Ten, Gretchen McNeil


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  1. bachbooks Says:

    On a dark and stormy night, ten teens travel to a remote island for a long weekend party. Despite the gloomy weather, the weekend seems normal enough until they receive a message that the storm has delayed their host, and she won’t arrive until Saturday morning. No host? No parents? No problem?! The teens settle in to dinner and a movie, but they experience trouble with both. One guest has a near fatal allergic reaction to almond slivers which no one remembers putting in the salad. The lone movie they can locate contains an ominous warning about vengeance. When the power goes out, the deaths begin. Cut off from the outside world, Meg and her friends must solve the mystery and stop the killer…or die trying.

    If you’ve seen a teen horror movie, then you already know this story of hormones and horror. At first the deaths seem accidental, then they become obviously intentional, and a mysterious journal appears which provides clues to who will die, how, and why. To find out the killer’s identity, you will have to read through a pile of bodies or just skip to the last few chapters. The local setting (greater Seattle and the San Juan Islands) and the teen protagonists might appeal to fans of teen horror, but I found Ten too predictable to generate any real surprises or suspense.

    Rating: 2 stars

    Recommendations: Ripper, Reconstructing Amelia, The Name of the Star, The Diviners, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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