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The One: A Novel

A Wall Street Journal Best Science Fiction Book of 2018

“Just try to put this gripping thriller down once you pick it up.” —AARP

“A shock on every other page.” —Wall Street Journal

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.

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Anonymous says:

Thought-Provoking Page-Turner! Read it! I got very little done for 2 days and didn’t get much sleep for 2 nights…it was THAT hard to put down! Quite a page-turner.For those who say it was confusing…good heavens, there were only 5 main characters to keep up with! Each timeline was contiguous…with alternating chapters. I cheated a couple of times and skipped to the next chapter featuring that character, because I couldn’t stand the suspense. But don’t do that towards the end because the timelines do converge at that…

Anonymous says:

Talk about a Mismatch! Somewhat entertaining, but mostly silly. An original, intriguing idea, that I was excited to sink my teeth into but that was pretty much where my excitement ended. A bore to read, with one-dimensional characters, none of who I gave a hoot about. I ended up skimming most of the chapters, and I guarantee I didn’t miss anything, as most of the twists, and so-called cliff-hanger chapter endings, I saw coming a mile away. There was one twist around the 80% mark that was a good one, but little…

Anonymous says:

Mixed feelingd The characters were well developed as in all Marrs books, as was the writing style and engrossing plotlines. My problem w/the book was there were too many characters which gets a bit confusing & hard to follow. That and my dislike of several characters made it irritating at times. Not as good as his last 3 books. So it was disappointing in those aspects. Maybe my expectations were too high compared to his prior books. I neither recommend nor not reccomend this book, another reader may…

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