REVIEW: Ten by Gretchen McNeil


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?


I went into this book with absolutely no expectations and finished the book feeling good about it, but not amazing.

First off (this has been driving me crazy), the island on the cover of the book is way way way too small to be the Henry Island, the book’s main setting (sorry, I know that really isn’t a big deal).

All I can call this is a murder mystery book, I wouldn’t go as far to say that this is a thriller, though it is suspenseful since the characters fear which among them will die next. I generally scare really easily, but I didn’t feel the least bit scared reading this, I felt more like a detective trying to solve the case before the main characters.

Now the characters of the book are pretty basic, following the characters tropes of the popular girl, the quiet friend, the beach bum, the jock, the control freak, the punk, the creepy ladies man, the big teddy bear, the solo singer and the boy toy. Despite the cliche quality to the characters, it was fun to watch their descent into madness or terror as they discover their life-threatening situation.

The main “forbidden” romance struck me as a little petty and drawn out, but I still found myself rooting for them and loving them as a potential couple – I don’t want to spoil too much though, but there’s a lot of drama!

The main mystery of the story revolves around discovering who the murderer is before everyone is killed. I found myself getting frustrated at the main character, Meg, who seemed much too oblivious to some clues that were right in front of her, which I saw as being very obvious evidence. Throughout the entire story, I thought that I had the murderer figured out (which bummed me out since I thought I easily knew how it would end), but it turned out that I didn’t see the ending coming which was such a relief! 

This is an easy and quick read – it took me about six hours to read. It was thrilling enough to capture and hold my attention for the entire duration of the story making it a perfect book to read as a buffer between reading larger books.

I’d recommend this for anyone looking for to solve a mystery and at the same time have an easy read. However if you’re looking for a thriller or horror story, you won’t necessarily find that here.

Also be prepared for tacky puns and phrasing now and then :p

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Rating: 3/5 Stars


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