One by One

One by One

Book - 2020
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Apr 14, 2021

I normally love reading Ruth Ware’s novels, but this was truly a struggle. I forced myself to finish this book. Usually you can identify with a character or characters, but I found them all unlikeable. Several chapters in I knew the murderer was Liz even though I didn’t know why she was killing off the others.

Don’t waste your time reading this book. I am sorry I did.

Mar 22, 2021

I skimmed through this book because the characters were not very endearing and the storyline was too farfetched and predictable. I do love most of Ruth Ware's novels but was disappointed with this one.

Mar 08, 2021

Started off good but then became so unbelievable that It lost a bit of interest to me. I still finished reading it, maybe a good beach read?

Feb 10, 2021

What a great book about people that work for the same company. It is a long book but don't think about sipping pages or you will miss some of the important parts of the story. Has lots of mystery and adventure that will keep you wanting to read more. Enjoy!!!

Feb 09, 2021

A group of employees from a tech company called Snoop get trapped in ski lodge in the French Alps after an avalanche disrupts their corporate retreat. One by One they start to disappear.

Truth is I enjoyed this book or at least most of it. It got a few eye rolls for cheesy dialogue and the one dimensional characters that I had trouble keeping track of, but the mystery was gripping and it kept me guessing until about 70% into the book.

I also got An Unwanted Guest/Hunting Party vibes as soon as I started reading. Shari Lapena and Lucy Foley did a much better job creating that creepy, claustrophobic atmosphere and those strong characters that have you so invested that you can barely put the book down. And in comparison One by One just doesn’t measure up.

Feb 08, 2021

Another interesting suspense thriller from author Ruth Ware. I agree with one of the reviewers about it being difficult to like the characters. I only liked two people: the hostess and the chef of the lodge. All of the guests weren't very likable so it was hard to relate with any of them. It would've been more enjoyable if I liked more of the characters. But I suppose that's part of the story line about why this group of people weren't great and found themselves into this situation. I was VERY surprised at the end of who was behind the murders. This story reminds me a lot of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" novel.

Feb 08, 2021

Very suspenseful. Really enjoyed this book.

Feb 03, 2021

Couldn't bear to read

Jan 29, 2021

The novel is reminiscent of Agatha Christie's "Then There were None" so, knowing what was to happen, my interest in the story at the beginning was low. Unlike Christie's novel, Ware's novel is set in the Alps during skiing season at a resort for posh skiers. A small English music app company rents an isolated chalet and its members enjoy a morning of skiing before an afternoon business meeting. The novel becomes more interesting in the last third of the book as the tension and the suspense pick up when murderer and victim play cat and mouse which involves a death defying skiing chase. The murderer's motives are revealed in that section, well before the conclusion, which help to heighten the danger for the remaining victim. There are descriptions of dangerous ski runs, hurt skiers, an avalanche or two, murdered skiers, and finger pointing around the circle of friends, all red herrings, until the murderer is revealed. While the beginning of the novel is slow, stay with it; the novel does become a page turner. Ware uses alternating short chapters to move her story along as she lets her characters tell their thoughts, feelings, and observations about the events happening around them. Since many authors are using this method of story telling, I almost groan now when I open up a new book and see those chapter headings with names of the characters atop the page. I didn't like the many uses of the F word and other swear words that Ware thinks her privileged techy 20 year olds would use.

Jan 19, 2021

This one kept me hooked more than others she's written. A team meeting for a small social media company in the remote Alps, where things start going wrong right from the get-go, as seen in first-person through two pairs of eyes. I did kinda figure out who was doing what to whom, but still it was interesting most of the way through, although I did fast-forward through a lot of pages involving snowy runaways, because it felt so repetitious.

Jan 18, 2021

I was not able to get into this book. Too many first person narratives and very much similar to her other books.

Jan 15, 2021

I'm not much of a fan of the Agatha Christie school of murder mysteries but having said that I enjoyed this book. I did realize quite early on who the murderer was but the book explained motive and alibi quite well. Also the tech aspect was interesting.

