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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for One by One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Well, here we are again. I've been hit or miss with Ruth Ware's novels since she broke onto the scene, and while I wasn't a huge fan of her first 3 books, I really connected well with The Death of Mrs. Westaway and The Turn of the Key. Finding out that Ms. Ware has a true calling in telling stories of modern gothic suspense, I assumed she would stay this route, at least for awhile, but it seems she's come full circle back around to her roots. I have no desire to be mean or personally attack the Well, here we are again. I've been hit or miss with Ruth Ware's novels since she broke onto the scene, and while I wasn't a huge fan of her first 3 books, I really connected well with The Death of Mrs. Westaway and The Turn of the Key. Finding out that Ms. Ware has a true calling in telling stories of modern gothic suspense, I assumed she would stay this route, at least for awhile, but it seems she's come full circle back around to her roots. I have no desire to be mean or personally attack the author, so I'll keep this brief: One by One reads like a debut locked room thriller with a large cast where I am expected to care about a made up social media app where followers can anonymously creep on what music their favorite celebrities are listening to. 👀👀👀 Unfortunately, I felt that the murderer was blatantly obvious from the moment that they were introduced, which is a real shame, and I didn't really find myself caring about any of the characters, as we don't really get a chance to know any of them relatively well along the way and we are constantly fed information like how many followers they have. At this point, I would gladly read another gothic mystery from the author, but I think this is where I part ways with the author's stories beyond that scope. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Bored to Tears! One by One is a thriller/mystery about a corporate staff retreat at a ski chalet that goes horribly awry, resulting in members of the group being killed off “one by one.” A group of technology executives arrive at a French Ski Chalet, but not all make it out alive. They are fighting to decide whether or not to sell the company. Alliances are formed, and the atmosphere is rife with tension. When a natural disaster occurs, the group must fight to survive, but there’s a murderer among Bored to Tears! One by One is a thriller/mystery about a corporate staff retreat at a ski chalet that goes horribly awry, resulting in members of the group being killed off “one by one.” A group of technology executives arrive at a French Ski Chalet, but not all make it out alive. They are fighting to decide whether or not to sell the company. Alliances are formed, and the atmosphere is rife with tension. When a natural disaster occurs, the group must fight to survive, but there’s a murderer amongst them, making it difficult to do so. Warning: Harsh review ahead. I had a lot of issues with this book and was constantly questioning if Ruth Ware actually wrote it. I am going to limit my gripes to my top 5 issues. Issue #1: The number of characters and lack of development. There are too many characters to keep track of, none of whom I really cared enough about to pay much attention. Some of the characters just fall off and are barely mentioned again, while others play a more prominent role. Some are only distinguished by hair color, others have no distinguishing qualities or features. Most of the characters are whiny and entitled, and I was hoping they would all die! Erin and Liz are the only two characters who were developed, but they both fell flat for me. Issue #2: The narrative. Liz and Erin are the narrators. Liz, a former Snoop employee, now holds the power as her ownership of 2 shares in the company makes her the deciding vote on whether or not to sell. Erin is the chalet hostess, who is hiding from her past. We don’t know much about either one, except for their Snoop username and number of followers (who cares)! I didn’t find either to be a compelling narrator, but they had potential. Both constantly tell what was happening versus allowing the reader to see what was happening, which took away all the possibilities for tension and creepiness to develop. Furthermore, nothing really happens. The plot is dragged out, andt even after the first major event, it continues to drag. Issue #3: The abundance of superfluous details. Pages and pages are taken up with technological details about how Snoop functions, as well as on avalanches and skiing. These details don’t add much to the plot, they just added to my boredom. Issue #4: The killer. It is way too obvious from the start who the killer is. I was hoping I was wrong and that there would be a twist, but no. I thought about DNF’ing, due to my boredom, but the possibility of a twist kept me going. I was sorely disappointed. Issue #5: The ending. The ski chase showdown between the killer and the protagonist had me laughing inappropriately. After the killer has been identified and taken care of, the book continues to drag on. I didn’t get the final pages. Was the introduction of Choon supposed to mean anything sinister? I get the significance, but seriously, this is how this book ends? Pointless. I have loved several of Ware’s books and had high expectations for One By One, but, sadly, this was a major disappointment. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dita

