By Gretchen McNeil
Publication date: Sept. 18, 2012
Balzer + Bray, 304 pages
And their doom comes swiftly.
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.com description
I’m a wuss who hates horror flicks and blood and guts…but I’m also someone who adored Agatha Christie novels growing up, so I decided to lady up and give Ten by Gretchen McNeil a try.
Turns out, there was no reason to be so scared, because Ten just wasn’t as scary as I anticipated. It was more…well, FUN, actually to try to piece together the whodunit bits. I think McNeil did a great job of weaving clues and false leads throughout the book that kept me guessing.
But, despite all that gruesome fun, the story just didn’t register for me. I have a hard time following books with a ton of characters, and anytime all 10 teens were in the same room, it was hard for me to remember who they all were, which took away from my enjoyment.
All in all, though, thriller fans will love it, and I’m definitely inspired to dig out a copy of Christie’s And Then There Were None and give it a much-needed reread!