Published: September 2012
Meg has reservations on accepting the party invite--even though her best friend Minnie will be there. It's popular kids, and kids she doesn't know, and Meg is the wallflower/diary-writer type. (Also, the party is set on a DESERTED ISLAND. Clue #1 something strange is afoot). As expected, the house is creepy, a storm is brewing, and I definitely got a feel for a horror novel from the setting. I get freaked out by remote houses in the country, let alone one set on an island and it's cold and raining.
So, weird things start happening in the house. Someone has a nut allergy and nuts suddenly appear in a salad. I thought this was brilliant--a realistic update that is actually lethal for some people. A mysterious diary shows up, and of course Meg reads it, finding a very dejected, scorned author among the cryptic writing. You can probably guess, it's someone in the house--or is it?--and those who scorned he/she are probably those who were invited to the deserted island.
The pace is quick, and while Meg is a bit of a dimwit, it's a fun little story that keeps moving. It started with ten. How many will survive at the end?