Review * Ten by Gretchen McNeil

September 10, 2012 Reviews 10 ★★★★★

Review * Ten by Gretchen McNeilTen by Gretchen McNeil
Published by Balzer + Bray on September 18, 2012
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
Pages: 312
Format: Paperback
Source: BEA
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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?

What I Thought…

  • Ten was just as great as I expected it to be.  It was terrifying with a little humor, a little teenage drama and a little teenage crazy.  It was a real page turner.
  • Back in the fifth and sixth grade I was really into Christopher Pike.  I devoured his books.  For those of you that don’t know Christopher Pike his books are a YA version of Stephen King.  I was never able to make the jump to Stephen King so I just kind of stopped reading horror.  But Ten was just too good to pass up.
  • For the record – I think I’m up to 0 out of infinity on predicting the killer.  I’m never right, and I don’t know why I bother trying.
  • This was the scariest book I’ve read in a long time.  I read it during the day and in one sitting to hopefully limit how freaked out I would get, which helped.  And I am pleased that I did not check out all my closets before going to bed.
  • In typical horror fashion there isn’t a whole lot of character development but there are a lot of very interesting characters.  All of whom have their own issues and secrets.  Meg was my favorite (she was the most logical) but I also really liked TJ and I loved the tension between them.
  • Meg’s best friend Minnie absolutely drove me insane!  She was completely dependent on Meg for everything.  It was a little much and I would have been able to tolerate it for as long as Meg did.
  • While there was some predictability (no working phones, power outage, etc) there was a whole lot of unexpectedness.  There were a few twists that I did not see coming.
  • I liked who the killer turned out.  Maybe liked isn’t the right word, but the right sentiment.

Overall if you liked to be scared or just like a good thrill, Ten is for you!

Kimberly

10 Responses to “Review * Ten by Gretchen McNeil”

  1. fakesteph

    Yes, Meg and Minnie drove me Nuuuuuts. I think I love characters and character development most of all, which is why I don’t read much horror, I think. Favorite all time horror movie… Exorcism of Emily Rose. Phenomenal.

  2. Vyki @ On The Shelf

    I am excited excited excited about this book! I am pretty good at figuring stuff out, so maybe this one will surprise me. I also want a book to scare me, so maybe it will do the job. Great review I can’t wait!

  3. Bittner

    Great review Kim! I haven’t read this one yet but I heard Andrea is picking it for book club next month so I guess I’ll be reading it soon! I hope I don’t get too freaked out!

  4. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    So super excited to read this! And since you and I are so similar in our tastes for scary/creepy books, I’m so glad you loved it so much! And yay for twists and for the killer not being obvious! Great review, Kim!