    Snoop is the app everyone is talking about! With Snoop you can "snoop" on the music that celebrities, your friends and even your crush is listening to in real time. Anonymously! So when the Snoop team visits a ski chalet in France to iron out some big decisions and they start dying one by one? Well, I was all over it! This is my favorite kind of book. As much as I loved the first half, I had two issues: 1) There were five shareholders, five company employees and two chalet employees to keep track Snoop is the app everyone is talking about! With Snoop you can "snoop" on the music that celebrities, your friends and even your crush is listening to in real time. Anonymously! So when the Snoop team visits a ski chalet in France to iron out some big decisions and they start dying one by one? Well, I was all over it! This is my favorite kind of book. As much as I loved the first half, I had two issues: 1) There were five shareholders, five company employees and two chalet employees to keep track of and they were all introduced nearly at once. I had to take a photo of the introductions on my iPhone to keep them straight at first. I never really have this problem, it was a lot of people! And 2) I felt everything pointed to the killer almost from the beginning. I was waiting for a twist or for my suspicions to be a red herring but it was exactly who it seemed it would be although the "why" was really good. Overall, this is definitely worth the minor frustrations but it's a 3.5 for me. Thank you to Ruth Ware, the publisher and Edelweiss for giving me a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Predictably lame and boring. A paint by numbers “suspense” novel that fails to offer any shock and awe. Given my history with the author’s work, not even the dud conclusion managed to evoke surprise. Ruth Ware’s work—the few books I’ve dabbled in over the years—hasn’t left me with an overly positive impression. My experiences with her work hit-or-miss, most finding a home in the latter category. Regardless, some warped sense of missing out, bred from the enthusiasm I’ve seen for her work, contin Predictably lame and boring. A paint by numbers “suspense” novel that fails to offer any shock and awe. Given my history with the author’s work, not even the dud conclusion managed to evoke surprise. Ruth Ware’s work—the few books I’ve dabbled in over the years—hasn’t left me with an overly positive impression. My experiences with her work hit-or-miss, most finding a home in the latter category. Regardless, some warped sense of missing out, bred from the enthusiasm I’ve seen for her work, continues to drag me down this tortuous rabbit hole. No more. I refuse to sacrifice any additional time on her lackluster storytelling. Ware's sixth novel brings readers to the French Alps for a stay at a mountainside chalet hosting a Snoop corporate retreat. A motley crew intent on bringing their tech startup public and relishing in the subsequent success. Their claim to fame, an app that allows users to stalk or Snoop the music others are listening to at any moment. Who cares? But, I digress. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty of the plot, because there isn’t much nit or grit to be had. I’ll also refrain from any introduction to the characters because the moment my eyes met one person in particular, I just knew. Knew this person would be responsible for the antics of the trip and for picking off fellow chalet guests *one by one*. Ware phones this one in, making for an uninspired and grating experience. Things in particular that tanked this novel for me, the: (1) obviousness of the killer’s identity from go, (2) removal of almost the entire cast around the 60% mark, (3) killer's hackneyed revelation, (4) unsatisfying ease in which things are wrapped up, and (5) incessant drivel strung across the final eight chapters, offering nothing to the storyline. Needless to say, this is not a book I enjoyed, nor one I can recommend. Ware's approach often involves taking an Agatha Christie novel and molding it into something of her own. One by One an iteration of Christie’s, And Then There Were None. If you’re looking for a high-stakes, edge-of-your-seat, lost in the snowy wilderness plot that pays homage to And Then There Were None, I highly recommend checking out Loreth Anne White’s latest novel, In the Dark. The characterization, stunning backdrop, and puzzling plot—catapulted by White’s compelling words—are sure to leave a lasting impression. *Thank you to Scout Press for the copy furnished in exchange for sharing my honest thoughts.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Because the world does not have enough social media apps, Snoop is on the scene to allow you to anonymous listen to the music that your friends, relatives, favorite celebrities, and social media influences are listening to. People can snoop in on you as well. It's a fun way to discover new music and be able to sit back and listen along with celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Beyoncé as they are listening to their favorite music. When the developers of Snoop and their staff arrive at a ski chalet i Because the world does not have enough social media apps, Snoop is on the scene to allow you to anonymous listen to the music that your friends, relatives, favorite celebrities, and social media influences are listening to. People can snoop in on you as well. It's a fun way to discover new music and be able to sit back and listen along with celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Beyoncé as they are listening to their favorite music. When the developers of Snoop and their staff arrive at a ski chalet in France, staff members, Erin and Danny think it will be business as usual. Danny is there to Cook and Erin will keep the chalet and their rooms clean and ensure that the guest has a good time. When the staff at Snoop leave to go skiing before the impending storm arrives, all seems to be as well as can be expected. There is tension amongst the shareholders, and they will be discussing their options but first, they will ski, blow off some steam, and have some fun. Soon their group of eight becomes seven when one member does not come back. Then an avalanche hits and things really begin to go downhill from there. Soon, the tensions rise as the cold sets in. Not only do they not know who they can trust, but members of their group are also dying and not from the cold. This book is told through the POV of Erin, the chalet employee, and Liz, the socially awkward minor shareholder in Snoop. Both have distinct personalities and thought processes. As the cold looms, and they wait to be rescued, suspicion and tension mounts. I found this book to be an enjoyable read in a fabulous setting. A ski chalet, an avalanche, no electricity, thus no WIFI. They are really left to their own devices while trying to determine who amongst them is a killer. What should be a cozy and relaxing work getaway becomes a nightmare. Will you guess the killer? Is anyone safe? Who has the most to gain from the murders? Who has the most to lose? This felt like a classic whodunit with a very apt title of One by One as the guests are dying one by one. Some may guess the killer; some may be surprised. Either way, I found this one to be a fun whodunit in a great location. I love it when there is no escape and no way of calling for help. Where do you hide? How do you stay safe? Heck, how do you stay warm? If the elements don't get you, the killer certainly might! Another enjoyable book by Ware. Some things I found a little unrealistic, such as having only two staff members on duty at a prestigious ski chalet. Erin is twenty-two, and although she does come off as very mature, it seemed unlikely that she would be put in charge of such a high-end place. But those are minor things that I was willing to overlooks and sit back and enjoy. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    marilyn

    Publication: September 8th 2020 One By One, by Ruth Ware, dumps twelve characters on you pretty quickly, so you need a cheat sheet or a sharp mind to keep track of the characters. I started the book when I was hungry and tired and had to quit reading to eat a meal and take a nap, before I could keep the characters straight. But once I got them into my head, I kept a firm grip on who was who.  Erin and Danny are the staff at a fancy, mountain chalet and this week they are hosting co-workers and one Publication: September 8th 2020 One By One, by Ruth Ware, dumps twelve characters on you pretty quickly, so you need a cheat sheet or a sharp mind to keep track of the characters. I started the book when I was hungry and tired and had to quit reading to eat a meal and take a nap, before I could keep the characters straight. But once I got them into my head, I kept a firm grip on who was who.  Erin and Danny are the staff at a fancy, mountain chalet and this week they are hosting co-workers and one ex co-worker, of a very successful new music-related app called Snoop. Four of the Snoop employees and the ex Snoop employee are the shareholders in the company and there is going to be a vote to decide whether to sell the company...shareholders are deeply divided on the issue and it's going to be up to Liz, the minority shareholder, ex co-worker, to break the impasse. Before there can be a vote, people are murdered or disappear and this all is intertwined with a massive avalanche, stranding the entire group, knowing that there is a murderer in their midst. The story is told from the perspectives of Erin, a member of the chalet staff, and Liz, the co-worker/shareholder, that left Snoop under mysterious circumstances.  The story seems to move along quickly in some ways but slowly in others. There is a lot of reflection on Erin's part, as she tries to understand the dynamics of the guests and how frumpy Liz even fits in with the rest of the company employees. There is some action but then there is sitting around, as people wonder if they are ever going to be rescued. At some point we know "who done it" and have to see if they are going to do it again.  Thank you to Gallery Books/Scout Press and NetGallery for this ARC.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Ruth Ware's latest offering is a terrific, light and entertaining thrill of a ride, a great opportunity to lose yourself for a few hours with a cuppa and forget the troubles of the world. Set in the perfect atmospheric remote and isolated location of beautiful snowy mountains, we have a locked room mystery with a number of classic golden age of crime tropes, as an avalanche leaves a diverse set of characters without power and cut off from the outside world whilst a terrifying killer begins to mu Ruth Ware's latest offering is a terrific, light and entertaining thrill of a ride, a great opportunity to lose yourself for a few hours with a cuppa and forget the troubles of the world. Set in the perfect atmospheric remote and isolated location of beautiful snowy mountains, we have a locked room mystery with a number of classic golden age of crime tropes, as an avalanche leaves a diverse set of characters without power and cut off from the outside world whilst a terrifying killer begins to murder them. Ware gives us a modern twisted version of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. A tech corporate retreat is organised at a chalet in a exclusive ski resort, Snoop, an App that allows a person to see what music others are listening to, the guests need to decide its future amidst conflict over a buyout. The narrative is related primarily from the perspective of the outsider, Erin, an observant chalet girl there to clean and facilitate the visitors as a guide and instructor, and the socially awkward, key minority investor, Liz. In a tense and suspenseful story, Eva disappears, turning up dead, and each of the guests look at each other with suspicion and distrust as, one by one, they are being killed by a murderer within their group, whilst being trapped in the chalet by an avalanche. Whilst much of the characterisation is on the sketchy side, this is a wonderfully engaging read as the pace quickens considerably during the last third of the book. Recommended for those who love the classic golden age of crime and Agatha Christie in particular. Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Wilson

