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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  19,220 ratings  ·  3,295 reviews
'The sense of dread deepens as the snow falls in Ruth Ware's tensely plotted and deliciously cast alpine thriller' Louise Candlish, bestselling author of Our House

**The unmissable new thriller from the queen of the modern-day murder mystery.**

Snow is falling in the exclusive alpine ski resort of Saint Antoine, as the shareholders and directors of Snoop, the hottest new mus
Published September 15th 2020 by Vintage Digital (first published September 8th 2020)
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Loni Youngblood This is a very popular premise for books. Many authors have used this as a base for their story. Some of my favorites are Sleep by C.L Taylor, An Unwa…moreThis is a very popular premise for books. Many authors have used this as a base for their story. Some of my favorites are Sleep by C.L Taylor, An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena, In The Dark by Loreth Anne White, and currently The Guest list by Lucy Foley.(less)
M Just a chef at a exclusive chalet frustrated by guests who don't give advance information about their dietary needs--in this case who throw his menus …moreJust a chef at a exclusive chalet frustrated by guests who don't give advance information about their dietary needs--in this case who throw his menus into chaos by not disclosing they're vegans. (less)
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Chelsea Humphrey


Well, here we are again. I've been hit or miss with Ruth Ware's novels since she broke onto the scene, and while I wasn't a huge fan of her first 3 books, I really connected well with The Death of Mrs. Westaway and The Turn of the Key. Finding out that Ms. Ware has a true calling in telling stories of modern gothic suspense, I assumed she would stay this route, at least for awhile, but it seems she's come full circle back around to her roots. I have no desire to be mean or personally attack the
Aug 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Bored to Tears!

One by One is a thriller/mystery about a corporate staff retreat at a ski chalet that goes horribly awry, resulting in members of the group being killed off “one by one.”

A group of technology executives arrive at a French Ski Chalet, but not all make it out alive. They are fighting to decide whether or not to sell the company. Alliances are formed, and the atmosphere is rife with tension. When a natural disaster occurs, the group must fight to survive, but there’s a murderer among
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss

Snoop is the app everyone is talking about! With Snoop you can "snoop" on the music that celebrities, your friends and even your crush is listening to in real time. Anonymously!

So when the Snoop team visits a ski chalet in France to iron out some big decisions and they start dying one by one? Well, I was all over it! This is my favorite kind of book.

As much as I loved the first half, I had two issues:

1) There were five shareholders, five company employees and two chalet employees to keep track
Predictably lame and boring. A paint by numbers “suspense” novel that fails to offer any shock and awe. Given my history with the author’s work, not even the dud conclusion managed to evoke surprise.

Ruth Ware’s work—the few books I’ve dabbled in over the years—hasn’t left me with an overly positive impression. My experiences with her work hit-or-miss, most finding a home in the latter category. Regardless, some warped sense of missing out, bred from the enthusiasm I’ve seen for her work, contin
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Because the world does not have enough social media apps, Snoop is on the scene to allow you to anonymous listen to the music that your friends, relatives, favorite celebrities, and social media influences are listening to. People can snoop in on you as well. It's a fun way to discover new music and be able to sit back and listen along with celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Beyoncé as they are listening to their favorite music.

When the developers of Snoop and their staff arrive at a ski chalet i
Publication: September 8th 2020

One By One, by Ruth Ware, dumps twelve characters on you pretty quickly, so you need a cheat sheet or a sharp mind to keep track of the characters. I started the book when I was hungry and tired and had to quit reading to eat a meal and take a nap, before I could keep the characters straight. But once I got them into my head, I kept a firm grip on who was who. 

Erin and Danny are the staff at a fancy, mountain chalet and this week they are hosting co-workers and one
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruth Ware's latest offering is a terrific, light and entertaining thrill of a ride, a great opportunity to lose yourself for a few hours with a cuppa and forget the troubles of the world. Set in the perfect atmospheric remote and isolated location of beautiful snowy mountains, we have a locked room mystery with a number of classic golden age of crime tropes, as an avalanche leaves a diverse set of characters without power and cut off from the outside world whilst a terrifying killer begins to mu ...more
Kelli Wilson
…. said Ruth Ware when she finished writing this book!

…. said myself and so will you after reading this book!

A fancy chalet atop a French mountain rented by a company for an employee retreat. Things are moving along when the group heads out to ski. Until not everyone returns to the chalet, one of their party is missing. As if that isn’t stressful enough, how about adding in an avalanche that cuts off all communication and seals you inside the chalet. Want more? How
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

I am a fan of Ms. Ware’s writing and I was highly anticipating this novel. What I have truly realized with this book is that Ms. Ware always has “something” that will turn a novel around and make you second guess where you think the plot is going,

Most of the book points to a killer that is trying to make a profit through the outcome of the company, but is that really what is motivating this killer? Think about this you will thank me!

