Friday 10 August 2018

TEN by Gretchen McNeil

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Usually, I pick a book to start on Monday and give myself the week to finish it. Sometimes I can fit in two, but as long as I finish one, all is right with my reading world. :)

This week I started with a short story, and then didn't know what to read next. So I randomly chose this one because I've had it on my Kindle TBR pile for ages. Plus I'm always in the mood for a teen slasherfest!

Meg and Minnie are best friends, and they're on their way to a house party with the popular kids. The girls want to have some fun, relax for a bit, and Meg wants to forget about the guy she's fallen for. Which is pretty hard when he's right there on the island.

Henry Island is isolated from the mainland, but the fridge is stocked, the house is heated, and the electricity is on.

At first, everything seems cosy and awesome. But when the group find a strange DVD with a creepy enigmatic message, the vibe in the house starts to change.

The next morning, the weather has changed to dark and threatening, and to make things worse, the body count has dropped by one. If they don't work out what's happening, the same will happen to each one of them...

This turned out to be such an addictive read!

I mean, like I said, I'm a sucker for a slasherfest and everything about this book satisfied that craving. Not to mention the mystery at the core of the story: who is the killer and why? Plus the setting is perfect! An idyllic island becomes a nightmarish location when a storm begins overnight.

Seriously, I could feel the cold and rain bouncing right off the screen! I really should stop reading books that make me even colder in the middle of winter. LOL.

Anyway, back to the story.

Another thing I enjoyed was the teenage drama and how well it was threaded into the whodunnit plot. It was a nice surprise to not have guessed the killer. I picked up on the clues along the way, but didn't fully connect it. I love that!

The characters were good too. Some we only meet for a while, but that played in perfectly with the confusion and paranoia. I especially liked Meg and TJ, and not just because they're the main characters. I just liked them as individuals, and together they made a great team. The romantic complications only strengthened how much I liked this couple.

So, I'm really glad I finally read this book. It's everything I hoped it would be. A bit dramatic, somewhat claustrophobic, dipped in one of my fave horror tropes, provided a cool mystery, and definitely had thriller vibes throughout.

Now I can watch the movie...

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