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25 Oct 2012

Book Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

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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.

Full of suspense, Ten is a fantastic thriller where ten teenagers are lured together onto an isolated island and murdered one by one.  Each one of them has a secret that connects them all together and the killer is determined to have their revenge.  McNeil is not afraid to gore out and make the murders as bloody and brutal as possible. 

Meg is a likable heroine who isn't all sugar and spice.  She can have a razor sharp tongue when she needs to and is ready to step out of her shell and be more confident.  More assertive.  Starting out as a passive character she's ready to act by the end so it was nice to see that development in her.  I was worried that she would end up being the stereotypical final virgin girl but she learnt to stick up for herself and is actually quite good at being a detective.  I did want her to stand up more to her best friend Minnie who had a nasty side to her but at the same time I appreciated her fierce loyalty.  Minnie was mentally ill with a lot of issues and Meg could tolerate and understand that. 

Some of the characters aren't as likable but that's the reason they're lured to the house.  It's a mixture of characters who have been upfront and cruel and those who just crossed paths with the wrong, sensitive person.  All are there to face the consequence of messing with the wrong person and the killer doesn't care whether it was intentionally nasty or not.  It's your typical black and white killer who just sees poor treatment and won't stop to think of the situation or whether anyone in the party is actually guilty.  Meg's a prime example by simply being connected to fellow teen target TJ.  When they killer shows that they are even willing to murder innocent people, anyone who isn't even supposed to be involved you know you have a terrifying and dangerous villain on your hands. 

The pace changes nicely from slow and tense to fast and action packed.  At the beginning McNeil takes the events slowly, gradually leading up to the first death and as soon as that first body is discovered the pace quickens, moving onto the next victim and the next without unnecessary waffling and delays. 

This is the first book I've read by Gretchen McNeil and she's definitely an author I'd like to read more books from.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like a really interesting book. I'm such a wimp though, i'm not sure if I can get over that to read a scary book!