Just Read: “One by One” by Ruth Ware

Read September 8, 2020 – September 10, 2020

Ruth Ware’s newest thriller has been on my Want to Read on Good Reads for a while, so when it was released on the 8th I downloaded it right after work. I was in the mood to start a thriller and have heard so many good things about Ware’s other novels. While I did sort of want to stay on the Christmas kick I’ve been on (I know, I know, it’s only September), I figured a snowstorm murder mystery can kind of fit… snow = winter and winter = Christmas, right? 

What is it about? 

So… there’s this tech company, Snoop, that runs a voyeuristic music app… and they decide to take a company retreat to a boutique ski resort. Snoop has some big announcements and financial information to discuss with employees and shareholders; what better way to bond and break the ice than… well… breaking the ice? The resort is surrounded by snow in avalanche country, brr. The employees of the resort, Erin and Danny, aim to make Snoop’s stay fun and attempt to add a personal touch from the moment the guests arrive.

It’s overall bad vibes, though, because it seems one of the majority shareholders is going to ambush the rest of Snoop and strong-arm them into voting a particular way on an upcoming venture. A preliminary, unofficial, vote may take place but as people start slowly disappearing it becomes apparent the Snoop team has a lot more trouble on their hands than differing viewpoints. You’ll be tempted to point a frozen finger as you read… someone’s to blame and it may be an inside job.

What does it have?

  • Murder
  • Snow Sports
  • CLUE Style Mystery
  • 50%-Mark Thrill Ride

This one took me a little while to really get interested. Once I was hooked, just before the midway point, I couldn’t put it down. I was scared, actually scared, as tension built. The moment I knew I had to continue was when one of the characters said, “The words chant inside my head, a kind of gruesome countdown, edging closer to zero, one by one.” Shortly after, I turned on the light and powered through the night – it was either finish the book or have nightmares. I chose finish the book.

Is it worth reading?

I think it was a pretty solid read. Although not my favorite thriller of the year, it still had tons of suspense and once it had me, it kept me. I also felt pretty cold while reading and being immersed in -20 degree weather! It might be hot in Florida but the descriptive writing gave me chills.

The current predicament remains…what do I read next? AHH! What’s on your TBR for the remainder of the month?

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