Ten by Gretchen McNeil

ten

SHHHH!
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? (Goodreads)

I had this on my TBR for a very long time before I actually managed to find a copy of it! When I did, I started it right away! I enjoyed this book as much as I hoped I would and more!

This book is a very fast paced book from the beginning. Two girls have just landed on an island for a private party. This island is creepy from the very beginning, especially with the warning the sailor gave! The beginning of this book just made it all the more interesting and turned the book into a page turner!

What I think bugged me about this book is the fact that the characters are all so naive!!! I could understand the almonds landing in the salad being an accident, it could happen to anyone. The dvd? The supposed suicide? And everything else that happened after that was definitely not a coincidence. It took them FOREVER to figure out what was going on and to become suspicious of the others. I was screaming at the book and everything. One word: annoying.

Having said that, the events that did take place were shocking enough and fast paced enough to help me get over the characters’ stupidity. There were constant twists and turns, which is what kept me interested in the book. The question that was constantly running through my mind was, who will it be next? All of the characters were also, at some point, considered to be suspicious and the reader was constantly questioning every single character and whether it could be them.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I would never have guessed who it turned out to be. I was so shocked I think I just sat there for about 5 minutes with my mouth hanging over. I was also happy that the motive wasn’t something stupid or something that made no sense. The motive and the reasoning behind the killers actions made sense and, in a way, the reader could actually sympathise with them and understand why they felt the need to do what they were doing, even if it something that the reader doesn’t condone at all.

I was also fairly pleased with the ending. Sure, a whole bunch of annoying people get killed, but I was satisfied, and fairly happy with, the people who survived. I had already guessed one of the people who would survive, the other surprised me – which is always good!

I would never have stayed on that island after the very first warning from the sailor – however, true to characters’ forms, they are normally pretty stupid! I gave this book 3/5 stars.

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