You Read What? Book Review: Ten

Author: Gretchen McNeil

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

  • Imprint: Balzer + Bray

Date Published: September 18th, 2012

Format: Hard Cover

Source: Toronto Public Library

Synopsis:

SHHHH!
Don’t spread the word!
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?

Number of Days It Took to Read: 1

Cover:

Ten

That’s a foreboding cover. It’ll get readers who love scary reads to pick it up. Myself included.

The Writing Score: 3 out of 5

Recommendation: Casual Perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Probably remember the broad strokes.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review:

An isolating island + 10 teenagers + a killer = awesome story.

This was a fun read. I was so wrapped up in trying to find out who the killer was and, as always, I was wrong. It was a nice surprise. I think the plot was 90% of the reason why this story was so good which isn’t surprising given the genre. There was something that wasn’t discussed regarding the plot that I’m sure I’ll ask the author to clarify at some point.

I liked the main character Meg, was annoyed with Minnie and liked T.J. The characters weren’t fleshed out too much to give them a 3 dimensional feel but, again given the genre, that’s expected.

Can’t really say too much since I don’t want to spoil it but I am disappointed that I didn’t read this at night, alone and in the dark…because I’m freaky like that.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

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