Ten by Gretchen McNeil (Review)

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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?

My thoughts: First of all, the cover was what drew me towards this book besides the recommendation from a friend. The cover reminded me of a mixture between Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie which are one of my two favorite mystery/thriller novels.

This novel is a modern YA version of And Then There Were None (please read this novel). It was a story about ten teenagers going to an island for three days for a party, and one by one people are getting killed off. It is centered around Meg, a girl who is in love with a guy named T.J. who is the reason why she went to this island party. She comes onto the island with her best friend Minnie who, to me, frustrated me but all in all developed Meg’s character throughout the novel. Each one of the teenagers who comes to the island has their own unique personality which created a sort of comedic element in between the mystery of finding who the killer is.

What I enjoyed about this novel was that the characters weren’t stupid. They never really made horrible choices that made me want to yell “No, you idiots! You’re going to get hurt!” It was interesting to see Meg and T.J. figure out who was causing all these gruesome deaths they had to witness. I especially enjoyed the budding relationship between Meg and T.J. considering it was a nice relief during the murders going on around them. Ten is getting a 5/5 since it was jam packed with mystery, thrilling scenes, romance and horror that ultimately created such an addicting read I loved.

Rating: ★★★★★

-Olivia

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