Ruth Ware is a British author of psychological crime thrillers but has also written young adult fantasy novels published under her name Ruth Warburton. The writing style in her crime thrillers has often been compared to Agatha Christie’s in the sense that one of her plot devices consist of protagonists who are usually ordinary women who find themselves in dangerous situations involving a crime. These include “In a Dark, Dark Wood,” “The Woman in Cabin 10,” “The Lying Game,” “The Death of Mrs. Westaway,” “The Turn of the Key” and her new release “One by One.” The characters in “One by One” are snowed in at a luxurious, rustic chalet high in the French Alps; it was released on September 8.
According to Amazon, when the co-founder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech startup, organizes a week-long 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 has not made it back from the slopes by the time 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.