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Monday, November 10, 2014

[REVIEW] Ten by Gretchen McNeil


Author: Gretchen McNeil
Genre: YA Mystery, Thriller
Published: September 18th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository

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Three-day weekend. Party at 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?


My Thoughts

I read Ten last Halloween and I must say it's perfect for the season. It's a creepy and chilling novel and will keep you on the edge of your seats.

I really liked the pacing and flow of the story. It's fast and consistent. The characters were also well-characterized. I liked the distinction between each character. They're all unique and have distinct personalities. It was a riot to have the ten of them in one house. I was just confused at first with all their names and who was who, since the story was told from a third person limited POV, but it's fairly easy to keep track of them once you get to know them. Meg, as the main character, is a strong heroine. It wasn't hard to like a character who prioritizes friendship over boys, even when things got too much. But beyond that martyrdom, Meg knows how to stand up for herself and for others when the situation calls for it.

As for the scare factor, Ten isn't really that scary. But it's really creepy and the deaths freaked me out. The atmosphere is ominous and the back story eerie. Add to that the fact that the killer is one of them, but you just can't figure out who. There were clues but in a thriller story, you never know if they were really clues or if they were there to throw you off the real killer's trail. I was guessing the whole time! The suspense was incredible. It'll really keep you on your toes.

The twist was really good and unexpected. I didn't see that one coming. I actually came up with the same conclusion as Meg. The amount of work and effort that the killer put into planning and executing all these was astounding. The author masterfully created a thrilling story that is perfect for fans of the mystery/thriller genre. This book is highly recommended.


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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. I think Ten is the perfect book to read in October. I read it last year as well and was surprisingly pleased by the twist and the writing, and really the whole thing. It reminded me of I know What You Did Last Summer.

  2. I'm glad you liked it, too! :) The twist was really good, right?
    Thanks for dropping by, Kay! ^__^

  3. Are there 10 different points of view for the 10 teens on the island? Because yikes, that's a lot for a mystery/thriller novel. It's great that the suspense was well done and that the twist was unexpected! It's not often that I come across a book where the big twist is unexpected (maybe I've read too many books and can guess too easily now haha), so I might have to give this book a go!

    1. No, Nara. The story follows Meg but it's told from a third-person limited POV. 10 different POVs would be crazy! Haha! I'd love to know what you think. Read it then tell me if you guessed the twist before it's revealed, because I seriously did not. ^__^ Thanks for dropping by, Nara!

  4. To me, Ten had the great 1980s slasher-flick feel. And I thought that the deaths were really well done! :) Great review Julie, Gretchen McNeil is a MUST for the halloween season!

    1. I agree! This is the only Gretchen McNeil book I've read so far and I can't wait to read her other books. Thanks, Amber! :)


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