Review: One by One by Ruth Ware

☆☆➹⁀☆ 3.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

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?

My Thoughts:

Two narrators and a large cast of characters made for much to keep track of in Ruth Ware’s latest murder mystery, One by One. The main characters are shareholders in a hipster application company called Snoop. Their goofy job titles make them seem like caricatures of high-tech nerdy geeks.

The character introduction is done as a guest portfolio presented to two staff members, Erin and Danny, of the exclusive ski chalet. I didn’t care for the odd work titles or vibe of the company, but it turned out to be key to the storyline. The plot is a little slow at the start during the story set up, but there is ample intrigue as readers already know that not everyone will be coming down off that mountain.

Told in dual perspective by Erin, the chalet hostess and Liz, the wildcard shareholder, the intrigue and tension increase as guests are eliminated one by one. This novel is being widely compared to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. There are definitely similarities. As in Ms. Ware’s prior novel, The Turn of the Key, there is a reliance on technology that is a cornerstone of the story. Whether you find it similar or not or dislike the use of technology to impact plot tension, One by One is a good mystery.

About the Author: Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller.



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