The One: A Novel

The One: A Novel

by John Marrs


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Soon to be a major Netflix Original series

Wall Street Journal Best Science Fiction Book of 2018

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

“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335998859
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 45,837
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John Marrs is the author of The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, and Welcome to Wherever You Are. A freelance journalist based in London, England, he has spent the past 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, Total Film, Huffington Post, Empire, Q, GT, the Independent, S Magazine and Company.

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The One 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept and idea. I didn't think the multiple story lines were woven together well. It was like reading multiple short stories simultaneously, but they were each a different genre and none of which you could invest in the characters.
Anonymous 11 months ago
2 demensional characters. w I ould make a great soap opera. just skimmed the last third.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I shared with my friends, they enjoyed it also
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Bridgett Deem Nelson More than 1 year ago
The One is an incredibly addictive read. I literally could not put this book down, and read it in a matter of hours. It was everything a story should be: entertaining, thought-provoking, engaging, well-written, and flat-out fun. I was engrossed by every single character, and found myself rooting for all of them in some way. This is the second book I've read by John Marrs, the first being The Good Samaritan. It was a 5-star read for me, and those who follow my reviews know that's a rarity. Lo and behold, John Marrs struck gold again! He has rapidly become one of my must-read authors. Pick this unique, strangely compulsive story up and give it a won't be sorry.
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This is a very good premise for a book. It is well thought out, and each story is brought to a conclusion. Couldn't stop reading. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not what I expected. It was part thriller, part romance, very little scifi which I am undecidedly okay with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Great stories that all tied together perfectly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day. The premise of the book was very interesting. Every time you turn on the tv, you see ads for DNA tests for various reasons. Maybe finding a DNA match is not too far fetched in the future. This book had some great twists and turns. A tiny bit expected in some cases, but overall a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank God this is fictional. Scary to think if it were true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most interesting books I’ve read. It’s told from five perspectives, and normally that can irritate me or it gets old. This author did it beautifully and smoothly though. Would read it again.
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
At-home DNA test kits seem to be all the rage now - I admit to being tempted by them myself (and will buy one if the cost drops about half). For the most part, the results reveal ethnic background and/or health risks based on heredity. But if you could take a DNA test that would put you together with "the one" - your absolute soul mate with whom you have a forever-and-ever love bond - would you sign up? At my age, and nearly 56 years of marriage to the same guy, I daresay there isn't much point. But what If you're single, or already have found the person you believe to be your one and only? And more to the point, what would you do if you learn that your predestined mate isn't the one you're with? Ah, the plot starts out thick, and trust me, it thickens from that point on. Readers are introduced to five people from different walks of life who accepted the challenge, available from a wildly successful company that researched and developed the process. Mandy, Christopher, Jade, Nick and Ellie- all have been notified that a "Match" has been found. And - for better or worse - each has paid for the opportunity to connect with that perfect person. Chapters show the progress of each of the five matches from beginning to end as well as what's happening around them. Nick, for instance, is happily engaged to Sally. Ellie lives the life of a self-made and wildly successful, but lonely, entrepreneur; Christopher has a secret life that he's not eager to share with anyone else - until, perhaps, he meets his "match." And so it goes, with each chapter revealing more details and adding complexity (and sometimes nail-biting action) to each person's story - and yes, there are some big surprises along the way. Once I reached the halfway point, quite honestly, I didn't want to put the book down. Yes, I suppose some of the outcomes stretch believability boundaries a bit, but on the other hand, when I really think about it, as comedian Judy Tenuta says, it could happen. Perhaps more than anything, though, this is an insightful look into human behavior - a realization that what we do in one situation can impact, often irrevocably, what happens in another. Whether intentional or not, the book also touches on the moral and ethical ramifications of DNA testing, particularly as it becomes more detailed - and more readily available. Is there really such a thing as too much information? In the end, it's a "Wow!" from me. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
