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How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner the one you are genetically made for.

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around t
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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published March 1st 2018 by Hanover Square Press (first published July 15th 2016)
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Kaceey
5 identical matching ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Move over Match.Com - now there’s a new way to find your soulmate!
A foolproof DNA test that will determine with absolute certainty who you should spend the rest of your life with. (Wow!)
Will it break up existing marriages...probably! Will it have people moving across the globe to find their betrothed....absolutely! Could anything here go wrong? Ha! What do you think!?

I knew I wanted to read this one from the moment I read the blurb! I was so excited to get my han
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Melissa
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Chelsea Humphrey
What could possibly go wrong?


I have to hand it to John Marrs for bringing such a modern concept to the thriller genre. And one that happens to encompass my very favorite topic, love. Not sharing the same fondness for that loaded L-word shouldn’t mean writing this one off though. There are plenty of dark thrills, unforeseen twists and riveting plot sequences to distract from the lovey-dovey musings.

If providing a simple DNA sample could result in finding your soulmate, would you partake? Thi
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Meredith
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: overdrive
A wild and entertaining psychological thriller about making the ultimate love match and living “happily ever after.”

The plot: Characters take DNA tests in the hopes of being matched with their soul mate. 6 couples are matched, and while some find love, others find themselves living a nightmare.

The narrative: The narrative is comprised of 6 POV’s. Two males and four females share their journey on being matched with “the one.” This structure was a little frustrating in the beginning, as I cou
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dennis
Pleased to announce that The One by John Marrs is the #ScaredSuspenseBookClub February read! If you'd like to join in with our updates and discussions on Instagram, come follow our page @scaredsuspensebookclub. <3 ...more
Holly  B
Thrilling....Gasp!....Thrilling

You've heard of Match.com to find a date. Well, what if you could find your true soul mate? 100%
guaranteed and scientifically proven! New technology has been discovered and all you need to do is
1.Sign up
2.Swab your mouth
3.Wait for the database to find your match and contact you with details.

The book follows 5 people who meet their perfect one and only. This book has it all! I gasp so many times I lost count. Plenty of twists and turns as you follow the five coup
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Tan Markovic
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
THIS IS BEING MADE INTO A NETFLIX SERIES AND SDSFKLHSABGVBFBJNLLKEFS I CAN'T WAIT

Reviews can be found at: www.booknerdtan.wordpress.com

WOOOOOOOOOW.
There isnt enough stars.
Holy fuck, that book was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.
With a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter, all 103 of them, and each of them littered with ethical and emotional dilemmas, this book was incredibly hard to put down; Marrs immediately draws you into each storyline and you have to know what happens
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Julie
The One by John Marrs is a 2017 Del Rey publication.
Outstandingly original!!

I don’t know how I missed this book when it was first published, but it skated underneath my radar until recently. I went into this one blind. The synopsis really doesn’t prepare one for what is about to transpire!!

Online dating services and apps has nothing on ‘Match Your DNA’. Get tested, and if your soul mate has also been tested, you will be matched to the absolute love of your life. If only it were that simple….


Natu
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MarilynW
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
The One by John Marrs (Author) Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, Jot Davies, Sophie Aldred

Scientists have discovered a gene that each person shares with just one other person and by taking a simple DNA test you will be matched with your one and only perfect partner. I love reading stories like this. Folks doing something I would never do...watching the trainwreck that I can imagine happening from taking this huge leap of faith, with everyone being told that the results are NEVE
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preoccupiedbybooks
**I've just seen that this starts on Netflix on March 12th!! Please be good! 🤞**

Omfg that was crazy!!! I need to lie down in a darkened room for a while now 😂

Ok I've finally recovered from this book, so thought I would write a short spoiler free review!

