eARC REVIEW: The One by John Marrs


descarga (14)Title:  The One
Series:  –
Author:  John Marrs
Publisher:  Del Rey
Published:  4 May 2017
Language:  English
Format:  eBook
Pages:  416
ISBN: 9781785035623



Genre: Thriller, Romance, Adult.
Goodreads rating: 4.45

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 psychological thriller with a difference, this is a truly unique novel which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Comes out today! Look at that cover, isn’t it appealing?? Well, let me tell you the story inside is also really appealing! 😉



My Rating and General Opinion


First of all this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. To be completely honest I wanted to go in as blind as possible and was expecting a well-built thriller. I didn’t get that, but I got much more. This was a study of character where we see how we affront changes, solitude and that had enough turns (although quite predictable, yes) to set its thriller roots where as always things aren’t always what they seem to be.

This whole Match thing was so nuts, I wouldn’t even know where to start from!!

The Writing

Here, in the writing aspect, do my problems with this novel lie. I found the different stories and characters to be well constructed but the storyline was a mess.

This novel is separated in five different stories, were you follow five very different characters in the day-to-day. The writing was easy to follow, fluid and concise, and with really short chapters. But the fact that the POVs alternated every single chapter and some extreme shortness (in some cases), it made it not difficult but frustrating to follow each storyline. Also the fact that each story followed a different timeline… not a very good idea. We go from jumps in time of mere minutes, to that of weeks or even months…

I think this would have been better presented either as separated short stories or developing more the story and giving each character more time to tell us what was going on, instead on leaving us with small cliffhangers every time.

The Story

I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll leave it as open as it gets, so that you go into it with the same open eyes and mind as I did! Enjoy! 😉

First of all we are introduced to this astonishing development in genetics with which we can find that true love (our Match) we’ve always heard about. This is no magic but 100% science. When scientist isolate a specific gen know to be connected to that “love at first sight” feeling (👀👀), a system is designed to recognize and pair two different genes that are meant to be together. And voila! Thanks to a free and accessible app our better half is found and you can get his/her details for the modest price of 10 pounds!

These are five different stories which only connection between them is The Matched One. That’s a factor introduced to us in page one and that still sounds ludicrous to me, but kind of possible?¿?
Each storyline is quite predictable and matches (no pun intended) to its designated character and at the same time they all follow the same drama arc, with its ups and downs. But after all, after not giving me scares or susprises as I had hoped, it didn’t give me a lot of *eye rolling* moments, but most of all entertainment, sweetness and human interaction, which as we all know is nothing like perfection.

This novel left me wanting more for certain characters. Although all of the different stories were quite finished, I wouldn’t have minded more development in some of them.

After all, there a clear thought, does that real Match exist? Does that even matter? What is life without a little spice in it? Do we really need to become full on zombies??

The Characters

Where to start from? Like I already said this has been a character driven story as it has been plot driven.  We follow 5 different storylines and they are very well constructed where its main characters feel unique. Forgive me if I sound harsh, I’ve just developed feelings for this characters:
We open the story with Mandy. A desperation, sad and pathetic woman, which if you haven’t guessed I didn’t care much for! She is out main drama queen here.
Then we’ve got the sweet little twisted Christopher. I gave him an OK from the minute he finished his first chapter. What a juicy and interesting character.
After him we go for a bratty and capricious girl named Jade. She is the one that changed the most in my opinion, at least as morale and inner thoughts go. At the beginning I didn’t like her but she ended up growing up on me, mostly because she opened up and saw the wrongs in her life.
Then we meet sweet and loyal Nick. I liked him from minute one. He had some moments I didn’t surprise but then after a crucial surprise (you won’t se coming) I liked him even more 🙂 🙂 What a patience this one had!
And lastly, we get to meet Ellie, a severe workaholic. If the author was dosing the information given about a character it was with her. Not as patient as Nick, definitely not, but interesting nonetheless.


Yes I would recommend this one! This is not a typical thriller, more than one story has some mystery and shocks but mostly it’s an enjoyable drama?¿? I truly don’t know how to classify this work properly !

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I must give a big thank you to the author, John Marrs, the publisher, Del Rey (Ebury publishing), and Netgalley for approving me and giving me this opportunity. This is a completely honest review.



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; Gay Times; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World’s Sunday Magazine.

His debut novel The Wronged Sons, was released in 2013 and in May 2015, he released his second book, Welcome To Wherever You Are. In May 2017 came his most recent novel, The One.

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