There have been many books and movies done about secret societies on college campuses and there have been a ton of books and movies about mean girls. So how about a book that brings the two themes together? Author White has written a doozie of a book that takes “mean girls” to a whole new level.

It begins with the very first line, “Something wasn’t right.” The reader is immediately hooked and is slowly reeled in as the protagonist travels further and further into the evil surrounding her. Phoebe Hall, an author of bestselling tell-all biographies of the rich and famous found herself disgraced when she is accused of plagiarism. When her boarding school roommate offers her a teaching position in a small Pennsylvania town, Phoebe leaps at the opportunity to leave New York for a semester. But things start going seriously wrong when a student disappears just months after her boyfriend vanished. Phoebe agrees to help when her friend, Glenda Johns, the college president, asks her to nose around a bit and see what she can turn up about the missing students. She starts asking questions and researching various people connected to the two students and uncovers some things that make her uncomfortable. Unfortunately, she has stepped into a few places others wanted to remain hidden. Things begin to turn seriously dangerous for Phoebe.

There is much going on beneath the surface of this sleepy college town with characters who have many faces. Phoebe constantly has to guess who she can trust and who is part of the larger cover up. The author has given readers a well paced, suspense driven book that will keep them guessing until the end who the good and evil characters are.

But Remember Their Names by Hillary Bell Locke

But Remember Their NamesReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Cynthia Jakubec graduated cum laude from Harvard Law, was hired by a big Wall Street firm and was about to realize her dream. And then the Wall Street firm decided to furlough their new hires for six months, gave them a fat check up front and told them to find some unpaid, noncompetitive law activity to occupy their time. Readers meet Cindy in Pittsburgh where she has moved back to her dad’s home and is toiling away as a legal intern at Louis Mendoza’s Justice for All Foundation practicing a different kind of “street law.” Things become much more interesting for Cindy when Caitlin Bradshaw is referred to their firm. She is afraid that something is going to happen to her dad and she want to stop it. Her parent’s home was searched by the police and because of a slip of the tongue comment from her mother, Caitlin thinks her mother may know more about her father’s absence than she’s letting on. What exactly was Caitlin’s father involved in and who was after him? What were the police looking for? How is her mother involved?

What is basically a legal thriller centered in the art world is complicated by multiple story lines going off in different directions. As a first book in a series, there is quite a lot going on for the reader to follow. The famous Gardner Museum heist plays heavily in the book-a plot line that is by far the most interesting of the lot, but is overshadowed at times by Cindy’s personal life. Caitlin’s family dynamics are a bit heavy on the stereotypical “poor little misunderstood rich girl” features, but the family drama does help propel the reader along. Her father was clearly involved with some unsavory people in the art world.