Book Review: Ten

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Ten Cover

Title: Ten 

Author: Gretchen McNeil

Summary: [from GoodReads]

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?

My Review

Let me say up front: I don’t do well with horror. I hate horror movies and can only barely manage the gore in crime dramas. I still have nightmares about the one snippet of one of the Hostel movies I was forced to watch in my Pop Culture class. So why I thought Ten would be a good book for me? I haven’t the faintest clue.
Even so, I’d say Ten was fairly well written. I liked that the majority of the characters (except the first ones to die) were fairly well rounded – I really believed that they could each have a motive. I also really liked that there was a mystery to it. It wasn’t just a straight up horror where they know exactly what is after them, and why if there is a reason. I had no idea who was behind it until the very end when it was revealed and I would be very surprised if anyone did. That’s just the way it’s written!

So, even though this was an unusual genre for me and I wouldn’t call it a favorite by a long shot, I thought the book was very well written. If I can find myself enjoying horror, then it must be good!

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Ten”

  1. I’m glad you liked this one, even if it wasn’t a favourite! I’ve never read the original, but I love that reading this one made me want to. And you’re right — the characters were very well fleshed out! It took me a while in the beginning to remember who everyone was, but it was easy to get the hang of after a while.

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