by: Gretchen McNeil
An exclusive weekend party, and Meg and Minnie have an invite. Of course, TJ will be there, and with his recent falling out with Meg, that could be a little awkward. But Minnie insists that the party is going to be amazing and will be just the thing to elevate them into high social standing. But, when storms rage, the power goes out, and kids start dying; Meg has to figure out who is the murderer. Well, at least before they off her too.
Ten is based on a classic Agatha Christie. I must admit to having never read it, since my reading of Christie is pretty sparse (though back in my early high school days I did read a lot of Mary Higgins Clark). Anyway, I digress.
The story was creepy and ooey and goeey. Just how I like them. I liked the suspense, and read straight through until the very end. I liked being kept in the dark (har har) about who was the murderer and just how the various characters would reach their demise. Because I didn't like them. At all.
Okay, I'll concede that Meg was okay for the most part, but for the rest of them, I just couldn't get worked up over their deaths. They weren't the kind of teens that I would have hung around or cared for. So, for this one, the plot saved the day. And frankly, it's reasonable to expect, given the story, that most of these kids would have pretty questionable moral judgement.
It's pretty heavy-handed with the mystery tropes, but again, I think that was the intent. So, enjoyed for what is was, I have to admit to being very thoroughly entertained. (Especially since I read it on a sunny afternoon without a cloud in sight and no hint of a rainstorm. Smart move).
Pick this one up if you liked the original and see how they compare. Or, just read it for a spine-chilling thrill.
Sexuality: Moderate (a few references)
Violence: Moderate (you know, with all the killing and such)
Drugs and Alcohol: Moderate
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