Book Review: The One – John Marrs

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If you could meet your perfect DNA match, why wouldn’t you do it?

A new relationship revolution is happening. After a gene is discovered to match you to ‘the one’ thousands find unimaginable happiness with the person they’re meant to be with, but the path of true love never runs smooth.

Now, personally, I just found the idea of this super creepy, which instantly makes it a novel I want to read. The idea that there is one person who shares a DNA match, in my head it made you sound like you were related. Nevertheless, it is a great idea for a novel. This is what made me originally request a copy for review. I’m always hopeful for a good thriller.

I really wanted to enjoy this novel, and I did to a point. There are a lot of twists and turns, quite a few I didn’t see coming and that made the novel move faster. It also did a great job of making you want to read on, for the last quarter I needed to finish it and find out what happened. I did care more about what happened to some characters more than others.

The main gripe I had with this is that there were just too many characters and it wasn’t until I was more than halfway through that I could remember who was with who and what their backstory was. There was so much going on it almost felt like a collection of short stories, which maybe it should have been. It seemed like because there were so many characters, by the end, the endings became a little disappointing and some big holes appeared.

Marrs clearly has a talent for suspense and writing violence, that was one of the most well crafted parts of the novel I believe. Each character had been given their own flair, however, it was slightly disappointing that I did see some stereotypes playing out which was quite frustrating because it didn’t really fit with the rest of the novel.

I gave The One 3 stars. Overall this was a good read but ultimately the ending just really let it down for me. That said I would still recommend it but make sure you have time to concentrate because it does get confusing and can be hard to remember exactly that is going on. I would still like to read some of Marr’s other work as he clearly has a talent for writing.

Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to give an honest review.

Sunday Seven: Books on my TBR

This week, I wanted to share with you seven books that are currently on my TBR pile. I actually have stacks of books that I haven’t read yet and can’t wait to, so picking seven is pretty tough. Here are just some of the books I own that are working their way up to to be read pile.

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Schindler’s Ark 

I’ve meant to get around to this for a long time. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book and its portrayal of the Nazi’s terror in occupied Poland and an unlikely hero.

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Dreadnought 

After hearing about this from Cici on her Booktube channel I had to get hold of a copy and was ecstatic about receiving a review copy. Superheroes, LGBTQIA characters and humor. Sign me up!

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Something In Between

When immigration is such a talked about topic in both the UK and the US right now, I need to read this. A novel about a high achieving and for all the outside, a perfect student, who has a secret past as an illegal immigrant meaning she can’t get ant financial help to go to college.

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All About Mia 

I LOVED The Art of Being Normal , so when I found out that Williamson was releasing a second novel I snapped it up in my local Waterstones. A novel about being the middle child, growing up and always being the source of trouble, I can’t wait to read it.

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Girls Will Be Girls 

I picked this up on a trip into London, I want to read a lot more feminist literature and this seemed like a good addition to the list.

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Soulmates 

Now, this isn’t something I’d normally pick up but seeing as I loved Holly Bourne’s other books so much I need to read through her first.

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The Zookeepers Wife 

I really want to see the film of this when it comes out but can’t stand going to see the film without reading the book first if I can help it. I need to get a move on!

What’s on your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments below!