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“One by One” by Ruth Ware

Isn’t it fantastic when a book grabs you from the moment you see it, and as you dive in, it doesn’t disappoint? Such was the case for me as I plowed into Ruth Ware’s wintery wonder “One by One”.

From the author’s website: “A LUXURY CHALET. AN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME. UNTIL GUESTS START TO DISAPPEAR… 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 and an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?”

If you’re a fan of a good mystery, you’ll love this book. It’s very reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s famous “And Then There Were None”, with a modern twist. A couple of the characters are so very trendy, self-absorbed, caught up in today’s social media world and the fight for outwardly visible “success” over everything else, that if they weren’t already in peril, I might have dove in there and done that*, myself! This is not a criticism of the book…rather a comment on how through Ware’s articulate writing we can partner so many of the characters with people we know, whether we’ve met them in person or observed them on television, making the book very relatable and even more interesting. The fact that I was reading about a group of snowbound people while the Wisconsin snow was flying added a special charm, as well!

This is a very well-written book. I am quite often disappointed when reading suspense, in that either the answer is too obvious, or the author quickly wraps up the book at the end, almost as if they just wanted to get it done. Sometimes this happens in an unbelievable, clownish or unsatisfying way. Suspense novels are human interest stories, so please let us know why people do what they do. Backstories count. Ruth Ware recognizes that and writes accordingly.

“A real spine-chiller that confirms Ruth Ware as the true heir to Christie’s crown. Ingenious plotting sees the body count rise and multiple suspects eliminated until we’re left with breathless game of cat-and-mouse’ – ERIN KELLY, author of HE SAID, SHE SAID”

‘The sense of dread deepens as the snow falls in Ruth Ware’s tensely plotted and deliciously cast alpine thriller. Seriously, you will never want to go skiing again.’ – LOUISE CANDLISH, author of OUR HOUSE

“One by One” is a quick, satisfying read. Although I disagree that you’ll never want to go skiing again, I’d imagine that you may find yourself more closely examining just who you’re sharing your adventure with! Don’t flake on this one; check out “One by One” today.

*The author of this blog does NOT condone putting anyone in actual peril. The statement was made simply to convey how very frustrating some characters can be. Yikes!