Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween Read Week: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

by Gretchen McNeil
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Publication Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780062118783
Genre: Young Adult | Thriller
Source: Own

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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. (Goodreads)
Ten by Gretchen McNeil is the second book I read for my Halloween Reads Week! This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but now I’m definitely interested in reading more.

Ten is about a group of kids that are invited to an island for a weekend full of partying and luxury. It seems their weekend is off to a great start, until people suddenly start dying. With no way to contact anyone back home, it’s up to Meg and her fellow housemates to figure out who the killer is, and stop them, before there is no one left.

There were a lot of characters in this book, but the story was told from Meg’s perspective. Meg was a very likable character, not only by me, but by the other kids in the house with her as well. I love that she is super quick to come up with ideas to help them in their situation. T.J., who is Meg’s crush in the story, seems to be a really good guy, and he really cared for Meg. There were more than a few characters in the book that I really didn’t care for, Meg’s best friend Minnie being one of the main ones. I found her extremely annoying and I found the relationship between the two to be extremely unhealthy. I didn’t like the way she treated Meg at all. The rest of the secondary characters were pretty much average teenagers, not much to say about them.

The best part of the book is that it kept me guessing. I really didn’t catch on to who the killer was, and I pleasantly surprised in the end that it wasn’t anyone that I expected. McNeil holds nothing back when she writes the murders, often they are done in an extremely brutal way. I honestly didn’t expect there to be quite as many involved as there were, but the more I read, the more it happened. This book was a really fast paced, and it definitely had the creep factor going for it, which made it a great Halloween read.

Overall; I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book, but I definitely got more than I bargained for. This book was super creepy and mysterious, and I really enjoyed reading it for one of my Halloween Reads!

Happy Reading!


  1. This was such a fun mystery - I was constantly changing my mind about who was the killer.

    Great review! Glad you enjoyed TEN :)

  2. Oooh, super creepy and you didn't know what to expect? LOVE IT. Been wanting to read this one for awhile, so I'll have to make it happen.


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