After the summer that just went on and on and one, I was so pleased to mark the beginning of milder weather with a new novel from Ruth Ware that is class Ruth Ware. While I feel Ware’s writing has definitely matured as she has written more, One by One is definitely for fans of her very first books (think In a Dark, Dark, Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10.)
I’m a woman of few words tonight so straight to the review where I will tell you more!
From the Publisher:
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 further…one by one.
One by One opens on a group of coworkers, the staff of Snoop, a tech startup who retreats to a cozy chalet in the Alps for a retreat. But it isn’t just any retreat. They have a big decision to make. Will the company go public?
We also meet the two chalet keepers, Erin, the host, and Danny the chef. Erin and Danny work together and are best friends, so it’s easy to be isolated together, rolling their eyes at the antics of the Snoop staff. With tension high about whether or not the company should take their stocks public, the tension is high and the cocktail hour feels more like the opening episode of Survivor.
Also added to the mix? Liz, an awkward and decidedly unfashionable and uncool ex employee who somehow has wiggled her way into the inner circle. But more on that later. But despite the dynamics, they are in the Alps, so they all venture out to go skiing the next day.
But, as the title suggests they all start to drop like flies. One by one.
This book is classic Ware. It’s definitely a nod to her earlier books for those who really loved them, it’s definitely one to check out! Special thanks to Netgalley and Gallery Books for an e-galley in exchange for my honest review. One by One is out now! Get your copy