Jan 11, 2021

This is almost the same book as The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. This is young up-and-comers in their 20s, the other is friends in their 30s reconnecting in an isolated hunting cabin. Each book has it's positives and negatives, I didn't like all the different narrators in Foley's book, but the chapter headings on this one are tedious and pointless. I was very put off to find that the d!cks are d!cks for the same reason in both books, and each book has a particularly pathetic awkward female character with the same shortcomings. Whatever you do don't read both, the second one is going to suffer.

Jan 06, 2021

This is the best thriller I've read in a long time! Read it in two sittings, because I couldn't put it down. Twists and turns galore and a very satisfactory ending. Will definitely read more of hers.

Jan 02, 2021

This book is very simple and fairly redundant. You can easily figure out the murderer rather early on. When the murderer is known, it just sort of repeats itself over and over. A good read in the beginning, but the back half lags.

Dec 30, 2020

kirkus thriller, mystery

Dec 26, 2020

3 stars. I've read all of Ruth Ware books and enjoyed them, but this one was a disappointment. It started off well. A group of co-workers go to a remote ski chalet high up a mountain in France, there is some disagreement between some of them about a possible buy out. One by one, several of the guests disappear or die. An avalanche hits and they are stranded without electricity or a way to contact the outside world. She had a good idea to work with. I just found that the actual reading of the book was plodding. It was repetitive. There were inconsistencies that niggled. At the end, there was a bit of an exciting finish, but it felt anticlimactic. Not her best book, rather disappointing.

Dec 26, 2020

Can't wait for the movie! Chilling story -- on more than one level. A fast read.

Dec 14, 2020

Five stars and two big thumbs up from me!
The best of her books; the comparisons to Agatha Christie are apt.
I could not put the book down!!

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 07, 2020

Very atmospheric with beautiful wintry descriptions. This is a murder mystery with survivalist elements, as the characters are facing harsh winter weather conditions. It's similar to And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, but a more modern spin to it. It was enjoyable but predictable.

daniellevk_0 Dec 01, 2020

This book has a nice setting in the mountains in a nice upscale chalet with a cook and a chalet girl to guide guests and serve them during their stay. It is the perfect ski filled with imagery of skiing, the chalet, food, and fire places but then everything takes a turn and the group gets snowed in and they start mysteriously dying and being murdered one by one. The book alternates from one of the members of the group and the chalet girl and the reader soon discover nothing is as perfect as it seems or they would like everyone to believe.

Nov 30, 2020

Ruth Ware is a very smart writer, and absolutely at the head of her class of thriller writers. One by One pays overt homage to Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None," and does manage some of the depth of character and backstory depth of her model, though the complete execution ends up reading more like too many contemporary action sequences.

Nov 23, 2020

I read the book on a snowy Midwest Sunday. I’m getting a bit tired of authors who write their stories with chapters being from the perspective of two or three characters.
The first half of the book was ok but the last half was a struggle to get through and the ending dragged on lacking a suspenseful twist. This book would have been more enjoyable if it had been 50 pages shorter.

Nov 12, 2020

If you enjoy reading about the challenges of skiing and if you can stomach entitled, self-important techie types, you will likely enjoy this book. There are two likeable characters, Erin who is the hostess of a guest chalet nestled on the slopes of the Alps, and Danny, who is the chef at the same resort. The techs have booked the resort for a corporate retreat and almost immediately, the "fur begins to fly". Adding to all the personnel drama, an avalanche devastates the area, cutting off power, water, access, and all forms of communication. Then people start to disappear and/or are murdered. I found holes in the narrative thus didn't find the mysteries especially compelling, but there was a good amount of tension at particular points. My vote will be for "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie.

Nov 06, 2020

This mystery had the tension of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" until most of the group leave the snowbound hotel. From then on it was a disappointing chase. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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