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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Rae faces a dilemma when her brother, Kenan, announces a man wants to buy their log cabin in Virginia. A place abandoned after they helplessly watched their parents tortured and killed inside. Reluctantly, Rae agrees to sign over the deed once Kenan mentions their six friends are taking a road trip with them for moral support.

The next morning, two of their friends have dis
Paperback, 146 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Dream Snatcher Press (first published May 20th 2013)
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Angel Gelique
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nine young adults take a trip to an isolated cabin in the woods, the site of a tragedy that haunts two siblings within the group. The siblings are planning to sell the cabin so that they can finally have closure and put the past behind them. To their dismay, one of their friends invited a stranger along. He seems decent enough...until a young woman in the group is murdered and the stranger is caught pulling her body from the lake. Suddenly, he's the target of suspicion, but is he really the kill ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the real horror story in this book is that the writer apparently teaches creative writing.

anyway. one of the killers is obvious from chapter 1, the other one is unnecessarily edgy for ~~~shock value~~~, they are both "crazy" of course bc fuck mentally ill people, everyone in this book hates each other even before the killing starts so why did they even agree to going on a 3-day trip together?! all the characters are two-dimensional and also just shitty people in general.

basically I hated this f
Rebekkah Ford
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was happy to receive a signed copy of One By One by Yawatta and promised to give an honest review.

Okay, let me tell ya, if you’re into movies like Scream, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street, you’re going to dig this book. I grew up watching those movies, so when I read this book, it took me back to my teenage years. I was suddenly fourteen, sitting in the dark with my friends on a weekend night, watching a horror movie. I treasure those times and couldn’t help feel nostalgic as I was
Ronald Keeler
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
One by One by Yawatta Hosby is a murder mystery which begins with a familiar setting. A three- day fun weekend at the beach has been slightly altered to a three-day weekend at a cabin. There is a familiar plot once the first murder takes place. Readers can anticipate more murders will take place. The answers to two questions are important. Who is the murderer that took the life of the first victim? How many more murders will take place before the murderer is found and whoever is left will be abl ...more
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I found this book through the Goodreads First Reads program. I didn't win a copy, but I'm a sucker for any book based on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. I really need to stop that, because I was burned with Gretchen McNeil's Ten and now this one too.

First let me say that I admire Yawatta Hosby or any author who completes a NaNoWriMo book and publishes it (something I would love to do, but I doubt I have the discipline) so I tried to cut the author some slack, but she really lost me
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
At her brother's request, Rae is going on a trip to her family's old vacation cabin to sell it to a mysterious person only known as RL. It's only supposed to be a brief pit stop for the siblings and their friends while they're on their way for a fun filled July 4th beach weekend. However, nothing goes as planned.

Characters are interesting, complicated and develop as the story progresses.

The narrative is complex with an intriguingly woven web of mystery and action. Rich detail sets scenes and hel
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-reads
Interesting twist

This had a very interesting twist to it and I think it is a perfect read for Halloween. There were parts I hated - like how everyone was constantly thinking & saying how Rae was so fragile & couldn't handle anything .. she was stronger than all of them combined. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll just leave it at that but I would recommend it as long as you don't mind gore.
Maria Riegger
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Brady tugged at his wife beater and wiped sweat off his forehead. He may die at any second, yet all he could think about was sex. He was a horny guy; he couldn't help it."

If you're looking for a campy horror-in-the-woods page-turner of a novel, look no further. I read this in one day. The author creates a scary, twisted, whodunit without resorting to it being a gorefest. Treat yourself this Halloween!
Maria Riegger
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Brady tugged at his wife beater and wiped sweat off his forehead. He may die at any second, yet all he could think about was sex. He was a horny guy; he couldn't help it."

If you're looking for a campy horror-in-the-woods page-turner of a novel, look no further. I read this in one day. The author creates a scary, twisted, whodunit without resorting to it being a gorefest. Treat yourself this Halloween!
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it

(but you can read safely until the cut-off point)

One by One is the debut novel of the super lovely Yawatta Hosby, whose awesome blog you can read here. Let me start by saying that the author provided a free copy to me for review purposes. This review originally appeared on my site

I will let the blurb speak for itself:
Alone in the woods, thirty miles from civilization with no cell phone reception, the weekend turns into a deadly game
Pamela Harju
Nov 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the idea of this book. I thought it would be a bit like Harper's Island, a TV show I very much enjoyed.
Sadly, this didn't deliver.
The pacing is wrong, and the book is slow at the start and then everything happens really fast at the end. The writing is poor. There is too much telling instead of showing, which is probably why the characters had no depth. I couldn't keep track of who was who because they were all too similar. The author gave descriptions of each character's appea
Joshua Grant
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yawatta Hosby hits us with a tale of terror in the woods in One by One! Rae heads with her brother and some friends to sell the isolated log cabin where their parents were murdered. Suspicious events strand them there, leaving Rae to fight for her life as her parents did. Hosby really knows how to bake in suspense with each page, but I especially love her attention to character! Rae is relatable, real, and above all, I really felt for her. The characters made this book meaningful and the suspens ...more
Samantha Henthorn
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If there is one thing I like about horror literature, it is log cabins - I easily moved in with the characters of this one because of the writing. Cabins are flimsy with draughts blowing in a gale and goodness knows what else, and those wooden doors can easily be smashed. But the thing is, the characters in this book already know that - brother and sister Rae and Kenan have already suffered a traumatic experience in the very same place (the memory of which is delivered in a chillingly descriptiv ...more
Arlena Dean
By: Yawatta Hosby
Published By: Dream Snatcher Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

"One By One" by Yawatta Hosby was one good horror mystery thriller read. When I first started reading "One By One" my thoughts were that it was just going to be another mystery read but I will tell you as I continued to read I got much more than I had expected. We will find this family has been scattered and torn apart by death of the parents and now we have the son and daughter (Kenan
Tony Parsons
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The group: Naomi (Rae BFF, Tobey G/F), Tobey (28), Brady (aka Creepy Boy, ½ Cherokee, history major, singer), Marissa (Mar, Kenan ex-lover, Rae BFF), Logan (Kenan roommate), Selma (Kenan lover), & Adam (LA) were all spending the W/E at the cabin in West Virginia where 10 yrs. ago Kenan (brother) & Rae (sister, Logan lover) witnessed their parents being brutally murdered. Rae & her mother had also been raped.

