One by One by Ruth Ware was chosen for one of the January COYER book club picks. I’ve read one of Ruth Ware’s books in the past. I didn’t love it the way others seemed to and I wasn’t sure if I’d like this one. I’m so glad I picked it up.
Ware kept me on my toes this time around. I didn’t know which way we were going to go next. I really liked how the story was told in alternating chapters between characters. I finished One by One in two days and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.
I had been pretty wishy washy on The Woman in Cabin 10. One by One made me want to deep dive into Ware’s back list. At any point in time while reading I was suspicious of all of them. Towards the end I started to suspect who was behind it all but couldn’t have been 100% sure.
Usually I am a character driven reader. I’ve read books in the past that I rated pretty low because I didn’t care about the characters. The funny thing is I didn’t actually like any of the characters in One by One. Some of them were actually pretty awful.
This might sound odd but the company Snoop was almost like a character unto itself. By the end of the story I really liked Danny and Erin. Once they were out from underneath suspicion and all the bad things happening, they turned out to be pretty nice characters. I was a little sad to let them go.
One by One by Ruth Ware was the first book I gave a 5 star rating to in 2021. It also made me want to dig into Ware’s back list and explore a bit more.
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