Book review: One by One by Ruth Ware⁠


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?


After I read Ware’s debut novel, I had avoided all of her other books thinking that I wouldn’t enjoy them, but I’m glad I picked this one up (as a buddy read!) as I ended up really enjoying it.⁠

Initially, I was overwhelmed by the number of characters we were introduced to in a short space of time, and even sometimes throughout the book I had to take a moment to remember who was who. Despite this, I didn’t think it distracted too much from the story. Many of the characters were only used to be red herrings, so you didn’t need to remember them all too precisely to follow along with the mystery.⁠

This was a classic whodunit mystery, but the identity of the ‘who’ was pretty simple to work out. I found myself more intrigued trying to work out the motive, which once discovered, felt like a satisfying explanation, rather than something grossly over the top like we get in so many other thrillers.⁠

At times I did feel like this book over-explained itself, and due to knowing next to nothing about skiing, the skiing references were beyond me. That being said, I did enjoy the simple writing style of this one. It was one of those books where I could turn off my brain while reading as it was easy to read.⁠

This was definitely a silly thriller, based high in the isolated snowy mountains with a group of unbearable millennial entrepreneurs, it was easy to see what kind of a book we were getting ourselves into, but I didn’t find it too overly ridiculous. Rather it was a good bit of fun to lose myself in for an hour at a time.⁠

Overall, I’m glad I read this one. It certainly proves you can’t judge an author based on just one of their books.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book Details:

Pages: 384
Edition Published:
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Goodreads Av. Rating: 3.73

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