A smart and terrifying teen horror novel inspired by Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, from Get Even author Gretchen McNeil—now a Lifetime Original Movie!
Ten teens. Three days. One killer.
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.
With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?
Perfect for fans of Christopher Pike’s Chain Letter and Lois Duncan’s I Know What You Did Last Summer, Ten will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page!
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Gretchen McNeil is the author of several young adult horror/suspense novels for Balzer + Bray, including Possess, 3:59, Relic, Get Even, Get Dirty, and the award-winning Ten. In 2016, Gretchen published her first YA comedy, I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and her next novel will be the horror-comedy #MurderTrending for Disney/Freeform. The film adaptation of Ten starring China Anne McClain (Descendants 2, Black Lightning) and Rome Flynn (The Bold and the Beautiful) premiered on Lifetime on September 16, 2017. Visit Gretchen online at www.gretchenmcneil.com.
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By Gretchen McNeil
HarperCollins PublishersCopyright © 2012 Gretchen McNeil
All rights reserved.
Minnie's face was deathly pale. She stared straight ahead, eyes fixed on the back of the stained cloth seat, and bit her bottom lip so hard that Meg was afraid she would draw blood. She'd never seen Minnie this seasick.
"Mins, are you okay?"
Minnie dug her fingernails into the seat cushion. "I'm fine."
"You're turning green."
The ferry rolled to the left as a particularly large swell hit them from starboard and Minnie clamped both hands over her mouth. For one tenuous moment, Meg was convinced her best friend was going to hurl right there in the passenger cabin, but as the boat slowly righted itself, Minnie relaxed.
"I'm fine," she repeated, lowering her hands.
Meg rifled through her backpack and pulled out a plastic grocery bag, which Minnie absently took from her outstretched hand. "You don't think it'll be much longer, do you?"
Meg leaned against the cushion and propped her feet up on the facing row of seats. "I think we're almost there."
Meg sighed. "I can't promise when the ferry will arrive, Mins. But according to the schedule, we're almost there, okay?"
"Fine!" Minnie snapped.
Meg recognized the sharpness in Minnie's voice. It usually signaled a rapid change in Minnie's mood, which happened all too frequently these days, especially when she stopped taking her antidepressants.
Instead of asking about her meds, which would just lead to an argument, Meg tried to get Minnie to think about something else. "Remember when your parents invited me to Friday Harbor?" Meg said. It had been the summer before high school, the first time Meg had been invited on vacation with Minnie's family. A hint of a smile broke the corner of Minnie's mouth. "You were so sick."
"You puked all over the bathroom in that ferry."
Meg laughed. "I thought your mom was going to throw me overboard."
"Me too." Minnie giggled.
Not one of Meg's favorite memories, but maybe it would keep Minnie's mind off her churning stomach. "And you weren't sick at all. So I'm sure you'll be fine 'til we get to Henry Island."
Minnie shook her head. "But that was summer. When the water's calm." Minnie gestured toward the double-paned window. "Not like this."
Meg gazed outside. The rain had died down for the moment - erratic water trails no longer zipped diagonally across the pane - but the wind, if anything, had intensified. It howled past the cabin, whipping from ahead, then slamming into the sides of the ferry with a force that seemed almost supernatural.
Minnie leaned her head against Meg's shoulder. "Maybe we shouldn't have come."
Meg couldn't suppress a laugh. "It's a bit late for that."
"I know, but ..."
"But what? This party is all you've talked about since we got the invites on Tuesday. I haven't seen you this excited about anything since your dad gave you an Amex card for your birthday." Minnie sat up straight. "Jessica Lawrence invited us to her house party. That's not an invitation you turn down, but ..." She sighed deeply. "I don't know. It's not like we're friends."
"You used to be," Meg said without thinking.
"Well, that was before -" Minnie stopped herself, but Meg knew what she was going to say: before you. "That was a long time ago," Minnie said instead.
The unspoken words hung in the air like stale cigarette smoke. Meg had been the reason for Minnie's fall from grace in the greater Seattle junior high social scene. They both knew it, but it was a touchy subject and one they rarely discussed. Minnie turned her head to the window and stared out into the darkening afternoon, and Meg instantly regretted even alluding to her friend's former closeness with Jessica.
To distract herself, Meg pulled a copy of the Facebook invite out of her backpack and read it over for the bazillionth time.
Shhh! Don't Spread the Word!
WHAT: Epic house party
WHEN: Presidents' Day weekend
WHERE: White Rock House on Henry Island
WHY: Because if you miss this party you'll regret it forever
Fully stocked house all to ourselves for three days. Like spring break in February! We've got special ferries set up and everything!!!!
But keep it quiet. We don't want just anybody showing up. Can't wait to see you there!