jmchshannon More than 1 year ago
I love when stories start out in one direction and veer suddenly in the opposite direction to take you on a wild ride. The One by John Marrs does just that with its story of five different people who decide to be matched to their one true love. Just when you think you have it all figured out, the floor drops and the story really begins. The characters drive the story and make it truly special. Coming from all walks of life, their reasons for choosing to be matched is as diverse as they are. As you learn more about the five of them and follow along with the upheaval to their lives being matched causes, they become something more than flat characters. They become the kind of friend you want to see happy in whatever guise that comes. You hope they get their “happily ever after” because that is what we are taught to consider the epitome of success. With that friendship though comes emotional tension as each relationship deepens and matures into something special, and you worry that the happily ever after was all a bit too easy. The One plays with the idea that being in a committed relationship is necessary for happiness. The assumption that nature trumps nurture when it comes to long-lasting relationships runs counter to everything sociologists understand about forming relationships. Yes, there is something biological about compatibility but there is an element of shared belief systems and ideas and experiences that only come through experience, i.e. nurture. Moreover, being matched ignores the dating rituals that allow individuals to learn more about each other and determine compatibility. It reduces partnering with someone down to a cheek swab. While not totally clinical, romance loses something by this process, no matter how romantic a couple is after they meet. The premise though is absolutely fascinating, and Mr. Marrs explores every avenue of such a life-changing discovery throughout the novel. To say more about The One would be to give away everything which makes it an outstanding story. It is best if you go into it as blind as possible with no real expectations or understanding of the story. Mr. Marrs does a fabulous job building his world and developing his characters. Let the story sweep you away and force you to question your own ideal relationship or what would happen were you to find out your perfect match is not someone with whom you are currently partnered. Fall in love with the characters and their stories, and ride the roller coaster of romance with them. You will enjoy the story that much more.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
The One by John Marrs is a recommended mix of a romance and a thriller. Match Your DNA, a dating service, has developed a DNA test that promises participants it will find The One - your perfect match, the one partner for you, the one you are genetically made for, your soul mate. Since it began ten years ago, millions of people across the world have submitted their DNA and let the computer program find their perfect match. Of course, this has also resulted in the breakup of marriages and families. It has also changed the whole concept of finding your perfect partner. Since the test finds your perfect match, with a reported 99.9% accuracy, the whole concept of dating, romance, and love has changed. Five different people in this story have received the notification that they’ve been "Matched" and they are meeting their genetic soul mates. These five people are Mandy, Christopher, Jade, Nick, and Ellie. The novel then consists of short, fast-paced chapters sequentially jumping from one characters story to the next... and repeat. Each chapter frequently ends with a cliff-hanger. What it felt like was a soap opera. We have the over-arching theme that they have all submitted their DNA to find The One and have been matched. Then we follow their ongoing individual stories. Each story has its own drama and propagates related questions based on the match and the choices the individuals make. The stories of each individual and their match are interesting, but not as interesting as the original concept and not exactly grist for a thriller. Quite frankly, many of the individual stories shambled along and were basically predictable. There were few surprises. None of the couple's stories intersect, so readers can jump ahead freely. There are a few intriguing questions, such as does a DNA match with your soul mate really mean your match is the only one for you? Is there truly no free will or personal choices in the matter. And what about having two heterosexual man matched with each other? The writing is good. It is a quick read. The stories all start out with various degrees of strength, and then dawdle along for the most part. I appreciated how most of the stories were concluded. The plots in the individual stories were all bit too melodramatic/soap operish for me. I was also never convinced that a DNA test (no real scientific explanation is given) could predict a soul mate. So many people liked this novel more than me I'm thinking the difference is the romance novel part. I don't read them, so I was hoping for more science fiction. Those of you who like science fiction may want to by-pass this one since the science is incidental while the match-making melodrama is in the forefront. 2.5 rounded up Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Hanover Square Press.
suekitty13 More than 1 year ago
