“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…”
A very warm welcome to another of my fabulous guest review posts. Today I am thrilled to welcome the lovely Sam to damppebbles who blogs over at Clues and Reviews. Sam’s blog is fantastic so if you’re not already following her, I certainly recommend checking her blog out. Sam has very kindly read and reviewed The One by John Marrs for me but before we find out what Sam thought of this incredibly popular book, here’s a little more information about her:
Residing in Ontario, Canada, with my book buddy, Ellie, I teach by day and blog by night. Although I would never discriminate, mystery, thriller and suspense novels fill my TBR list; dabbling in some books in the horror genre and occasionally some romance, come check me out at Clues and Reviews for my thoughts, reviews and general bookish ramblings. Twitter: @cluesandreviews Instagram: cluesandreviews
Here are Sam’s thoughts on The One by John Marrs:
The One by John Marrs , was a book that I had seen people raving about for months on various blog tours and floating around in various Facebook groups; I was curious, but hesitant. How often does a book really live up to the hype?
Well let me tell you, this book does.
Set in, what seems to be the very near, future, a gene is detected that allows people (with one quick DNA test) to identify their perfect partner. The one they are genetically made for. The narrative follows five different matches as they navigate their paths with their newly found soul mates.
This novel bent whatever I know about genre norms; this one was equal parts mystery, suspense, science fiction,, fantasy and romance all molded into one fast-paced, unputdownable read. I was on the edge of my seat.
The characters in this novel were what got me. Each character was intricately thought out and developed. As each of their stories unfolded, I couldn’t help but in awe of Marrs and his ability to make the reader completely engrossed in their plights. I was especially drawn into Christopher’s narrative as he hides a dark secret from his match and by the story of Amanda, who is desperate to find love.
I love my novels with considerable twists and turns and The One did not disappoint. As soon as I felt like I understood where Marrs was going, he would deviate from the course and send me into a tailspin.
This rating was an absolute no brainer for me, 5/5 stars. In fact, this one is a front runner for my favourite novel I have read this year.
Brilliant review, thank you Sam. You can tell how much you loved this book and I’m glad I was able to help you ‘maybe’ find your book of the year!
The One by John Marrs was published in the UK by Ebury Publishing on 26th January 2017 and is available in eBook format (with the paperback to follow in May 2017) | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |
John Marrs is a freelance journalist based in London, England, who has spent the last 20 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.
He has written for publications including The Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World’s Sunday Magazine.