One by One by Ruth Ware

One by One by Ruth Ware

One by One book cover image

Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Simon & Schuster

From the publisher:

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? 

Friends. I am obsessed with Ruth Ware. I never really thought I had a favourite genre before, but I think I do. While there are so many that I love, no matter what, I always find myself drawn back to thrillers.

Many of my online faves are big fans of mysteries and thrillers. And while there are some mysteries I can get behind, generally speaking I’m not really into them. They’re often procedurals and more plot focused than character focused. While I see the appeal, that’s just not my bag. What I like most about thrillers is that they’re often about the people involved rather than detectives, and they often have a powerful psychological element. Now that is the shit I’m into.

For the past few years, I had been getting review copies of Ware’s books (one is even signed from when I met her at Book Expo!). But this year, everything is a little wacky. I’ve posted rarely, received newsletters or other correspondence from publishers rarely, and haven’t made any of my own requests. And I’m totally okay with that. Even though I know I accept books for review consideration only, they feel like obligations and I don’t have the energy for any more of those right now. I’ve barely even kept up my own knowledge of new releases!

When I heard that One by One had been released, I was happily surprised, having totally forgot because what is time.

This book is exactly what you would expect from the thriller queen. It has twists and turns, shocking reveals, interesting characters. After the avalanche, the group, including the two chalet staff members are stranded and the phone signal is very weak. As the story progresses, it is very much á la And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. But, in my opinion, many more thrills and chills than a mystery novel.

I loved the characters Ware chose from points of view. For a while it seems almost like a random choice. But as the story goes on, layers begin to be peeled away.

You really learn things about people when you are stuck with them in a dangerous situation… indefinitely.

All I can say is this: trust no one.

Except me when I tell you that you should read this book 🙂

Don’t forget to check out my thoughts on Ruth Ware’s book The Lying Game and our abundant thriller archives!