Title: The One
Author : John Marrs
Publisher: Harlequin/Hanover Square Press
Publication Date: 02/20/18
Dates Read: 02/07/18 – 02/11/18
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The One centers around multiple character’s lives in a society where people are finding their soul mates through genetic DNA matching. The revolutionary science behind finding one’s Match has resulted in countless marriages being torn apart, but is also responsible for countless passionate-beyond-explanation successful relationships. In a very Black Mirror style, John Marrs takes this concept as the basic ground working for 5 different characters, each with their own unique story of finding their Match, each with their own uniquely twisty surprises. Here is a quick synopsis of each of the characters’ stories. There are only a couple twisty things that I consider to be very, verrryy minor spoilers.. but nothing that occurs past the first 10% of the novel, so these are all ‘teaser previews’ of each of their stories.
– – – Jade – – –
Jade lives on the other side of the world from her Match, Kevin, but that has not stopped them from engaging in a meaningful, passionate relationship. They text constantly and frequently talk on the phone. It’s obvious that they have a deep connection and she considers herself very much in love with him. On a rebelliously impulsive decision, Jade hops on a plane to finally meet him and live out the fairytale they have always imagined. But when she arrives at his farm and drops the surprising news, Kevin breaks her heart by telling her that she should not have come. Has Jade fallen into a stereotypical ‘catfishing’ ploy–Or is this something even more twisted?
Jade’s story has some heartbreak, but it will not be in the way that you expect. I admire her as a person and was very satisfied with her ending.
– – – Ellie – – –
Ellie is a woman of wealth and power– a CEO of a controversial, yet highly successful company. Many, many years have passed since she initially applied to be Matched, but the time has finally come for her. After her investigative team completes some background-digging for her, she decides to contact her match, Timothy. These two quickly hit it off, but both have some hidden cards up their sleeve that could throw this relationship for a loop.
Ellie’s story was one of my least favorite in the beginning (but still very entertaining), but picks up toward the end and blindsides you. This girl is a powerhouse.
– – – Christopher – – –
I’m a sucker for a quirky psychopath, so I tended to favor Christopher’s story. Right as you are introduced to Christopher, you learn that he has recently been Matched and is curious to find out more about this woman. You then also learn (in the same short chapter), that he is a serial killer. Can a psychopath genuinely fall in love with another person and engage in an altruistic relationship? Christopher also has to learn how to balance his love life with his time consuming hobby.
I loved Christopher’s character and it’s always interesting when the main character is serial killer because you find yourself empathizing with someone that has committed heinous crimes. The conclusion of his story is so bitter sweet, yet so satisfying and thought-provoking..
– – – Mandy – – –
After multiple lost pregnancies and a failing marriage, Mandy lost her husband to his Match, who he secretly contacted and fell in love with. When she discovers that she too has been Matched with the person she is destined to be with, she does some classic internet stalking and then sets out to visit his home town in order to attend his… memorial service?!? I could almost hear Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic” playing in the background. While it may seem like that would be the obvious end to her story with her Match, Mandy still has quite a few surprises that are coming her way.
I really enjoyed Mandy’s journey. While there were many areas that were highly predictable, it was a very unique story line and I was still surprised by a few twists.
– – – Nick – – –
Nick and his fiance Sally are in love and perfectly content, until she decides (thanks to some classic peer pressure) for both of them to complete the DNA matching test to see if they are indeed a Match. She hopes that this will provide further confirmation and assurance to them before they make the giant leap into marriage. While Sally’s results come back with no match at all, Nick has the ultimate shock when he discovers that he has been matched to a man named Alexander. Standing firm in his knowledge that he has never been attracted to a man before and that he is in love with Sally, Nick shrugs the results off and chalks them up to a technical mistake. But when Sally insists that he take this a step further and meet his Match, Nick ventures out into this uncharted territory to find out if anything is truly there between him and this unknown man.
Nick was also a favorite for me. I loved his character and the unique things that he experienced.
I highly recommend this read. I enjoyed every single character’s story and I could not stop reading. This would have been a fantastic choice for a buddy read, because I constantly just wanted to TALK to someone about the constant twists and turns of this novel. Marrs drops a mini-bomb at the end of almost every chapter, right before he switches to another character’s story line, making for a fast-paced, can’t-put-down read. I went through so many emotions in the conclusion(s) of this novel… I had my heart broken, I was enraged, I shook my head and smiled with satisfaction, I fist pumped the air with an audible ‘yes!’, and, simply put, I became a huge fan of John Marrs
Thank you to Harlequin/Hanover Square Press, John Marrs, and NetGalley for providing me with a DRC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my judgement in any way and all opinions expressed in this review are my own. Thank you for the opportunity!