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Dimensions (Overall): 9.1 Inches (H) x 6.2 Inch (W) x 1.5 Inch (D)

Weight: 1.3 Pounds

Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up

Number of Pages: 384

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Thrillers

Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press

Author: Ruth Ware

Book theme: Psychological

Language: English

Street Date: September 8, 2020
TCIN: 79720271
UPC: 9781501188817
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-6519
Origin: Made in the USA


About the Book

"The ... author of The Turn of the Key and In a Dark Dark Wood returns with another suspenseful thriller set on a snow-covered mountain"--

Book Synopsis

"The Agatha Christie of our generation." --David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Diabolically clever." --Riley Sager, author of Final Girls

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Turn of the Key and In a Dark Dark Wood returns with another suspenseful thriller set on a snow-covered mountain.

Getting snowed in at a luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn't sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there's a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm, and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers...each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

When the cofounder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech startup, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other: PowerPoint presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn't made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit.

As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles by one.

Review Quotes


"[Ware] sets the bar higher in One By One by burying her principal players in an Alpine chalet beneath an avalanche. . . . Readers will recognize the obvious homage to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, but with enough ingenious twists to make this whodunit another triumph for Ware."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Not only do Ware's novels wink at Christie in a saucy way, but Ware herself is turning out to be as ingenious and indefatigable as the Queen of Crime."
--Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

"A claustrophobic spine-tingler."
--People, "Best Books of Fall 2020"

"Ware manages to make a retreat in a chalet in the wide-open French Alps feel claustrophobic, nerve-wracking and deadly... The author's choice of telling the story in dueling narratives - Liz, a former Snoop employee who was invited to join in the retreat; and Erin, one of the chalet's two staff members - enhances the steadily escalating pace of the book."
--USA Today

"Wickedly good... Ware plays fair, bamboozling us with red herrings while expertly pacing her plot."
--The Seattle Times

"Especially timely, given that the terror of isolation is at its heart... This is And Then There Were None rendered for the twenty-first century."
--Booklist (starred review)

"In Ruth We Trust.... Come for the Agatha Christie vibes, stay for the insane ending."

"A classic whodunit that solidifies Ware's reputation as the contemporary Agatha Christie... Suspense builds until it culminates in a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse that will keep you racing through the remaining pages."
--BuzzFeed, "13 New Thrillers That Will Make You Lose Sleep This Fall"

"Engrossing... One of Ware's strengths is propelling the story in a way that keeps readers trapped inside its pages, and armchair travelers can enjoy being whisked away to a location that's both breathtaking and deadly."
--Shelf Awareness

"Ruth Ware is often described as the new Agatha Christie . . . [S]he is a revitalizer, bringing the genre to a new audience with her modern preoccupations and addictive style."
--Air Mail

"Tempestuous . . . [a] claustrophobic, adrenaline-fueled cat-and-mouse game."
--Publishers Weekly

"Ware's gifts for characterization, plot, and pacing shine here... Ware's fans will devour this in a sitting."
--Library Journal (starred review)

"Ware has the perfect combination of light touch and complex plotting while also offering up the twists and reveals appreciated by Christie fans."
--The Amazon Book Review, "The best mysteries and thrillers of September"

"Hilarious, well plotted, and vintage Ware, this one is not to be missed."

"Ruth Ware's Hitchcockian thrillers have yet to disappoint."

"Ware does what she does best: Gives us a familiar locked-door mystery setup and lets the tension and suspicion marinate until they reach fever pitch. Another win for Ware... Simply masterful."

"The Turn of the Key was not her first book, but its sweep of starred reviews and awards sets up One by One to be a most anticipated thriller of 2020."
--Library Journal

"Read this back to back with Christie's And Then There Were None, and you will witness the evolution of a literary form over the space of eight decades as Ware proves she's more than deserving of all those comparisons to the Queen of Crime."

"A gripping thriller that shows how toxic workplace culture can get and will keep you guessing through the very last page."
--Good Housekeeping

"Ware has quickly earned herself a place atop the psychological thriller world in recent years, and One by One, which brings in elements of the traditional mystery, is an exciting new addition to her body of work."
--CrimeReads, "Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020"

"The always reliable Ruth Ware presents us with a houseful of secretive characters who have no internet connection or cell service and who all seem to be good candidates for an early demise. Also, one of them is a murderer."
--The New York Times, "The Best Thrillers of 2020"

"If you know anything about Ruth Ware, you know her thrillers keep you on the edge of your seat."
--Cosmopolitan, "Kay, Maybe This Year Wasn't *All* Bad: Here Are the Best-Selling Books of 2020"


"The Agatha Christie of our generation."
--David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A superb suspense writer . . . Brava, Ruth Ware."
--Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan for The Washington Post

"Diabolically clever."
--Riley Sager, author of Final Girls

"Ruth Ware--one of our favorite thriller writers--is bringing down the house . . ."

