Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Posted January 22, 2014 | 13 Comments

Ten by Gretchen McNeilTen
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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?

When I saw reviews popping up for Ten last year, I knew I had to read it. I was 100% confident that I would love it. Well, I was wrong. I was actually surprised about how much it irritated me. This turned out to be a book that reminded me of those horror movies that I only watch with half my attention because they’re so predictable and boring. The thing with a book is, I have to give it all of my attention or I won’t get anywhere with it.

I was hoping for something clever and thrilling, but it was so not either one of those. The whole thing was painfully predictable, so I felt like I was wasting my time. For some reason though, I wanted to see it all the way through to the end. That was probably a mistake, since I think forcing myself to continue reading it just made me feel a little resentful and added to my aggravation.

It was really the characters, though, that killed the book for me. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I need good characters. Characters that I can connect with and root for. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stand the characters in Ten, because there was nothing to them. It got to the point where I just wanted them all to die quickly so I could be done with the book. Actually I wanted Nathan the alleged “racist homophobe” to be the only one to live just out of spite. Meg and Minnie irritated me from the very beginning, and it just got worse the more I read. I wanted Meg to meet her demise so many times, but no, I was stuck with her since the story is told from her perspective. And no, her comebacks were not “gold.”

Damn, I feel kind of like a jerk. I can’t help the way I feel, though! I mean, listen, I can completely understand how people could like Ten, but I’m not one of them. It’s just one of those things.  And I was really looking forward to reading McNeil’s other book, 3:59, but I’m extremely hesitant now. So we’ll see.

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13 responses to “Ten by Gretchen McNeil

  1. I agree, it is never a good idea to force yourself to read through a book, it really does make it worse.

    I had picked this up because of the few good reviews I read, I think I will pass on it now though. I have way too many others books that I know I will like to waste my time on sometimes I won’t.
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    • Christy

      Yeah, that was a big mistake on my part. I could’ve tolerated it much better had I liked the MC. You should still try it sometime, because I know others like it. It’s simple and straightforward, so it shouldn’t take much time.

  2. Well shoot Christy! I had high hopes for this one! I’m a character girl as you are, so I have to be able to connect to the characters on some level or the book just doesn’t work for me. I even enjoy when I hate characters, because at least I feel something. It sounds like you were largely indifferent to everyone in this story and that’s no fun at all. Thanks for your thoughts!
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    • Christy

      This book is definitely not a character driven story, it’s all about the mystery, which was way too predictable. It would’ve been more tolerable if I liked the MC, but no. Just no.

  3. I read this and I know what you mean. I loved the creepy setting though. The characters were ones you were just waiting for them to die and that whole scene at the end where the villain has to launch into his this is why I did it speech… yeah way predictable. It was good and entertaining but cheesy. Sorry you wasted money on this instead of the library
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    • Christy

      Cheesy … yes, that’s a good word to describe it. I didn’t need to necessarily care for all of the characters because it was obvious they were all going to die, but they irritated me so bad. Especially the MC. I totally need to start using the library more.

  4. Oh no, I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you! I remember liking it, but honestly I can’t remember a single thing about any of the characters. I can see why you had a hard time connecting with them, and how that can kind of kill your book buzz. I hope you have better luck with her other books! 🙂 Thanks for your honest, thoughtful review!
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