Ten by Gretchen McNeil

tenTitle: Ten

Author: Gretchen McNeil

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: Sept 2012

Pages: 296

Genre: Young Adult Thriller

Book Summary (from Goodreads.com)

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?


This is an awesome thriller. I initally wondered how she would be able to stage a murder mystery on an island in the era of cell phones, Facebook, and Twitter. But the scenario is plausible and authentic, and provides just the right atmosphere for a murder mystery. To be honest, I didn’t realize this was a retelling of Agatha Christie. Halfway through I kept stopping and thinking that there was something really familiar about the general outline of the story. Then it hit me, and I went and broke down, cheated, and looked it up online and figured it out. That being said, it does NOT detract from the book at all. The characters are likable, though I must admit I wasn’t terribly sad to see at least one character bite it. I don’t want to say who for fear of spoiling something.

The murders are well done, without being shocking and overly gory. The interaction between the different characters is pretty true to life, and the paranoia that sets in is well done. I liked the main character, and the responsibility she feels toward her friend helps to make you feel both sorry and outraged for her. The ending worked well, and while I suspected the culprit, I had long sense written them off for someone else, so it was a surprise. The reasoning was also good, though I kind of wished for more conflict when there were some facts revealed at the end. The murderer brushed them off and I wanted to see a little more reaction.

The romance part is well done, and I like that it wasn’t an insta-love situation. I like that it was something that’s been brewing awhile and the main character has some questions and some reservations. The end result is a fantastic thriller! If you like whodunnits and murder and mayhem and a little creepy, then this is definitely a book you should pick up!


Where to Find the Book

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11958033-ten

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062118781?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0062118781&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ten-gretchen-mcneil/1108621183?ean=9780062118783&itm=1&usri=9780062118783

Book was purchased by reviewer.