TenTEN by Gretchen McNeil

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, YA
Buy: Amazon | B & N | Indiebound

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? (Goodreads)

Wow. Gretchen McNeil knows how to set a creepy scene! The creepiness begins at the very start with the characters arriving on the island. From the description of the island itself, to the layout of White Rock House, Gretchen sets the scene and gears you up for this thriller!

TEN is told in the third person, focusing around Meg. At some point I wished it was told in the first person from Meg’s perspective, but looking back, overall, I don’t think it would have worked as well. Gretchen weaved a fantastic story full of suspense about ten characters trapped on an island that are killed one by one. I tried all along to keep track of them all and figure out who the killer was, but all my guesses were wrong. I didn’t know until the killer was revealed to the reader. The book is a re-telling of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie but I haven’t read the original so it was new and full of awesomesauce for me!

Let’s just go through the creepy factor checklist, shall we? TEN has them all.

  • Isolated location, the island – check
  • Creepy laid out house – check
  • Cut off from the outside world (no phone or internet) – check
  • No power – check
  • A character with mental illness – check
  • Boat house – check

I have to share my story of reading TEN…  I was creeped out, unable to put it down at 1:30 AM, when the power went off. It came back on after a couple of minutes, but I thought I was going to have a heart attack! I was traveling at the time, staying with family… so I was in a strange house with strange noises. Then the power went out again, and I was in pitch darkness trying to forget that the characters had just found another body, and the windows we’d discovered unlocked that afternoon. All kinds of scenarios were running through my mind. The power came back on, and I thought I was OK, what are the chances it’d go out again? I’ll just finish this chapter and then I’ll go to sleep (or try to anyway). Yeah, no, that’s when the power went out for the third time! I’m not joking… but I kept on reading anyway (using my flashlight app when the power was out), I couldn’t put it down! My expression in the picture to the right pretty much sums up my experience… and it was awesome.

This was the book I didn’t even know I was waiting for! It’s full of delicious suspense, a heart-pounding climax, and storyline with characters that keep you guessing. If you’re a fan of creepy stories and thrillers, then you’ll love TEN.

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7 Responses to Review: TEN by Gretchen McNeil

  1. Amber Elise says:

    Dude that sounds like perfect reading conditions! haha, fantastically creepy!

    Thanks for your review and amusing story! 🙂
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  3. kimbacaffeinate
    Twitter: kimbacaffeinate

    Fantastic review, I really enjoyed this one and am so glad to see you liked it just as much!
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  4. Christa @ Hooked on Books says:

    I wasn’t able to guess who the killer was either! And I agree this is one creepy book. I don’t blame you for being scared when the lights went out!

  5. Jenea W
    Twitter: jeneaw0716

    Awesome review. I definitely be keeping on the light when I read this one. 🙂 I can’t wait…

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  6. fakesteph
    Twitter: fakesteph

    I love your story. I read Ten by daylight, thankfully, but during a storm.
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