Truthfully the beginning of this bo
This was so bad and I was bored to tears reading this book and the ending was incredibly cheesy and I predicted the killer from the first page. Hear my full thoughts here: ...more
ELLIAS (elliasreads)

.......f u c k.

(Read for The Literally Dead Book Club Pick for the month of October. Tune in for the liveshow for our thoughts— date TBD).

Rating TBA :)
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars! The perfect atmospheric and suspenseful read to escape into!

An isolated ski lodge. A corporate retreat. A devastating and destructive avalanche. A missing person. Secretive and suspicious characters. Thick underlying tension. Hidden secrets and motives. All of these aspects combine to create an easy, engrossing and entertaining story that had me guessing from start to finish.

I really enjoyed the enveloping atmosphere throughout this novel. I truly felt alone and isolated in the snowy mo
3.5 rounded up!

Snoop is a break-out, tech start up on the verge of an IPO (initial public offering) or a buy out..depending on which founding Shareholder you ask.

A music APP that let’s you “snoop” on your favorite celebrities by listening to the same music that they are listening to, at the same time-“like sharing ear buds-one for you and one for me”...

You choose who to “snoop on” and other subscribers can choose to “snoop” on you..

♡ oscar ♡
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, 2020-releases
"Our guests are disappearing one by one, like some bad horror movie."

Eight coworkers of a tech company named Snoop and two staff members are now trapped due to an avalanche in a chalet high up in this snowy mountain. Electricity has been cut off. No signal for their phones to call for help. Food is running out. Everyone is close in losing their minds in this holiday gone wrong scenario. What's the worst thing that could happen next? Two things. Dead bodies and a killer in their midst.

One by
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
The concept of One by One is really appealing in an Agatha Christie way, where a remote location gets cut-off from the outside world and one by one the stranded characters are murdered, with the killer being one of them.

Erin and Danny operate a ski chalet in France and are hosting a company retreat for Snoop, a social media company that enables subscribers to tune into each other’s music playlists in real-time. With celebrity users, fans can listen to exactly what their favourite pers
Sumit RK
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite murder mystery subgenres is the ‘locked room mystery’. Featuring a cast of creepy characters, locked away from the outside world, while a serial killer hunting them, one by one. The thrill of seeking the killer hiding in plain sight is simply unparalleled. Agatha Christie has done it before and with One by One, Ruth Ware has tried to give us a modern version of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

Set in a perfect atmospheric & isolated location in the beautiful snowy mo
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meg's Ruth Ware Ratings:

1. The Turn of the Key: 5-stars
2. The Lying Game: 4.5-stars
3. One by One: 4-stars
4. The Death of Mrs. Westaway: 4-stars
5. In a Dark, Dark Wood: 3.5-stars
6. The Woman in Cabin 10: 3-stars

Regardless of ratings, let's get real, I will read ABSOLUTELY anything Ruth Ware writes. Ever. Period. End of statement.

She's solidly on my Autobuy Author list.

Full review to come...stay tuned!!!


From synopsis:

A luxury mountaintop chalet.
The opportunity of a lifetime.
Until guests s
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten guests arrive at Chalet Perce-Neige in France for a combined skiing and work break. The chalet is off the beaten track and access is principally by funicular. All ten guests are connected to Snoop music app in some way which allows you to snoop and listen to what other people are listening too at that moment. The guests are looked after for the duration by Erin who is the host and Danny, the chef. The story is told in alternating perspectives by Erin and Liz who used to be PA at Snoop and no ...more
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Lock Room Mysteries are one of my favourite types of stories for an entertaining read. I love the intense, isolating and claustrophobic feel of them. Ruth Ware knows how to bring one by creating one tense setting here after an avalanche at a ski lodge in the French Alps snows in the characters. Erin and Danny host employees of a social media company (sounds like a nightmare already, right) who are there to promote "mindfulness and collaboration," but they might have other motivations to being th ...more

this is my third ruth ware novel and, enjoyment-wise, it's riiiiight in the middle. i read In a Dark, Dark Wood way back when i was a reader for bn's discover program, and i disliked it, and then i didn't read her again until i (very favorably) reviewed The Turn of the Key for l.a. review of books.

