Danielle Reviews: One by One by Ruth Ware

Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?

When an off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?

I absolutely loved locked room mysteries, so I was very excited to read Ruth Ware’s newest, One by One. It centers on a company retreat at a remote ski chalet for a handful of the company’s employees, plus two staff members at the chalet. When one of the members of the group goes missing and is presumed dead, tensions start to rise. What happened, and was it really an accident?

This book is told in two alternating perspectives, Erin, the host at the ski resort, and Liz, a former employee attending the company retreat. This allows the reader insight into both some of the dynamics of the company, and why some of the employees seem to be at odds with each other, as well as a third party’s perspective on what is happening. I really enjoyed the back and forth, and thought it added depth to the book.

I absolutely loved the setting, and I think Ware did a great job of describing it in a way that made me really feel the tension, being on this remote mountain in the freezing cold, and then losing power and becoming trapped after an avalanche hits. I really loved this aspect of the book, and I thought it helped bring the story to life!

I was hooked from early on in this book, and flew through most of it in one sitting. If you’re a fan of books like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None or Lucy Foley’s The Guest List, I highly recommend this one, as I rated it five stars. I’d like to thank Scout Press for my copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

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