    BOOM SHAKALAKA! …. said Ruth Ware when she finished writing this book! OH HELL YES!! …. said myself and so will you after reading this book! A fancy chalet atop a French mountain rented by a company for an employee retreat. Things are moving along when the group heads out to ski. Until not everyone returns to the chalet, one of their party is missing. As if that isn’t stressful enough, how about adding in an avalanche that cuts off all communication and seals you inside the chalet. Want more? How BOOM SHAKALAKA! …. said Ruth Ware when she finished writing this book! OH HELL YES!! …. said myself and so will you after reading this book! A fancy chalet atop a French mountain rented by a company for an employee retreat. Things are moving along when the group heads out to ski. Until not everyone returns to the chalet, one of their party is missing. As if that isn’t stressful enough, how about adding in an avalanche that cuts off all communication and seals you inside the chalet. Want more? How about finding one of the employees dead in their room. Was this person killed? If so, who killed this person? Why? Is there a killer amongst them? A whodunnit mystery turned thriller near the end!! This was my first time reading Ruth Ware. She definitely made a new fan out of me with this one. I was blown away. This was absolutely so much fun to read, satisfyingly intense and I did not want it to end. I have always loved the stories where each character is slowly picked off until the big reveal at the end. However, I must admit that I generally find the ending to be disappointing compared to the rest of the book. This was simply not the case in “One by One”. I loved every part, including the ending. Ware's story telling skills really shined for me in this novel. I cannot wait to pick up another book by this author. Well done! *Thank you to Simon & Schuster via Edelweiss+ for the digital review copy!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY*** I am a fan of Ms. Ware’s writing and I was highly anticipating this novel. What I have truly realized with this book is that Ms. Ware always has “something” that will turn a novel around and make you second guess where you think the plot is going, Most of the book points to a killer that is trying to make a profit through the outcome of the company, but is that really what is motivating this killer? Think about this you will thank me! Truthfully the beginning of this bo ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY*** I am a fan of Ms. Ware’s writing and I was highly anticipating this novel. What I have truly realized with this book is that Ms. Ware always has “something” that will turn a novel around and make you second guess where you think the plot is going, Most of the book points to a killer that is trying to make a profit through the outcome of the company, but is that really what is motivating this killer? Think about this you will thank me! Truthfully the beginning of this book drove me crazy! This was a buddy read and my friends can tell you I wasn’t happy about the GIANT cast of characters that we have to keep track of. I really had to take notes on each. I think this is the weakest part of the book. The co-workers and stockholders are together to enjoy some time off, but also to address the issue of whether they should allow a buy out of the company. There has been a decline in subscribers to the app and money is running out. Eva and Topher are the two major stockholders but there is an ex-employee, Liz, who has a 2% share. We aren’t sure whose vote she will follow, Eva or Topher, because they divided into two camps right off the bat. The explanation of what the company SNOOP really was and did was a little hard to follow. Each chapter began stating who the character was, their Snoop ID, what they were Listening To, the #of snoopers and the # of Snoopscribers. WHAT YOU SAY!!! It took a while for that info to sink in. I can tell you this, don’t worry too much about the explanation of the company, it isn’t really important which surprised me. I thought there would be SNOOP interaction but the WI FI at the chalet is down because of incoming storms. Dang, that would have been interesting. At the chalet we meet Erin, the “do it all” coordinator for this event and Danny, an incredibly talented chef. These two are the most interesting members of the cast of characters for me. They were also probably the most well developed. After the first morning of skiing there is a person missing. This immediately begins to get the book going as to what happened. Was it an accident, are there witnesses as to where they last saw this person? We really only get to know and ultimately understand the narrators, Erin and Liz. Their characters are more described, in their personal and professional lives. I enjoyed both narrators equally. The last third of the novel is the strongest and this is what turned this from a 3* to a 4* book for me! We have an avalanche, a storm continuing and more people turn up dead. Some people decide they have to go for help, still others are missing and someone has to stay at the chalet in case help finally comes. This part of the book was the most fun and felt like a quick ride with a satisfying if somewhat unbelievable ending. A strong point of this book is the location and the descriptions of the chalet, the mountains, the coziness of the fire. I’m not a skier but can still relate to the beautiful setting. I do admit that this was somewhat disappointing read for me. The premise of the novel, people stuck together in a house, mansion, chalet, cottage, whatever, has been done too many times. By the title and the blurb it’s pretty obvious that people will be dying ‘One by One”. I did enjoy the book and will look forward to Ms. Ware’s next novel. I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    This was so bad and I was bored to tears reading this book and the ending was incredibly cheesy and I predicted the killer from the first page. Hear my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/KYqDMJa1Thk This was so bad and I was bored to tears reading this book and the ending was incredibly cheesy and I predicted the killer from the first page. Hear my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/KYqDMJa1Thk

  11. 4 out of 5

    ELLIAS (elliasreads)

