I had huge hopes for Ten. A group of teenagers stuck on an isolated island with a killer on the loose? Yep, this was one of my very rare pre-orders, based on both the synopsis and the reputation of the author, I was saving this one for a cold, rainy night, ready to freak myself the hell out.
The first 10-15% of Ten was actually pretty disappointing for me, however. I didn't find the introduction very creepy, and I started to fear that this would turn into a predictable story that branched off into some teenagers making out and scaring the crap out of each other by holding torches below their chins. I also had trouble telling some of the characters apart, most worryingly the lead female character, Meg and her best friend, Minnie. For the first part of the book I actually kept getting them confused and then being shocked when they did something so out of character that I finally realised I had been thinking of the wrong character.
But when things start to go south, they go south pretty fast and the creep factor is turned up to full. It was only then that the characters really emerged as separate beings, although even at the end there were a couple of the male characters that I had trouble discerning between them. Ten isn't overly graphic or gory, but it was enough to keep me entertained and the growing paranoia between the characters felt real and helped build the tension.
Overall, the feeling I ended up with from Ten was like watching a B-grade horror movie. There were parts where I actually wanted to shout at the characters not to do something incredibly stupid, which is exactly what I do with cheesy horror flicks. Having said that, I love B-grade horror movies, and with Ten having that same feel, albeit with a slow start, it was a fun, entertaining read.