The One by John MarrsThe One by John Marrs

The One

byJohn Marrs

Hardcover | February 20, 2018

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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.
Title:The OneFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.24 × 6.5 × 1.33 inPublished:February 20, 2018Publisher:Hanover Square PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781335005106

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who is your perfect match? Spoiler Free! This is the story of five couples who have been matched through their DNA as being soul mates. Everyone in the world has one perfect match and a simple cheek swab can tell you who you are meant to be with. You have no idea who you will be matched with, man, woman, gay, straight, a lot older, a lot younger, serial killer. That last one's a kicker! The concept was so clever and unique and makes for great storytelling. I don't love the idea of soul mates or "one true love." I like to think that we all have multiple people who will be right for us at different times of our lives. Not that I wouldn't be tempted to take the test if it was available! The chapters were super short and each ended on a cliff hanger which kept me reading at a frantic pace. It was a bit confusing at first as we met each main character and all the people around them too. As we only get one chapter then the view shifts to another it was hard to keep track of who was who but each of the main characters and their stories were so different though that it quickly became clear and not confusing. Each of the couples has an unusual and dramatic match story. After all it wouldn't be very interesting to read about the happily ever after couples! The Five main characters are Mandy, Christopher, Ellie, Jade and Nick. Mandy was a bit of a child and definitely a hot mess. She's a slightly humourous and slightly tragic figure and I kept picturing her as played by Mindy Kaling. Christopher who was a psychopath serial killer and meets in match in more ways than one. Ellie the wealthy CEO with a secret. Jade whose match is on the other side of the world from her and neither can afford the trip to get together. Nick was the most interesting to me. I found him the most sympathetic character and really wanted a happy ending for him. A lot of the drama was completely unbelievable and over the top, but it sure was entertaining! The story itself doesn’t do happy endings so much but it was satisfying. There is a major twist at the end for all the characters and we just get a short glimpse at how they deal with it. I would have liked a touch more than just a glimpse but I’m fairly pleased by the ending. Thank you to Harlequin/ Hanover Square Publishing for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Date published: 2018-02-21

Editorial Reviews

'A shock on every other page.' —Wall Street Journal'Brilliantly inventive, The One is a must-read for anyone who's ever braved the dating pool.' —Good Housekeeping 'Marrs' engrossing, believable thriller raises intriguing questions about our science-tinged future.' —Booklist'Just try to put this gripping thriller down once you pick it up.' —AARP'A dark thriller for the Valentine's Day skeptic.' —The New York Post'If a DNA swab could find your soulmate, would you take the test? This smart story ... proves that even with science behind it, the course of true love never runs smooth.' —Irish Sunday Mirror'What if science found a way to change the dating and marriage scene by ensuring that couples were perfectly matched to each other through their DNA? ... Readers of thrillers and SF will enjoy this book.' —Library Journal'Unlike any other psychological thriller ... Like a lengthy episode of the dark TV series Black Mirror ... so expertly written it gets you thinking that it could happen in real life' —Peterborough Telegraph'Fantastic ... I can't remember the last time I was simultaneously this entertained and this disturbed. The One is a clever story with great pacing but it's the characters that make this a standout thriller.' —Hollie Overton, author of Baby Doll'The One is my kind of book ... Gorgeously written, and pulsing with heart.' —Louise Beech, author of The Mountain in My Shoe'Engaging concept, craftily executed.' —Adrian J. Walker, author of The End of the World Running Club'Gripping from the start and full of surprises, this kept us up long after lights out.' —Heat'This will have you gripped.' —Woman's Own'The One is a unique, unpredictable and fast-paced novel that's in equal parts unsettling and exciting.' —Culturefly'A fascinating thriller ... A furiously paced, compelling and hugely entertaining novel which comes recommended.' —Starburst"Exciting, addictive, and enticing, The One is superbly plotted ... thrilling and intoxicating.” —Becca's Books"A compelling read ... intriguing ideas." —SFX"This smart story … proves that even with science behind it, the course of true love never runs smooth." —Sunday Mirror