TEN by Gretchen McNeil (Spooky Reads!)
A party weekend.
When both Meg and Minnie receive the invite to an amazing house party on a remote island, it is hard to pass up. While Meg is a bit resistant of keeping her whereabouts from her parents, Minnie’s contagious excitement, as well as the thought of a whole weekend at a luxurious house with cute boys is admittedly hard to pass on.
Dropped off by the ferry as a storm settles in the girls find that the host will not be arriving until the next day as she missed the last ferry over. The ten guests, a mix of girls and guys – including the guy that Minnie is crushing (is that still what they say?) on, and Meg secretly likes as well.
Then things start to go wrong. As the wind howls and the rain beats the windows… one of the ten dies. Scared and trapped on an island the remaining teens have no options but to wait out the storm and hopefully the arrival of help in the morning…
… and then another one dies.
TEN was creepy good. It made me think of good old 80’s type scares like Friday the 13th or Halloween. Ridiculously filled with holes if you look to closely at the story line, but you are having such a great time reading that you choose to let that pass.
I enjoyed the old school feel that TEN contained within its pages. Not gore… not horror… but a good old fashioned scare. The book keeps you guessing… I had several ideas throughout the book of who was behind it all and each of my guesses were wrong. This is the kind of story that makes you wonder who is really a friend.. and who is a crazed killer, and what a wild yearbook this will make.
The friend who is most likely to murder.
Fans of good scares that don’t gross you out will enjoy this book. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (September 17, 2013)