Swimming, having fun, get drunk/high, BBQ & get laid at the lake was what it was suppose
Deborah J Miles
Horror and psychological thrillers take me out of my reading comfort zone, but One by One is the debut story from Hosby, an author I have come to enjoy reading. While I don't think it is her best work, as a debut novel it shows real promise.

This is the story of a group of friends who are heading to the beach for a few days, but stopping off at a cabin in the woods, so that Kenan and Rae can sign it over to the new owner, an individual called RL.

We are told that Kenan and Rae's parents were murde
Anthony Land
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

One diabolical debut novel!

A politically correct assortment of nine 20-somethings heads off for a lakeside weekend, absorbed by their transient sexual pairings, petty spats and long-running, if shallow, relationships, all of it described in a style approaching the clinical.

Ah, but there is madness in author Yawatta Hosby’s method! That same cold detachment persists as their sojourn in a remote cabin becomes a waking nightmare. The wall it builds between the reader and the relentless recounti

I've haven't read much this year, but what I have read has tended to be pretty good. I thought I was on a roll and nothing could touch me; that whatever I picked was going to be good.

I was wrong.

One By One by new-to-me author Yawatta Hosby is not very good. Poorly plotted, character , indistinguishable characters, and nonsensical decision making by said characters eventually outweighed the unrealistic dialogue and puzzling writing choices Hosby made. Her tendency to end chapters with a question
Jordanna East
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
The beginning of this novel started off a little slow for me. There were a lot of characters to introduce, plus their relationships to each other, and, oddly, what each of them were wearing. Once you get past all that, you have a fast-paced thriller on your hands, parallel to that of a summer slasher film.

The name says it all: One by One. One by one the nine characters, off on a weekend getaway, are picked off. The reader has an inkling who's behind it all, through subtle hints and sheer intuit
T.G. Davis
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One By One is a nice read of very complicated personalities. The second half of the novel is truly bone chilling as a killer rages amidst the deep woods the family cabin resides. Kenan and Rae have a terribly complicated relationship that shines beautifully through Yawatta Hosby's writing style. I thought the depiction of Adam was a super nice touch as this group of friends clearly needed some kind of shaking up. The novel definitely made me feel for the characters and that's quite hard to due i ...more
Beaird Glover
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One By One builds from a large group of friends and one stranger who go to an isolated vacation house together. The characters know each other very well and are constantly involved in petty tiffs and mate-swapping. They speak as friends would, with little differentiation between them, and it can be confusing to keep track of who is who. But the author has a firm grasp of who they all are, and analyzes their every word and thought as the story moves along.

The horror really explodes in the fina
Tamra LeValley
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: winner-books
This is your typical "scary movie" book. Young adult go out into the woods on vacation and get killed "One by One."

A very predictable novella from start to finish. Some chapters felt forced. It was an easy book to read because the author has fantastic writing skills. She also did a good job when writing the characters personalities and traits. This alone allowed me to give an extra star.

The plot was so typical that it became boring. I was hoping throughout the entire book that the author would t
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I didn't enjoy this one unfortunately.

I can't say i liked any of the characters. They were either annoying or dull.

It was too predictable for me. I knew fairly early on who the killer would be. (view spoiler)

Overall, Not a very good murder mystery for me.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from a Good Reads First Read giveaway. It was a great story with twists and turns I didn't see coming. The ending definitely cought me of guard. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a good thriller. Goes into great detail which I love. Made me feel like I was there. ...more
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Good Thriller

I received this book in a giveaway. It had some of your typical elements you find in a thriller novel or movie. Having said that, the story held my interest from start to finish. There are some interesting twists and turns in the plot including a surprising ending. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it .
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This book reads like an old drive-inn movie thriller or horror story where a lot of the group, gathered at an old house located by a lake far from anything, get killed off. But, the ending really surprised me. Read it for yourself and see if you aren't surprised by the ending. ...more
Melissa Rothman
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a gift from my new friend and brilliant author Yawatta I loved this book the writing is great it's a short read and keeps you in great suspence this is a great thriller that made me feel like I was watching scary movie thank you Yawatta for your book I highly recommend!!! ...more
Brenda Treddle
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really into YA books.But this was really good.Who is killing this group of
friends,stranger.Its has twist and turns you don't expect.Had to remember who is who.The ending was a surprise to me. With the why of the killings
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Before the group got to the cabin I thought "come on, where's the action!?" Once they made it to the cabin, I was a happy reader. A who-done-it, blame game mystery. ...more
Donna Girouard
I tell my creative writing students always to try to say something positive about each other's work, so I will try to practice what I preach.
I do admire that this piece was apparently written for NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately, the author seems to have stopped after the rough draft (as do many of my students). What happened to the editing? There are so many grammatical errors and typos in this book that I kept getting distracted. While some (like "if he would had known" might be considered errors that
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Hello, I’m Yawatta Hosby. I reside in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. I enjoy connecting with other writers through blogging. With a desire to escape every day life, I create short stories, novellas, and novels. I’ve always had a fascination with psychology, so I like to focus on the inner-struggles within my characters. I’m an avid reader, favorite genres: mystery, suspense, horror, and w ...more

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