Who is your perfect match? Spoiler Free! This is the story of five couples who have been matched through their DNA as being soul mates. Everyone in the world has one perfect match and a simple cheek swab can tell you who you are meant to be with. You have no idea who you will be matched with, man, woman, gay, straight, a lot older, a lot younger, serial killer. That last one's a kicker! The concept was so clever and unique and makes for great storytelling. I don't love the idea of soul mates or "one true love." I like to think that we all have multiple people who will be right for us at different times of our lives. Not that I wouldn't be tempted to take the test if it was available! The chapters were super short and each ended on a cliff hanger which kept me reading at a frantic pace. It was a bit confusing at first as we met each main character and all the people around them too. As we only get one chapter then the view shifts to another it was hard to keep track of who was who but each of the main characters and their stories were so different though that it quickly became clear and not confusing. Each of the couples has an unusual and dramatic match story. After all it wouldn't be very interesting to read about the happily ever after couples! The Five main characters are Mandy, Christopher, Ellie, Jade and Nick. Mandy was a bit of a child and definitely a hot mess. She's a slightly humourous and slightly tragic figure and I kept picturing her as played by Mindy Kaling. Christopher who was a psychopath serial killer and meets in match in more ways than one. Ellie the wealthy CEO with a secret. Jade whose match is on the other side of the world from her and neither can afford the trip to get together. Nick was the most interesting to me. I found him the most sympathetic character and really wanted a happy ending for him. A lot of the drama was completely unbelievable and over the top, but it sure was entertaining! The story itself doesn’t do happy endings so much but it was satisfying. There is a major twist at the end for all the characters and we just get a short glimpse at how they deal with it. I would have liked a touch more than just a glimpse but I’m fairly pleased by the ending. Thank you to Harlequin/ Hanover Square Publishing for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Jolie More than 1 year ago
When I read the plot for The One, I was intrigued. A future where you can find your perfect match through your DNA. That made my interest grow even more. Then I started reading the book. For the most part, I enjoyed reading the book. But there were some little things that grated on my nerves while reading. The plotline for The One was very original. Being able to find your perfect match through your DNA? What a way to find your soul mate. The One looks at 5 different people and how finding their soul mates affected their life. But, more importantly, The One shows the dark side of this discovery. It also raises the question: Can love truly be in our DNA or is it pure luck. The characters of The One are Mandy, Christopher, Nick, Jade, and Ellie. Mandy is a divorce who is trying to get her life back together. When she goes to meet her match, she is in for a very unpleasant surprise. A surprise that rocks her world. Christopher is a serial killer who is blindsided by his match. Nick is engaged to the love of his life when his Match throws him off-kilter. Jade has a long distance relationship with her Match. She decides to throw caution to the wind and travel to Australia to meet him. What she finds when she arrives shocks her to the core. Finally, there is Ellie. Ellie is the scientist who found the gene that started the whole Match business. Ellie has finally found her Match but little things start to bother her about him. Things that don’t make sense. When Ellie finds out who her Match is and what he wants, he could ruin her. What I liked the most about The One was that it made me think. It made me think “what if someone discovered something like this“. What would happen? Would people accept it and use a DNA test to find their true love? Or would they denounce it? Would the social ramifications be as stated in the book: high divorce rate? Protests? Broken hearts? Like I said, it made me think. The multiple characters didn’t do it for me. I felt that there were too many characters for me to remember. If the author had done 2 characters, I would have been fine. But 5. Too much. On the flip side, though, I thought that the author did a great job of fleshing out the characters. He made them relatable. He also made their situations relatable. While I liked the plotlines and found them engaging, I did find it rushed in spots. I felt that the author got sick of writing about a character and wanted to end that characters scene before starting on the next one. Each character got their own ending at the end of the book and not all were happy. Ellie’s was the last one featured. It was also the one with the most punch. Not going to say what happened but I was kind of expecting it. I wasn’t surprised at what went down. I would recommend The One to anyone over the age of 21. There is a serial killer storyline that gets into somewhat graphic detail. Also, there is violence and language used. There are also sexual situations detailed but no outright sex. I would recommend The One to family and friends. **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So intriguing, I finished it in a day! A very interesting idea, and a great collection of characters. I can see this being made into a TV show very soon.