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One by One (Robert Hunter #5)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  3,316 Ratings  ·  329 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
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published January 1st 2013)
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May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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....
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
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
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Großartiges Buch! Vielleicht der beste Band der Reihe. Unfassbar spannend von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite!
Vicky (A Backpack Full of Adventures)
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
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
Tracy Fenton
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diesmal haben es Hunter und Garcia mit einem Serienmörder zu tun der den Menschen, über das Internet, die Wahl lässt, wie die Personen sterben sollen.

Wie immer sehr brutal und detailliert, aber auch spannend.
Kleines Manko, mir ist die Lösung des Falls dann doch zu schnell/einfach gewesen.
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Another page-turner. Tension from start to finish.
Paula Brandon
Feb 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Uspio me prikovati da ju pročitam do kraja u par sati. Volim te njegove istražitelje Roberta Huntera i Carlosa Garsiju a zainteresirala me i nova likica, bivša hakerica Michelle sada šefica u FBI. Jeza me lovila svaki puta od tog psihopata, pametnog programera, uvijek korak ispred svih....
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Another 5 star book from Chris Carter!
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2013
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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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...

Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Colette Lamberth
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my good God, what an ending. I swear this series just keeps getting better.
➸ Gwen de Sade
If Jigsaw wrote a book, it would be this one. Thank god I managed to finish it before sunset.
Sve po starom, Robert Hunter je najpametniji, najzgodniji, najbolji.
Jane Wongprommoon
ใหคะเเนนมากมายดวยความพิศวาสสวนตัว 5555
ถาถามเราวานักเขียนนิยายสืบสวนคนไหนทีเปนอันดับหนึงในดวงใจ เรากจะสามารถตอบไดอยางไมมีทางลังเลเลยวาคุณคริส คารเตอรคนนีนีแหละ!

เรืองนีกยังคงเปนสไตลเดิมของคนเขียนเขานะ คงถนัดเขียนเเบบนี
กคือเรืองจะแบงเปนบทสัน ๆ แตวาระทึกใจไปทุกบททุกตอนเหมือนกับเรากำลังไดดูซีรีสสอบสวนชันหนึงทางทีวีทีตืนเตนเราใจอยางเเรงอยูยังไงยังงัน!

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Zaujímavý nápad, ale ku koncu už akoby trochu príliš skombinované. Menej je niekedy viac aj pri sériových vrahoch.
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up.
Danielle Shields
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What would you do if a new craze hit the net letting you decide how to kill a ‘guilty’ individual? Would you believe it was all just a movie hoax? Would you vote?

These were some of the intriguing questions stirred within Chris Carter’s fifth instalment in the Robert Hunter series, One By One.

From the outset, what captivated me to this novel was the plot. A new serial killer is on the loose who is utilising the web to broadcast in real time som
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I was born in Brasilia, Brazil where I spent my childhood and teenage years. After graduating from high school, I moved to the USA where I studied psychology with specialization in criminal b
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“The nightmares were so devastating that as a self-defense mechanism his brain did all it could to keep him awake at night. Instead of falling asleep, Hunter read ferociously. Books became his refuge, his castle. A safe place where the ghastly nightmares couldn't breach the gates.” 2 likes
“Wir haben also immer eine Wahl? Was ist mit den Entscheidungen die andere für uns treffen und die unser Leben versauen, nicht deren eigenes? Wo bleibt da unsere Wahlfreiheit? Seine Entscheidungen haben mein Leben verändert. Meine ganze Zukunft. Sie haben mich verändert.” 0 likes
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