One by One

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Pub Date 08 Sep 2020 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2020
Gallery Books, Gallery/Scout Press

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“The Agatha Christie of our generation.” —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Diabolically clever.” —Riley Sager, author of Final Girls

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 luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm, and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers…each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

When the cofounder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech startup, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other: PowerPoint presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn’t made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit.

As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further…one by one.
“The Agatha Christie of our generation.” —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Diabolically clever.” —Riley Sager, author of Final Girls

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of ...

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I am a fan of Ms. Ware’s writing and I was highly anticipating this novel. What I have truly realized with this book is that Ms. Ware always has “something” that will turn a novel around and make you second guess where you think the plot is going,

Most of the book points to a killer that is trying to make a profit through the outcome of the company, but is that really what is motivating this killer? Think about this you will thank me!

Truthfully the beginning of this book drove me crazy! This was a buddy read and my friends can tell you I wasn’t happy about the GIANT cast of characters that we have to keep track of. I really had to take notes on each. I think this is the weakest part of the book.

The co-workers and stockholders are together to enjoy some time off, but also to address the issue of whether they should allow a buy out of the company. There has been a decline in subscribers to the app and money is running out. Eva and Topher are the two major stockholders but there is an ex-employee, Liz, who has a 2% share. We aren’t sure whose vote she will follow, Eva or Topher, because they divided into two camps right off the bat.

The explanation of what the company SNOOP really was and did was a little hard to follow. Each chapter began stating who the character was, their Snoop ID, what they were Listening To, the #of snoopers and the # of Snoopscribers. WHAT YOU SAY!!! It took a while for that info to sink in.

I can tell you this, don’t worry too much about the explanation of the company, it isn’t really important which surprised me. I thought there would be SNOOP interaction but the WI FI at the chalet is down because of incoming storms. Dang, that would have been interesting.

At the chalet we meet Erin, the “do it all” coordinator for this event and Danny, an incredibly talented chef. These two are the most interesting members of the cast of characters for me. They were also probably the most well developed.

After the first morning of skiing there is a person missing. This immediately begins to get the book going as to what happened. Was it an accident, are there witnesses as to where they last saw this person?

We really only get to know and ultimately understand the narrators, Erin and Liz. Their characters are more described, in their personal and professional lives. I enjoyed both narrators equally.

The last third of the novel is the strongest and this is what turned this from a 3* to a 4* book for me! We have an avalanche, a storm continuing and more people turn up dead. Some people decide they have to go for help, still others are missing and someone has to stay at the chalet in case help finally comes. This part of the book was the most fun and felt like a quick ride with a satisfying if somewhat unbelievable ending.

A strong point of this book is the location and the descriptions of the chalet, the mountains, the coziness of the fire. I’m not a skier but can still relate to the beautiful setting.

I do admit that this was somewhat disappointing read for me. The premise of the novel, people stuck together in a house, mansion, chalet, cottage, whatever, has been done too many times. By the title and the blurb it’s pretty obvious that people will be dying ‘One by One”.

I did enjoy the book and will look forward to Ms. Ware’s next novel.

I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley
This book is set to publish on September 8, 2020


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