Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror POSSESS debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011. Her follow up TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – will be released September 18, 2012, and her third novel 3:59, sci fi horror pitched as The Parent Trap meets Event Horizon, is scheduled for Fall 2013.
Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and is a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as "Monday."
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And their doom comes swiftly.
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives – three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, both of which involve Kamiak High’s most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher. But what starts out as a fun-filled weekend turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.
Suddenly, people are dying and the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?
Gretchen McNeil’s highly engaging and thrilling murder mystery, Ten, will have readers guessing throughout the entire book. It has that nostalgic feel of those popular teen horror flicks of the eighties, although there is nothing cheesy about it. When best friends Meg and Minnie and eight other teenagers went on a weekend retreat at an exclusive house party on Henry Island, they never thought it would turn out to be a three-day hellish getaway. The two best friends’ weekend of fun without adult supervision and trying to win over the handsome T.J. Fletcher comes to a halt when a DVD discloses a very menacing message: Vengeance is mine. Soon people begin to die violently and cause the patrons of the party to turn on each other.
Ten quickly becomes a roller-coaster ride once the first death is exposed. The pace of the story moves smoothly as Gretchen manages to build and intensify the mystery into new unexplored levels. The writing is fantastic and brilliant. It is enriched with highly detailed descriptions and canny dialogue that readers will feel like the eleventh attendee of this fiasco-turned party.
There is no question that this book would not have that thrilling and suspenseful effect without Gretchen’s unmatched writing style. She brilliantly delivers a story that has creepiness written all over it without having to go gory overboard. Gretchen has scored big time with Ten. It holds all of the elements that make thrillers what it is while she adds her own twists to make it her very own. Even after that last page is turned; it leaves a long-lasting effect on its readers.