Book Review: Ten

By: Tiffany Mar ’21 (Guest Writer)

“Ten teens. Three days. One killer.” The horror/ thriller YA book Ten by Gretchen McNeil is a fast paced and exciting book that takes you on a ride full of gruesome murders with a seemingly unsolvable mystery.

The story revolves around Meg and her best friend Minnie, ages between 16-18. The author’s tagline perfectly describes the book, as readers follow Meg through 72 hours of backstabbing, blood and murder.

McNeil creates an incredible fiction world that is both creepy and surprisingly realistic.

The story sucks you in, making you feel as if you are there, next to Meg piecing together evidence and eventually revealing who is behind the murder of all (or most) of the characters.

Gretchen McNeil is author of a number of books including 3:59, Possess, Get Even and Get Dirty. Additionally, Ten was recently released as a movie on Lifetime Network September, 16th. You can buy or borrow Ten in local bookstores and in public libraries. If you enjoy thriller books, you may also like The Naturals by Jennifer Barnes and Killer Instinct by S.E. Green.


I would give Ten a solid 4 out of 5 stars. Although a wonderful book, some people may find it too scary or horrifying for their tastes. But it is a great book that I would 100% recommend to teens 14+ or adults. If you like more mystery than horror, I would recommend One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus.


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