by Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Balzar & Bray
Harback Edition, 294 pages
What the inside flap has to say . . .
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Three-day weekend. House Party.
White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives- Three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, which involve their school's most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher, and look forward to three glorious days of boys, bonding, and fun-filled luxury. But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts 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 outside, the teems are cut off from the rest of the world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn't scheduled to return for three 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?
Ten teens. Three days. One Killer. = One wonderfully dark reading adventure.
Now there really isn't much I can say about this book without giving anything away which sucks because I like talking about books I like. Makes sense right? But I will say that I REALLY enjoyed this book.
Ten sucks you in from the beginning keeps on moving til the last page. It's the type of book you pick up and say 'I have a few more minutes until the oven timer goes off I'll just read a couple pages' and the next thing you know there's this annoying buzzing sound in the back of your mind and the faint smell of burning pizza.
I loved the several twists throughout the story that made it difficult to guess who the killer was, but I have to admit I wasn't surprised with who it ended up being because one scene just felt off to me. I loved how everything was planned out and setup ahead of time for the character's stay on the island. I admire characters who have so much forethought into their work and pieces just fall into place, even if they are psychotic killers.
The story was a lot like the TV show Harper's Island, where a group of friends meet up on a small island for a wedding only for people to start dropping like flies, which was just fine because I actually watched Harper's Island on Netflix because the synopsis sounded like that of Ten and I figured it would hold me over until the book's release. If that makes sense.
I think the fans of the show should definitely look into reading this book, though the deaths in the show are a lot more gruesome. I'd also recommend it to anyone looking to read a good murder mystery.