early reviews of this book were not encouraging, and while it didn’t blow my mind, i really don't ask for much these days—if a book can hold my attention and keep my mind off whatever f
Nilufer Ozmekik
I hear your booing! I can see your sulking faces and your rising arms holding rotten eggs aiming at my face! Well, you busted me! I’m writing a real unpopular review right now! I’m not sorry for sitting on my throne at the minority land of ultra annoying tough graders’ palace. I’m just sorry for my tears I shed when my arc request got rejected by the publishing company. I should have seen as a sign. It tells me stop spending your money for your grandiose appetite for books and trim your tbr whic ...more
Joey R.
3.0 stars —- I decided to read Ruth Ware’s “One by One” after I was so pleasantly surprised by her last novel “The Turn of the Key”. I wasn’t sure what the plot of the story was, but I immediately noticed how similar the novel’s premise was to one of my favorite Shari Lapena’s novel, “An Unwanted Guest.” Unfortunately, Ware’s book pales in comparison to the far superior Lapena novel. In my opinion “One by One” started off incredibly slow because of the fact that the book has the unenviable task ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
*Happy pub day Ruth Ware, it's very fitting since it is going to snow soon in Denver!

3.5 Snow Chalet Stars

This is my sixth book by Ruth Ware and each one is a little different. I loved the setting for this one, a secluded luxury ski chalet in the alps, accessible only by funicular. Imagine your work retreat/ski adventure there and let your imagination run wild!

There’s always a lot going on behind the scenes in Ware’s books and this one is no different. The points of view are from Erin – she’s o
Katie B
3.5 stars
Reading this book was similar to my experience with The Girl on the Train. Both books held my interest for the most part but early on I had a hunch and it turned out to be true. I don’t want to be right when it comes to story predictions. I want to be surprised! So yeah, starts off strong but limps to the finish.

The author basically cuts to the chase at the beginning of the story by divulging via a news article that 4 Britons have died in a ski resort tragedy. A murder investigation is
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve seen Ruth Ware described as “the Agatha Christie of our generation” and that has never been truer than in “One by one”. A beautiful mountain chalet in the Alps, a company retreat with some of your coworkers and an avalanche hitting, getting you snowed in at the top of the mountain. What could go wrong? The answer is: everything! 😄

I gotta be honest, this type of mysteries, reminiscent of “And then there were none”, are some of my favorite stories. Give me a group of people isolated in a remo
Holly  B (semi-hiatus until Jan)

I'm going to dnf this one.

It's a library check-out and I've been bored for 50 pages. Many of my GR friends didn't enjoy it and I thought I'd just give it a try, but I'm not going to endure....

No Rating....
Michael David
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I’ve stumbled upon quite a few enjoyable “locked room” mysteries lately, but this one is the best of the recent bunch!

A group of owners and employees of the music app, Snoop, book a trip at a luxurious ski chalet. Tensions are already high within the group before an avalanche plummets the resort and leaves them stuck, along with the two employees who work at the resort. Then, one by one, people start getting murdered. You know how these stories go.

ONE BY ONE is told throu
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and Gallery Books in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 8 Sept 2020

I’m a huge Ruth Ware fan and she doesn’t disappoint with this new thriller. This is definitely a fast paced story that has the reader on the edge of their seat. Even though I figured out who the killer was pretty early on, it in no way ruined the book for me. I enjoyed reading the story from the perspectives of Liz and Erin. The author captures t
Diana • Book of Secrets
(4.5 Stars) Ruth Ware gives a modern twist to a classic Christie-inspired mystery in her latest thriller, ONE BY ONE. Executives of a hot up and coming tech firm called Snoop head to a remote chalet high in the Alps for a company retreat. This dream getaway of skiing, great food, and breathtaking views takes a tragic turn when an avalanche hits, trapping their party in a half-buried chalet. Their situation becomes more terrifying when guests disappear or are found dead, picked off one by one. Bu ...more
Dannii Elle
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.

High on Saint Antoine's snowy mountainsides are nestled a series of chalets, which become temporary homes for the wealthy who holiday there. Erin and Danny reside and work in one of these chalets and are preparing for an influx of new arrivals. The ten figures who step through their doors all work for the trending app, Snoop. They carry their unmistakable privilege with them, along with their luggage, but neither money nor power can save them from the unpredictable powe
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Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller.

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“I stop, thinking of Topher and his cushioned, monied existence--the way he has had everything handed to him on a plate, the way he's never had to scrap for anything, never had to swallow a snub from a boss, or pick up a stranger's dirty underwear, or do any of the myriad demeaning, boring jobs the rest of us take for granted.

They are arrogant, that's what I realize--maybe not Liz and Carl quite so much, but all of them to some degree. They are protected by the magic of their shares and their status and their IP. They think that life can't touch them--just like I used to do.

Only now it has. Now life has them by the throat. And it won't let go.”
“My breath in the kitchen was a cloud of white. Upstairs must be subzero. “Maybe… should we sleep down here?” I ask. “I—I guess. Yes. I suppose it makes sense.” 0 likes
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