Ten – Gretchen McNeil


SHHHH! Don’t spread the word! Three-day weekend. House party. 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?

Best Friends, Meg and Minnie, have been invited to the party of a life time out on Henry Island. Meg, the writer, would rather be at home chilling out, but, instead, she’s dragged to this party because of her hyper-active-slightly insane best friend, Minnie. Once they arrive, though, the find out that the host and her friends have not yet made it to the party, and they won’t arrive until the next day. Instead, It’s just them and eight other kids alone in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately, one of them happens to be a killer.


I’d first like to start out by telling you all that I am a HUGE wimp. I’m so bad of a wimp that I screamed in the middle of the theaters during Disturbia, couldn’t finish The Ring, and won’t go anywhere near a Stephen King novel. Pathetic, I know, but at least I can admit it. So when I picked up Ten, by Gretchen McNeil, I was like….welllllll….it’s a young adult book, right? It won’t scare me! I can handle this! I was also really excited to be able to figure out the killer, because I’m good at that. I usually always guess the secret twists and the killers in tv shows and movies. I could only figure that I would guess the whole surprising twist in this book. Ha. Not so much.

I picked up Ten because everyone told me it was amazing. Not only that, but NOBODY could guess who the killer was. So, I was curious. When it first started, it was a little hard for me to get into. I wouldn’t say that it was slow, because it wasn’t. I just couldn’t STAND Minnie. Ohmygod….I wanted to off her myself just to shut her up. Once all the kids got together, though, and watched the super spooky dvd, things really started to pick up and I was hooked.

One thing that I absolutely loved was how unique and individual all of the characters were. They all had their own personalities, and I loved that. I especially loved Meg. Not only was she such an inviting character, but I loved watching her try and decipher all of the clues and really try and take charge. I also really liked T.J., but, hey, who doesn’t love a hunky guy?

Now, here comes the part where you’ll laugh. This book scared the living shit out of me. I mean, it got so bad that one night, after reading Ten for about four hours, I had to go and read a whole other book for thirty minutes just to be able to fall asleep. I hid under the covers, my heartbeat went crazy…..I was a wreck. Hey, I told you guys I was wimp, didn’t I?

I really did think that I would be able to guess the killer. I was wrong. I mean, I wasn’t even close to the ballpark! I was sooooo off base. I really thought I had it, too. I had three main suspects (not naming any names), and not one of them was even involved in it. Well…..for the most part. You’ll understand after you read the book. The twist that McNeil weaved was soo ridiculously amazing that my brain is still whirling from it. All I could say after I finished the book was “ohmy god, ohmygod, ohmygod. Did that REALLY just happen?!” I would be SHOCKED if anyone could guess the killer, let alone the twist, so I challenge every single one of you to read this book!

In the end, I really don’t know what to compare this book to. I don’t read horror, killerish books, so I’m stumped. What I CAN say, though, is that Ten is an absolute MUST READ. Every single one of you needs to guy buy it or borrow it. And don’t forget to come back here and tell me if you guessed the killer! But remember. Don’t.  Leave. Spoilers. In. The. Comments. Otherwise, you might be next [;


Pages: 294

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: September 18, 2012

Rating: [rating: 5]


Teaser Quote: “Minnie jutted out her chin, “So what if I did?”

“Did what?” T.J. asked.

Meg exploded. “YOU READ MY DIARY???”

“Oh, shit,” Kumiko whispered.

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