One by One by Ruth Ware

October 16th, 2020 Kimberly Review 22 Comments

16th Oct
One by One by Ruth Ware
One by One
by Ruth Ware
Narrator: Imogen Church
Length: 13 hours and 8 minutes
Genres: Thriller
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.4x

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?


I look forward to Ruth Ware’s suspense thrillers and as with all of her books I went into One by One, narrated by Imogen Church cold. An atmospheric whodunit.

Just to set the vibe of the story for you, this brought to mind Agatha Christy’s And Then There Were None, which I read as a teen.

The setting is a rustic mountain chalet surrounded by ski slopes and majestic views. The story involves a group of Snoop employees. Snoop is an online music app. The only other people are the two employees of the chalet.

It seems Snoop is being offered a buyout and the workers/owners are there to enjoy some skiing and discuss the options. It seems they are pretty divided, with one left undecided. When a storm threatens, they take the morning off to ski. But before they can get off the mountain safely, one of them goes missing. The others return to the chalet and soon find themselves trapped by the storm without power and cut off from the outside world.

This is when the suspense and mystery begins as, one by one, members of Snoop party end up dead. Who is the killer?

I found the suspense delightful, from locked roomed murders to unsettling discoveries. Ware treats us to the alternating POVs of two women, Erin, a chalet employee with secrets and Liz, an awkward Snoop employee.

While not my favorite of Ware novel, I will say twists, revelations and solid story-telling had me listening into the wee hours as this fast-paced thriller took hold. I think the narration helped to enhance the story and added depth to characters.

Imogen Church is absolutely delightful as the narrator. I love her interpretations of Ware’s characters. The buildup of suspense in her tones and the unique voices she gives to each character. She is a favorite narrator here at Caffeinated. She truly enhances the telling and brings Ruth Ware’s books to life.

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22 Responses to “One by One by Ruth Ware”

    • Kimberly

      Hey Jen, I loved Turn the Key and In A Dark, Dark Wood best, then the rest are all 4’s, so pick the one that appeals to you best.

  1. czai

    I’ve only read 1 Ruth Ware novel and I’m really eager to read more! This really good just from the locked room setup which is something I like about mysteries!

  2. Katherine

    I haven’t had the best luck with Ruth Ware on her most recent books but if Imogen Church narrates I will try it. I’m glad you enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to listening to it.

  3. Sophia Rose

    I do enjoy these thrillers where the group is isolated and have to figure out which one is the killer. Neat that it had an Agatha Christie vibe to you.

  4. Angela

    Even if her books aren’t favorites of mine, I can always rely on Ware for some twisty mysteries.