Meg never felt comfortable at those kinds of parties; most of the time she just wanted to disappear into the wallpaper and pray that no one noticed her. But Minnie had been so excited. It was like an olive branch from the popular crowd. Meg couldn't say no. With any luck, she could find some quiet time alone, maybe wander the beaches by herself, find an isolated spot with her journal or her laptop and get some writing done.
A gust blasted the side of the ferry, rattling the cabin window. Meg sighed. Or maybe write in an isolated spot indoors? Like a broom closet or something? Stupid storm.
"Hey, I don't want you spending the whole weekend in front of your laptop," Minnie said from out of the blue.
Meg started. Was she really that predictable? "Um, okay." The plastic bag rustled as Minnie tightened her grip. "You're going to have fun this weekend if it kills me."
Meg bit her lip. "I have plenty of fun."
"You're kidding, right?"
Now it was Meg's turn to be annoyed. "Mins, what are you talking about?"
Minnie sighed dramatically. "You used to be fun. Remember?
We'd do crazy stuff. Now you're like ..."
Meg shifted in her seat. "Like what?"
"I'm not boring."
"Besides, we could've had fun at home. And not, you know, lied to our parents and gone to a house party on an island in the middle of nowhere."
Minnie threw up her hands. "It's not the middle of nowhere. Half of Seattle has summer homes on the San Juan Islands. And we were not going to tell our parents." Minnie finished with an emphatic nod of her head. "Especially not after that body was found in Everett this morning. Daddy would never have let me go." Meg shuddered. She'd seen the report on the news, the charred remains of a body found in the locker room of their rival school, Mariner High. It was a gruesome murder and so far the body hadn't been identified.
"The last thing I need this weekend," Minnie continued, "is Daddy dropping in to check up on me. That would ruin everything." "Yeah, I guess you're right." Despite the remoteness of the island, Meg couldn't help but agree that Minnie's dad showing up at the party wasn't out of the realm of possibility.
Minnie placed her hand over Meg's and squeezed. "Look, we're going to have fun this weekend. We need it. Okay?"
Meg forced a smile. Minnie was right. There had been such a strain between them the last few months. First Meg's acceptance at UCLA, which Minnie interpreted as Meg abandoning her, then Minnie's struggles with her new medications. And of course the Homecoming night debacle ...
Stop it, Meg said to herself. She needed to put that night out of her mind. It was over and done. And in a few months she'd never see him again anyway.
Without warning, the dull roar of the engines diminished and Meg felt the ferry slow. A second later, a scruffy-faced deckhand in an orange rain slicker shoved his head inside the cabin. "Henry Island. We'll be docked in a few."
Minnie sprang to her feet. "Finally!" She pulled her overnight wheelie and two small shoulder bags out of the luggage bin, then threw on her coat, glancing over her shoulder as she bounded out on deck. "Try to remember this is a party. Party equals fun."
Meg sighed. Party equals fun. Woo hoo. Yay. Party.
With a deep breath, Meg shouldered her backpack and followed Minnie out on deck.
Excerpted from Ten by Gretchen McNeil. Copyright © 2012 by Gretchen McNeil. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
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What People are Saying About This
“Gretchen McNeil’s TEN is my new number one! I jumped at every creaking floorboard in my house and on the page. This is sure to be a teen thriller classic!”
“TEN is a real page turner! Gretchen McNeil knows how to plot a thriller: Her setup is flawless and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Yes this gets 5 trees that should stand for Outfreaklingstanding! Its no surprise either that it would be that awesome. Gretchen captured my interest in her writing when I read Possess by her last year and she has just seal the deal and can count on me as a long time reader of her work now. Ten is Gretchen's MO, she writes horror/mystery/suspense/thriller like no one else does. Forget biting your nails while reading, you are checking your doors and locking all windows and hiding under covers when you have one of Gretchen's books in your hands. Gretchen can give horror films a run for their money. First I'm going to give you TEN reason why this book is Badass: The suspense level is out of this world The scenery of where it takes place is perfect The characters do DIE Its Bloody Believe it or not, it has some LOL moments The story is VIVID You wont be able to predict the ending One swoon-worthy guy Excellent cover Gretchen McNeil wrote it!!! Ten is the story of 10 teens headed off to a party on Henry Island for 3 days. Meg is the main protagonist we follow along, she has her best friend with her when they jump on the ferry to head to this island. At this party they know will be T.J., the swoon-worthy hottie from school. Meg has been crazy for him, but has kept it under wraps since Minnie her BFF likes him too. No one knows that these teens are going to spend 3 days all alone. So when they all finally get there and see everyone staying the weekend, its a really random group of people. Not everyone even goes to the same school. Well that doesn't stop the party from starting, which includes a DVD they find that says play me. Hmm not sure about you but I personally would not have touched that DVD. The tape gets played and the message is: "Vengeance IS MINE" and well if this doesn't scare the crap out of you then you might be crazy. The countdown has begun! One by one the teens start to die pretty horrifically. There is no way off the island and a really bad storm has knock power and communications off. Who will survive this weekend? Is the killer amongst them or someone lurking on the island? When you pick up a copy of TEN, grab a really comfy blanket, a really bright light and your detective hat and immerse yourself in this thriller. I recommend it to everyone, even if horror isn't your thing. Enjoy!!! - Yara
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.
