Fri, October 5, 2012

Ten by Gretchen McNeil Review

Ten book cover

Ten book cover

Ten
By Gretchen McNeil
Publication date: Sept. 18, 2012
Balzer + Bray, 304 pages
Source: Publisher

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!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Juhina said:

    oh I get what you mean about too many characters, sometimes I wish there was a list with each character and who they are so that I won’t get lost. But im glad you enjoyed it! I hate horror ANYTHING so coming from someone like me then I’m now even more insistent on picking it up!

    Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  2. Lori said:

    I tried reading Possess a few weeks ago and just couldn’t get into it. 🙁 I still want to give this one a chance, but I’m certainly not as excited as I was.

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  3. Cass (Words on Paper) said:

    I think ten characters (if they’re all meant to be MAIN characters) really ambitious considering the book is only one 300~ pager. Still, this sounds like a fun read. I love the premise of it and the book trailer is GOOD.

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  4. Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook said:

    haha. I’ve never heard that term before – “lady up”.

    I think I will be using it in conversation, now, though. I always felt a little uncomfortable using the phrase “man up.”

    As to the book, I do want to read it. I used to read Fear Street books pretty much exclusively when I was in fourth grade. I’m glad it isn’t too scary, though. Although I used to love to read Fear Street books, and I do love a good ghost story, I am not a fan of scary movies, etc.

    Thanks for the review. I will probably get a bit confused with tons of characters, too. 🙂

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  5. We Heart YA said:

    Doesn’t it sound like Agatha Christie meets Scream? Which is totally up our alley ,btw! Lol. Glad to hear it was a decent read, even if it didn’t knock you off your feet. We’ve been wanting to check this out.

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  6. April Books & Wine said:

    AGATHA CHRISTIE FOR THE WIN FOR ALWAYS.

    But besides that, I am curious enough to read this soon.

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  7. Emmi said:

    This sounds really good!

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  8. Bookworm1858 said:

    I’m looking forward to reading this after enjoying Christie’s original story. Is there a list of characters? Because if not, I’m definitely going to struggle to keep track of them all!

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  11. Jannat said:

    I tried to read this book but couldn’t understand it at allI felt so mad and frustrated.

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