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PRAISE FOR ONE BY ONE
“[Ware] sets the bar higher in One By One by burying her principal players in an Alpine chalet beneath an avalanche. . . . Readers will recognize the obvious homage to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, but with enough ingenious twists to make this whodunit another triumph for Ware.”
—The New York Times Book Review
"Not only do Ware’s novels wink at Christie in a saucy way, but Ware herself is turning out to be as ingenious and indefatigable as the Queen of Crime."
—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
"A claustrophobic spine-tingler."
—People, "Best Books of Fall 2020"
“Ware manages to make a retreat in a chalet in the wide-open French Alps feel claustrophobic, nerve-wracking and deadly… The author’s choice of telling the story in dueling narratives – Liz, a former Snoop employee who was invited to join in the retreat; and Erin, one of the chalet’s two staff members – enhances the steadily escalating pace of the book.”
“Wickedly good… Ware plays fair, bamboozling us with red herrings while expertly pacing her plot.”
—The Seattle Times
“Especially timely, given that the terror of isolation is at its heart… This is And Then There Were None rendered for the twenty-first century.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“In Ruth We Trust…. Come for the Agatha Christie vibes, stay for the insane ending.”
“A classic whodunit that solidifies Ware’s reputation as the contemporary Agatha Christie… Suspense builds until it culminates in a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse that will keep you racing through the remaining pages.”
—BuzzFeed, "13 New Thrillers That Will Make You Lose Sleep This Fall"
“Engrossing… One of Ware's strengths is propelling the story in a way that keeps readers trapped inside its pages, and armchair travelers can enjoy being whisked away to a location that's both breathtaking and deadly.”
“Ruth Ware is often described as the new Agatha Christie . . . [S]he is a revitalizer, bringing the genre to a new audience with her modern preoccupations and addictive style.”
“Tempestuous . . . [a] claustrophobic, adrenaline-fueled cat-and-mouse game.”
“Ware’s gifts for characterization, plot, and pacing shine here… Ware’s fans will devour this in a sitting.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“Ware has the perfect combination of light touch and complex plotting while also offering up the twists and reveals appreciated by Christie fans.”
—The Amazon Book Review, “The best mysteries and thrillers of September”
“Hilarious, well plotted, and vintage Ware, this one is not to be missed.”
“Ruth Ware's Hitchcockian thrillers have yet to disappoint.”
“Ware does what she does best: Gives us a familiar locked-door mystery setup and lets the tension and suspicion marinate until they reach fever pitch. Another win for Ware… Simply masterful.”
"The Turn of the Key was not her first book, but its sweep of starred reviews and awards sets up One by One to be a most anticipated thriller of 2020.”
"Read this back to back with Christie’s And Then There Were None, and you will witness the evolution of a literary form over the space of eight decades as Ware proves she’s more than deserving of all those comparisons to the Queen of Crime.”
“A gripping thriller that shows how toxic workplace culture can get and will keep you guessing through the very last page.”
"Ware has quickly earned herself a place atop the psychological thriller world in recent years, and One by One, which brings in elements of the traditional mystery, is an exciting new addition to her body of work."
—CrimeReads, "Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020"
PRAISE FOR RUTH WARE
“The Agatha Christie of our generation.”
—David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A superb suspense writer . . . Brava, Ruth Ware.”
—Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan for The Washington Post
—Riley Sager, author of Final Girls
"Ruth Ware—one of our favorite thriller writers—is bringing down the house . . .”
“Ruth Ware proves she’s the true heir to Wilkie Collins. Creepy, engrossing, and oh-so-hard to put down."
—JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before
"Pure suspense, from the first gripping page to the last shocking twist."
—Erin Kelly, bestselling author of He Said/She Said
“Ware skillfully lays the bread crumbs to the novel’s satisfying conclusion… [that] leaves readers with one final, haunting question, one that will stay with them long after they turn the last page.”
–Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Ware hits another one out of the park. Fans of hers or anyone with a taste for the disturbing will stay up late devouring this."
—Library Journal, starred review
"Ware at her eerie best."
“A superb suspense writer… Ware is a master at signaling the presence of evil at the most mundane moments…”
—Washington Post Book World
“The definition of ‘unputdownable’…”
"A great modern whodunit!"
—New York Post
"Haunting and absurdly suspenseful."
"Ware's propulsive prose keeps readers on the hook and refuses to let anyone off until all has been revealed."
About the Author
- File Size : 3421 KB
- Publication Date : September 8, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 383 pages
- Publisher : Gallery/Scout Press (September 8, 2020)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B084G9Z5C3
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #515 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Unlike others, I didn’t quickly figure out the culprit. I had my eye on three characters I suspected, but was still surprised when all was revealed. I always enjoy Ruth’s red herrings and very organic twists.
I did have a hard time keeping a few of the characters straight — but it honestly wasn’t detrimental to the story for me. And with that many characters, I don’t expect to get drawn-out details on each one. I think Ruth found a good balance of giving us backgrounds we needed, and not muddying the waters with extraneous information just to fill pages. I really liked Danny and Erin. I think we need a sequel following those two. ;)
Ware books are, to me, always paced perfectly. This one is no exception.