Teenage slasher movie meets agatha christie. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. If you want and nice little scary tale with a basic who done it premiss, this book is for you. A bit gory but not overboard.
OMG, I loved this. Just imagine every good teen horror movie meshed together and had a baby, you would get this story. I found it to be very fast paced, creepy, thrilling, gruesome, and a good revenge story. I liked how it kept me guessing who was killing everyone until it was finally revealed (I thought it was this person in the beginning but the story kept changing my mind). Bravo. I liked Meg. I found her likeable and if I was to be put in her shoes, I’d probably do the same things she did. The other characters I found were written where I was glad when their time with death came. So wrong of me but oh well, I was entertained. And what interesting deaths they had and how it came to be that way. That ending. Wow. I need more stories like this in my life. Hahaha.
This book has had me on th edge of my seat the entire time. It was soooo good!! I didn't really want to read it at first but I just fell in love with it... I recommend this to eeevvvveeerrryyyooonnnneeee!!!!
I've heard so many bad things about this book but this book blew me away. I didn't want to stop reading. Its an amazing book that kept me with it through the whole book!
I remember pretty vividly when this came out. I mean it was so close to my birthday which helped. I also remember all the hype surrounding it too. Pretty much all the blogs I followed back then read it and loved it. So I just needed a copy. Unfortunately it took a year or so till I won a copy I believe and then I just kind of forgot about it until 2016. And oh boy. Am I glad I didn’t rush to it. I shall have to first preface this with a I didn’t even realise it was a retelling of an Agatha Christie novel as well, I’ve not read any of hers. Nor do I know if the things I’m going to complain about are because they’re based on that or not. Before we get to the negatives I will say this book has good pacing and tied things together nicely, I even commented this on page 238 on my Goodreads update. The tension was pretty good too. However, on page 180 I complained about using lack of communication as a plot device. I don’t even remember this happening because of the foul taste the book left in my mouth, so I can’t even pin point how this was “utilised” but it was according to past me and I’m sad at re-realising this. The main big kicker that seriously ruined my enjoyment, and therefor rating, of the book is the portrayal of mental health. If you don’t want spoilers now would be a good time to look away. The key selling point of the murders plan all revolves around one character, who is bipolar, medication being stolen. The killers plan completely relies on her to be unstable, to cause a scene, to perhaps do even worse things. Its really gross. It made me feel a bit lot sick. I’m sure if I had plucked up the courage a year ago to write this review I could’ve been a lot more specific, however I was just angry and couldn’t form anything readable. But since this book now has a movie coming? Yeah, I’m gonna at least voice my concern even if its not specific.
This book is a definate must read. Its intense and keeps you on your toes throughout almost the whole book! I definatly recommend to teens looking for a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It has it all, the creepy killer, the mystery, the romance...Its definatly not a book for those who are looking for something light and fun to read but its still really really really good.
One of the best books I've ever read.
Great, quick entertaining read!
Amazing! Keeps you on your toes the whole time.
A nice, quick read. It kept my attention the whole way through. I didn't guess the killer but wasn't given enough clues to do so...
Great YA mystery read.
Speaking as someone who grew up reading Agatha Christie, this book flipping rocks! TEN is a fantastic modern homage to AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. Gretchen McNeil is a master of suspense with a delightfully dark and creepy sense of humor. The pacing and the build-up were spot on. She managed to throw in a romance without it feeling too contrived. I couldn't wait to figure out who the murderer was and I have to say I was genuinely surprised. Absolutely brilliant! TEN is definitely one of those books I could read again and again. Read it.
Good, but mnot great. Not worth ten bucks tho
I was annoyed by the stupidity of the characters.
Great book with a great ending. Short and sweet so you dont get bored half way through. Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. A must read!!
Perfect thriller, literally couldnt put it down!
Wasnt sure what i was getting myself into this time. Just like to read stories about things that are (unfortunately) about real life. People out there really do stuff like this everyday around the world. The author did a great job of making me want to keep turning the pages its a real cliff hanger of a story. Worth readingfor sure!
I couldnt really care about the characters very much, but i enjoed this take on the classic agatha christie plot