    WELL, WELL, WELL..... .......f u c k. (Read for The Literally Dead Book Club Pick for the month of October. Tune in for the liveshow for our thoughts— date TBD). Rating TBA :) WELL, WELL, WELL..... .......f u c k. (Read for The Literally Dead Book Club Pick for the month of October. Tune in for the liveshow for our thoughts— date TBD). Rating TBA :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    4 stars! The perfect atmospheric and suspenseful read to escape into! An isolated ski lodge. A corporate retreat. A devastating and destructive avalanche. A missing person. Secretive and suspicious characters. Thick underlying tension. Hidden secrets and motives. All of these aspects combine to create an easy, engrossing and entertaining story that had me guessing from start to finish. I really enjoyed the enveloping atmosphere throughout this novel. I truly felt alone and isolated in the snowy mo 4 stars! The perfect atmospheric and suspenseful read to escape into! An isolated ski lodge. A corporate retreat. A devastating and destructive avalanche. A missing person. Secretive and suspicious characters. Thick underlying tension. Hidden secrets and motives. All of these aspects combine to create an easy, engrossing and entertaining story that had me guessing from start to finish. I really enjoyed the enveloping atmosphere throughout this novel. I truly felt alone and isolated in the snowy mountainside along with these characters. The mystery and suspense was consistent and engaging throughout. I questioned every characters’ intention at one point or another. I enjoyed the dual perspectives — a ski lodge employee and one of the guests staying at the lodge. They were intriguing characters that provided perfect insight into all sides of the story. I really enjoyed the short chapters and the way the perspectives flowed, however, there was some overlap that felt repetitive and slightly dragged the story out. In the beginning, I did find myself confused with keeping up with “who was who”. I would have liked more substance with the supporting characters near the start. My confusion subsided as the story progressed and I was able to decipher between the multiple secondary characters. Overall, this was the perfect book to escape into without having to “think” too much. A pure entertainment read full of atmosphere, mystery and tension.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    3.5 rounded up! Snoop is a break-out, tech start up on the verge of an IPO (initial public offering) or a buy out..depending on which founding Shareholder you ask. A music APP that let’s you “snoop” on your favorite celebrities by listening to the same music that they are listening to, at the same time-“like sharing ear buds-one for you and one for me”... You choose who to “snoop on” and other subscribers can choose to “snoop” on you.. FIVE SHAREHOLDERS and FIVE EMPLOYEES from SNOOP are traveling 3.5 rounded up! Snoop is a break-out, tech start up on the verge of an IPO (initial public offering) or a buy out..depending on which founding Shareholder you ask. A music APP that let’s you “snoop” on your favorite celebrities by listening to the same music that they are listening to, at the same time-“like sharing ear buds-one for you and one for me”... You choose who to “snoop on” and other subscribers can choose to “snoop” on you.. FIVE SHAREHOLDERS and FIVE EMPLOYEES from SNOOP are traveling to a ski chalet in the FRENCH ALPs, to discuss the future of the company. Topher and his best friend, Elliott (2 of the Shareholders) want to go public. Eva (Topher’s ex girlfriend) and Rik, (2 of the other Shareholders) want the buy-out. The wild card is Liz-the fifth Shareholder. She will cast the deciding vote. But which two, will she be siding with? Told from the alternating perspectives of Erin, the chalet hostess and Liz, the wild card Shareholder, the story unfolds as guests are eliminated ONE BY ONE. With twelve characters, I found the cast, their role in SNOOP, and which side they aligned with to be mind boggling in the beginning. I though I needed to make a chart-but really, you only need to remember who the shareholders are. I rarely have a problem remembering large casts of characters but, in this case, only the two protagonists, were well developed, so I HAD to distinguish the others by their role in SNOOP. Would it be important to understand the hierarchy within the company, and who each employee aligned with? Not really, but I couldn’t know that starting out. Also, each chapter started with the # of Snoopers and Snoopscribers the narrator had. Should I be paying attention to that? A lot to work out. Too much. As most of it did not matter when all was said and done. 🤦🏻‍♀️ By the 50% point, there seemed to be only one possible “killer”! Perhaps it was meant to be more of a “WHYdunnit-than a WHOdunnit..? Or, perhaps, I just missed my calling? 🕵️‍♀️😊 But then again, I did NOT correctly guess all of the VICTIMS-so maybe not!! Turn of the Key, remains my favorite by Ruth Ware. But, I enjoyed playing detective in this one. Thank You to Scout Press for the digital ARC received though Edelweiss in exchange for a candid review! NOW AVAILABLE!

  14. 4 out of 5

    ♡ oscar ♡

    "Our guests are disappearing one by one, like some bad horror movie." Eight coworkers of a tech company named Snoop and two staff members are now trapped due to an avalanche in a chalet high up in this snowy mountain. Electricity has been cut off. No signal for their phones to call for help. Food is running out. Everyone is close in losing their minds in this holiday gone wrong scenario. What's the worst thing that could happen next? Two things. Dead bodies and a killer in their midst. One by "Our guests are disappearing one by one, like some bad horror movie." Eight coworkers of a tech company named Snoop and two staff members are now trapped due to an avalanche in a chalet high up in this snowy mountain. Electricity has been cut off. No signal for their phones to call for help. Food is running out. Everyone is close in losing their minds in this holiday gone wrong scenario. What's the worst thing that could happen next? Two things. Dead bodies and a killer in their midst. One by One is told in two perspectives. One in Erin, the chalet girl with her buddy Danny. Another is from Liz, one of the coworkers from Snoop. As readers, we get to see what is happening between the two groups. Apparently, the colleagues are not here purely on vacation and Liz is caught in the middle. After reading Turn of the Key last year, I realize that Ruth Ware is one of those authors I will look out for every year. Her books are just waaaaay too atmospheric. Based on the two books I have read, her stories are not these full blown horror but at the same time the chilling effect is there. Originality is not the strongest attribute of this novel. Reading the blurb you could probably know how some or not most things would happen. Thankfully I don't really mind book tropes as long it was written well. I got invested in this the moment I finally get to know these bunch of characters. I could just feel the panic and tension. What a great time! I don't know for the others but personally I enjoyed these characters. I didn't like them but I have to give it to them for being not bland. Normally these are the type of people I wouldn't really mingle in real life but reading them here, with their own agendas, was surely entertaining as hell. The thing I didn't like would be the 'plot twist'. Like, everyone is expecting that right? Funny thing was that I stayed up until 4 am earlier because I told myself I'm not sleeping until I get to know the killer's identity. Then I read that. I really wished it was different though. It felt like the story went downhill for me from that point. Overall, I had a good time reading this as a whole. Lock room/who-done-it mysteries are becoming a thing to me. I was a little bit unsure or iffy with regards to that ending but I'll take it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Elimination The concept of One by One is really appealing in an Agatha Christie way, where a remote location gets cut-off from the outside world and one by one the stranded characters are murdered, with the killer being one of them. Erin and Danny operate a ski chalet in France and are hosting a company retreat for Snoop, a social media company that enables subscribers to tune into each other’s music playlists in real-time. With celebrity users, fans can listen to exactly what their favourite pers Elimination The concept of One by One is really appealing in an Agatha Christie way, where a remote location gets cut-off from the outside world and one by one the stranded characters are murdered, with the killer being one of them. Erin and Danny operate a ski chalet in France and are hosting a company retreat for Snoop, a social media company that enables subscribers to tune into each other’s music playlists in real-time. With celebrity users, fans can listen to exactly what their favourite person is listening to – a bit like two people sharing earphones by putting an earpiece in each other’s ear. Topher and Eva are the two major shareholders in the company and control equal equity positions except for a minority shareholder, Liz. Liz is socially awkward, not quite fitting in with the rest of the company which is made difficult as she is not an employee. With a company buyout offer on the table and Topher and Eva entrenched into opposite positions, Liz has the deciding vote to take the sale deal or not and has reason to support both Topher and Eva. When an avalanche cuts contact and access to the outside world, the isolated group mysteriously start dying and we have a traditional whodunit on our hands. The narrative is delivered from the voices of Erin and Liz, probably the two most interesting characters and yet they still left me in consternation at times. The ingredients are there for an engrossing murder mystery, the setting in a snow-covered landscape with the biting cold playing its part, and the backdrop and motive with a company and its shareholders making a life-changing decision on how their futures will be secured. Even guessing the killer early is not off-putting as the puzzle maintains red herrings and multiple choices. Having read several books from Ruth Ware there are common issues that repeat – the secondary characters lack development and there are always noticeable plot holes. This novel is no exception and a story that promises so much doesn't quite deliver. Ruth Ware has an unfortunate capacity of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Ruth Ware fans will enjoy this one and I would rate it 3.5 stars. I would like to thank Gallery Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC in return for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sumit RK