Imagine if you could take a DNA test to find your one true love! In The One scientists had previously discovered a gene which you only share with one other person, your DNA match. Millions of people took the test and found their match, and now ten
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JV (semi-hiatus)
"I wanted to meet the one who accepts me for who I am, who loves me for all my faults and my quirks, and who will be there by my side for whatever challenges come our way."
The matters of the heart are a complicated one. Paraphrasing Blaise Pascal's famous quote, the heart has its own reasons which reason itself does not understand. Truly, it is human nature to be inquisitive — poking, sticking our noses where it doesn't belong, meddling with "things" that we aren't supposed to be tampering w
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Bibi
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
*Coming to netflix on March 12, 2021*

You need to read this book!
EmBibliophile
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
5 stars

This book has exceeded the limited approved amount of shocking gasp-worthy moments that should exist in a book!!

How just HOW this book hasn’t been tuned into a black mirror episode yet?! Hell, why hadn’t it tuned to its own show! I’m demanding that this book get the book to TV show adaptation it deserves!! No matter what genre you prefer to read, you’d still end up loving this book!

The premise of this book is the most interesting thing I’ve ever seen. This book follows five different peo
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Jen
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal book!! Since I'm reading his newer one, thought I would put a review up for this one that I read last year. This was a "start to finish can't put down read" for me. I was hooked immediately by the concept. That there is genetically a person made to fit with you for life, a scientific soul mate. And of course, this discovery has been marketed as a DNA style matching/dating website. Imagine the ramifications.. all sorts of ideas you had about dating and love are turned on their head. Su ...more
Gabby
4.5 stars
This book is EPIC. After loving The Passengers, I wanted to check out more books from this author and everyone kept recommending this book to me, and wow I'm so glad I read this. Like The Passengers, this book also feels very Black Mirror to me. The concept for this book is one of my favorites ever: it takes place in a world where you can take a DNA test and find "the one" you are supposed to be with. This company has discovered something in our DNA that matches us with one other person
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Dash fan
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
5☆ Strangely Compelling and Highly addictive

I really enjoyed reading The One. It's actually scary that this could quite possibly happen.

Times have moved on in the wonderful world of dating.
There are now so many ways to find your perfect match... but to what cost?.... can you really ever be completely sure who your meeting.
Through the likes of Tinder, speed dating, etc...

What if there was a way you could be sure of finding your perfect match..... would you be interested??
Would you be willing to
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jessica
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is the reason i now believe in second chances. john marrs’ ‘the good samaritan’ was one of the worst books i read this year (if ever), so i thought myself crazy to pick up another one of his novels. but this sounded SO interesting, i just couldnt stay away. and guess what? ive never been happier!

this is very ‘black mirror’-esque, which i love! but its not as sci-fi heavy as you would think. this focuses on the people, their relationships, and how they interact with each other in regard
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Heather
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodness this was addicting.
I honestly might change this to 5 stars....need some time to think on it
Sue
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that stayed glued to my hands, I really was so enthralled with not only the superb writing but the plot.
What an original high quality top marks concept of a wonderfully woven story.

It's unlike any story that I've read before, so, this is so going to be remembered by me in the future as it stands out because of it.

Falling in love.
Seems straight forward.
Attraction, like, emotions, appeal.

Not in this book!

What if there was really a Mr Right or Mrs Right for you somewhere in this bi
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Sheyla ✎
The One is a futuristic novel with enough interesting characters to keep you turning the pages, or in my case listening to every chapter.

A discovery has been made. A gene has been found that can tell you who is your soulmate. When you meet the One, you know they are it for you. With Match Your DNA, now anyone can find that special someone who will make your life the happiest.

Yet, not everyone is happy. Match Your DNA has broken marriages and relationships left and right. Then, of course, th
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Dem
An immensely seductive story, clever and unpredictable, modern and just the sort of book to get completely lost in.

" A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person Millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now five more people meet their match but even soul mates have secrets and some are more shocking and deadlier than others"

I just recently had my DNA test completed with Ancestry for family research and when I picked this book up
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Nazanin
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3.5 Stars

This story is about five persons who took Match Your DNA test to find their soulmates. I liked that idea but just for the story because I don’t need my DNA tell me who’s my husband! This story is about when they found out about their Matches, how they’re dealing with them. The first half was a little slow but the second half was better because of consequences that show themselves. I really don’t like all the characters, I liked just Nick. The story wasn’t that mysterious I expected. And
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Julie (JuJu)
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
”To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.’ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables”


Another Netflix series...YES! Very few science fiction books appeal to me, but John Marrs has the perfect recipe for mixing sci-fi and thriller!

