One by One

“It is an atmosphere I haven’t felt for nearly three years. Money. Privilege. Ambition.”

Thank you to Scout Press for gifting me a copy of ONE BY ONE by Ruth Ware to read and provide my honest review.

“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?”

Let me begin by saying that Ruth Ware is one of my FAVORITE authors. I have read everything she’s written and has always loved the way she crafts her stories, drawing you in and keeping you on the edge of your seat. I will always read her books and I am already counting down the minutes until her next book is released.

With this being said, ONE BY ONE fell flat for me. You seriously have no idea how painful this is for me to write but I am going to be honest. There was just too much in this storyline — too many characters, unnecessary tech discussion, and the “snoop” information at the beginning of each chapter were almost unnecessary. I also rarely negatively say this but I guessed the ending of this book from page 30 but wasn’t blown away by the route that Ware got the reader to that discovery.

I do appreciate that Ruth Ware provided some character background of those who would be present at the chalet but, there were other characters introduced besides the original seven and it made the story difficult to follow.

Now, please know that I did not love this book but I want you to read it. Every book is different for every reader. The pieces of this story that I didn’t love, someone else might think was brilliant. So, I encourage you to add this to your reading list and check it out when ONE BY ONE is released on September 8, 2020.

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