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Book Review: One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke

One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke opens with six friends arriving in Greece to celebrate an upcoming wedding. Each one of the women have a secret, and one of them is determined to make sure the wedding doesn't happen. And, one of them ends up dead. Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Group Putnam, and G.P. Putnam's Sons for a digital Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke. I was ecstatic to be selected to read this book in exchange for my honest review. Wow! I'm at a loss of what to say about One of the Girls because it was that fantastic. Fun. Engrossing. Well Written. Unputdownable. These are just a few words I'd use to describe this novel.  There were red herrings galore. With that being said, I had my suspicions that the "killer" was one of two people, and one of them ended up being the killer, so I was happy with my deduction. On the other hand, I couldn't figure out who the victim was going to be, and I was completely surprised b

Book Review: One by One by Ruth Ware

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One by One by Ruth Ware is about a corporate retreat for a social media app called Snoop, and the employees get snowed in at a ski resort due to an avalanche. When one of the owners turns up missing and an employee is murdered, everyone becomes a suspect. How many will survive?

Reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Was None, Ruth Ware tells a story from two different characters perspectives, both who have deep, dark secrets. The one perspective is from Erin, who works at the French chalet and the other perspective is told from Liz, who is a former employee of Snoop. Relatively early, I thought that the killer had to be one of the two women since we only hear the story from their perspectives, but as the story progressed, I began to second guess myself as there are quite a few red herrings. After a while, I just decided against trying to deduce who the killer was and let the story take me on the ride of a lifetime.

I loved the fact that Snoop, the company holding the corporate retreat, was a social media company because there are so many of them out there. I felt like the storyline about the actual company was very timely and believable because it has to be extremely difficult to compete in that space and expensive to boot. I could see the perspective of Topher not wanting to sell the company and wanting Snoop to be able to make it without being bought out by a larger social media company. However, I could see the Eva's perspective of wanting to sell the company and finally make some money off of it. 

At first, I was confused as to why a former employee would be at a corporate retreat, but it eventually gets revealed why Liz is there. This situation was the only complaint I really had about the book as I felt Ruth Ware took too long to tell us why Liz was there.

One by One by Ruth Ware got five out five stars from this book nerd. I enjoyed this book immensely and loved the fact that the author went back to her roots of telling modern day stories that make me think of Agatha Christie. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend The Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

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