I enjoyed the tech talk and especially the setting descriptions. I was nearly shivering reading the snow, skiing, and chalet (without power) scenes, ha! This author seriously knows how to set an atmosphere. I also appreciate the research she clearly does for her books — I think it sets them apart from the sea of thrillers that are very one-note and limited in regards to outside interests (domestic dramas, etc).
I fully recommend One by One, it’s a quick-paced and very entertaining book.
*Book purchased by me, not given free for review
And I hate a book where the first couple of pages list characters and their descriptions. Like you could possibly remember them all.
Disappointing waste of time.
After being disappointed with Ware's short story Snowflakes I have to wonder if she'll continue to be one of my favorite authors.
And what has she become - a sort of copycat author? First The Turn of the Key and now this. Better to just read Henry James and Agatha Christie.
I hyped this book. I talked about it to anyone who would listen to me ramble. It sounded like something right up my whodunnit loving alley. Eight coworkers, a ski chalet, an avalanche, and... murder? Excuse me while I light my candle, crawl into bed, and put my AC on blast so that my old Kentucky home (in September) feels like winter.
All my hype and I was NOT disappointed.
I read this book in two days- I couldn’t stop reading. The secluded chalet in an avalanche made me feel almost claustrophobic and at one point I had to physically put the book down and walk away because it made me anxious. the characters were strongly written, the plot and setting were exciting, and while I did guess the antagonist, the ending still impressed me. Ultimately this book was a 4.5/5 stars for me And Ruth Ware will continue to be one of my favorite authors.
I thought she nailed the tech startup story pretty well (no real understanding of how shareholders/company control actually works, but that would have complicated the story). It feels real and not as jarring as it might have.
The Alpine atmosphere, the chalet, the skiing ( probably an enjoyable book for avid skiers) - well done. I actually felt cold reading this book.
The problem? You can see the end practically at the beginning of the book. Certainly by 25% in it's no longer a whodunit, and the rest of the book therefore is just explication leading to a conclusion most readers have already guessed, and which is in no way surprising, just a bit of a cliche. That defeats the whole purpose of this kind of mystery/thriller. If this book were not so predictable I would have enjoyed it MUCH more.
Top reviews from other countries
Der Plot klang verlockend, da ich gut gemachte, spannende 10-kleine-Negerlein-Geschichten liebe.
Egal ob von Preston-Child oder ganz old-school von Agatha Christie. Und mit ebendieser wird Ruth Ware auf dem Cover verglichen.
Leider beginnt das Buch schon furchtbar dröge. Die Protagonisten werden vorgestellt, hipp, gutaussehend, gestylt, reich, sehr verwirrend und unübersichtlich aufgrund ihrer ähnlichen Charakterisierung. Laufend musste ich nachschauen: wer ist das jetzt wieder? Nur eine der Teilhaberinnen ist plump, unscheinbar, unsicher und passt nicht dazu. Sie wurde zu diesem Meeting im abgelegenen Chalet eingeladen - warum nur?
Ehrlich gesagt, interessierte mich das nach den ersten 50 Seiten nicht mehr, da mir fortlaufend die Augen zufielen. Viel blabla, Seitenfüller, viel unnötigen Infos zum Wetter, Skifahren, Essen und zur hippen App, mit der auch jedes der kurzen Kapitel anfing. Dazu das Tech-Sprech! Einfach einschläfernd.
Seitenweise, kapitelweise Langeweile. Kein Thrill, kein Grusel, nie das Gefühl : So konnte es tatsächlich passieren. Denn der Plot war extrem bemüht, hip, modern und cool zu sein, aber die Protagonisten waren reine Kunstfiguren.
Der/die Böse war sehr leicht nach wenigen Kapiteln zu erraten, das machte das Buch auch nicht besser und spannender.
Und das Ende? Nur noch lachhaft, lächerlich, unglaubwürdig! (Spoiler!) :
Erst trinkt das potentielle letzte Opfer nicht den vergifteten Tee, sondern schüttet ihn sich über Pulli und Hose und stellt sich bewusstlos, ohne dass der Psychopath dies merkt. Das Opfer flüchtet später mit gebrochenem Fuß durch ein Badfenster und fährt in James Bond Manier auf Skiern bei minus 20 Grad und schlechtem Wetter ins Tal, verfolgt vom perfekt skifahrenden Täter.
Genauso glaubhaft wie Münchhausens Ritt auf der Kanonenkugel.
Aber aufgrund der eindimensionalen Charaktere und des simpel gestrickten Plots, der keinerlei Überraschungen bot, war mir das bizarre Ende eh schon egal.
Fazit: 08/15 Massenware, unoriginell, unspannemd, vielleicht noch für einen Skiurlaub als Einschlafhilfe geeignet. Es gibt viel qualitativ Besseres auf dem Krimimarkt!
It was still a most enjoyable and thrilling read.