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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

One of the best mysteries I have ever read. Reminds me of the ol

One of the best mysteries I have ever read. Reminds me of the old black and white movie "And Then There Were None". Very entertaining. Needs to be a movie.

posted by SpeedyReadSA on November 11, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Creeptastically Fun and Suspenseful

I'm a big horror movie fan and I love my horror campy and over the top...is Ten campy and over the top? YES and YES, but in the best, most fun possible way ever! I started this book late at night and finished it even later at night because I couldn't put it down; I was ...
I'm a big horror movie fan and I love my horror campy and over the top...is Ten campy and over the top? YES and YES, but in the best, most fun possible way ever! I started this book late at night and finished it even later at night because I couldn't put it down; I was so engrossed and had to know how it ended.

Gretchen McNeil is a fabulous and engaging storyteller and weaves a creepy fun and suspenseful story that had me furiously turning pages, checking over my shoulder for crazy killers the whole time. McNeil sets a wonderfully eerie and cinematic scene. I love how palpable the feeling of isolation and being trapped feels and how well it permeates through the whole book. Every moment of reading this story was filled with spine-tingly and heart-racing excitement.

The story McNeil lays out is captivating with its twists and turns, but not entirely unexpected. I wouldn't say the story is predictable, just smartly crafted and planned, from the way each person is ironically killed to the way the whole story comes together. For me, part of the fun of a good horror mystery is collecting the clues, analyzing the red herrings and figuring things out. And the red herrings dropped throughout the story are never too blantant or in your face; they're cleverly subtle. By about page 150 I had figured out the connection between the seemingly unconnected ten teens and by 3/4 of the way in I had a strong inkling of the killer's identity...and I was totally spot on! But again, I don't consider this predictability and it no way ruined the suspense for me. I mean, don't we want that "Aha moment" when the killer is revealed, the story comes together and we scream "Yes! I knew it! I totally knew it!"?!

The story is told in the third perspective, but I'd call Meg the MC. I really liked Meg and connected with her; she's smart, witty and adorkably awkward. The other nine characters each had a distinct personality, from the bossy bitch to the jocks to the douche canoe to the hot nice guy and more. Some were really likable, some not so much, but I think that was intentional. There were those characters that I dreaded getting killed and those that I couldn't wait to see get offed!

Meg and T.J. (the hot, nice guy) have a flirty romance thang going on and I could have done with less of this. Not that I didn't like the idea of the two of them together, I just felt like some of their flirtiness was out of place amongst all the horror and death. Then there's Meg and Minnie's odd-couple BFFness which was equal parts complexly layered and annoyingly frustrating.

The last quarter of the book is furiously paced and gripping! There's a thrilling climax between the finally revealed killer and the surviving characters and a fiery, explosive ending. I really like how the book ends with a wrapped up, but easily open-ended conclusion that leaves room for more.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Ten kept me thoroughly entertained and enthralled from beginning to end with its smartly crafted creeptastic and cinematic story. A scarily awesome MUST read!

posted by WordSpelunking on October 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    farfetched

    It didnt spenf enough time on getting to let ud kno the characters before the violence begins-at the end I still had questions

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Honestly, although this is a decent book, I just couldn't care a

    Honestly, although this is a decent book, I just couldn't care about the characters. I don't know why. This is basically a retelling of an existing story, which by now you all have heard about, and TEN does a fine job of modernizing it, I just found myself...not caring. Sad, but I have to prop this up as less of a story than POSSESS (the author's first book.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Too teen oriented for me

    Figured the "who done it" was the least likely, and it was. Wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it, though. It was just not my thing.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

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