We have established that I am a big, fat chicken. So, I was promised TEN would not freak me out. I did love Christopher Pike and Lois Duncan* as a teenager and this book definitely mirrors the elements of those stories.
*Lois Duncan passed way in June of 2016 which made me so very sad.*
And, I admit with shame, I have never read Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None , which this book is a loose re-telling of. It makes no secret of that.
And, if I had seen the video below before reading. I'd never cracked the spine.
*Warning: If you watch the video. DON'T READ THE COMMENTS! Holy, spoiler-alert, Batman!*
But, I didn't see that so I started reading.
And, then, I couldn't stop because every time I thought I had it figured out something else happened and I was wrong!
The first few chapters are a little slow. There is a large amount of set up and names to remember because, duh, there's ten of them. But, once it gets going. It really gets going. And, I was only a little freaked out. I didn't feel the urge to put the book in the freezer (obscure Friends reference) so I take that as a win.
I would recommend this book to those who like light horror. If you're looking for something to keep you up at night (which WHY?? WHY would you look for that?) you're probably going to be disappointed.
I'll also say I'd be comfortable with my young teen daughters reading this. There are references to sex, but it isn't described. There is some strong language (not a lot) and underage drinking. Just FYI.
After I finished, I was inspired to find the movie for And Then There Were None . It has been made several times. I watched the original from 1945 (which was free on Amazon Prime). I'm glad I save the movie until after the book because I would have already known the twist (which is slightly different in the movie so it didn't ruin it for me.)