Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Balzar & Bray

SHHHH!  Don't spread the word! Three-day weekend. House party.  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?  - Goodreads.com

Wow, this was not at all what I was expecting.  I knew there would probably be a murder mystery, just by reading the Goodreads summary, but I did not expect it to have the little nuances it did that just made it a creepy, suspenseful story.  I loved it.

This book seems to have had a lot of mixed reviews out there.  Some people have been pretty rough on it, and some people have been kind of "meh."  I fit into another category because I absolutely loved this story.

As I said, it was creepy, quite a bit eerie, and it was loaded with some amazing suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat.  I loved the whodunit aspect.... it had a very Ring-like quality... and I mean that scary movie called The Ring.  I was reminded of that quite a bit... although there was no supernatural aspect like The Ring has.  It was just the creep-factor that made me think of that movie.

I loved the two main characters... The guy is one you just have to like because he has a touch of nobility in him that was very endearing.  Meg was amazing as a character because she was so self-effacing, but not to the point that you just wanted to say, "hey, are you trying to be Melanie from Gone With The Wind?"  Everyone else was pretty much hard to take.  A lot of these characters were not likeable at all, but it added a great contrast to the two main characters.

I absolutely loved how everyone and their action tied into what was going on.  That aspect kind of reminded me of how that movie, Murder On the Orient Express, was set up.  I was absoslutely shocked though when I found out who was behind it all.  What a surprise. I really didn't see it.

The writing in this story was fast-paced, tight, and exciting.  I breezed through it and was left in shock.  Loved this book.


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