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One by One

(Robert Hunter #5)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  5,692 ratings  ·  484 reviews
'I need your help, Detective. Fire or water?' Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD's Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address - a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. But the caller doesn't want Detective Hunter to just watch, he wants him to participate, and refusal ...more
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Published August 15th 2013 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published August 8th 2013)
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Emma
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Upping this to 5 stars on my reread because it's bloody terrifying. I knew it deserved an extra star when I was forced to check all the potential hiding places in my hotel room last night. Just in case....
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
A serial killer is at work. Not just any serial killer, but one that puts the power and choices in the hands of the public. Broadcasting live on the internet, this serial killer asks the general public to vote on which more horrific manner of death they want a total stranger to undergo. And vote they do. Human beings voting to see a horrific death.

That's the fiction part of the book, but you know what? I bet that if such a scenario did happen live on the internet that there is plenty of sick pe
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Ami
4.25 stars

I say this practically in every reviews I have written when it comes to Chris Carter's "Robert Hunter" series: a well-written series that satisfy my needs for serial killers and fast-paced procedural. Every single books that he has written just grips me from the get go -- it is so fast paced and intense, I always feel like on edge of my seat (or bed, wherever I am when I read).

This latest book again gives a captivating story -- but more so than the previous books, I feel that it also
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Mandy White
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
This series just more and more gruesome as it goes! I love it!. So many sick and twisted ways to kill people. Robert Hunter has to be one of my favourite characters.. these books are just so good!!
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read all the books in the series and loved them but I found One By One a little drab in comparison. Don't get me wrong this is still a great read which held my attention all the way through but I just felt it lacked something and was a bit lacklustre in comparison with its predecessors. Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia are great protagonists who work very effectively as a team and are a pleasure to read. The plotting (covered by the synopsis) is intricate, gruesome and definitely not for t ...more
Raven
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chris Carter has quickly carved out a niche for himself in the realm of the psychological serial killer thriller, and One By One marks the fifth outing for his detectives Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia. Tapping into the fertile world of social networking and the sometimes insidious influence of the Internet, Carter has produced a truly chilling crime read, which most scarily could eventually happen…

Robert Hunter of the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division finds himself receiving the very personal att
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Paula Brandon
Feb 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Det. Robert Hunter and his partner Det. Carlos Garcia must track down a serial killer who is broadcasting his murders over the internet. Viewers are given a choice as to how they would like the victim to die.

The movie "Untraceable" was released in 2008 and starred Diane Lane. It had the exact same plot, in which a killer broadcasts his murders over the internet. This book was published in 2013, five years later. The killers in both even have the same motive! This book skates uncomfortably close
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Siobhan
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After picking up the first in the Robert Hunter series and thoroughly enjoying it I went ahead and picked up the rest in the series, finishing them in next to no time at all. One By One, is without a doubt my favourite in regards to the crime that took place. It was such a unique take on crime, really interesting to see, with information being kept from you until the right moment meaning a lot of time was spent dealing with the emotional side of what was taking place.

Chris Carter is one of those
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Vicky
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This, my dear friends, is how you write an exceptional, cold-blooded thriller readers won’t be able to put down. I’ve only read one of Carter’s previous books so far but it instantly became one of my favourite books this year and put Chris Carter right on top of my ‘favourite crime writers’ list. But even though I knew One by One would be just as brilliant as The Night Stalker (and I’m sure most of his previous books) was, I wasn’t sure if he’d be able to top that level and write something even ...more
Craig "NEEDS MORE DAMN TIME TO READ !!!!"
Rather enjoyed this! This time the killer was quite untouchable and quite a nasty person. Then when things finally 'clicked' it was quite a revelation not to mention similar to, again, the motives of 80's slasher movies, which isn't a bad thing. Quite a nice race against time finish too!

Downsides were the author going back to descriptions of face rubbing, hair tugging etc which were absent from the previous book and the Chief saying "is this for real" every other chapter when things were obviou
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Richard White
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Graphic as hell but like the previous books really good . Great series!
Tracy Fenton
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in the extremely awesome but gruesome Robert Hunter series and if you know me at all you will know that I think you should ALWAYS read books in order. Therefore without giving any spoilers - the book starts off with a telephone call to Robert Hunter asking him to choose how a victim should die. I didn't think Chris Carter could shock me anymore with his gruesome killers and sick scenarios.. but he can and he did. Another fast paced and gripping thriller with Robert and his p ...more
Kat
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't plan to read this book.

Riding a commuter train home, a woman next to me was reading it. When the train approached her stop, she got ready to leave, but put the book down on the table between the seats and left it there. Another passenger and I pointed out that she'd forgotten her book, but she said "No, I don't want it!" and turned away.

