Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

ten-by-gretchen-mcneilTen by Gretchen McNeil

Published September 18th, 2012 by Balzer + Bray.

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Rating: ★★★

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Don’t spread the word!
Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine? (Goodreads)

Two friends head to Henry Island to party. They were hoping to have the time of their life, instead they are terrified and stuck in the middle of a murder spree. One by one the party guests are dying. What seems at first to be freak accidents proves to be much more. Without electricity, internet, or the ability to make a phone call for help the teens are trapped. Now they have to figure out what is actually happening. Is someone on the island with them? Is the killer one of them?

This book reminds me a lot of the 2009 TV series, Harper’s Island. I was obsessed with that show. In fact, my mom, dad and I watched it religiously every week and we each had a theory. Unfortunately, where Harper’s Island shined Ten did not. I was more annoyed with the characters in Ten. There seemed to be so much tension between them. It left me wondering why they would choose to go to the party in the first place.

These teens did not make stupid decisions though. They were smart. They were actually trying to figure out what was going on. I wasn’t yelling at them from behind the pages so at least I felt it was a realistic look at what teens would do if this started happening. It’s a rather quick read but nothing special. I have heard the general plot is similar to And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Sometimes stories like this can be predictable but either I wasn’t trying to figure it out or the author surprised me. Either way good story.

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