Book Review: The One by John Marrs

This book was recommended to me by a number of people after I recently read The Good Samaritan, which I enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately, The One did not live up to my high expectations.

After reading so many five star reviews and listening to the various people who extolled the virtues of this book, I jumped at the chance to read it when it became available on Amazon for 99p. I was really looking forward to starting it, and was certain I would enjoy it as much as The Good Samaritan, if not more so. Right from the start however, I was disappointed.

The story centres around six main characters who have taken part in the Match My DNA questionnaire, and each received their Matches. At the beginning, it was pretty confusing as the story jumped from person to person, a chapter a-piece. None of the six characters stories intersected at all throughout the book, and so in essence you are reading six short stories in a jumbled up mish-mash. That is certainly what it felt like anyway.

After a while, I got used to each of the stories, but I found them really hard going and not particularly interesting. The only character who intrigued me was Christopher, a serial killer, but after a while he became as boring as the other nondescript characters, who each allowed themselves to be swept along with the whole DNA craze with little or no say in their own lives. Maybe there was a moral to the story, but I was too bored to see it.

I am sorry to be giving such a negative review as I had such high hopes. I have no doubt that others may love this book judging by the number of rave reviews I’ve seen. I do wonder if we have read the same book though as I couldn’t gel with it at all. I pretty much skim-read the last few chapters because I just wanted to get it out of the way and move onto something better.

I’ve given it a generous 3 stars on Goodreads because I loved The Good Samaritan so much, and I will definitely read more of his work at a later date, despite this disappointment.

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