Audiobook Review – Ten

Posted August 15, 2018 by Kathy in 5 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 3 Comments

Audiobook Review – TenTen by Gretchen McNeil
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Published by Tantor Audio on June 26, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Mystery
Length: 7 hours and 16 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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five-stars

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?

Ten is my first Gretchen McNeil book and it won’t be my last.  I loved this book!

I’m not a fan of scary movies or books but after reading back-to-back romance books I was looking for something new. I took a chance on Ten and I enjoyed every moment of reading this book. From the start, this story had the perfect setup for a horror story. A group of high school students are lured to a secluded island for a weekend of partying. Upon their arrival their host is missing and a storm breaks their connection to the shore. As they wait out the storm they find a creepy DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And that is when the fun starts. Ten was perfectly written and the twists in the story kept me guessing until the very end. I had the typical scary movie reaction of yelling at the characters to not split up and braced myself for the killer to jump out of the shadows. I appreciated the ethnic diversity of the characters along with their mix of social backgrounds, and this added to the suspense of discovering their connection to each other.

Tavia Gilbert is one of my favorite narrators and I loved her performance for Ten.  I loved the emotion and excitement she always brings to her performances. She creates unique voices for each character which makes her narrations entertaining. In Ten her portrayal of the desperation in these characters brought chills. Ten is worth reading and listening to.

Would I recommend this book? Yes! This was a fast-paced and action packed, perfect for those that love creepy, suspenseful stories.

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Audiobook Performance
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

About Gretchen McNeil

Gretchen McNeil is the author of the YA horror/suspense novels POSSESS, 3:59, RELIC, GET EVEN, GET DIRTY, and TEN (a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth) all with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins. Gretchen’s first YA contemporary I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, also with Balzer + Bray, hit shelves in 2016, and her next novel will be the horror-comedy #MURDERTRENDING for Disney/Freeform in August 2018.

Gretchen’s novels have been published internationally in Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, and Czech. The film adaptation of TEN starring China Anne McClain (Descendants 2, Black Lightning), Rome Flynn (The Bold and the Beautiful), and Callan McAuliffe (Flipped, I Am Number Four), directed by Chris Robert for Rain Maker Films, premiered on Lifetime on September 16, 2017.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2018 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2018 New Release Challenge
  • COYER Summer 2018

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3 responses to “Audiobook Review – Ten

    • Kathy

      I don’t like scary movies but I’m glad I gave this a chance. It was suspenseful and it reminded me it is fun to get a little scared lol. Thanks Kim!