Arc Review: One By One By Ruth Ware

One By OneOne By One By Ruth Ware

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Adult, Suspense, Contemporary
Pages: 384 pages
Publication Date: September 8th 2020
Publisher: Scout Press
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: 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?

My Thoughts: I usually have such bad luck with Ruth Ware arcs. The times I have requested her book on Netgalley the publisher has declined me. So you can imagine how surprised I was when I won the goodreads giveaway for it! During these times this was such an exciting moment especially since I love Ruth’s books. So let’s get in to talking about the book.

When reading this a part of me felt like I maybe should have waited to read it. I had recently read a book that was the exact same story. However I ended up finding this one a lot more enjoyable.

I think the main reason I was so much more interested in this book then the other story was the tech company. The tech company Snoop has decided to take a company retreat. Snoop is an app that allows people to listen to whatever you’re listening to in that exact moment. (It’s a bit creepy but also sounds really cool) You can tell there is some serious tension going on between this group. You’re not sure exactly about what. It really builds up the story and leaves you very invested. What exactly is going on with this company?

Also Ruth Ware does a great job with the atmosphere. It takes place in this mountain chalet where nobody is around besides the tech company and the two people that work at the chalet. Everything else around is a bit of a trek and have different ways of getting to it which isn’t easy considering the weather. The weather places a huge part in the story. What can you do when an avalanche hits and the people who are in the chalet start dying? It’s a terrifying situation. After reading this story I the last place I wanted to go was a ski resort. I was that freaked out.

I do have to admit I did find things a bit predictable. It found it not to hard to figure out who was behind the murders. Even though that’s the case I was still fully invested in the story. I was rushing to turn the page. I needed to know what was going to happen next. Ruth does a great job keeping you invested when sometimes once you find out there isn’t much left.

Overall I highly recommend this book. I mean keeping me interested when I read a book not too long before that was super similar is something I have to give props to. The tech company group kept me fully invested. I couldn’t wait to find out what was really going on between this group. Then putting a tech company in an area where you could lose interest is bound to cause mischief. Ruth Ware has really nailed the creepy atmosphere.  When done right it really adds to the story. You can tell in this book she knows what she’s doing. I can’t wait for you guys to pick this up tomorrow!

*I just want to thank Goodreads and the publisher for the free copy*


Have you guys read this book early? If so did you end up enjoying it? If not are you planning to pick it up when it comes out? It was available I would love to hear from you guys in the comments below.


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