*I received a free copy of The One from Harlequin via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *The One by John Marrs
Published by Harlequin on 20 February 2018
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller
How far would you go to find 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…
A word-of-mouth hit in the United Kingdom, The One is a fascinating novel that shows how even the simplest discoveries can have complicated consequences.
The One shows us a different reality, where people find their soulmate thanks to their DNA. Easy, right? No need to stay alone if you don’t want to, only, things don’t work out exactly as planned.
The story follows several characters on their quest to find the one. Their soulmate. The person who will make everything right in their world. The One is also filled with secrets, most of them dark. There are also lies, disloyalty, and downright murderous intent.
The One has a great plot, but following so many characters was exhausting. Especially because I didn’t find all their voices to be distinctive enough. However, the ethical perspective on what would happen if we truly could find our soulmate with our DNA was interesting.
Mandy, Christopher, Jade, Kevin, Nick, Deepak, Sumaira, Sally, Ellie, Richard, and several others…
Writing style :
Chapters follow various characters closely, with third person, past tense narration.
I definitely felt the suspense, and I also felt hope alongside some of the characters.
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