Review: Ten - Gretchen McNeil

Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Published By:
Balzer + Bray
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Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: SHHHH!
Don’t spread the word!
Three-day weekend. House party.
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?


Review: Wow! I haven’t read a book in this teen thriller/horror genre probably since I was about 16 or 17 and I realised reading Ten how much I missed it!

Ten is a murder mystery of sorts. 10 teenagers go to a party on an island ready to have a weekend of fun, when one by one they are killed off. The reasons why soon unfold, including a guessing game of who is responsible. Is it one of the 10 or is there a killer on the loose on the island, and more importantly why?

I honestly thought I had it all sussed out, but then towards the end BAM - twist ending. Thoroughly enjoyed that too might I add.

I really found the main character Meg to be very likable. I also really liked T.J. the main male in the story. There was definitely some distinct personalities in the house, some of them really likeable and others quite annoying (you know when you don’t like a character if you cheer when they get killed off… lol). I loved the back stories to these characters, and finding out about their demons as well.

You didn’t know who you could trust, and nothing was given away until the very end, so the suspense by the end was killing me!

A very fast paced, action packed read. I whipped through this book in no time because it’s a pretty easy read for starters, but also the suspense was killing me (no pun intended). Definitely would recommend this read. It’s a nice little stand alone book too, which is refreshing compared to all the series we get into. Check this out if you get a chance!

What do you think?

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  • It’s funny that you say the characters had distinct personalities because one of my biggest complaints about this book is that they didn’t! I couldn’t keep track of who was who and since I didn’t know them, I didn’t really care when they died (heartless!). It was a fast, action-packed read, though, and even though I didn’t love it, it definitely kept me entertained.

    • Melissa says:

      I think there’s a distinct difference between seeing someone’s personality (which I think the book did), and getting to know them on a deeper level so you actually care about them though. So when I say personality, I mean, we know Vivian was a bit of a bitch, Minnie was the ‘crazy’ one, Kenny was the joker of the bunch, but his jokes kept many of the others at arms length. I felt like there was enough distinction in personality amongst them all to know who was who when they were killed.

      I agree that you didn’t get to know each of them in depth to care when they died, but I think this is by design. I relate this book to something like Scream - a slasher flick, in book form. And for that reason, I loved it!

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