Thursday, October 3, 2013

Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: Hardcover
Source: My Collection
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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?

Well I can confidently say that I was in a hard core reading slump when I started this book. I don’t think I am in one now but I will have to see how the next book goes. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don’t know why I waited so long to read it but it has been at the top of my list for a while now. Now as you read this keep in mind that I have not read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie so I cannot compare the two. So with that being said, let’s get on with it.

This book is about 10 kids who are invited to an exclusive house party on a remote island. The last ferry to the island has left and won’t be back for three days. After finding the only DVD available in the house things turn rather quickly. The weather is awful, they lose power, and people seem to be dropping like flies. The kids have to figure out if it is one of their own or if someone else is at the house that they don’t know about. They also need to figure out why they are all being killed and what the people on the rather strange guest list have to do with each other.

The main character is Meg. She is at the party with her best friend Minnie who is all about herself and doesn’t really return the friendship like Meg does. Minnie and Meg’s crush, T.J., is also at the house party. This of course causes lots of tension between the Meg and Minnie. Minnie’s ex-boyfriend Gunner and his new girlfriend Kumiko are also at there. Kenny and his interest Lori, Kenny’s friend Nathan, who is sort of an ass, Ben, the host’s date, and lastly we have Vivian who is a straight up bitch.

Ten is great from the start. It is definitely a page turner and the author knows how to write a thriller. This is probably going to be added as one of my favorite books of the year. The way this book plays out though made it fun to try and guess who you thought the killer was and there is definitely some pretty good plot twists. This was a great YA take on Agatha Christie’s book.

I definitely recommend reading this if you like thriller novels and especially if you enjoyed And Then There Were None. I can’t wait to read more by Gretchen McNeil. She just had a new novel released mid-September.  

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