‪The concept of using DNA to match you to “The One” sounded so enticing. WOW...what a fantastic way to speed up the process of finding your soulmate. Skip all those disastrous and boring dates. If you’
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Oscar
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Welcome to another season of Black Mirror

That's what I thought after reading the first few chapters. Quick sideline, it quite saddens me that we won't be having any new Black Mirror season this year. Now back to this book.

Ellie, Mandy, Jade, Nick, and Christopher were very fleshed out from one another. Silly me thought I'm going to have trouble keeping them all aligned in my mind. Because of John Marrs' writing, being invested in their own plots was easy. So close to giving this a 3 because,
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Susanne  Strong
Totally Addictive. Like. I. Can’t. Even.

MatchYourDna.Com? This immediately got my back up. I mean I am a HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS person by nature. I had my doubts about this early on. I mean.. a DNA test that will determine who you’re supposed to spend the rest of your life with? My first thought? AS IF!

Something was in fact up, and I was in fact right to be suspicious and the people I was suspicious of? Yep! I had them pegged from the beginning, but I didn’t guess right.

Way to bring it yet again J
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
... Ostentatiously unostentatious ...

Anyway, how do you go about telling an app to go code itself whenever it tells you have to get warm and cozy with a serial killer?

Ughhh. Imagine you let some DNA test pick your one and only soulmate? Or is it a DNA-mate? I've no idea.
Now think about serial killers. Do they get soulmates?
Imagine getting paired with a (cardboard) sociopath. How does that app idea sound now?

Q:
‘What if it turns out our DNA doesn’t Match?’
‘Then we’ll be mindful that maybe we’ll
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Carolyn
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the not too distant future a scientist has discovered DNA based test that is responsible for that instant 'our eyes met across the room and we just knew we were meant for each other' response. Now she has designed an App (Match my DNA) for this test that allows people to find their perfect Match - the One (I recommend that any scientists and sceptics out there suspend their disbelief and arguments, accept that basic premise and just go with the flow to enjoy the ride!) As you can imagine this ...more
Bren
“Maybe when you took it back to basics, that’s what love really was: just being there for someone when the sun rises and sets.”
― John Marrs, The One

I thought I'd hate this.

I really did. It has been on my TBR list for AGES.

I read it in one sitting and I loved it. I mean.....now I wonder why I didn't read this six months ago.

The concept is riveting. Imagine, if you will, that it is found that we all have a "soulmate". Someone whose genes match ours perfectly. Someone whom we were BORN TO BE WITH.

A
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Where is the 10 star button?!!! You know that book that you have put off reading, yet you don't know why...and when you do- you are blown away and wondering, what took me so long?? This my friends is that book! WOW!!!

This book started out and ended strong. The writing was brilliant. The twists were shocking. Every single time I let me guard down, I was shocked again.

Find your perfect match without having to do the work? No more struggling through all the frogs to find the prince. No more terri
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Zoeytron
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zoeytron by: Adrian Dooley
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

So many internet dating sites out there, each promising to match you to other individuals who, like you, are looking to find their one true love. Disappointments abound, bad matches are made. Ready to give up? What if a mere mouth swab could do the trick for you? Match you with your other half, as it were. It's DNA, should be foolproof. Takes the stress and the guesswork out of the whole dating scene, and it has taken the world by storm.

The
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Beverly
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Weird and compelling, but filled with stock characters who speak in conversations that resemble the old soap operas of yesteryear, The One is a strange book. When I was trying to categorize it, I came up with horror which is what it most strongly represents, not only because of the character who is a serial killer, but because I would not enjoy this future world scenario in which for a small fee you can be matched to your love interest through some sort of DNA code. The possibilities for chaos s ...more
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John Marrs is the author of #1 Best Sellers The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, Welcome to Wherever You Are, Her Last Move, The Passengers, The Minders and What Lies Between Us.
The One has been translated into 30 different languages and is to be turned into an eight-part Netflix series starting in autumn 2020.
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