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Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Updated: Feb 25

Ten by Gretchen McNeil, now a teen horror movie, is nothing short of a superb quick paced horror-thriller book with a jawdropping plot twist!


I wrapped up this book in just over three hours and ended up with a lot of mixed feelings. This book is clearly recommended for a young teenage audience aged 10 to 16 but that shouldn't stop you from giving it a go! It's an ideal book to read if you're looking for a quick/unchallenging and an enjoyable read that also leaves you satisfied with the end result.



SYPNOSIS: It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.


With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

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The book begins with a brief description of all 10 characters in this novel who are present for the house party. It begins promptly with the first signal of trouble that allows us to draw rough conclusions over a suspect.


My favorite part of the book was when I finally came to a clear conclusion about who was undoubtedly the killer, only to be disappointed again and again when they turned out to be a victim instead!


Also, the book does introduce a........love triangle? A love triangle which included the best friends Meg and Minnie. That definitely did make things intense and added a lot more gripping than what the novel already presented so I can actually say that the ending was rather sweet.


To be honest, this book was incredibly cliche but in the best way possible and I mean it. Seriously. I also loved how the characters were all so diverse and not just typical white girls you see normally in novels like this. Each character had their own quirk which I loved because none of them were boring side characters at all.


Most critics would argue about how this book is a cheap 'And Then There Were None' by Agatha Christie knockoff and I wouldn't actually disagree because the original is obviously much better. So if I had to chose between ATTWN or Ten, it would most definitely be the former.


However, if you want a less heavier and a more fast paced read, this will absolutely not disappoint you :)

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