Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. And just when she thinks it can't get worse, she wakes to an image of herself in the bedroom mirror. Except it's not her at all--the girl in the mirror is blonder and prettier. And her name is Jo.
The two girls are doppelgängers whose universes overlap every twelve hours at 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to pass through the portal and switch places for a day.
But Jo's world is far from perfect, and the stuff of nightmares lurks around every corner. And when Josie finds herself trapped there, her life becomes more dangerous--and more deadly--than she ever imagined.
- Hardback | 368 pages
- 142 x 211 x 33mm | 440g
- 17 Sep 2013
- Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Back cover copy
Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror--Jo.
Josie and Jo are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that briefly overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's fabulous life, Josie jumps at the chance to cross through the portal and switch places for a day. But Jo's world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.
Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there's a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it's too late?
From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had--and how they just might kill you.
"McNeil's movie-quick setup speed and humorously inventive language...make her a very welcoming author who succeeds at injecting fresh verve into some stalwart sci-fi concepts." -- Booklist
"Those looking for romance/adventures set in parallel universes will come away satisfied." -- School Library Journal
"A book that will set science geeks' hearts aflutter." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Praise for TEN: "Agatha Christie meets Gossip Girl in McNeil's throwback to old-school thrillers." -- Publishers Weekly
Praise for TEN: "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
"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
Praise for TEN: "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
Praise for TEN: "A breathless read." -- Kirkus Reviews
Praise for TEN: "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
Praise for POSSESS: "A fantastic YA debut .... the humor and occasional twists will keep fans of the genre hooked and wanting to finish this book in one sitting." -- School Library Journal
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