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“When the most popular girl in school invites you to a party at her summer home, you don't say no even if you'd rather be anywhere but there. When Meg and her best friend Minnie are invited to just that, Minnie insists that they go. It's worth the risk of lying to your parents to attend what's...”see full review » see other reviews »
“ Imagine you’re hanging out with your friends when, one by one, they start dying. Imagine screaming for help but no one can hear you. It’s scary to imagine, yet for Meg, she was living it.
Meg and Minnie get lucky and receive an invite to an exclusive party, and they are ready to have the best weekend of their lives. Meg and Minnie are soon off to Henry Island care-free and ready for fun. As they arrive, Meg is tantalized by her past as her ex-boyfriend joins the party. To make matters worse, her best friend forgets her mood stabilizer medication. Meg has to keep Minnie under control and keep her own cool under the stress. The worst has yet to come. Her friends begin dying and Meg doesn’t know what to do. No one does. They can’t call for help with a raging storm outside and no one is within ten miles of the secluded island. What would you do? By the end of the book Ten, you’ll be hesitant to ever leave your house again.
Ten is a suspenseful novel dealing with things no one should ever have to live through. It has plots that are scary to imagine but they keep your attention. This book has many twist and turns that will definitely keep you on your seat. If you’re a high schooler who loves mysteries, then Ten is the book for you.
Ten is written by Gretchen Mcneil and is inspired by Agatha Christie's novel “And Then There Were None”. It is Reading Counts for high schoolers only. If people ask me what book I would recommend, Ten is the first on the list. It is an amazing, horror-filled book. -- Ashley H.
“I love a good mystery, and this book definitely delivered! I kept trying to figure out "whodunnit," and which teen would be the next to die. Ten kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me up well into the night. It had enough of a resemblance to And Then There Were None so that I wasn't disappointed in that respect, but it was also a new and unique story that could definitely stand on its own.
Most of the characters are very well written and easy to relate to. Meg is smart, funny, and intensely loyal. She doesn't really fit in with a crowd, but she's not ashamed of it. She just does her own thing and protects her best friend. Minnie, on the other hand, is so annoying. I wanted her to be the first to die just so she would shut up. I know she's supposed to have real medical problems, but she just came across as a whiny, over attached, little brat. I don't know how Meg puts up with her for so long.
As macabre as it might sound, I really enjoyed the way the teens died. There was a reason and a purpose and a story within a story that made it interesting and unique. The killer had to be creative and made sure everyone died in a way that was important and meaningful to him/her. It was similar to the way the victims in Christie's novel are killed according to the "Ten Little Indians" poem, but still different and unique.
I didn't really find this to be a "horror" novel, but if you're looking for a good suspense/murder mystery, you should definitely check this book out. No paranormal or supernatural things, no dystopian society, just a bunch of contemporary teens on an island for the worst weekend of their lives. There's even a little bit of romance that runs as a very minor subplot to break up all of the death and everything. It's no And Then There Were None, but it certainly is an excellent contemporary take on it that fans of Agatha Christie's novels will likely enjoy. 4/5! ”
“If you like suspenseful books then I would recommend this book to you. In Ten you never knew what was around the corner. It was supposed to be the best party ever but what happens when they keep finding there friends dead bodies? and each time they do it looks like an accident but it wasn't. ”Ireland wrote this review Thursday, November 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a fun read. It was very much every teen scary movie I saw in the 8th grade...I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legends, etc. ”Liz wrote this review Sunday, September 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Reading this book was like watching a good, campy, teenage slasher movie. I really enjoyed the characters and storyline. It was immensely entertaining. ”Shelley M wrote this review Saturday, September 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Whodunit about a girl who goes to a party on a private island and finds herself in an Agatha Christie-like situation as the partygoers start dropping like flies. Interesting side-stories with stereotypical characters. Okay.”BE Kelley wrote this review Saturday, August 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Edge of your seat kind of book. Thanks for the recommendation, Morgan.”Lori wrote this review Sunday, June 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love, love, love this book. Such a thriller from beginning to end with so many wonderful elements. TEN is a And Then There None for teens. Each character was distinct. The reader is left guessing until the end, and what an ending! Awesome book!”Ashley [ <3 ] wrote this review Thursday, June 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ten is the perfect title for the novel by Gretchen McNeil. The book is all about suspense and mystery. Meg is the main character, she constantly shows her bravery and selflessness. T.J. shows honesty and courage by facing the problems head on. Meg shows her characteristics most often when in a bad situation, she is continuously defending her best friend and she stays calm in the worst times. T.J. shows his honesty by being truthful when he is asked something or if the others don't believe him he stays true to his word. The book picks up pace when the first teenager is killed and her body is found hanged on the rafters. From there on Ten constantly gets more ingesting with each death. The climax starts when the best clue for figuring out who the murderer is. Th letter points fingers to an innocent teen but even the most caring people will turn on their friends in the worst situation. The falling action begins when after making s huge mistake the killer is trying to kill you and you harmed one of your innocent friends. Meg uses her bravery here to out wit the culprit and rescue one other person. The theme of the book was a scary situation will bring out the worst in any person even if they are the kindest. Anyone when in danger will start to think irrationally. I would give this book a four out of five because mystery books are not my favorite genre of book but it was a veery good book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes suspense and mystery. ”Morgan H. wrote this review Tuesday, May 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
A good mystery book should suspense keep you on the edge of the seat and keep you reading, and “Ten,” by Gretchen Mc Neil was a perfect example of that type of book. From start to finish, there was a surprise around every corner, basically begging you to keep reading, because of that, this book is definitely a 4 out of 5. Meg, the main character, is a more quiet girl who just wants to go to college and only think about herself for once instead of having to worry about her best friend Minnie, who is a blonde typical teenager girl with added difficulties including treated depression and anxiety. Meg has secretly been in love with Minnie’s crush T.J., the star athlete of the school with a full ride to college for football, but will all of that change after Meg realizes he’s a murderer? The climax of the story starts at the beginning when the first victim is found hung in the hallway after the characters watch a creepy video talking about taking revenge. Soon, people are being killed left and right keeping the excitement sky high. After Meg finds a dead girls diary in her room, she starts to get really creeped out and suspicious that she was somehow the killer. The ultimate climax was when Meg is convinced that T.J. is the killer because it was only him, Minnie, and Meg left. Thinking she didn’t have a choice, she shot him and ran with Minnie, only to find out that the killer was the brother of the dead owner of the diary who fakes his death while on the island. The theme of “Ten” is about knowing who you can trust and making the wisest choice. Even though you think you know somebody, they can turn out to be someone totally different. Also knowing how important it is to save yourself and others, even if the steps you have to take to successfully achieve it scare you. So if you’re looking for a book that will keep you hooked all the way through, “Ten” is for you. Even if mystery books may not be your thing, after you read this book, it will change the way you look at the mystery genre.”