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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Review: One By One by Ruth Ware

One By One 
by Ruth Ware

Thank you to Scout Press for these copies.

Publisher: Scout Press
Publish Date: September 8, 2020
384 Pages
Genres: Locked-In Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

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?

My Review:

Well.......... I didn't hate it! And I say that because I'm sitting here contemplating how I really feel about this book.  I didn't love it... but I didn't hate it either.  I actually, weirdly, just feel ok with it.  But here's the thing.  I love Ruth Ware.  This is my fifth book by her and regardless of my meh feelings on this one, she will continue to be an auto-buy for me.

Here's what I love about her books - short chapters that keep you turning the pages for a one sit read.  For this particular one, I loved the wintry setting and what can I say, I love me a locked-in mystery.  Also, I had a dog named Snoop once so.... 😉  One By One has a fairly big cast of characters and I almost imagined this a bit like Clue - but then I suppose I feel like that for most locked-in mysteries.  

What I didn't particularly care for - this was nothing new to the genre.  Fairly predictable.  While the cast was large, they were all fairly simplistic.  This isn't always a bad thing, in my opinion... however, in this case, I just wasn't utterly wowed by any of them.  Though I do appreciate it didn't get too convoluted and messy.

There's no taking away from Ware's talent.  She writes super fun thrillers and I always fly right through each and every one of them.  I'll certainly be looking forward to the next one that comes along.  I think if you like locked-in mysteries in a snowy setting that's a bit of a lighter thriller, this is a good read for you.  


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