Released: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
You can read the Goodreads summary here.
An epic party is going to be thrown on Henry Island, and Meg and Minnie are invited. However, when they get there, their hostess hasn't arrived and the motley group of teens is left to their own devices. But things start getting creepy as a storm rages outside and the group discovers a DVD that proclaims, "Vengeance is mine." Soon they start dying, one by one, and it's up to Meg to find the killer before more people die.
So this is what I looked like while reading this book...
|Why does Photo Booth take backwards pics?|
I was seriously freaked out while reading this. I understood the premise before going it and that it was a retelling of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, so I knew what was coming, but somehow Gretchen McNeil managed to make this book an edge-of-your-seat creep-fest. In just the first thirty or forty pages I was hit with several revelations including, This book should be a movie that I would ultimately be too chicken to see, and, Why am I hearing ominous music in the back of my head?
Because I knew what was going to happen... people were going to die. I was not expecting the deaths to be so varied in their execution (pun intended) or so gruesome. And here's the mark of a really great mystery that McNeil got right - I had no idea who the killer was. I thought I knew, and then something would happen and I would think it was someone else. This happened all the way up until the end until I was so positive I knew who it was I would bet money or my first-born or something and naturally I was wrong. (Note: no babies were bet during the reading of this novel.)
Four and a half stars! You'd be the perfect reader for this book if (a) you're a fan of classic mysteries (b) you're a fan of those classic teenage horror films or (c) you like a creepy YA novel every now and again. Seriously, odds are you're one of those people, so go pick up a copy of Ten and freak yourself out.*
*Please, do not read this book while watching a Ghost Hunters marathon in the dark like I did. You'll ruin your eyes and scare yourself silly.