"Ruth Ware proves she's the true heir to Wilkie Collins. Creepy, engrossing, and oh-so-hard to put down."
--JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

"Pure suspense, from the first gripping page to the last shocking twist."
--Erin Kelly, bestselling author of He Said/She Said

"Ware skillfully lays the bread crumbs to the novel's satisfying conclusion... [that] leaves readers with one final, haunting question, one that will stay with them long after they turn the last page."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Ware hits another one out of the park. Fans of hers or anyone with a taste for the disturbing will stay up late devouring this."
--Library Journal, starred review

"Ware at her eerie best."

"A superb suspense writer... Ware is a master at signaling the presence of evil at the most mundane moments..."
--Washington Post Book World

"The definition of 'unputdownable'..."

"A great modern whodunit!"
--New York Post

"Haunting and absurdly suspenseful."

"Ware's propulsive prose keeps readers on the hook and refuses to let anyone off until all has been revealed."
--Shelf Awareness

About The Author

Ruth Ware worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language, and a press officer before settling down as a full-time writer. She now lives with her family in Sussex, on the south coast of England. She is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail (Toronto) bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood; The Woman in Cabin 10; The Lying Game; The Death of Mrs. Westaway; The Turn of the Key; and One by One. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.
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3.7 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews
66% would recommend
3 recommendations

Tough at first

4 out of 5 stars
lmmshops - 8 months ago
I love Ruth Ware’s books but this one took a little bit for me to get into. If you’re struggling, keep reading because I promise it will be worth it! It’s definitely a whodunnit book and when you figure out who it is, you can’t wait to see how the rest unfolds! Definitely not my favorite book by Ruth Ware but very much worth reading!
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Corporate Retreats are Murder

4 out of 5 stars
- 1 year ago
When the key employees of the internet startup Snoop show up at a chalet in the French Alps, they are expecting a week of presentations and skiing. However, there is tension brewing just below the surface thanks to a buyout deal that has split the board. The tension only grows worse when heavy snow and an avalanche cuts everyone off from the rest of the world and one of the members of a group goes missing somewhere out in the snow. As the hours pass, it becomes clear a killer is in the group. Will help arrive before they are all dead? While the cast of isolated characters trope is not new to the mystery genre, Ruth Ware quickly makes it her own in this page turning thriller. I love how she so successfully isolated the characters. The plot is wonderful with tension rising early before the characters fully realize the danger they are in. The twists kept me engaged the entire way through the nail-biting climax. The characters could have been a little stronger overall. Don’t get me wrong, I cared about them and the outcome, but I felt like many of them stayed two dimensional and those we got to know better bordered on the cliché. Being a thriller, I expected more foul language than in the books I typically read, but it was a bit excessive for my tastes. Still, these are nitpicks in an overall wonderful thriller.
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One by One

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Lfldjshwuedb - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Awesome book and a quick easy read
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Predictable but, interesting enough

3 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
blueridgebookworm - 2 years ago
I’m a big Ruth Ware fan and she has thrown me for a loop with past reads but, this one was predictable from the start. There was plenty of alluding to the culprit’s past hardships endured and why the triggers occurred but, barely any context or closure fact it was a bit scattered between abuse at home and bullying outside of it. No elaboration just touch and go glimpses of the past. For me it felt a bit open ended and a more gradual, strung out reveal than I’m accustomed to with these sort of books. I’ll say what was intended to be the big bombshell was predictable there was plenty of intrigue and sprinkles of surprises to keep me interested.
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2 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
BusyBee - 2 years ago
This is definitely no Agatha Christie Novel. From the very beginning it was very predictable and was definitely missing the Wow effect. My daughter really liked it but for me it was just meh
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Would have been a 5 if I couldn’t predict..

4 out of 5 stars
EyesBiggerThanMyShelves - 2 years ago
And Then There Were None + The Guest List 10 current/former employees of a booming UK music app startup (for those of you from the States, think Silicon Valley yuppies) decide to take a holiday at a French chalet to make the biggest decision of their lives. When an avalanche hits, they and the two workers start to see what lies in the heart of (wo)men.. I enjoyed this book. It’s my first Ruth Ware (and won’t be my last). What would have made it a 5-star for me was structuring the book a bit differently so that it wasn’t obvious from before the halfway point “whodunit.” I don’t want to say much more than that for spoilers, but I think you’ll see when you get there. I did love the way she fleshed out the characters, and the way she opened each chapters. Buy this for yourself or someone looking for a no -so-cozy mystery. If you’re twisted, get it for someone about to go on their first ski trip.
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