Ten is Gretchen McNeil’s second book. It is a stand alone mystery novel patterned off of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians). This book sat on my shelves for months until I discovered it was a retelling. Then I blew through it overnight. And I really enjoyed it.
… I called the killer… and the red herring… both of them.
It’s a weekend that Meg and Minnie will never forget. Invited to an exclusive three day house party on Henry Island the two girls know they are in for a good time. There’s food and beer and an uber cute boy whom they both have feelings for. What they do not bargain on is a death – a suicide of one of the ten people at the party. After the tragedy the group tries to contact the mainland only to discover that all lines of communications are out… and then accidents start happening. There’s a murderer on the loose and the remaining teens have to figure out who it is before any more accidents occur.
Like I said, I loved it. Predictions and all. McNeil did a fabulous job of turning this simple hedonistic weekend into a terror. I have never read the original source material so I have nothing to compare it to. I do think it translates well to Young Adult despite my lack of the source. It’s the stuff horror movies are made of, after all – blood and murder and malice. I was riveted, and I had to keep reading, and that’s always a great thing.
5 out of 5 stars.