As someone’s who’s tremendously enjoyed the stellar The Woman In Cabin 10 and The Turn Of The Key, I couldn’t wait to dive into Ruth Ware’s upcoming release, One By One (Sep. 8th).
This mystery revolves around a group of tech company employees who gather at an isolated chalet surrounded by snow, only to find out later on that…there’s a murderer amongst them. The story is told through the POVs of the the host and one of the employees.
I would describe One By One as a longer, modern version of And Then There Were None, with fewer twists. I thought there would be a more satisfactory twist at the end, but I found myself completely underwhelmed when the perpetrator’s identity was revealed.
While I loved the choice of the secluded setting and the atmospheric element, I was let down by the fact that this book completely lacked the author’s signature writing style. However, I did appreciate how – at the end – Ware put emphasis on the fact that evil is not all black and white, which – although not a totally unique element – did give the reveal a bit more meaning.
In a nutshell, I would recommend One By One to admirers of Lucy Foley and readers who are looking for a quick whodunnit mystery.