By Gretchen McNeil
Balzer + Bray, 2012
Audience: Older Teens
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.
But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.
Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, 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?
So, I wasn't as in as much suspense reading this as I thought I would be. I think the fact that I knew that pretty much everyone was going to die kind of made it less exciting. It was really well-done. I liked most of the characters. However, I was totally WRONG about who the killer was. I don't feel like enough was done to convince me that someone who wasn't the killer was the killer. Does that make sense?
Also, because there were so many characters, I felt like they were reduced to stereotypes. The Crazy One, The Football Player, The Jerk, etc.
I think teens would love this book, though.
It was a great mystery, but it felt somewhere in between that and horror. I read it very quickly and really enjoyed it. It would have been more fun to read when if it was storming outside. Next time I read it, I'll make sure it's icky out.