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Book Review: One by One

One on One by Ruth Ware

See all that snow on the cover? Time to snuggle in with a good who-done-it and spend the day in French chalet. One by One is a gripping mystery about a group of young entrepreneurs who have created the latest “gotta have it” app. They’re the glamorous influencers that can change the world. They also have a few secrets and an avalanche warning or two.

Book Description

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.

My Review

When executives of an upstart app company called Snoop reserve a skiing chalet in France, Erin and her coworker Danny are hired to provide hospitality and meals. These aren’t your normal people from Snoop but edgy influencers who have a highly successful app on their hands. Imagine if you could listen to whatever Lady Gaga is listening to or whoever’s music you love. Beat for beat you are experiencing the same thing as a celebrity. Unfortunately, with any gathering of creatives there are arguments, lies, and in this case a sense of entitlement that is downright annoying. There are so many wonderful characters, reminding me of a Christie novel, but in the year 2020. The characters begin to be picked off one by one and identifying the killer is difficult due to the author’s great detail. This was a true mystery, through and through. 

I obtained this book through Net Galley and have left an honest review.

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