Author: Gretchen McNeil
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
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.