Book Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Ten teens. Three days. One killer.
In Gretchen McNeil’s murder thriller Ten, Meg and her best friend Minnie are on their way to an exclusive island for three glorious days of unsupervised partying. Shortly after they arrive, a storm cuts the island house off from civilization, and the group of teens must hunker down until Monday when the ferry returns. That would be a lot easier if there wasn’t a deranged killer on the loose, picking them off one by one….
A few reasons Ten rocked:
Do you miss the teen horror novels and movies of the 90′s? The ones where the teens are super high school-ish and backstabby up until the moment someone actually stabs them in the back? This book will take you back to the era of Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, and Lois Duncan on your bookshelves, and Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Craft on your movie screens, and it is so much fun to go back.
I was completely guessing until the very end on who the killer was. Cleverly placed red herrings and calculated mistrust between characters will have you changing your predictions until the moment you find out. You won’t guess who it is. No seriously, don’t even try.
In this case, revenge is clearly a dish served ice cold, in the middle of nowhere in a thuderstorm. The killer plans an elaborate scheme to first terrify and then murder each of the victims, and it feels VERY personal. A video montage that hints at crimes committed and coming retribution gives clues to the gruesome methods by which each victim will die. Bonus points for creativity and improvisation with your revenge scheme, psycho-killer! Well done.