Book Review: One by One

ONE BY ONE | Ruth Ware
09.08.2020 | Scout Press
Rating: 4/5 stars


Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them? An off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits. The corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?

When I think of the perfect locked room mystery setting, my mind always travels to somewhere with cold weather and snow. Ruth Ware ups the ante with a full-blown avalanche trapping a cast of quite unlikable characters within ONE BY ONE. Finding someone to enjoy among the coworkers present in the chalet was almost impossible, which served to make me suspect all of them as murderers. Ware ramps up the tension with not one dead body, but multiples, driving the characters to high levels of anxiety and suspicion. I loved the alternating narratives that gave us two perspectives to what was happening. I was hooked throughout the story and with the exception of needing to suspend reality a few times with some unbelievable acts, I greatly enjoyed my experience reading this one! 

🎧: I decided to go the audio route with this one when I learned that Imogen Church was the narrator. I’m a huge fan of her narration style, so I knew this would be a great experience.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

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