Ten by Gretchen McNeil

11958033Title: Ten
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: September 2012
Overall: 4 out of 5



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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?




Ten is in a genre that I don’t usually read. I had put this book on hold through the library a few months ago, and by the time it came in I had forgotten the synopsis. I was a little surprised when I picked it up to find that this was a murder/mystery. This is not my normal genre at all, and so I began with some trepidation.


Wow, this book shocked me, it was very reminiscent of a typical horror movie. Except it was better, because you could be inside the head of the main character the entire time. Gretchen McNeill did a fantastic job of setting the mood of the book from the very first line. Going to an unsupervised party that you can’t tell anyone about on an island where there is a crazy storm screams that something bad is going to happen.


Meg was definitely a unique character, because while she was shy, she also had moments where she would just blurt anything out. It was a unique and a change of pace, especially since Meg was so concerned about Minnie all the time. Normally I would be very upset with Minnie’s behavior, but I can understand because she was bipolar. It’s not an excuse to be selfish, but it explains the panic and narcissism. I thought Meg was a great friend for handling Minnie like she did; I know it was very difficult for her, especially when she had to give up everything she wanted to make Minnie happy. I liked the fact that she was trying to take her life back though, because while I felt for Minnie it still wasn’t okay for Meg to be used like that.


The rest of the characters were very well crafted, especially TJ. I like that he tried so hard to win Meg over without ever realizing he had already done so. Poor TJ went through a lot in this book, between Meg, Minnie, and then the people turning up dead. Even though Claire Hicks never actually showed up in the book, I did feel incredibly bad for what she went through. High school really is that terrible, but thankfully it ends for everyone. The pacing in Ten was perfect; I never got bored or tired of any of the characters, none of the scenes dragged on too long.


There was so much manipulation going on that I was absolutely shock by the end of the book. There were little hidden clues everywhere that until it was pointed out I didn’t see.  I get scared very easily, and Ten was incredibly frightening. It was a thriller from beginning to end, and I definitely didn’t peg who the killer was.  I would’ve liked the book to be a bit longer, just so we could see the characters after it was all over. However, I really enjoyed it and I would give it 4 out 5 stars. I look forward to seeing what else is out by Gretchen McNeill.



4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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