Review: One By One - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

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.

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One By One
By Ruth Ware

Review: One By One

With a riveting locked-door mystery, Ruth Ware once again proves why she is the reigning queen of suspense and without a doubt, the Agatha Christie of our generation.

Ware masterfully re-imagines Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE with 11 people trapped in a posh ski chalet after an avalanche.

When the team from Snoop—a music-sharing tech startup—arrives at the luxurious chalet high in the snowy French Alps, breathtaking vistas serve to quell the anxiety of the impending, mandatory bonding with coworkers.

But something more than anxiety simmers below the surface, as secrets plague the company on the brink of buyout. Before the first night is even over, anger boils over and loyalties are tested as tension ratchets inside the chalet. Outside, however, the weather threatens something far more sinister.

When the avalanche hits, one of their own isn’t back from skiing and the rest of the group is essentially cut off from the rest of the world. As the snowstorm relentlessly rages, hostility and panic inside reaches a fever pitch, especially when someone is found dead. It’s clear there’s a murderer among them, and they’re being picked off, one by one.

Ruth Ware brilliantly sets the scene in the familiar mystery narrative—the dreadful feeling of isolation, the panic it evokes, the tension that thrums in a group hiding far more than they let on. It’s as terrifying as it is timely. Never a dull moment as secret motivations come to light, egos clashing amongst this group of hipster techies. Misdirections aplenty kept me guessing until the very end with a seriously brilliant, heart-pounding climax. Somehow, Ware gets better and better with each book she delivers, tightening her craft in ways that make it incredibly exciting for thriller and mystery junkies like me.

Do not miss this propulsive, adrenaline-fueled thriller—you’ll relish every page, I promise.

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  1. Denise Wilbanks | This Is My Everybody | Books & DIY Home Ideas said:

    Hi, Vilma! I completely agree!! That concluding climax adventure had me on the edge of my seat… Plus, I really enjoyed the super-modern writing style in this one with the techie/app connection with each chapter. I also really appreciated reading a thriller that never tipped over into “too terribly grisly”… Making it a good thriller match for bedtime reading if you want to get your thrill vibe on without losing sleep!

    … Denise ✨😎✨

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