Length: 13 hours 8 minutes
Setting: St. Antione, France
Source: Library, Book of the Month
Narrator: Imogen Church
Also by this author: The Turn of the Key
Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?
An off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?
One by One takes place in the French Alps and combines that stunning setting with a murder mystery for the ages! Each death kept me guessing, and I was curiously intrigued the entire time. This is my second Ruth Ware book and I was not disappointed!
The story is told in dual 1st person, from Liz’s POV and Erin’s POV. Both are outsiders of sorts to the rest of the group of successful business people. Liz used to be a PA for the cofounder of Snoop, a music streaming social app that is hugely popular. During that time, she becomes a small share holder. Now, years after leaving the company, she is back with the team for a ski trip. Liz is incredibly anxious. Reading her POV gives you insight on how uncomfortable she is to be back with the people from Snoop. She gives the reader suspicions about the Snoop people.
Erin works at the chalet this company ski trip is staying at. She has secrets of her own, but she proves an outsider POV to this strange group of narcissistic Snoopers. I really loved her and Danny’s friendship.
Overall, the story is fast paced, filled with secrets, and lots of suspense. I listened to the audio for the bulk of the story, but when I was close to the end, I didn’t want to wait for my next car ride to finish and read the rest. Imogen Church is a phenomenal narrator and if you are considering giving audiobooks a shot, I highly recommend starting with her as a narrator!
Authors like Riley Sager, Agatha Christie, Tana French…then you will probably like One by One!