Gretchen McNeil is the author of several young adult horror/suspense novels for Balzer + Bray, including Possess, 3:59, Relic, Get Even, Get Dirty, and the award-winning Ten. In 2016, Gretchen published her first YA comedy, I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and her next novel will be the horror-comedy #MurderTrending for Disney/Freeform. The film adaptation of Ten starring China Anne McClain (Descendants 2, Black Lightning) and Rome Flynn (The Bold and the Beautiful) premiered on Lifetime on September 16, 2017. Visit Gretchen online at www.gretchenmcneil.com.
Praise for POSSESS: "With demons, secrets, and a butt-kicking
heroine, POSSESS is a whole lotta dark and twisted fun!"--Kimberly
Derting, author of the Body Finder series
Praise for POSSESS: ""A dark, unique, and intelligent novel with frightening twists around every corner that left me breathless."--Courtney Allison Moulton, author of ANGELFIRE
Praise for POSSESS: "McNeil strikes a fine balance between outright scares and sarcastic humor...[a] light, entertaining read."--ALA Booklist
"Gretchen McNeil's TEN is my new number one! I jumped at every creaking floorboard in my house and on the page. This is sure to be a teen thriller classic!"--Nancy Holder, Bram Stoker Award winning author of THE SCREAMING SEASON
"TEN is a real page turner! Gretchen McNeil knows how to plot a thriller: Her setup is flawless and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat."--Christopher Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the THIRST series and REMEMBER ME
"A breathless read."--Kirkus Reviews
"A quick-paced thriller full of half-facts and red herrings that take readers through the twists and turns of a deadly weekend."--School Library Journal
"Agatha Christie meets Gossip Girl in McNeil's throwback to old-school thrillers."--Publishers Weekly
"In the esteemed tradition of teen horror fiction, TEN hits all the high notes: a stormy night, illicit liaisons, cut phone lines, suspicious disappearances, double-crosses, secret histories, and plenty of twists."--ALA Booklist
"Don't expect to put it down once you've picked it up."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Gr 9 Up-A beach house, 10 teenagers, no parents, and the promise of a weekend-long party: friends Meg and Minnie embrace the exclusive invitation, despite the fact that neither of the girls is close to the host. But a storm is brewing on Henry Island. The wind is howling, the rain is pouring, and the local ferry won't be back until morning. Then people start dying. A creepy DVD warns the teens of their imminent demise, and red hash marks on the wall tally the deaths as the guests' guilty secrets are exposed and they're picked off one by one. In the end, it is up to Meg to save herself and figure out who is killing her friends and why. Though character development and motivation are a bit weak, McNeil's novel nicely parallels Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None (originally titled Ten Little Indians in the United States), and is likewise a quick-paced thriller full of half-facts and red herrings that take readers through the twists and turns of a deadly weekend. While it might not be considered an amazing teen mystery, among the numerous adaptations and stories that borrow from Christie's 1939 novel, McNeil's book holds its own.-Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.