55. Kate White – Lethally Blond

Hey everyone! Since the year’s almost over (yikes!), I’m reading a lot to try and reach my goal of 60 books this year. I think I can do it… here’s hoping!

So, earlier this week, I finished book number 55, Lethally Blond by Kate White. As you all know by now, I love Kate White’s books, and since this is the fifth book in the Bailey Weggins mystery series, I knew I’d be able to buzz right through it.

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Kate White – Lethally Blond (photo taken by me)

So, this book follows the main character, Bailey, who is a crime reporter for a gossip magazine. At the beginning of the book, an ex-fling named Chris reaches out to Bailey to ask for help.

Chris’ friend and coworker Tom has disappeared, but everyone seems to think he’s just run off, so no one is looking for him. Chris has a feeling that something is wrong, so he asks Bailey to look into it for him, since he knows she’s helped solve some murders before.

Bailey sets of determined to find Tom, and before long she does, but it’s just his body that she finds in his late parents’ abandoned vacation home. Now Bailey is not looking for a missing person, but a killer.

We follow Bailey through her investigation to find Tom’s killer and, in the process, her troubles with her love life.

As I’ve said before, I love White’s novels, so naturally I liked this book. As I was reading it, it didn’t seem as interesting to me as her other books, but I was totally surprised by the ending. I honestly had no idea who the killer was going to be throughout the whole book and the ending had a nice twist, so overall I liked the book a lot.

37. Peter Swanson – The Girl With a Clock for a Heart

I have a really serious problem.

Right now, I only have two books in my to be read pile. And no money to buy new ones! What am I gonna do if I run out of books?!

I just ordered two more books, but I was hoping to save those to bring to school at the end of the month (don’t remind me…).

Anyway, I was looking through all the books in my room to see if there were any unread ones I had missed. I found this book that I bought a while ago but wasn’t super excited to read.

I found The Girl With a Clock for a Heart at Costco at the beginning of the summer. I find that when I book up a book at Costco that I haven’t heard of before, it usually doesn’t end well for me. But for some reason, I had gotten this one, and I decided to give it a try.

I”m still not too sure how I felt about it, though.

The main character is a guy named George. When George was in college, he fell in love with a girl who had gotten into some pretty serious trouble (like possibly murdering someone!) and then disappeared from his life.

Peter Swanson - The Girl With a Clock for a Heart (photo taken by me)
Peter Swanson – The Girl With a Clock for a Heart (photo taken by me)

That is, until he randomly sees her at a bar he frequents twenty years later. Liana shows up and asks George for a favor. He can’t help but to say yes, because he’s still kind of in love with her and wants to keep her safe. However, things are never as they seem with Liana.

The book jumps back and forth telling the story of George and Liana’s relationship starting when they were in college and what happens when she reenters his life now.

As I’m sure you can guess, George gets mixed up in some shady stuff and finds himself in danger more than once. Even though she’s betrayed him before, George can’t help but love Liana and try to protect her, but he comes to find he’s been a part of something he didn’t fully understand.

This book surprised me with how much I liked it (since I usually don’t enjoy books I pick up at Costco), but I still wasn’t a huge fan. The story was interesting enough, but had kind of a cliffhanger ending that just left me feeling like it was unfinished. In terms of suspense novels, this one wasn’t too scary but still left me wanting to know what happened next.

It was definitely an easy read, which is why I think it stood out to me compared to other books I buy there, they usually are too boring for me to get into. I flew through this one and it didn’t even feel like I had been reading it that long.

If you think this book sounds interesting, I’d recommend it, because it doesn’t really disappoint. I think the story overall was intriguing, albeit far-fetched, I just wasn’t a huge fan of the ending.

28. Kate White – The Sixes

I don’t know about you guys, but this summer has been off to a busy start for me! Last Thursday was my 2 year anniversary with my boyfriend, then Friday I had to wake up early to take a train to New York City for my sister’s bachelorette weekend! We celebrated Friday night and went out to a karaoke bar Saturday night, and after getting three hours of sleep I got up to take another train home so I could make it to my boyfriend’s graduation party! Talk about a long and busy weekend.

Anyway, all that train riding gave me plenty of reading time (when I wasn’t catching up on sleep), and I finished my newest book on Tuesday night. I didn’t have time to write this yesterday because I had to spend the day traveling to Massachusetts to pick up my bridesmaid dress for my sister’s wedding. Jeeze, I’ve been busy lately.

So the book was The Sixes by Kate White. If you’ve been following along, you know that I really like White’s books (check out my reviews of her other books I’ve read, Hush and Eyes on You). They are all kind of similar in nature, and once you’ve read one, you might be able to see the twists coming in the rest of the books, but I still really like them. I’m on a kick of suspense novels lately, feel free to suggest any you think I might like!

Kate White - The Sixes (photo taken by me)
Kate White – The Sixes (photo taken by me)

Anyway, The Sixes follows a woman named Phoebe who was a writer living in New York City until her life turned upside down. She had been writing books about celebrity gossip and was accused of plagiarism on her latest book. The allegations turned out to be true because her research assistant hadn’t labeled her research.

So Phoebe ends up taking a break from her city life and moving to a small town in Pennsylvania to work as an adjunct professor at a college where her friend is the president. One night, Phoebe is walking across campus to head to dinner when she notices a large crowd gathered in the lawn. It turns out that a student has gone missing, and Phoebe remembers that she had a conversation with the student recently. The student, Lily, confronted Phoebe to ask for advice on how to start her life over after getting into a tough situation. Those are all the details that Phoebe knows, but she wants to find out more, so she begins investigating.

Phoebe soon learns about a secret society of girls on the campus, the Sixes. She thinks that they might have something to do with Lily’s disappearance, so she starts to look into them. And then Lily’s body is found floating in a nearby river. This changes Phoebe’s investigation.

The dean of the school tells Phoebe that he thinks it might be the work of a serial killer, and presents her with similar cases in the area and at other schools. Phoebe now not only wants to figure out what is going on with the Sixes, but feels the need to find out who the murderer is too.

This book is full of turns, and I honestly didn’t know who the murderer was going to be until right before they are found out. At the beginning, the book might have gone a little slow, but I stuck with it and by the end I didn’t want to put it down. If you like suspense, this is definitely a good read.