Author(s): Ruth Ware
'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 music app, gather for a make or break corporate retreat to decide the future of the company. At stake is a billion-dollar dot com buyout that could make them all millionaires, or leave some of them out in the cold.
The clock is ticking on the offer, and with the group irrevocably split, tensions are running high. When an avalanche cuts the chalet off from help, and one board member goes missing in the snow, the group is forced to ask - would someone resort to murder, to get what they want?
Praise for Ruth Ware's addictive thrillers:
'Atmospheric and eerie with Agatha Christie vibes' Prima
'Ruth Ware just gets better and better' Lisa Jewell, author of The People Upstairs
'A dark tale by one of the best thriller writers around' Independent
'Will hold you captive until the brilliant ending' Shari Lapena, author of Someone We Know
'A real spine-chiller that confirms Ruth Ware as the true heir to Christie's crown. Ingenious plotting sees the body count rise and multiple suspects eliminated until we're left with breathless game of cat-and-mouse' Erin Kelly, bestselling author of He Said, She Said
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"I only got into Ruth Ware this year and reading her novels is what’s got me craving all crime all time, so I was very pleased to read her forthcoming thriller One By One.
In a throwback to the classic locked-room mystery, a team of colleagues from a popular music app on a corporate retreat find themselves trapped in a chalet in the French Alps after an avalanche—and after one of the app’s founders disappears on the ski slopes in suspicious circumstances. As those who discover too much about what happened on the slopes are silenced, it quickly becomes apparent that one member of this team cannot be trusted.
The chapters alternate between our two narrators. Erin hosts guests in the chalet, has a traumatic past and a buried connection with this particular group. Liz is a former employee who has been invited along to help settle the decision of the company’s buyout but she is not happy to be back in the fold. The layers of these two women’s lives are peeled away in short, suspenseful chapters and the story races towards an inevitably bloody conclusion.
One By One is an absorbing and thoroughly entertaining mystery with a thrilling ending, and Ware is now a firm favourite of mine. It’s due to be released here in Australia in September."
— Reviewed by our bookseller Kate