Book Review: The One by @johnmarrs1


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...

Review by Hannah:

When I was a little girl I had an imaginary friend; he came everywhere with me and I would even have my mum lay a place for him at the table. As with many imaginary friends he became a distant memory, though every now and then I would be reminded of Peter (as I called him) and smile.
I have thought about Peter a lot more since reading this book.

As a young girl I dreamt of meeting the ‘man of my dreams’, falling in love, getting married and having children. I envisaged it just how you would see it in the movies with my husband to be being my soul mate, my perfect match.

In reality, life is not like the movies and the ‘man of my dreams’ did not appear as expected! I am however happily married and a mum.

So much emphasis is placed on finding the one; so much so that there are numerous apps, dating sites and other approaches to dating to find your match, the one, your soul mate.

Imagine for a moment now that you could be matched with THE one; the one who was perfect for you down to your very genetics by a simple mouth swab. Would you try it?

The One by John Marrs is a story of suspense, murder, drama, romance and intrigue revolving around a group of individuals who have all taken the test to find their genetically perfect match.
Every character brings something different to why they chose to take the test and I would defy anyone who couldn’t relate to at least one of them!

This is what makes this book so great and a potential movie in the making.
Each chapter tells you a little bit more about the stories of those who have taken the test and their journey which keeps it fresh and added to the intrigue.

It is a fast paced read keeping you gripped all the way. There were so many twists and turns I felt as though I was on a roller coaster which I didn’t want to get off!

I felt a connection to all the characters and could visualise them all; they were that well written they would just jump out of the pages.

It really makes you question the ethics of the test; is it ‘right’, is it safe, who could you be matched with? Then, questioning whether if you took the test yourself, would you give up everything to be with your match, change sexuality, or be with anyone other than your match; truly compelling.
When you start this book be sure you have nowhere to be or require a lot of sleep as you will not want to put it down!

John’s style and approach to storytelling is as exciting and powerful as the likes of Peter James and Simon Kernick.

I mentioned at the beginning of my review about my imaginary friend Peter, and I did this because the man I married is also called Peter.

Was this destined? Would we have been genetically matched? Would I want to know?
Perhaps after reading this book you may be able to guess whether I would want to.



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