    One of my favorite murder mystery subgenres is the ‘locked room mystery’. Featuring a cast of creepy characters, locked away from the outside world, while a serial killer hunting them, one by one. The thrill of seeking the killer hiding in plain sight is simply unparalleled. Agatha Christie has done it before and with One by One, Ruth Ware has tried to give us a modern version of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Set in a perfect atmospheric & isolated location in the beautiful snowy mo One of my favorite murder mystery subgenres is the ‘locked room mystery’. Featuring a cast of creepy characters, locked away from the outside world, while a serial killer hunting them, one by one. The thrill of seeking the killer hiding in plain sight is simply unparalleled. Agatha Christie has done it before and with One by One, Ruth Ware has tried to give us a modern version of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Set in a perfect atmospheric & isolated location in the beautiful snowy mountains, a tech startup has organized a weeklong trip for their team. What starts out as a corporate retreat takes a disastrous turn when an avalanche leaves the group isolated from the outside world. As hours start passing without any sign of rescue, panic mounts as the group members start getting killed off in a mysterious fashion. The basic premise of the locked room mystery has been done many times before but what makes the book immensely readable is Ware's ability to build a creepy atmosphere with some excellent storytelling skills. The book can be roughly divided into 3 parts, the first 25% which I found slow due to the vast no of characters. The story picks up from there and is totally intense till the climax. We have an avalanche and a killer killing randomly. This part of the book was the most fun with many suspects and clues. The last 25% of the novel played out like a thriller and was equally strong for me. The best things about the book were the excellent storytelling which kept the readers hooked at all times. Having said that I had some issues with the book. Firstly, a large number of characters. The book begins by introducing a vast no of characters that we have to keep track of. Among the dozen, so characters, there are hardly memorable ones, barring a couple and I had to keep going back to the first chapter that introduces the characters, just to remind myself of who is who exactly. The story revolves around ‘Snoop’ a music streaming software and the book goes into great detail explaining how Snoop works. Having done that, Snoop hardly adds anything to the plot. In fact, even a basic GPS tracker would have been enough to move the story ahead, without too much diverting the plot. The book continues to drag on after the ending, tying all ends when it doesn’t really matter. I felt the killer's revelation was a bit obvious and the ending felt a bit abrupt. Overall, One by One latest is an exciting and entertaining thriller. Despite its flaws, I still thought One by One was immensely readable. It starts slowly but once it gets going, you will enjoy the story immensely. It could have much simpler and more focused on the mystery but Ware's writing still makes it a really good read. 4.0 out of 5 stars Many thanks to the publishers Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss for the ARC.  

  17. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Meg's Ruth Ware Ratings: 1. The Turn of the Key: 5-stars 2. The Lying Game: 4.5-stars 3. One by One: 4-stars 4. The Death of Mrs. Westaway: 4-stars 5. In a Dark, Dark Wood: 3.5-stars 6. The Woman in Cabin 10: 3-stars Regardless of ratings, let's get real, I will read ABSOLUTELY anything Ruth Ware writes. Ever. Period. End of statement. She's solidly on my Autobuy Author list. Full review to come...stay tuned!!! Original: From synopsis: A luxury mountaintop chalet. The opportunity of a lifetime. Until guests s Meg's Ruth Ware Ratings: 1. The Turn of the Key: 5-stars 2. The Lying Game: 4.5-stars 3. One by One: 4-stars 4. The Death of Mrs. Westaway: 4-stars 5. In a Dark, Dark Wood: 3.5-stars 6. The Woman in Cabin 10: 3-stars Regardless of ratings, let's get real, I will read ABSOLUTELY anything Ruth Ware writes. Ever. Period. End of statement. She's solidly on my Autobuy Author list. Full review to come...stay tuned!!! Original: From synopsis: A luxury mountaintop chalet. The opportunity of a lifetime. Until guests start to disappear… And just like that, I have a new most anticipated release of 2020!!! Doesn't this sound incredible!?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Ten guests arrive at Chalet Perce-Neige in France for a combined skiing and work break. The chalet is off the beaten track and access is principally by funicular. All ten guests are connected to Snoop music app in some way which allows you to snoop and listen to what other people are listening too at that moment. The guests are looked after for the duration by Erin who is the host and Danny, the chef. The story is told in alternating perspectives by Erin and Liz who used to be PA at Snoop and no Ten guests arrive at Chalet Perce-Neige in France for a combined skiing and work break. The chalet is off the beaten track and access is principally by funicular. All ten guests are connected to Snoop music app in some way which allows you to snoop and listen to what other people are listening too at that moment. The guests are looked after for the duration by Erin who is the host and Danny, the chef. The story is told in alternating perspectives by Erin and Liz who used to be PA at Snoop and now owns some shares. I really like the snowy chalet setting in the French Alps as it provides a winter wonderland atmosphere to some chilly exchanges between the characters. Initially, Erin’s views of the guests is the most interesting as her perceptive observations give an insight into strained relations and divisions among the Snoop group and at this stage there is plenty of tension. There is a lot of clique intrigue too and a puzzle as to why dowdy Liz is there. Once things start to go ‘wrong’ it has the feel of an Agatha Christie novel although sadly not one of the queen of crimes best. The problems in the book in my opinion, lie in the fact that there are SO many characters. The author has to keep repeating who is who especially via Erin so the reader can follow events and work them all out. Due to the over abundance of characters some of them feel like stereotypes or somewhat wooden as we don’t get sufficient sense of them. Most of them are not especially likeable in particular Topher and Eva, the CEO’s. The pace is uneven, it starts really well and then it slows down which is the pattern of the book. The early tension and feeling of suspense is lost as the characters ‘vanish’ and it just feels underwhelming rather than shock horror. I also have doubts about the ‘real time’ narrative which doesn’t work too well when there’s a murderer on the loose. Overall, it’s a piece of escapism and a quick read but it’s just missing that essential something, if the early pace had continued this would have been a five star read. However, I have no doubt this will be a best seller and many people will love it. With thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK, Vintage Publishing, Harvill Secker for the ARC.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    Lock Room Mysteries are one of my favourite types of stories for an entertaining read. I love the intense, isolating and claustrophobic feel of them. Ruth Ware knows how to bring one by creating one tense setting here after an avalanche at a ski lodge in the French Alps snows in the characters. Erin and Danny host employees of a social media company (sounds like a nightmare already, right) who are there to promote "mindfulness and collaboration," but they might have other motivations to being th Lock Room Mysteries are one of my favourite types of stories for an entertaining read. I love the intense, isolating and claustrophobic feel of them. Ruth Ware knows how to bring one by creating one tense setting here after an avalanche at a ski lodge in the French Alps snows in the characters. Erin and Danny host employees of a social media company (sounds like a nightmare already, right) who are there to promote "mindfulness and collaboration," but they might have other motivations to being there. While Ruth Ware does a great job creating that tense setting I love, there were a couple of things that nagged at me. Like how are there, only two staff members snowed in with them? I am not a skier, but I think it takes a few employees to run ski hill. Did I miss something? Anyways I guess that is a small nagging point. The other was the characters. There were many characters to keep track of, and none really had anything interesting to them to stand out. While I don't find anything interesting about social media, I do with tech startups. A team of tech startups should lead to some diverse, interesting characters. Nothing was exciting here with these characters, just shallow, unlikable characters. There wasn't enough tension and suspense created with the characters and I didn't feel any sense of danger from them even though they were being killed one by one. It was all about the setting here for me and the tension with the danger the weather put them under and their escape from it. I enjoyed the showdown even though it was a bit unrealistic. Overall this was an enjoyable, fun and entertaining read for me. I received a copy from the publisher one NetGalley

