Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Review by Lauren
bought my own copy; opinions are all my own
Official Summary: 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?
Review: Since it's October and the month of all things spooky, I've been trying to read a variety of books that I felt fit the season. One of those is Ten by Gretchen McNeil, which I bought at a local bookstore a couple months back. I've been a fan of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie since I was in the seventh grade, so I was excited to read a modern adaptation of that famous story.
Ten focuses on Meg, who is always trying to take care of her best friend, Minnie, who suffers from anxiety and extreme jealousy. Meg even gave up her chance to be with a guy she likes because Minnie loves him too and she cannot fathom hurting her friend. It's not the healthiest relationship, and it's often very one-sided, but I could understand Meg's desire to help her friend...even if it wasn't always something you wanted her to worry about.
While on the island, everything seems to be going fairly well, even if the guy both girls like is there and focusing his attention on Meg. It isn't long before the spookiness starts to come in though. First, there is a creepy video that promises revenge...and the very first death.
I love when you read a book like this and nobody seems safe. It's told in third-person, so you aren't even sure if Meg will be displaced as the point of view since it's not really her story. The killer is writing the narration and carrying it out, always one step ahead of everyone. But is this mysterious killer one of them, or someone else hiding on the island? People begin to turn on each other as the bodies pile up, the deaths more gruesome and even more personal.
I haven't read And Then There Were None in awhile, so I can't compare too much about the book...but I will say there are some aspects similar between the two, so if you've read Christie, you might not be as surprised as someone who has not. Regardless, I did not guess the killer, which I'm glad about because it meant it wasn't completely obvious throughout.
Finally, I want to note that I liked the inclusion of bullying and its various consequences. McNeil did a great job weaving that theme throughout the book, touching on every single character's experience with it.
I'm a scaredy-cat for the most part, I'll admit it, but I did find this a creepy book to read at night, especially when people keep dying. It was a great read for Halloween!