One By One – Book Review

Note:- I know I am mostly posting non ARC books but I have to clear my Goodreads shelf

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 luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm, and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers…each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

When the cofounder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech startup, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other: PowerPoint presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn’t made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit.

As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further…one by one.

No. of pages:- 384 pages

Date published:- September 8th 2020

Publisher:- Gallery Scout Press

Genre:- Psychological Thriller

Rating:- 4/5 stars

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After the reading, Woman at the Cabin 10, written by Ruth Ware, I was determined to read more books written by the same author. One By One is one of her books and boy, what a thrilling ride I had with this book!

Plot:- A famous company named Snoop comes over to a chalet located in the ski resort of St Antoine. But an avalanche blocks the resort and soon, one by the one, the members of the company goes missing or…dead. Could one of them be the murderer?

Good things:-

  • The story is told from the perspectives of Erin, who is the chalet girl and Liz one of the members of the Snoop. Both seemed to be having something to hide and both their characters in my opinion are interesting characters.
  • There were twists and turns in the book and to be frank, I was literally hooked into this book. I felt like I was in some sort of horror movie where you are trapped in a room with a murderer.
  • In fact, towards the end, I literally couldn’t put the book down that I wanted to know, what the hell was going to happen next!!!! I was so engrossed into the book.
  • I mean can you imagine you are trapped inside the chalet with no electricity, no running water and literally no connection to the outside world? Even though I was just reading the book, I kind of felt like one of those characters, feeling nervous, scared being locked inside a chalet.
  • The writing was so good and intense that I have to give kudos to the author. I think this book is much better than her pervious book I have read. Thus Ruth Ware has become one of my favorite authors.
  • The plot was really good, which was the main reason why I wanted to read this book and there was so much suspense in the story.

Now the bad things

  • I kind of knew who the murderer is–it was a bit predictable. So the ending was a bit predictable though the reason why the person did was shocking and sad.
  • Except for Erin’s character, I found some of the characters a bit annoying.

Overall, this book was like a roller coaster ride that you would finish this book in one go!

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway, The Turn of the Key and One by One have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times, and she is published in more than 40 languages. She lives on the south coast of England, with her family.

Visit to find out more, or find her on facebook or twitter as @RuthWareWriter

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