  20. 5 out of 5

    karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!! this is my third ruth ware novel and, enjoyment-wise, it's riiiiight in the middle. i read In a Dark, Dark Wood way back when i was a reader for bn's discover program, and i disliked it, and then i didn't read her again until i (very favorably) reviewed The Turn of the Key for l.a. review of books. early reviews of this book were not encouraging, and while it didn’t blow my mind, i really don't ask for much these days—if a book can hold my attention and keep my mind off whatever f NOW AVAILABLE!! this is my third ruth ware novel and, enjoyment-wise, it's riiiiight in the middle. i read In a Dark, Dark Wood way back when i was a reader for bn's discover program, and i disliked it, and then i didn't read her again until i (very favorably) reviewed The Turn of the Key for l.a. review of books. early reviews of this book were not encouraging, and while it didn’t blow my mind, i really don't ask for much these days—if a book can hold my attention and keep my mind off whatever fresh hell is making the news or infecting my commute, i am grateful and thank it for its service. the setup is classic locked room mystery: twelve people with secrets and loyalties and varying degrees of unpleasantness, trapped by avalanche in an isolated ski chalet in the french alps, in a situation where, potentially, there's a great deal of money at stake, and then murrrrrderrrrrrrr! and then murrrrrderrrrrrrr again! and again. and—well, you've read the book's title, so there you have it. is the whodunnit too obvious? i dunno—mysteries are tricksy beasts; sometimes a character will look soooo suspicious, all neon arrows pointed their way, and then BUT WAIT happens and those arrows were all red herrings designed to throw you off-course. and then other times the neon arrows are meant to make you, a savvy mystery fan, THINK they're disingenuous red herrings when in fact they were legit warnings all along. and still other times you're told right from the start who did what to whom in the where with the what, so at the end of the day, there's more to the genre than its reveal, and even if you've correctly guessed the killer, you might not suspect the how or who of the victim list, nor the fate of the murderer themselves. i enjoyed the atmosphere and the sheer page-turnery thrust of it—the short chapters and alternating voice made it very bingeable, which is a quality i appreciate very much these days. i do have a gripe with the way the book ends, and it's the same gripe i had with how The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is shaped; where the murdery mystery part resolves but then there's a million pages wrapping up the financial mystery that no one even remembered was a thing. this one's action sequence ends, and instead of an epilogue where, typically, there'd be some sort of brief desultory wrap-up, instead there's another thirty pages to go, so you’re braced for some kind of twist, but nope. just some character work no one asked for in a book whose large cast of folks we knew from the start were mostly gonna die meant that we hadn't invested much in them as individuals—they were stock characters intended to be fodder. and there's nothing wrong with that, there's no judgment here; the function of characters in this kind of mystery are different then in other kinds of genres or even other kinds of mysteries; the readers' expectations are less tied to the characters' hopes and dreams and more to how they're gonna croak. so my note would be "know thy genre"—no one’s ever looking for emotional resolution or the facing of personal demons for a survivor of an agatha christie style locked room multi-corpse mystery. agatha christie was a fantastic mystery writer but she didn’t spend a lot of time fleshing out the backstories of her partygoer-victims. she gave 'em basic attributes and 2-3 details designed to to provoke or or misdirect suspicion; they were very broadly drawn representatives of class or gender, and that was enough. no one needed closure on what lady fancyaccent did after returning from that unfortunate countryside weekend with all the corpses and the deplorable claret. here, we get that, and it adds nothing to the experience; a coda that just kind of flops around and dulls the thrill of the whole WHO WILL SURVIVE journey. so, not a game-changer, but a perfectly enjoyable diversion from all the real-world chaos, so tack a .5 onto these three stars. ***************************************** awww, the "publishing plan" on my ARC copy makes me sad with all its pre-covid optimism: the 10-city book tour, san diego comic con, targeted outreach to ski lodges, and most alarmingly: the multi-touch email campaign. come to my blog!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I hear your booing! I can see your sulking faces and your rising arms holding rotten eggs aiming at my face! Well, you busted me! I’m writing a real unpopular review right now! I’m not sorry for sitting on my throne at the minority land of ultra annoying tough graders’ palace. I’m just sorry for my tears I shed when my arc request got rejected by the publishing company. I should have seen as a sign. It tells me stop spending your money for your grandiose appetite for books and trim your tbr whic I hear your booing! I can see your sulking faces and your rising arms holding rotten eggs aiming at my face! Well, you busted me! I’m writing a real unpopular review right now! I’m not sorry for sitting on my throne at the minority land of ultra annoying tough graders’ palace. I’m just sorry for my tears I shed when my arc request got rejected by the publishing company. I should have seen as a sign. It tells me stop spending your money for your grandiose appetite for books and trim your tbr which is more terrifying than my morning face before coffee, make-up! Well, I should have listened my logical side which is screaming at my left ear to pull myself together as I whistle and pretend not to hear her. But we’re talking about a novel written by Ruth Ware , one of the talented thriller authors’ work. Of course I had to read it even though I wanted to take back the time I got the book into my hands. Let’s take a look at the plot: Corporate staff retreat for making a crucial decision about the company’s fate at French Ski Chalet couldn’t go so wrong! A natural disaster occurs and in the meantime a killer inside the group start to kill the staff ONE BY ONE! So this high tension, gripping, surprising premise may satisfy any die hard thriller fans! So why it didn’t work with me? Here are the reasons listed below: 1)Oh no, what kind application you’re talking about: SNOOP seems like the least interesting, nonsense application idea: why I wonder what kind of music celebrities listen! Do they wonder what I listen? Hell, no! So tech executives of the firm don’t need to decide between selling the business or resuming it. Just sell and invent something creative guys! You don’t have to go that bloody French Chalet to make a decision. Look what happened to you! Shame! 2- Sorry, the character development you’re calling cannot be reached at this moment.Please leave your curses after the beep: Five shareholders, five company employees and two chalet employees are introduced as main characters but I feel like I’m memento man during the chapters they’ve been described. Oh, no! I’m not suffering from short term memory loss, they were not probably described or developed. So their memories started diminishing in my head. Only Erin and Liz were semi developed characters who were the narrators of the book. Liz is ex Snoop employee who is in the crucial position to decide the destiny of the firm with her vote and Erin is chalet hostess is hiding a big secret. But the other characters don’t have any catchy background story or any differentiated physical qualities. They are already unlucky vanishing ghosts of the story. 3- So many technical mumbo jumbo fried my last brain cells standing: Technical blah blahs about app took more place than the character development part of the book. 4- The killer of the book waves us to see him/ her, wearing a t-shirt emblazoned those words: “ I have a great body, it’s in my trunk”: The killer was carrying out a neon sign on his/ her head, screaming at our faces: “ I’m the psycho killer, qu’est-ce que c’est,fa fa fa fa fa far better,run run run run run run away, ohhhh!” Sorry guys even my husband didn’t read the book find who the killer was! For several times I expected to secret note in the middle of my book telling me the author was teasing us and she didn’t write this but she published it to test us how loyal fans we were. But I couldn’t find that note! Bullocks! You can get angry with me! You can boo me! You can ignore my opinions. You can think that’s so unfair of me. That’s okay! And I’m so happy at least so many readers enjoyed their reading. But I was truly expecting more and I got disappointed about this book. I wished I could like it just a little bit but unfortunately this is absolutely not my cup of Jameson!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joey R.

