Review | Ten by Gretchen McNeil

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Title | Ten
Author | Gretchen McNeil
Pages | 296 pages
Publisher | Balzer + Bray
Series | None
Release Date | September 2012
Find it on Goodreads and Amazon

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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?

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Three words to describe Ten by Gretchen McNeil have to be gripping, dark and chilling. For once, the description and the genuine reviews about the novel were the persuading force in purchasing this book.

The blanched carcasses of dozens of stripped tree trunks littered the isthmus like a giant game of pick-up sticks.

Something that drew me into continuing on with the story was the first chapter. The thrill and the secrets that began to unfold were mysterious and enticing. McNeil kept a hold on the reader as they desperately grasp around for the missing puzzle pieces. And while the reader achieves that in the end, they are left following Meg, Minnie and T.J on a trail of dead bodies and hidden secrets.

A severed strip of land, besieged on all sides by a hostile sea.  Meg felt as if she’d reached the end of the world.

What I really loves around this story is the dark atmosphere the story has. Each chapter leaves you clutching your seat in anticipation – or in my case, gripping the cat and a pillow with every foreign sound. There are so many clever ties in this novel, that is definitely in my top 10 of all time favourites. And even the characters of the novel had real substance. I mean, not everyone can watch their friends being murdered and still carry on trying to solve the murders.

The curtains ballooned toward her and Meg cowered against T.J.’s arm.  It was like they wanted to enfold her, keep her in that house forever. Everything felt tainted, and Meg didn’t want to touch anything.  There wasn’t enough antibacterial soap in the world to wash away the feel of that house.

I have to admit that I wasn’t looking to enjoy the story. Horror novels have never been my forte, and the only real murder story I ever enjoyed was Tanya Landman’s Mondays are Murder. Granted that was a story for young children and so was not aimed to make you cry at every noise or shadow. Gretchen McNeil – I salute you. 5 out of 5 snowflakes.

5 stars

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Still unsure on whether this book is the one for you? Have a look at what other bloggers have to say.

Jenn @ Bookish Hipster says “The cover art and write up for this book immediately intrigued me.”

Naomi @ Nerdy Book Club says “Highly recommended for any library collection.”

Heather @ The Underground Treehouse says ” I was hooked on Ten the moment I saw the tagline: Ten kids. Three days. One killer.”

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❤ Gretchen McNeil ❤

Gretchen McNeil is the author of the YA horror/suspense novels POSSESS, 3:59, RELIC, GET EVEN, GET DIRTY, and TEN (a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth) all with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins. Gretchen’s first YA contemporary I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, also with Balzer + Bray, hit shelves in 2016.



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