Book Review – The One

The One
By John Marrs
Del Ray
Rating *****

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…


I literally could not put this book down it was addictive, I was hooked from the start and didn’t want it to end. The plot twists were amazing and I thought it was an incredible psychological thriller.

The novel follows 5 characters that have all used the DNA Match test to find “The One”. This is no sweep you off your feet romance with dinners out, chocolate and flowers, quite the opposite in fact. Each story had completely different characters with very unique situations all of them having to test their moral compass. The characters Mandy, Charlie, Jade, Nick, and Ellie don’t intertwine with each other, but Marr’s writes each subplot so well that it doesn’t get confusing following 5 separate stories. I can’t really go into detail about each character as I really don’t want to give anything away. But I didn’t dislike any of them each had its own clear voice and opinions and even though each chapter had their names as a title I would know without reading who it was as Marr wrote each characters point of view so well.

I thought the whole idea of this novel was truly fascinating. At some point in all of our lives we will be searching or thinking about “The One” and if there is that certain soul mate out there. This is why so many people reach out onto internet dating websites to see if they can find their perfect match. With this DNA test match the search is over and you can find your soul mate by just licking a cotton bud. Sounds so simple. But if you really think about it, is it morally right? I have been with my partner for 2 and a half years, we are very much in love however whilst reading this novel I kept thinking I wonder if this was real would either of us do the test? Would we want to know if we were each other’s soul mates or someone else’s. Would we care? If my test was to tell me Joe Bloggs 20 miles away was my match would I really have a special amazing soul mate connection with him? Or would I just have these feelings because somebody told me to? Also how trusted would this test be? Would you just believe it because it should “do what it says on the tin” What if my match never did a DNA test? Would I spend the rest of my life waiting for them to do so or just continue dating and be happy with my partners regardless if they are scientifically the one or not. I think love is an emotional connection and I don’t feel that science could change my mind or make me think other wise.

All these thoughts came into my mind whilst reading this novel, so not only was it a fantastic page turning thriller but also morally it was very thought provoking. I love a novel that can make me think!

What I really loved about this novel was the plot twists, one after the other boom boom boom! I didn’t tire of them or even guess them, all of them leaving me so shocked and surprised. The novel would make a fantastic Black Mirror episode by Charlie Brooker, it really reminded me of that kind of dark, dystopian future twisted tale and I soaked up every second of it.

If DNA match was real would you use it? What if your match wasn’t your other half would you still pursue it? Got you thinking there haven’t I? I would love to know what you think.

I highly recommend this book if you like fast paced, page turning psychological thrillers. I promise it won’t disappoint hence why I have rated it 5*, it’s hard to review as I don’t want to give anything away but its worth a read. Thanks for reading. Katie x

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