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Monday, August 6, 2012

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: ARC
Age Group: Young Adult

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 the 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?

Oh my gosh! Ten is the first book that I've read by Gretchen McNeil and you better believe that I will be pulling Possess off of my shelf soon, to give it a read, too!

Reading Ten was kind of like reading a horror movie in book form, it actually kind of reminded me of that tv show from a few years ago, Harper's Island. Not that the story was the same thing, but the format was similar. A bunch of people, in this case teenagers, stranded on an island with a rising body count and an unknown killer. I really enjoyed the mystery running throughout the story and how the killings tied in with the creepy journal that Meg found.

There was such a great assortment of characters trapped on the island and that definitely made the interactions between all of them, especially when people started dying, a lot more entertaining. The kids were from a couple of different schools, so they didn't all know each other, which added to the trust issues and made accusations fly a lot faster. I was actually really surprised how much of the death we actually get to experience in the book. I kind of expected a lot of it to be a little glossed over, but Gretchen McNeil didn't shy away from death scenes and some of the murders were quite inventive.

I can honestly say that I didn't accurately guess the real murderer until just before our hero/heroine figures it out and that, to me, is the mark of an excellently told mystery. If you are a fan of horror or love a well done and satisfying myster, I definitely recommend Ten. It's a fantastic read, but you might want to keep your lights on :0)


  1. This looks great! It seems like it has an And then There Were None feel to it. I'll definitely read this when it comes out. Great review!

  2. This sounds like a warped version of Lord.of the Flies.

  3. I loved this one!!! I didn't guess the killer until the end either! Definitely a well thought out plot. Great review! :)

  4. Duuuuude, I loved Harper's Island! I was already super excited for Ten, but that comparison just made the pot even sweeter!
    I'm also glad to hear you didn't figure out the murderer early. I always try to, of course, but I don't actually want to because then all the fun gets taken out of it.



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