    3.0 stars —- I decided to read Ruth Ware’s “One by One” after I was so pleasantly surprised by her last novel “The Turn of the Key”. I wasn’t sure what the plot of the story was, but I immediately noticed how similar the novel’s premise was to one of my favorite Shari Lapena’s novel, “An Unwanted Guest.” Unfortunately, Ware’s book pales in comparison to the far superior Lapena novel. In my opinion “One by One” started off incredibly slow because of the fact that the book has the unenviable task 3.0 stars —- I decided to read Ruth Ware’s “One by One” after I was so pleasantly surprised by her last novel “The Turn of the Key”. I wasn’t sure what the plot of the story was, but I immediately noticed how similar the novel’s premise was to one of my favorite Shari Lapena’s novel, “An Unwanted Guest.” Unfortunately, Ware’s book pales in comparison to the far superior Lapena novel. In my opinion “One by One” started off incredibly slow because of the fact that the book has the unenviable task of having to introduce twelve characters that are either staying or working at a ski chalet. Ten of the occupants are there to discuss the possible sale/buyout of the company,Snoop, they either work for or own shares in. There is a lot of acrimony between the participants about whether to accept the buyout offer. When one of their party goes missing in the middle of a snowstorm and avalanche, the remainder of the group is trapped in the chalet with no power or phone service. This is when the mystery begins as Snoop members start coming up missing or dead. With so many characters, the author makes the wise decision to have only two narrators who each individually describe what is happening from her own perspective. The fact that there were so many main characters and side plots really slowed the pace of the book for the first three quarters of the novel. I also felt that one of the characters thoughts and actions described in detail in the novel weren’t consistent with what she would have really been thinking and doing at the time her actions come to light later in the book. This is a big problem that greatly affected my enjoyment of this book. The nice, very well written climax and resolution of the book saved what would have been a clunker of a book. Ware is a very talented writer, and the ability to keep all of the characters straight and the plot moving forward is amazing. But in the end there were just too many people, too much happening and a bogged down plot that kept me from rating this book any higher.

  23. 4 out of 5

    DeAnn

    *Happy pub day Ruth Ware, it's very fitting since it is going to snow soon in Denver! 3.5 Snow Chalet Stars This is my sixth book by Ruth Ware and each one is a little different. I loved the setting for this one, a secluded luxury ski chalet in the alps, accessible only by funicular. Imagine your work retreat/ski adventure there and let your imagination run wild! There’s always a lot going on behind the scenes in Ware’s books and this one is no different. The points of view are from Erin – she’s o *Happy pub day Ruth Ware, it's very fitting since it is going to snow soon in Denver! 3.5 Snow Chalet Stars This is my sixth book by Ruth Ware and each one is a little different. I loved the setting for this one, a secluded luxury ski chalet in the alps, accessible only by funicular. Imagine your work retreat/ski adventure there and let your imagination run wild! There’s always a lot going on behind the scenes in Ware’s books and this one is no different. The points of view are from Erin – she’s one of the two staff at the chalet; and Liz – she’s a former employee, invited to the retreat because she owns shares in the company. Erin has a mysterious past and Liz seems to be on the outside looking in. There’s a bit of work drama for this tech company and then most of the group heads out for a morning of skiing while a storm rages outside. Then all manner of chaos strikes -- an avalanche, missing team members, an escape down the mountain, and ultimately murder. Who will survive and why are the team members being targeted? One thing I struggled with in this one was the sheer number of characters and I found the ending, while satisfying, a bit unrealistic. Overall this was a great escape read that definitely held my interest! A hearty thank you to NetGalley, Ruth Ware, and Gallery/Scout Press for the early copy in return for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    3.5 stars Reading this book was similar to my experience with The Girl on the Train. Both books held my interest for the most part but early on I had a hunch and it turned out to be true. I don’t want to be right when it comes to story predictions. I want to be surprised! So yeah, starts off strong but limps to the finish. The author basically cuts to the chase at the beginning of the story by divulging via a news article that 4 Britons have died in a ski resort tragedy. A murder investigation is 3.5 stars Reading this book was similar to my experience with The Girl on the Train. Both books held my interest for the most part but early on I had a hunch and it turned out to be true. I don’t want to be right when it comes to story predictions. I want to be surprised! So yeah, starts off strong but limps to the finish. The author basically cuts to the chase at the beginning of the story by divulging via a news article that 4 Britons have died in a ski resort tragedy. A murder investigation is underway. So who died and how did it happen? Well, let's go back 5 days when a group of employees of the company that created the music app, Snoop, and one former employee have arrived for a week long stay at a remote French ski chalet. The story alternates between the ex-employee, Liz, and Erin, the hostess/housekeeper/person in charge of accommodating a bunch of whiny guests at the chalet. Let's face it, a murder mystery set at a location in the middle of nowhere and bad weather conditions has been done to death (ha, ha) in this genre. And yet, I'm game for it every single time. The whole Snoop concept was a bit bizarre but it actually grew on me and was yet another thing that helped contribute to the creepy vibe of the story. I've read all of Ruth Ware's novels, and this one has the most predictable ending in my opinion. That doesn't mean it is my least favorite of her books though as up until the author does the official reveal, I felt pretty invested in the story. I do think she laid everything out way too soon as my interest level completely plummeted from that point on. Things that were supposed to feel intense and climatic, came across as lackluster and I just felt completely checked out. It's a shame the story ended on a bad note, as I did enjoy most of the book. If you enjoy reading books in this genre, this one is a decent pick, but not cream of the crop.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Javier

