One by One by Ruth Ware

Published September 8th 2020 by Scout Press


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?

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.

My rating:

“It’s not just the snow; it’s a hundredweight of unwelcome memories bearing down on me.”

One by One is one of those books you can’t tear yourself from. It’s utterly entertaining and terrifying. I love survival books and movies (one of my recent favorites: Be Not Far from Me) but it’s hard for me to watch or read them because they are terrifying. The horror I can take because I know it’s unreal but nature is real and anything could happen. Funny because I am a huge fan of outdoor activities and was recently thinking of buying myself skis. Maybe I should stick with skates for now.

Nature in One by One holds you in a tighter grip than the killer. In my opinion, it’s a perfect combination of fear and exhilarating when characters are stranded in a small chalet somewhere in the Alps, isolated, with help may be coming soon or maybe not, with a blizzard that could surely kill no less effective than the killer. That’s quite a conundrum!

I don’t want to go into detail regarding the plot, because One by One is one of those books that is better to dive into straight away with fewer details. The only thing I would like to mention is the mystery itself: I guessed the killer early on and wasn’t surprised but even if I were, I think the story is more terrifying from nature’s POV than from any of the characters. It was really interesting to watch people’s behavior when faced with survival among the cold cold mountains that do not care whether you are a good person or not. Everyone should beware!

Verdict: One by One is not the most interesting or mind-blowing thriller I read, but it definitely deserves a special spotlight among the books I read. It’s gripping and entertaining, and if there’s snow outside your window, you will definitely have a deeper submerging into the story. I did!


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