Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #3

Totally the property of Pen To Paper
This is the week where my to-read book count hit 140. Eek! I blame Goodreads. I'd been ignoring the giveaways in favor of doing other things like writing posts and reading books and working and... you know, sleeping, but somehow I ended up on the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway page.

Holy guacamole are there a lot of great books up for grabs! I entered thirty-four giveaways in one day. Thirty-four! Does that make me sound like a horrific, greedy mooch? Probably. The key distinction is that  I'm legitimately craving all thirty-four of those books. They sound amazing!

In fact, the book I chose for this week's Wishlist Wednesday is from that giveaway list...

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 the 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?

DUN-DUN-DUNNNNNNNN!! Can't you just hear the deep bass rolling across the waters with that intro? Maybe add some sinister organ, a la Phantom of the Opera?

Okay, clearly this book is a modern retelling of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Go on, read both descriptions and compare. Ten guests? Check. A mysterious invite to an exclusive weekend party? Check. Said party is being hosted on a private island? Check. Vengeance being threatened by the unknown host? Check. The ten guests then die off one by one in various gruesome ways? Check!

I am SO in! Snap diddley, I'm excited. If you've been around this blog for any length of time (or even just glanced at my sidebar for a second), then you know that I am a HUGE Dame Agatha Christie fan. Ginormous. Rabid, even.

Actually, they look like they'd make a charming couple.
And Then There Were None started my obsession. It was the very first AC book I ever read, and I suspect it's at least partly to blame for the Hitchcock obsession I picked up soon after. It was so sinister and creepy as the guests started dying off one by one, and you just know with this delightfully twisted sinking feeling in your gut that there's no way to stop the murderer. [Insert malevolent cackle here.]

The pessimistic side of me whispers, "No way it'll be good enough. They want to take the varied cast of ATTWN and turn it into a bunch of teens excited about booze? And what about the nursery rhyme? Dame Christie gave her book a cool nursery rhyme!"

But it could be awesome. It could be really freaking awesome. And what if this book in all its awesomeness turns teens onto Agatha Christie? I mean, let's face it, haughty British people talking about tea and crumpets isn't everyone's... well, cup of tea. But a book that combines the typical horror movie trope of hot young things being picked off one by one with the truly frightening combination of Survivior and Lord of the Flies? Hot diggity-dog.