The One – Review

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing an ARC for review.

IMG_1609editedReviewed by Sabrina
Have you ever bought a book or requested it, then forgot all about it or postponed reading it and when you finally did pick it up, the story blew you away because it was that amazing and the only thing you’re asking yourself is why you haven’t picked it up earlier? Yeah? That’s how I feel about The One.


A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance, and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

I know it’s only February but it’s safe to say that this novel is going to be one of my favorite reads of 2018. I can’t remember a book that has drawn me into the story so much and so early on. After reading chapter 2 I already thought “What the heck is going on here?!” I tried to read as much as I could during the day and I’m pretty sure I would have finished earlier but life got in the way.
John Marrs has surpassed himself by writing this brilliant book. This is a thriller after my liking because the story is unique, exciting and totally insane – I loved it!

The story follows five different people after they have been matched: Mandy, Christopher, Jade, Nick, and Ellie. Those five are totally random and have nothing to do with the other: they come from different backgrounds, have different jobs and are of different age.
I can’t say that I liked one character story more than the other because they were all intriguing in their own way and I couldn’t wait to learn more about each one of them. I really enjoyed the cliffhangers after most of the chapters. It made me want to continue reading even more.
Although I liked all the characters’ stories, Christopher’s was probably the most fascinating. There was something about him that was exciting but also so terrifying. How someone can come up with a character like this is beyond me. Genius!

The Match Your DNA storyline John Marrs came up with was great. Obviously, Match Your DNA is fictitious but I can’t help thinking what if scientists were able to invent Match Your DNA for real? I know this thought is far-fetched but science is continually progressing. Over the years they were able to stop diseases so why wouldn’t they be able to invent something like this? And if they were to invent it, would it be just like in the book or would it be completely different?

I don’t think that a book has ever made me gasp so much or say “No way” out loud as often as The One did. All those small little plot twists within the story were genius and well planted. When it comes to thrillers like this, I always wonder how authors come up with such storylines. It’s insane!
John Marrs created a first-class page-turning thriller I couldn’t get enough of. If I could, I would give this book all the stars in the world, but unfortunately, there are only five to give. I totally recommend this story to all of you readers. If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, your chance is now: The One re-releases with Harlequin on February 20th.

Happy Reading - sabrina


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