Top positive review
Suspense and Intrigue
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2020
I’m a big Ruth Ware fan, have read all of her books ... this newest one didn’t disappoint. It’s not my favorite of hers (that’d be The Death of Mrs Westaway), but still very good. I preordered it and was excited to dive in.
Unlike others, I didn’t quickly figure out the culprit. I had my eye on three characters I suspected, but was still surprised when all was revealed. I always enjoy Ruth’s red herrings and very organic twists.
I did have a hard time keeping a few of the characters straight — but it honestly wasn’t detrimental to the story for me. And with that many characters, I don’t expect to get drawn-out details on each one. I think Ruth found a good balance of giving us backgrounds we needed, and not muddying the waters with extraneous information just to fill pages. I really liked Danny and Erin. I think we need a sequel following those two. ;)
Ware books are, to me, always paced perfectly. This one is no exception.
I enjoyed the tech talk and especially the setting descriptions. I was nearly shivering reading the snow, skiing, and chalet (without power) scenes, ha! This author seriously knows how to set an atmosphere. I also appreciate the research she clearly does for her books — I think it sets them apart from the sea of thrillers that are very one-note and limited in regards to outside interests (domestic dramas, etc).
I fully recommend One by One, it’s a quick-paced and very entertaining book.
*Book purchased by me, not given free for review