#BookReview: The One by John Marrs

What it’s about?

How far would you go to find THE ONE?

One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick 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 other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…


My thoughts

The One will change the way you think about dating and as a 40+ singleton this book’s blurb was incredibly fascinating…I mean, never having to stick your toe in the scary world of dating is somewhat, no not somewhat, massively appealing.

Told in turn by 5 characters (mostly) each with different stories to offer about their experiences of finding The One and what happens when do or don’t.  It certainly helps that the majority of the characters are all pretty ‘normal’ people and certainly relatable in terms of their relationships.  Even the less ‘normal’ ones have this air of appeal about that makes you want to know what makes them tick.

Each chapter ending on its own mini cliffhanger certainly makes for a gripping read and had me wanting to skip to their next chapter to find out what happens so I managed to read this in just a couple of days.  I mean, there’s murder, a bit of romance, kidnap…the whole premise is so enticing but reality always has a way of playing its hand so it can’t all be happy ever after – can it?

I did have the ending for one of the male characters (Nick) pegged differently and would love to have been right about that as I it would have been so much more dramatic given the rest of the book’s content but hey ho, that’ll be one for discussion with other bookish peeps.

I think the author’s stand out performance here is the original plotline and I think it would make an excellent thriller of a movie.  Start picking who you want to see playing these characters guys – that’s my prediction for a forthcoming book to movie adaptation!

Is this a taste of futuristic dating? Would you do it? Would you take the test?

Book links: Goodreads | Waterstones | Amazon

Author links: Twitter | Goodreads

Small print for info
Source: Purchased
No of pages: 416
Publisher: Ebury

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