One by One

One by One

Book - 2020
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When an offsite company retreat is upended by an avalanche that strands them in a remote mountain chalet, eight coworkers are forced to set aside their corporate rankings and mutual distrust in order to survive.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2020.
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501188817
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 24 cm

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Event Date September 13: 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. One by One begins with a corporate retreat that turns tense when one shareholder upends the agenda with a c... Read More »


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gillvdw
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.

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AnnSkye
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?

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weezie1
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!!!

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jennab4
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.

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sunnyfeline
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.

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BellJuju
Feb 08, 2021

Very suspenseful. Really enjoyed this book.

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mtipping
Feb 03, 2021

Couldn't bear to read

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gloryb
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.

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ownedbydoxies
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.

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lupodog
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.

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