Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Balzar & Bray
Date of publication:  September 2012

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

If you are a fan of And Then There were None by Agatha Christie or the 80s movie April Fool's Day, then you'll probably enjoy Ten.  It definitely pays homage to the Christie novel.  Meg and Minnie are best friends who get invited to a secret weekend party on a private island. Their host is not there, but they decide to make the best of it and party with the other guests who have shown up. It's fun until people start dying.

I actually thought this book was a lot of fun.  Yes, it's super cheesy and is dripping with cliches and red herrings, but I found I didn't mind.  That was due to actually liking the main character, Meg.  She was someone  I could root for and thankfully didn't have any "too stupid to live" moments.  Some of the other characters were annoying and I wasn't sad to see them meet their demise.  The story kept me engaged and guessing to the conclusion.  I had no idea who the killer was so that was an added bonus.  I definitely recommend this one.  It's a fairly mild YA horror and a quick read.  

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