Thanks to NetGalley and Scout Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: September 8th, 2020
Synopsis: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Turn of the Key and In a Dark Dark Wood returns with another suspenseful thriller set on a snow-covered mountain.
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?
When 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?
There have been many variations of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, since it was published in 1939, but I couldn’t resist the upcoming One By One, as it’s written by Ruth Ware, and although I didn’t quite find it flawless, it was an enjoyable and quick read. One issue I had was that the lightly sketched characters were tossed at the reader at once, and it took me a few chapters to separate them in my head. I also guessed the identity of villain pretty early on which making the mystery a little predictable. However, the motive remained tantalizingly elusive until near the end, which kept me reading. While the characters were a little on the light side, the setting was eerily atmospheric and the story suspense-filled. Overall, I don’t think One By One is one of Ware’s best books (I reserve that honor for last year’s The Turn of the Key), but I believe fans of hers will be pleased. If you’re new to her writing, and you enjoy authors like Agatha Christie, and you’re looking for a fun escape, I unhesitatingly recommend this.