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Ten Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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In honor of this novel, let me count off ten reasons why you shouldn't waste your time or money:
1) PLOT: Without giving much away, there is nothing unusual or striking about the plotting of the mystery. References to Christie aside, this is just another example of those teen clique revenge stories so popular with R.L. Stine fans. It's not even a very good example of that! And as a mystery, it just doesn't work, since the murderer's "careful" planning and thirst for vengeance turns out to be pretty much a mess. At one point the killer brags about how long and carefully they planned their crimes. Then, when confronted by the fact that they made an essential mistake about who should be killed, the murderer essentially says, "Whoops! Oh well...."
2) CHARACTER: Aside from the two main female characters, (who are best friends for reasons that totally escape me since they actually seem to hate each other), there is virtually NO characterization going on. Most of the people in the book are either caricatures or barely sketched out.Read more ›
In my opinion, there are nearly enough young adult thrillers out there. With 'TEN', Gretchen McNeil has written a truly creepy page turner. The book is very well written and had me hooked from the very first sentence. I literally couldn't put it down until I finished it and found out who the killer was. The setting is a perfect place for the book - a secluded private island shut off from the rest of the world during a storm. The characters are original and have unique personalities and flaws - all which fit perfectly into the plot.
The way the story is writing is phenomenal. It starts out at a good pace, and then things just start accelerating until you have to find out what's going on. There are some incredible twists and turns that you don't see coming - which only add to the completely engaging storyline. Every piece of the story is perfectly implemented and works together to make a serious masterpiece of a thriller. I honestly can't say enough to show how amazing this book is and how much I absolutely loved it.Read more ›
I was kind of a weird kid, I read pretty much anything I could get my hands on. I'll never forget reading a copy of Ms. Christie's book when I was no more than twelve years old. I was spending the weekend with my grandmother and I found a copy tucked away on a shelf in the basement. I curled up and read the book, hiding it from her whenever she would enter the room so she wouldn't fuss at me. Thus began my infatuation with murder mysteries and spurred my love/hate relationship with all things horror related.
When I first heard about this book, I was very excited. I loved Ms. McNeil's Possess, and I was excited to see what she would do with this. I wasn't disappointed. While I wasn't creeped out, or even surprised by the ending, it was still well-executed and well-written. I'm well above the targeted age range for this book, and I'm sure a lot of teens may not be familiar with the original, so they will probably find the twists and turns surprising.
The book is well plotted and follows the murder mystery format to a T: Introduce the characters/setting, a mysterious occurrence, a strange message, the first body is discovered, all hell breaks loose, fingers are pointed, red herrings abound and the killer is revealed with a twist. It's a tried and true formula that works well when executed properly and Ms. McNeil does a fine job.Read more ›
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I bought this because I found out it was inspired by an Agatha Christie book. It was suspenseful and kept you guessing. Read morePublished 6 days ago by JacMac
Kept me on my toes with suspense. It was a quick read and good middle level appropriate. I'd definitely read more like this.Published 23 days ago by Mrs. B
it reminds me of Agatha Christie for sure. the writing is very good but unsurprising. i don't want to spill the beans but think B movie qualityPublished 28 days ago by stlouis_bike
Overall it wasn't a bad story. Very fanfiction-y, but that's fine. The end was disappointing because Meg picked the boy over her friend. *sigh*Published 1 month ago by TheGingerMan101
TEN by Gretchen McNeil is one of those books that's best to read on a dark, stormy night when you're alone in the house. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MamaGhostBooks
“You’re going to have fun this weekend if it kills me.”
I never read And Then There Was None, I meant to and now I’m a bit sad that I read this one... Read more
Good teen mystery/horror. Definitely had me guessing and jumping if I was reading alone at night. Recommend for fans of light horror and a good whodunit mystery.Published 6 months ago by MomReaderShopperNJ
Ten is a good mystery/horror. Right away it reminded me of the movie I Know What You Did Last Summer and the books I used to read by Christopher Pike (yes, the IKWYDLS movie was... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Becky