Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ten by Gretchen McNeil Review!

Ten

Author: Gretchen McNeil 
Average Rating: 3.75/5.0
Personal Rating: 4.0/5.0
Page Count: 296
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: 18 September 2012

According to Goodreads...

SHHHH!
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?


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My Opinion...

I have found a new thriller favorite! I had been waiting for the hype for Ten to weaken before I picked it up myself to read, so when I saw it at the library the other week I knew it was time for me to take the plunge. 

Ten has all the ingredients that make a delicious thriller. There was suspicion, suspense (loads of it!), plenty of face palming (ex. the killer is in the kitchen so you call out hello and proceed into the kitchen. We as the watchers of the movie facepalm), and a twist at the end that sent my heart plummeting and then skyrocketing over and over again. 

The ten characters may not have been complex to be exact, but their connections to the plot were spot on. To be honest, I'm glad we didn't get weighed down by all the fluff of the characters' backgrounds. It would have dragged the pacing down, and taken some of the suspense away.  This is going to sound weird, but it was a thrill to watch the characters fall deeper and deeper into their distrust and fear of not knowing who was the killer or if the deaths were just accidents. The emotions surrounding and during the events were so well-written that it felt like you were right there with the characters on the island. 

I highly recommend Ten to all thriller lovers and to those who want to introduce themselves to the genre. If you want an even more thrilling experience then save this book for October or a stormy evening. You will definitely be looking over your shoulder and feeling shivers down your spine.





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