Was it that bad? She had been reading up to about the middle of the book. Was there something horrible in it that she didn't want to continue? I had to
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Gary
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The 5th book in the Robert Hunter series of books by Chris Carter.
I was really looking forward to this book as I rated all of his previous 4 books 5 stars. I started late yesterday and I just couldn't put it down. Like the other books it is not for the feint hearted, full of gore and sadistic killings and not really the type of book I would like to read all the time especially late at night but for the marvelous Chris Carter I am always prepared to make an exception.
A really good psychological t
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Rosie
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another page-turner. Tension from start to finish.
Laura LlamaDragon
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the fifth book in the Robert Hunter series to be another solid four star read. Much like the previous books in the series it was very quick to dive into the main plot, beginning in this case in a different manner to the previous books which did add a new kind of interest. Also, like the previous books the murders were extremely brutal, gruesome and sadistic and often described in great detail so these books certainly aren’t for the squeamish. What I liked about this book is that the case ...more
Matt
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Carter’s latest novel combines the attention to detail of a veteran author and the horrific detail usually found in the SAW series. Surely not for the weak of heart or a reader who cannot handle gruesome description (though with a point and not simply mindless drivel). When Detective Robert Hunter receives a mysterious phone call, urging him to log onto a private website, he cannot resist. The fallout of this simple task, the murder of a man whose death Hunter inadvertently orchestrated, opens u ...more
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Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that after reading the previous books in this series I was pretty sure I knew what was coming in terms of the shock factor and gore. I was wrong! The opening of this book alone was enough to make my skin start crawling and the book only got more graphic and descriptive as time went on. I don’t say this as a negative as in my opinion it adds to the fear factor which always gets my heart racing. That aside, people who aren’t fans of this type of thing may not want to read this series ...more
Jamie Rose
I liked Chris Carter's previous books. This wasn't bad, but I didn't think it was as good as his other books. But it was better than some of the absolute trot I've read recently lol.

I was put off somewhat because I found the story to be incredibly similar to a movie called Untraceable . Similar to the point of plagiarism... The plot, methods and reasoning behind the killings in the book are pretty much identical to those in Untraceable , the only marked difference is the investigator...

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Lady*M
Almost, but not quite 4 stars.

Since the first book in the series, Carter had steadily improved. His writing, his pacing, characterization and plotting had all improved.

I was especially gratified was that he abandoned Hunter's genius status - it wasn't mentioned even once and he made mistakes and got frustrated like a normal human being. Garcia became an excellent investigator in his own right and we got another great character - ex-hacker now FBI agent - Michelle Kelly that I would like to see a
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➸ Gwen de Sade
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
If Jigsaw wrote a book, it would be this one. Thank god I managed to finish it before sunset.
Patrícia Braz
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
4.7 stars
Snjezana Scarpetta Isles
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I can say ? Only CHRIS CARTER is AMAZING !!! :)
Book Addict Shaun
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, kindle
This is without a doubt one of the best crime fiction books I have ever read. And, dare I say it, one of the most enjoyable. From the opening to closing chapter I could not stop reading. I love short chapters, they end so abruptly and usually on a cliffhanger that you really have no choice but to continue reading. Some authors aren't that good with the short chapters, but Chris Carter isn't one of them. He is a fantastic writer and tells one hell of a story.

I read The Hunter a few days ago whic
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LucyLui's Reviews
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: may-18, chris-carter
One by One by Chris Carter

Title - One By One
Author - Chris Carter
Published - May '14
Publisher - Simon and Schuster
Genre - #Crime #Mystery #Thriller
Pages - 513
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £5.94 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 0857203088

One By One is the fifth book in the Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter. The LAPD Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) deal with some of the sickest and worst criminals and serial killers imaginable. Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia head up the RHD and are in charge of catchi
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Sunnie
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had very mixed feelings about ONE BY ONE. It's definitely not for the squeamish. Serial killer using particularly nasty ways to kill victims and broadcasting live on the internet.

He gets people to choose the manner of the deaths by voting.

The plot wasn't exactly original; I've read similar.
I wasn't overly impressed with the writing either. It didn't always flow for me and the author had the habit of injecting back stories for characters in a way that didn't flow well for me.

What kept me readi
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Colette Lamberth
Oh my good God, what an ending. I swear this series just keeps getting better.
Jemma
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
hugely gory but gripping book. moments where you think you know whats coming and dont want to read it but keep turning the pages regardless .
Arunita
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay..First of all, if you can't handle a bit gruesome, this book is not for you. Some murders are quite disturbing. Although this is the fifth book in the Detective Robert Hunter series, but the order doesn't matter that much. You will get a brief introduction to the core characters. I liked the narration style. In some places though, it felt like reading a movie script-the way the author portrays people having flashbacks in the middle of action sequence and all. But he mentions very minute det ...more
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“Really? We always have a choice, do we? What about the choices that other people make that end up completely changing your life, not theirs? Where is our choice there, then?” 5 likes
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