The One by John Marrs

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What’s it about?

How far would you go to find THE ONE?

One simple mouth swab is all it takes.

One tiny DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love.

Now, five more people take the test. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…

A psychological thriller with a difference, this is a truly unique novel which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

You can buy a copy of this novel on Amazon UK | Amazon US.



I’m absolutely buzzing about this book and I’m sure this one will create a whole lot more buzz in the next few months. How come I’d never heard of this author before? I can put it down in three words: he’s brilliant! The One is such a different read than what I’m used to but it’s still entirely my genre. I had already heard great things about this book, which made me even more sceptical really, but I readily agree that this book will most probably be hyped, if it’s not already. This is my first 5 star rating of a crime book in 2017 because I’veย actually binge-read this one.

It’s no wonder I devoured these pages because the chapters were kept very short, only a few pages before alternating to one of the other timelines of the 5 different people featured in this novel. This clever approach made me feel I had to keep turning these pages to know more.

So 5 people in this book signed up and found their match and all of their stories were diverse but equally interesting. From the start in chapter 1 I was – quite blithely – thinking I’d have a bit of a laugh with the whole concept but by chapter 3 I was already entirely captured by the events. There’s the eternal singleton, the career woman who never stays in a relationship because men focus on her wealth or status more than her after a while, there’s even a couple who tries it out to see if they really are a match. They all receive an answer who their match is and believe me when I tell you that the people they are matched with turn out to be very different than expected. Every single one of these stories take very surprising turns. That’s the understatement of the year! I almost have to bite my tongue here not to share more because nobody knows how much I want to!

Oh yes and then there’s also, as one of the people followed throughout this novel, Christopher. He’s actually a ruthless serial killer and out of sheer curiosity he also seeks out his match. His match is not a weak woman he can simply toy with just as long as he likes before killing her if you’re thinking that. His match is also his equal so this will prove quite a challenge.

You might think that the serial killer thread would be the most interesting one, sticking out among the other threads but I can assure you that the other storylines were just as engaging and not a single one of the different endings was predictable.

The end of this book proved to be quite thought-provoking too. After you’ve finished this book you are bound to think about the question: would you take the test? Do you want to know who your match is?

I don’t know how but this book just worked its magic on me. Highly recommended read!

I received a free copy of this novel in a giveaway in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wait, I’m not finished yet! If you really like the sound of this novel, you’ll be pleased to know that I’ll be holding a giveaway for one brand new paperback copy of this book on the last day of this month!


23 thoughts on “The One by John Marrs

  1. I’m so glad my ARC is nicely waiting on the Kindle, hahaha. I find it so good that the author managed to keep every thread of the plot interesting! This plus an original idea and after your review I am sure to have a fantastic time with this gripping story!


  2. I need this book, especially after that fantastic review!! I’ll be signing up for your giveaway for sure and keeping my fingers crossed that it becomes available for US readers on Netgalley soon.


  3. So happy to read your brilliant review because I saw the book a few days ago and I was like- now this looks interesting. But I didn’t get it right there and then. And then, when i came across it again, I said- I should read it… it promises unique. I want unique and here I am, reading your review and I’m excited to give this a go soon- sounds promising ๐Ÿ™‚ Woop.

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    • This was such an unexpected surprise. It’s not a real crime novel but it does have some elements, as well as a touch of romance (from afar). It’s the imagination of the author to create so many different scenarios after finding your match that makes it such an exceptional read. Thank you lovely !

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