One by One by Ruth Ware | Reviewed by Michelle


One by One | Ruth Ware | Scout Press | Pub: 9/8/20

“I think about what responsibility means. I think about guilt. I think about moving on.”

Added one more Ruth Ware book to my list of Ruth Ware books and now I have read all of them that have been published. Ruth Ware is an auto-buy author for me, and One by One did not disappoint.

When I first picked up One by One, I was nervous because I started getting vibes of TheHunting Party by Lucy Foley. A book I really didn’t like. But One by One was so much better than that.

In One by One we alternate between Liz and Erin. Erin works at the chalet where the tech startup Snoop is on a retreat for a week. Liz used to work for Snoop, but she was still invited because the team needed her there since she worked for Snoop at the very beginning.

It’s all fun and skiing until one of the co-founders goes missing and then there is an avalanche and then… well, you get the picture.

Now, I saw some people complain about the tech aspects of the book, but I think that part was necessary. It plays a part in figuring out some of the terrible things that happened in this book.

There were some things I didn’t love but those are spoilers, so I don’t want to say what they were. If you feel like you NEED TO KNOW what made this 4 stars instead of 5 for me, shoot me a DM on Instagram.

Also, for my ranking of favorite Ruth Ware books, please see this list:

  1. The Death of Mrs. Westaway- absolutely my favorite. More mystery than thriller.
  2. The Turn of the Key- which is tied with…
  3. The Woman in Cabin 10
  4. One by One- I’d actually call this tied with The Turn of the Key and The Woman in Cabin 10.
  5. In a Dark, Dark Wood- good but predictable. Heard this will be becoming a movie but who knows when.
  6. The Lying Game. I am so lucky this was not my first Ruth Ware book because I really did not enjoy it and gave it two stars.
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Synopsis (Credit: Goodreads)

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.

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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