ONE BY ONE By Ruth Ware #Bookblogger

Available from 12th November 2020 as Hardback and ebook as well as audiobook.

SYNOPSIS

Snow is falling in the exclusive alpine ski resort of Saint Antoine, as the shareholders and directors of Snoop, the hottest new music app, gather for a make or break corporate retreat to decide the future of the company. At stake is a billion-dollar dot com buyout that could make them all millionaires, or leave some of them out in the cold.

The clock is ticking on the offer, and with the group irrevocably split, tensions are running high. When an avalanche cuts the chalet off from help, and one board member goes missing in the snow, the group is forced to ask – would someone resort to murder, to get what they want?

MY REVIEW

An absolutely riveting read by Ruth Ware, perfect for readers who enjoy a locked room mystery, with more than a touch of an Agatha Christie feel to it.

We are not short of victims or suspects in this mystery thriller, as 10 guests arrive at a chalet in this exclusive ski resort. All the guests are either shareholders or Directors in the hot app Snoop, a music app that lets subscribers listen to what their favourite celebrity or friend is listening to in real time. An offer is in the table to make the shareholders millionaires but who is holding out and who wants to sell.

Erin and Danny are the hosts for the guests at the cabin, Danny is the cook and Erin is in charge of keeping the guests happy and the chalet clean. But Erin has secrets of her own, until one of the guests recognises her.

With bad weather closing in the guests decide to get some skiing in before they sit down to their meeting in the afternoon, allowing them all to let off some of the tension already building. But ten of the guests went out and only nine came back, what happened to the tenth guest?

Everyone seems shocked that one of the most experienced skiers of the group seems to have had an accident and is now missing, but does someone know more than they are letting on. It’s not long before more disaster hits as the snow continues to fall and an avalanche hits the cabin and surrounding area, leaving parts of the building buried. As the group rally round they each try their phones to check for a signal, only one person manages to get a faint signal and manages to put a call through to the police, although unsure as to how much of the conversation was heard due to poor reception, it’s left for everyone to just hold tight and wait. With no electricity, no telephones they are stranded.

This is a well thought out, well plotted mystery, with lots of red herrings planted along the way to keep the reader guessing. Gradually the tension builds throughout the story leading to a heart pounding ending. Told from the points of view of Erin and Liz throughout. I was engaged almost from start to finish, there was just a small part just past the half way mark where the tension seemed to drop a little before picking up again.

I would definitely recommend this if you are a crime mystery lover, a perfect read to curl up on a chilly autumn evening with.

I give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank #netgalley and #RandomhouseUK #HarvillSecker publishers for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.


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