Here's the summary from Goodreads: SHHHH! Don't spread the word! Three-day weekend. House party. 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?
What I Liked: 1) First off, I loved that it was an homage to one of my favorite books of all time, Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. If you've never read the original, make sure that you do it at some point in your life. 2) Miz McNeil has embodied Christie's gift for the confused mystery! I've read a lot of AC novels, and in every single one of them, just when you think you find the answer, she throws you a new twist. That's exactly how Miz McNeil wrote Ten. Just when you think you've figured it out, she throws you for a loop and you start thinking the killer is someone else. 3) I liked how all of the characters seemed to find their own rhythm with each other, despite that they weren't really friends. That should have seemed suspicious to them from the beginning, but being teens at a party on a deserted island with no supervision for the whole weekend, they didn't really seem to think much of it. 4) Something that was different in Ten than ATTWN, at least for me, is that I felt more connected to these characters than I did in the Agatha Christie story. I knew that if it held true to the Christie story, almost everyone would have to die, but there were characters that I genuinely did not want to see dead, even just for Meg's sake! I think that is what had me holding my breath at certain scenes! 5) Probably my absolute favorite thing about this book is that it captured me so well that I had to actually turn more lights on. Every creak in the house that I heard while I was reading was a potential murderer! Gretchen McNeil's ability to terrify me so completely in this book made this a huge winner for me! I may or may not have had to sleep with the lights on....
What I Didn't Like: I liked everything about it!
Overall Thoughts: Gretchen McNeil's Ten is the perfect spooky story to curl up with on a stormy night. If you like to be spooked by every gust of the wind while you are reading, pick up this one. It will tug at your heart as you know what's coming for these characters, but also hold you in high suspense with each twist. I think everyone will enjoy this story, and fans of Agatha Christie will be awed by the talent that Miz McNeil displays!
My Rating: 5 candy corns
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