One By One by Ruth Ware

Literary Loop

Getting snowed in at a luxurious ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers…each with something to gain, lose and hide.

The trip begins as a normal corporate retreat: presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes.

But when one shareholder pushes 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 the outside world.

As each hour passes without any sign of a missing coworker, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder and the group dwindles further…one by one.

“Ware does what she does best: Gives us a familiar locked-door mystery setup and lets the tension and suspicion marinate until they reach fever pitch… Simply masterful,” says Kirkus.

“This is Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None rendered for the twenty-first century,” says Booklist.