Firstly I wish to thank Graeme Williams of Vintage Books for inviting me to read and review One by One by Ruth Ware
ABOUT THE BOOK
**The unmissable new thriller from the queen of the modern-day murder mystery.**
Snow is falling in the exclusive alpine ski resort of Saint Antoine, as the shareholders and directors of Snoop, the hottest new music app, gather for a make or break corporate retreat to decide the future of the company. At stake is a billion-dollar dot com buyout that could make them all millionaires, or leave some of them out in the cold.
The clock is ticking on the offer, and with the group irrevocably split, tensions are running high. When an avalanche cuts the chalet off from help, and one board member goes missing in the snow, the group is forced to ask – would someone resort to murder, to get what they want?
It begins as a bonding holiday for the directors and shareholders of the hugely successful app Snoop, which is the new craze to hit music world but they soon realise they are there for another reason. I liked the opening chapter of this book, set in the Alpine ski resort of Saint Antoine. The last guests had gone and all the cleaning, preparation and re-stocking the chalet had been completed. Erin and Danny, the chalet hosts, were taking a well earned time out before the new guests arrived. They weren’t to know that it was literally the calm before the storm.
The new guests are a real mixed bunch that took a little time to get to know, especially with some of them having names that could be male or female. They are mainly boisterous which makes them memorable or geeks and mousey which again worked for me. The atmosphere turns sour when the real reason for the trip is revealed.
When the group are taken out on the slopes it is with caution, although they are of mixed abilities. A weather front is coming in rapidly. Left by Erin, so she can do chores back at the chalet, the group make their way up the mountain. Not everyone returns and when they do it isn’t long before the chalet is hit by an avalanche, making the rest of them cut off from the nearest town.
By the time the avalanche hit I had got to know the characters and what their role in the company was. The story moves into a ‘Whodunnit’ mode as unexplained deaths hit the group. There are plenty of people with a motive for wanting their colleagues, friends and co-shareholders dead, but which one is capable of murder?
The descriptions of Saint Antoine are superb, the slopes, the Piste and the avalanche. Ruth Ware is an atmospheric writer as she built in my mind the scene of beauty and treachery and the deterioration of everything in the chalet, including the people as time goes on. The last quarter of the book is very intense with brilliant heart-pounding moments that made this book impossible to put down.
I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book plus a hard copy, which had been delayed in the post due to covid.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway, The Turn of the Key and One by One have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times, and she is published in more than 40 languages. Ruth lives near Brighton with her family.