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Review: One by One by Ruth Ware

Summary from Goodreads:

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?


I have read every single Ruth Ware thriller I could get my hands on and One by One is now my favorite of them all. I feel in love with her writing style, character development, and ability to create suspense when I read The Lying Game.

I was not a huge fan of Ware’s last novel, The Turn of Key (one of her most popular novels) and was not expecting much from One by One. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I really enjoyed it.

I found the pacing great and flew through the novel. I liked the fact that it only had two points of view, Liz, the guest at the chalet and Erin, one of the staff.

My favorite part of the novel was the plot/twist of who the killer was in this traditional murder mystery. I had no idea who the killer was and that made me want to devour the novel to find out. I loved the mystery/suspense that Ware crafted with the characters and the isolated and claustrophobic setting.

I recommend checking out One by One and the rest of Ruth Ware’s thriller. You will not want to put it down.


5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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