    I’ve seen Ruth Ware described as “the Agatha Christie of our generation” and that has never been truer than in “One by one”. A beautiful mountain chalet in the Alps, a company retreat with some of your coworkers and an avalanche hitting, getting you snowed in at the top of the mountain. What could go wrong? The answer is: everything! 😄 I gotta be honest, this type of mysteries, reminiscent of “And then there were none”, are some of my favorite stories. Give me a group of people isolated in a remo I’ve seen Ruth Ware described as “the Agatha Christie of our generation” and that has never been truer than in “One by one”. A beautiful mountain chalet in the Alps, a company retreat with some of your coworkers and an avalanche hitting, getting you snowed in at the top of the mountain. What could go wrong? The answer is: everything! 😄 I gotta be honest, this type of mysteries, reminiscent of “And then there were none”, are some of my favorite stories. Give me a group of people isolated in a remote setting and bodies turning up every few chapters and I’m happy. And with this book I enjoyed every single moment. "One by one" is Ruth Ware at her best. Last year "The turn of the key" was a bit of a let down for me, but in this instance she's truly back to form. I was so excited I got this ARC that, even though it has a November release date, I had to read it right now. That's how badly I wanted it. I got hooked up from page one, when all the different characters are introduced. The story is told in alternating chapters by Erin, one of the chalet workers, and Liz, one of the guests. This alternating POV makes the story quite dynamic and I found both voices equally interesting. There was not a dull moment throughout the novel. The setting was magnificent and the author manages to transport you to that mountain, feeling the cold as the characters do. I've never skied in my life and after reading this I doubt I will ever do. The final confrontation had me biting my nails the whole time. Also there was a final twist I wasn't expecting and added another layer to the story. Ruth Ware is a superb suspense writer and I daresay even Agatha Christie would be impressed. Thanks to Netgalley and Random House UK Vintage Publishing for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Holly B (semi-hiatus until Jan)

    I'm going to dnf this one. It's a library check-out and I've been bored for 50 pages. Many of my GR friends didn't enjoy it and I thought I'd just give it a try, but I'm not going to endure.... No Rating....

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! I’ve stumbled upon quite a few enjoyable “locked room” mysteries lately, but this one is the best of the recent bunch! A group of owners and employees of the music app, Snoop, book a trip at a luxurious ski chalet. Tensions are already high within the group before an avalanche plummets the resort and leaves them stuck, along with the two employees who work at the resort. Then, one by one, people start getting murdered. You know how these stories go. ONE BY ONE is told throu HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! I’ve stumbled upon quite a few enjoyable “locked room” mysteries lately, but this one is the best of the recent bunch! A group of owners and employees of the music app, Snoop, book a trip at a luxurious ski chalet. Tensions are already high within the group before an avalanche plummets the resort and leaves them stuck, along with the two employees who work at the resort. Then, one by one, people start getting murdered. You know how these stories go. ONE BY ONE is told through narrators Liz (a former employee of Snoop, who is along for the trip) and Erin (the resort hostess). I think only having the two narrators made it easier to remember who is who, which can sometimes be difficult with this type of story. I was hooked from the beginning. This is a fast-paced whodunnit that never loses momentum, and I thought it flowed perfectly to the very last page. I loved the ending as well! I have previously read Ruth Ware’s first two novels, and wasn’t completely blown away. This is the best one yet, and I will be going back to check out the ones I missed. I was extremely impressed with the flawless execution and suspense of the story. Thank you to Scout Press, Ruth Ware, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    JEN A

    I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and Gallery Books in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 8 Sept 2020 I’m a huge Ruth Ware fan and she doesn’t disappoint with this new thriller. This is definitely a fast paced story that has the reader on the edge of their seat. Even though I figured out who the killer was pretty early on, it in no way ruined the book for me. I enjoyed reading the story from the perspectives of Liz and Erin. The author captures t I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and Gallery Books in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 8 Sept 2020 I’m a huge Ruth Ware fan and she doesn’t disappoint with this new thriller. This is definitely a fast paced story that has the reader on the edge of their seat. Even though I figured out who the killer was pretty early on, it in no way ruined the book for me. I enjoyed reading the story from the perspectives of Liz and Erin. The author captures the theme of the haves and the have Nots perfectly and grapples with the question of how far someone would go to keep a secret and to become successful. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of great thrillers.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diana • Book of Secrets

    (4.5 Stars) Ruth Ware gives a modern twist to a classic Christie-inspired mystery in her latest thriller, ONE BY ONE. Executives of a hot up and coming tech firm called Snoop head to a remote chalet high in the Alps for a company retreat. This dream getaway of skiing, great food, and breathtaking views takes a tragic turn when an avalanche hits, trapping their party in a half-buried chalet. Their situation becomes more terrifying when guests disappear or are found dead, picked off one by one. Bu (4.5 Stars) Ruth Ware gives a modern twist to a classic Christie-inspired mystery in her latest thriller, ONE BY ONE. Executives of a hot up and coming tech firm called Snoop head to a remote chalet high in the Alps for a company retreat. This dream getaway of skiing, great food, and breathtaking views takes a tragic turn when an avalanche hits, trapping their party in a half-buried chalet. Their situation becomes more terrifying when guests disappear or are found dead, picked off one by one. But who among them is the killer? This was an exciting and fast-paced thriller told in the alternating POVs of two women, Erin, a chalet employee and Liz, a guest and Snoop shareholder. I really enjoyed the chilling atmosphere of the desolate mountain after the avalanche, with those left at the chalet cut off from the rest of the world without power or WiFi, and killer on the loose. Though there were only two narrators, there was still a large cast of characters to keep track of, and I did find myself flipping back to the beginning where each person was introduced on the “About Us” page of Snoop’s website to refresh my memory. I did love how the book also began with a news report of the tragedy, and we’re left to wonder who are the dead and who survived the “house of horror” mentioned. ONE BY ONE is another fantastic whodunit from one of my favorite suspense authors. I’m already eagerly awaiting her next! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. High on Saint Antoine's snowy mountainsides are nestled a series of chalets, which become temporary homes for the wealthy who holiday there. Erin and Danny reside and work in one of these chalets and are preparing for an influx of new arrivals. The ten figures who step through their doors all work for the trending app, Snoop. They carry their unmistakable privilege with them, along with their luggage, but neither money nor power can save them from the unpredictable powe Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. High on Saint Antoine's snowy mountainsides are nestled a series of chalets, which become temporary homes for the wealthy who holiday there. Erin and Danny reside and work in one of these chalets and are preparing for an influx of new arrivals. The ten figures who step through their doors all work for the trending app, Snoop. They carry their unmistakable privilege with them, along with their luggage, but neither money nor power can save them from the unpredictable power of nature. Or from the evil that then capitalises on their plight. I sometimes have mixed feelings towards the endings of Ware's books, but she is undoubtedly the master of penning forbidding, isolated settings and shady yet intriguing characters, and this was no different. In fact, I think I found a new favourite Ware, here as I was held as captivated by the mysteries throughout as the characters were held captive by their new, snowy confines. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Ruth Ware, and the publisher, Vintage, for this opportunity.

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