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One by One by Ruth Ware

One by One

Repeat author
Ruth Ware is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game and The Turn of the Key.

by Ruth Ware

Quick take

A tech-fueled mystery in a glamping-worthy locale. It’s the entertaining puzzle you need to lose yourself in.

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Why I love it

Lucy Foley
Author, The Guest List

We’ve all had to get used to isolation this year, but I think you’ll be relieved not to find yourself isolated in the middle of a snowy wilderness with these characters as they find themselves cut off from the rest of the world and, one by one, each meet their grisly fates…

Ruth Ware’s latest mystery takes place in a fabulously escapist setting: a mountainside chalet in the French ski resort of St Antoine, so atmospherically depicted that it's like a character itself. There, we follow the chalet’s guests, the shareholders and employees of a sexy new music app called Snoop, who are vying, perhaps dangerously, for a stake in the company’s future. Things begin to pick up when, one at a time, the guests begin to go missing.

One by One gave me all the joy of reading a classic whodunnit but with a thoroughly modern sensibility. I particularly loved the glamorous roster of characters, each keeping their own secrets close to their chests, especially the chalet's staff, who provide a fantastic upstairs/downstairs dynamic as the tensions among them all begin to build. In classic Ruth Ware style, there’s much delightful “Golden Age” inspiration here, but also a modern freshness and all the pace and compulsion of a psychological thriller. This is the perfect read to hunker down with as the nights begin to draw in—preferably beside a roaring fire with a blanket over your knees and a wary glance or two over your shoulder…

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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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9126 ratings
  • 48% Love
  • 46% Like
  • 6% Dislike
  • Overland Park, KS

    Ruth Ware’s best book since “The Woman in Cabin 10”. Has similar notes to Lucy Foley’s “The Hunting Party” and Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, “And Then There Were None”. A great who-dun-it book!

  • Randolph , NJ

    It was really hard to put down. I agree it was easy to figure out the “who” but the “why” is what kept me reading. A lot of twists and turns and great suspense. I also enjoyed the two points of view.

  • Westminster, CO

    So many unlikeable characters with so much going on this one was not easy to decide ‘whodunnit’. Just when I was pretty sure I knew, another wrench was thrown into the story. Fun, fast read. 4⭐️’s

  • Hudson, NH

    Ruth Ware always does an incredible job of spinning a story. About 3/4 the way in I actually yelled out in frustration “I CANT FIGURE OUT WHO THE KILLER IS!” So needless to say, it keeps you guessing.

  • Maumelle, AR

    Great read w/ lots of character POVs. I enjoyed the storyline and figuring it out. You piece it together right before it’s revealed but it’s still good! The last few chapters read like an action movie

  • Shelburne, VT

    Just like all of Ware’s books-amazing & fresh thriller. Couldn’t put it down, great spin on a current theme of start-ups, the “snowed in” aspect was SO intriguing! Read under a blanket w/ a cuppa!

  • Oakley , CA

    Ware has the ability to completely suck you in & transport you to her stories within minutes.Before you know it, you spend the day reading cover-to-cover b/c you have to figure out “who dun it”! BRAVO

  • Orange, CA

    I devoured this book! Slightly predictable, but that didn’t keep me from turning page after page wanting to find out what happens next! Loved the setting and the characters, the suspense was so juicy!

  • Montgomery, AL

    This book is about employees of a tech company who go on a company retreat & start dying. There is a great deal of tech talk & abbreviations. It is an excellent book, but not Ms. Ware’s best. 5 stars!

  • New Richmond, WI

    Classic who dun ot. Lots of similarities to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Although the who did it was pretty obvious, the why and how was super fun to guess throughout the book! So fun!

  • Fargo, ND

    While the “who” wasn’t difficult to figure out, I loved the suspense of reading the “why” and how it would all end. I would recommend this for anyone who loves AC’s And Then There Were None

  • Orlando, FL

    Omg! SO good! Read in 2 days! The scene she set up was beautiful, isolated and suffocating all at once. The characters ALL seemed guilty! I had no idea. Another awesome ‘who done it’ by Ruth Ware!

  • Westerville, OH

    I listened to this book on a long car ride. I DID NOT see the ending coming. I was rooting for the wrong people until the very end, but still felt like the book ended the right way. Loved every minute

  • Santa Monica, CA

    Creepy, twisting, and bit tragic - this was by far one of Ruth Wares best books. Definitely not for reading at night as the complexity will draw you in and the suspense will keep you up and shivering.

  • New Berlin , WI

    Ruth Ware does it again! I enjoyed the multiple perspectives of the groups retreat in the mountains. Very fun to read and try to figure out the mad man or woman behind the killings on your own. Loved!

  • San Jose, CA

    I could not put this book down! I could have easily finished in a day if it wasnt for work and other responsibilities that call to me. Great thrill even though my suspensions turned out to be correct.

  • Greenfield, WI

    Another wonderful read from Ruth! Loved the wintery, cozy atmosphere this story created and the main characters — Erin and Danny — were so likable. Definitely one of my favorite reads as of late.

  • Troy, IL

    Ware's version of Agatha Christie, a mystery about a company get-away to a ski resort that turns into a nightmare. People are dying off at an alarming rate and they're stranded because of an avalanche

  • North Plains, OR

    I read this book so fast! I loved the mix of characters and even though I thought I knew who the killer was, I was still surprised with the events at the end. One of my favorite books I've read lately

  • New Providence, NJ

    Loved the snowy setting and the claustrophobic atmosphere mixed with survival story. I figured out the murderer early on, but seeing how they worked, their manipulations, & their mindset was wonderful

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