Monday, September 10, 2012
ARC Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Release Date: September 16th/12.
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Source: ARC from Publisher
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
And their doom comes swiftly.
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?
A face-paced thriller, that will have you looking over your shoulder well into the night.
I had my doubts going into Ten. I don't usually like horror books, but after finishing McNeil's second book, I think she may make a thriller fan out of me. Gretchen does a great job of blending in ten distinct personalties, as seen through Meg's third person narration. Each character has a distinct voice, which makes it harder for the reader to pinpoint the true murderer of the story- they all have a possible motive. Aside from the true identity of the murderer, another mystery unfolds between this selected ten. They're all connected in some way and the reader is given hints along the way, and must puzzle it all together. I personally, I was kept guessing right to the very end. I never was very good at Clue...:)
Along with the mystery, the suspense Gretchen has penned will leave readers with goosebumps. I really enjoyed how Ten was reminiscent of classic 90s slasher films like, Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer- they're scary without bordering on disturbing, which made for an adreniline-driven plot. Each chapter ends on a suspenseful note that will have you flipping to the next chapter. In fact, there was one chapter that reminded me The Ring- I was constantly looking over my shoulder and keeping an eye on my television screen, while reading it. Which effectively kept me up well into the night- the perfect time to read Ten!
While the romance of the story (i.e. the relationship between Meg and T.J.) wasn't as prevalent in Ten, as I usually prefer in my YA, it was still great to watch these two work there history out, even if one of them may be the killer. :)
Overall, I read Ten in one sitting simply because I couldn't put the book down. I enjoyed the characters and the blend of mystery and suspense and would recommend this book to those looking for a lighter thrill ride in their YA.
Posted by HayleyAG at 12:00 AM