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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Many Thanks to Net Galley, Random House UK, Vintage Publishing, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.
Ever since I had read An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena, I have been waiting for a similar ‘all strangers inside a locked room thriller and ONE BY ONE, the latest from Ruth Ware is exactly that.
Like the oft repeated mantra in my blog, have a cuppa and enjoy this atmospheric thrill fest.
An exclusive French chalet in St Antoine nestled between the Dame Blanche, is cut off from the outside world by the blinding snow and an avalanche. The guests, all employees of a social media company called Snoop had come for an out of office business and pleasure get-together. As Erin and Danny, the chalet caretakers discover to their horror that there’s nothing pleasurable about Snoop.
The story begins with an introduction to the ABOUT team of Snoop, all 9 of them including Liz an ex-employee and shareholder of the company. As the story unfolds thru Liz and Erin, the reader is given tantalizing glimpses of the mini-camps inside the company and the underneath resentments that explodes out of the cauldron.
Very soon a partner is missing as the avalanche forces everyone in close proximity and with no means of communication to the rescue team, pointed fingers raising suspicion and discontentment. As the mystery deepens and becomes more darker, someone is picking one guest after another for reasons unknown.
Ruth Ware’s writing is effortless and the claustrophobic terror is conveyed wonderfully even though half of the things regarding skating and techniques were totally Greek and Latin to me. Those were the parts that I really wanted to skip and kind of reduced the panicky intensity in the story. What I absolutely loved is that the story adds to the drama even after the murderer is unveiled. The reveal, honestly feels a tad underwhelming after all that build-up of pressure. However, the final few pages with skiing and chasing had my heart galloping at a breakneck speed.
Winter is almost here, many of the places in the world covered in a vison of white, and this book is the perfect pick for a snow-laden dark night, OK, even without any snow, like in India here, where the crazy weather is playing havoc with my reading thrill! LOL😹😹😹
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 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?
When 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?
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