One By One by Ruth Ware (Review)

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

Publisher: Harvill Secker

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Publication Date: 12th November 2020

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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?

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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

I was really looking forward to picking up another Ruth Ware book after having really enjoyed The Turn of the Key, sadly One By One left me a little disappointed.

One by One started off well but sadly as the book progresses things start to become predictable and had worked out who the killer was quite early on. Also, the story itself didn’t feel very original in fact it felt to similar to The Guest List by Lucy Foley.

As for the characters, well there are just so many to remember, and to be honest I thought they were just too underdeveloped and they all felt to similar and there wasn’t much to differentiate them from each other. I didn’t particularly like any of them and by the end didn’t really care for any of them either.

Despite all the things I didn’t like about this book, one thing I absolutely couldn’t get enough of was the wonderful wintery descriptions of the setting!! It was spot on and I could really visualise the scenery while reading them.

Overall this wasn’t a bad read, but it could definitely have been much better. Never the less I haven’t been put off reading more from Ruth Ware in the future. I fact I have a couple of books still waiting on my TBR which I’m hoping to pick up very soon.

My Rating


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Happy Reading!!!

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  1. Yes it is the second novel I read by this author (after The Lying Game) and I had similar ideas. I also knew too soon who we were looking for once the group split up. I have Turn of The Key as my next one so I hope I’ll enjoy that more too. Thanks for a great and honest review!

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