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About the Author
- File size : 2695 KB
- Publication date : May 20, 2013
- Publisher : Dream Snatcher Press (May 20, 2013)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 172 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00CX20LH0
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0615822436
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,977 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kenan ***** Kenan is a significant brother figure to Rae. He feels it his duty to take care of her ever since the murder of their parents ten years previously. It was a brutal murder/torture scenario that took place in front of Kenan and Rae. It included multiple rapes of Rae. At the time of this trip, Kenan and Rae do not live together.
Rae ***** Rae has a lot of triggers that bring back memories. She takes lots of medication and tends to wander away mentally when she is responding to the triggers. She was willing to go on the three-day weekend when the group was planning to go to the beach. Somehow, the destination got changed to the cabin where the murders and rape had taken place. Readers might logically wonder, what was Kenan thinking?
RL ***** Forget RL. The author will not develop this character. Justifiably represented by two initials, the real estate agent exists as an excuse to justify why Kenan convinces Rae to return to the cabin. The group will have a pleasant weekend, RL will show up, the brother and sister will sign the deed, and the cabin will no longer be in possession of Kenan and Rae.
Naomi ***** Rae’s best friend is Naomi even though Naomi is a self-absorbed person. Suggest any topic, Naomi will make it about her. There has been a shouting match between Naomi and Rae before going to the cabin. Even when Kenan convinces Rae to return to the cabin with the group, Rae maintains she doesn’t want to go if Naomi is going. Kenan will suggest a solution.
Tobey ***** Kenan’s best friend is Tobey. Tobey and Naomi had been together for two years. This three-day weekend would also serve as an anniversary for Tobey and Naomi.
Adam ***** First known as “Creepy Boy,” in fact named Adam, he is a stranger picked up on impulse by Marissa. Think of this guy like a hitchhiker. Whether he was lucky to go with the flow on this trip will be a decision that readers can make.
Brady ***** Rae and Brady had lived on the same floor in a dormitory at university. After graduation, Rae returned home to be with Kenan. Brady followed and became a core member of this group of friends.
Marissa ***** An adventuresome lady, Marissa always goes with the flow. If there is no flow, she agitates the stream to create ideal conditions. A former girlfriend of Kenan, Marissa does not believe in exclusivity, something that led to a breakup with Kenan. On this trip, she picked up Adam on impulse only a few minutes before the group was to depart for the cabin. She had her eyes on another person in the group, although not Kenan. And she was willing to entertain anyone else if time permitted.
Logan ***** Kenan’s roommate is Logan. Rae would like to advance her relationship with Logan but does not do so because of her friendship with Brady. Rae won’t develop her relationship with Brady because he is known as a flirt willing to do anyone and anything that moves. Rae is in an almost impossible situation. So is Logan.
Selma ***** Kenan’s girlfriend is Selma. She maintains jealousy towards Marissa, Kenan’s former girlfriend.
The group will proceed to the cabin in two jeeps, the solution Kenan came up with to keep Rae and Naomi from fighting. Reviewing the situation, we have nine principal characters (minus RL). There is also a Park Ranger, a figure not developed because he dies too soon. Readers might anticipate there will be shifting relationships. Will Kenan attempt to get back with Marissa. Will Marissa attempt to seduce Brady, Logan, Kenan, or Tobey? The novel is a murder mystery (not a spoiler), so relationships will begin to change once a murder takes place.
This novel is fast-paced, but the number of characters might make a reader stop and review who is who more than once. Yawatta Hosby does an excellent job with what she calls her “red herrings.” The story is worth reading. I was surprised by the ending. I think there may have been more than one. One by One is not the first story I have read by Hosby, and it will not be the last. Tales I read earlier by Hosby received four stars from me. Because of the complexity involving characters, I initially gave this 4.5 stars. Then I came to the ending(s) and changed my rating to five Amazon stars.
This 147-page novel is on sale by Amazon for USD 2.99. During a promotion, I bought it for USD 0.99. It is not available on Kindle Unlimited.
I look forward to reading more from this author.
If you're looking for a campy horror-in-the-woods page-turner of a novel, look no further. I read this in one day. The author creates a scary, twisted, whodunit without resorting to it being a gorefest. Treat yourself this Halloween!
It's not long before friends begin suspecting one another as they fear for their lives while trying to piece together the mystery. Is the stranger the killer? Or perhaps they've been set up by the potential buyer. Or, could it be one of locals--a crazed serial killer, maybe? Aside from the stranger, the members of the group are good friends and know each other well. Or do they?
"One by One" is a gripping suspense novel that will have you guessing who is responsible for murders. You'll think you have the mystery solved, only to find yourself later convinced that it's someone else...then someone else after that! But don't worry...you'll finally learn the truth by the end!
I truly enjoyed this engrossing story and look forward to reading more books by Yawatta Hosby.
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We are told that Kenan and Rae's parents were murdered at the cabin some ten years earlier, and that Kenan witnessed the brutal rape of both Rae and their mother on that same terrible night. Rae understandably has haunting memories, and hasn't been back to the cabin since. She is reluctantly going now, but only to sign the papers of sale, and then leave the past behind and head off to the beach.
There are eight friends, and one of the girls has brought along a man she met three hours ago, Adam. They travel to the cabin in two jeeps only to find that RL has rearranged the meeting which forces the group to stay in the cabin overnight.
As the title suggests, the group are dispatched one by one. But who is doing the killing? The friends all point their fingers at Adam as nobody knows anything about him, or perhaps RL has lured them to the cabin for his own sport.
I found the beginning a bit slow as the group seemed to be winding themselves up in anticipation of the creepiness of the cabin, and talked about what might happen, long before there was any hint of things going bad. However, the pace picked up once the bodies started dropping.
There are a lot of characters to keep track of, as well as their various friendships groups, and while I was thinking about their petty jealousies and hook ups, I failed to identify those responsible for the terrible slaughter or see the twist in the tale coming until it was revealed in the story.
The sequel to this is Six Plus One which I have just started, and am already enjoying.
Sadly, this didn't deliver.
The pacing is wrong, and the book is slow at the start and then everything happens really fast at the end. The writing is poor. There is too much telling instead of showing, which is probably why the characters had no depth. I couldn't keep track of who was who because they were all too similar. The author gave descriptions of each character's appearance at the start, but that doesn't make them memorable.
What made it worse was that I didn't understand the characters' motivations. They all seemed to lust after each other and fall in love with several people at the same time while turning against each other. I don't hold a high opinion of humanity, but I'd like to think that facing death, we would work together rather than against each other. Live together, die alone.
This premise could work, but as the book is at the moment, it just doesn't.