Edition: Balzer+Bray Paperback
Released: 18th September 2012
Series: No, standalone
Pages: 294 approx.
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TEN by Gretchen McNeil is in no way a perfect read, but if you're looking for something to creep you out whilst you're all snuggled up under your warm covers listening to a storm rage outside, you should read this book. It can certainly send a chill down your spine.
This book is very plot-driven. The mystery outshines the characters. I didn't mind this though, I really didn't feel much of anything toward any of the characters. Meg is a decent enough narrator and I liked her enough to continue reading from her perspective, but there was nothing special about her that made me love her. She proved to be smart - much smarter than I would have been in that type of situation! - and brave. I didn't like Minnie much, though. She was way too self-absorbed and whiny - never focusing on any problems that didn't revolve around her, as well as being cowardly. Of course I would have been terrified if people were being murdered, but I would have, at least, tried to put on a brave face. I attempted to feel sympathetic towards her but, after a while, I couldn't be bothered trying.
I also didn't feel much towards T.J. I didn't share the same attraction to him that Meg did but, at the same time, I wasn't really bothered by him. After it dawned on me he was the best we'd be getting, I managed to retain myself enough to just accept him and his clichéd premise. *ahem* Maybe I should point out the things I did like about the book before this becomes too much of a negative review. In pullet point form? Me think so.
- As I've already said, it is a very plot driven book. The mystery is ever so slightly addicting, you need to know who's behind the murders. It's like the murder detective shows you watch on TV - you can't flick the channel until you know the culprit.
- The storyline of TEN really is like a teen's scary movie. I could play the entire storyline out in my head in movie form. If not already, then I can totally see this becoming a movie. I'd go see it.
- I really couldn't see the twists coming. Hard as I tried - and I tried, a lot - I couldn't put two and two together.
Not the best book in the world, but I do say pick it up if you're in the mood for something different and creepy - something you won't be too picky about. I think everyone should try at least one creepy book in their lifetime! WARNING: Maybe avoid reading it when you're alone. In a country house. That already creaks and moans and has flickering lights.
Just a heads-up, y'know. Past experience and whatnot... ;P
THREE STARS FOR TEN!