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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 are 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 t 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 are 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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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 are 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 t 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 are 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.

30 review for The One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    5 identical matching ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Move over Match.Com - now there’s a new way to find your soulmate! A foolproof DNA test that will determine with absolute certainty who you should spend the rest of your life with. (Wow!) Will it break up existing marriages...probably! Will it have people moving across the globe to find their betrothed....absolutely! Could anything here go wrong? Ha! What do you think!? I knew I wanted to read this one from the moment I read the blurb! I was so excited to get my han 5 identical matching ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Move over Match.Com - now there’s a new way to find your soulmate! A foolproof DNA test that will determine with absolute certainty who you should spend the rest of your life with. (Wow!) Will it break up existing marriages...probably! Will it have people moving across the globe to find their betrothed....absolutely! Could anything here go wrong? Ha! What do you think!? I knew I wanted to read this one from the moment I read the blurb! I was so excited to get my hands on it! And....it was so worth it!! Told from multiple perspective of people who submitted their DNA and were lucky enough to find their match of a life time. I loved every character and every story-line. Each so different I was completely caught up in their “love stories.” But don’t for a minute think this is a romance…not even close. It’s a full-blown suspense and thriller all the way through. Though the ending may not work for some, I found it perfect! I highly recommend this unique thriller. It might just have you thinking twice about finding your match. A Traveling Sister read with Brenda!! Thank you to Edelweiss, HarperCollins and John Marrs

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    What could possibly go wrong? I have to hand it to John Marrs for bringing such a modern concept to the thriller genre. And one that happens to encompass my very favorite topic, love. Not sharing the same fondness for that loaded L-word shouldn’t mean writing this one off though. There are plenty of dark thrills, unforeseen twists and riveting plot sequences to distract from the lovey-dovey musings. If providing a simple DNA sample could result in finding your soulmate, would you partake? Thi What could possibly go wrong? I have to hand it to John Marrs for bringing such a modern concept to the thriller genre. And one that happens to encompass my very favorite topic, love. Not sharing the same fondness for that loaded L-word shouldn’t mean writing this one off though. There are plenty of dark thrills, unforeseen twists and riveting plot sequences to distract from the lovey-dovey musings. If providing a simple DNA sample could result in finding your soulmate, would you partake? This just one of the multitude of questions the plot manages to provoke. The author thrusts readers into a world that’s no longer wallowing in the woes of online dating or what can sometimes be a grueling quest to find that perfect mate. Instead, finding the one is now as simple as taking a DNA test—hoping your match also chooses to participate—and paying a nominal fee. Match Your DNA has single-handedly revolutionized the way people discover love. Told through the eyes of five recently matched couples, The One explores the perplexities of each pairing. The cleverness of the plot, fascinating relationship dynamics and short chapters all work in tandem. Jump-starting the *just one more chapter* game. Which means, good luck putting this book down. And for those who enjoy blood-spattered pages, don’t fret, one couple delivers the gore. As we all come to learn, nothing in life is without flaws and consequences. Naturally, the reality of identifying a connection based on genetics brings forth objections. Is the palpable intensity inhabiting the space around the matches authentic or more of a combination of blind faith and almost a placebo effect? Whatever the answer may be, rest assured, it’s an incredibly compelling journey. The author ends on somewhat of a surprising note which I appreciated, even in the face of my desperation for more of a firm confirmation on some aspects. *A BIG thanks to @scaresuspensebookclub who selected this title as their February read, subsequently piquing my curiosity and landing this noteworthy read in my hands.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)

    A wild and entertaining psychological thriller about making the ultimate love match and living “happily ever after.” The plot: Characters take DNA tests in the hopes of being matched with their soul mate. 6 couples are matched, and while some find love, others find themselves living a nightmare. The narrative: The narrative is comprised of 6 POV’s. Two males and four females share their journey on being matched with “the one.” This structure was a little frustrating in the beginning, as I cou A wild and entertaining psychological thriller about making the ultimate love match and living “happily ever after.” The plot: Characters take DNA tests in the hopes of being matched with their soul mate. 6 couples are matched, and while some find love, others find themselves living a nightmare. The narrative: The narrative is comprised of 6 POV’s. Two males and four females share their journey on being matched with “the one.” This structure was a little frustrating in the beginning, as I could barely remember who was who, but after a couple rounds of reading I was able to keep track of the different couples. The characters: This is where the book failed for me. The characters were one-dimensional shells of people. I couldn’t connect with them and felt nothing for them. I just finished reading this about 20 minutes ago and I can barely remember their names. The tone: I loved the tone. There’s a lot of humor mixed into the mess of the matches, and I had some good snarky laughs! Overall, The One has a 5-star premise, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading this but had it more depth and nuance, it could have easily been a 5 star read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Pleased to announce that The One by John Marrs is the #ScaredSuspenseBookClub February read! If you'd like to join in with our updates and discussions on Instagram, come follow our page @scaredsuspensebookclub. <3 Pleased to announce that The One by John Marrs is the #ScaredSuspenseBookClub February read! If you'd like to join in with our updates and discussions on Instagram, come follow our page @scaredsuspensebookclub. <3

  5. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    Thrilling....Gasp!....Thrilling You've heard of Match.com to find a date. Well, what if you could find your true soul mate? 100% guaranteed and scientifically proven! New technology has been discovered and all you need to do is 1.Sign up 2.Swab your mouth 3.Wait for the database to find your match and contact you with details. The book follows 5 people who meet their perfect one and only. This book has it all! I gasp so many times I lost count. Plenty of twists and turns as you follow the five coup Thrilling....Gasp!....Thrilling You've heard of Match.com to find a date. Well, what if you could find your true soul mate? 100% guaranteed and scientifically proven! New technology has been discovered and all you need to do is 1.Sign up 2.Swab your mouth 3.Wait for the database to find your match and contact you with details. The book follows 5 people who meet their perfect one and only. This book has it all! I gasp so many times I lost count. Plenty of twists and turns as you follow the five couples on their blissful journey. Your DNA match may be located anywhere in the world, may be older or younger, may even be a serial killer....gasp! I'm not going to give anything away. No spoilers! This is a must read if you like omg moments and cliff hangers at every turn. Fantastic! Never read anything like it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tan Markovic

    THIS IS BEING MADE INTO A NETFLIX SERIES AND SDSFKLHSABGVBFBJNLLKEFS I CAN'T WAIT Reviews can be found at: www.booknerdtan.wordpress.com WOOOOOOOOOW. There isnt enough stars. Holy fuck, that book was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. With a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter, all 103 of them, and each of them littered with ethical and emotional dilemmas, this book was incredibly hard to put down; Marrs immediately draws you into each storyline and you have to know what happens THIS IS BEING MADE INTO A NETFLIX SERIES AND SDSFKLHSABGVBFBJNLLKEFS I CAN'T WAIT Reviews can be found at: www.booknerdtan.wordpress.com WOOOOOOOOOW. There isnt enough stars. Holy fuck, that book was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. With a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter, all 103 of them, and each of them littered with ethical and emotional dilemmas, this book was incredibly hard to put down; Marrs immediately draws you into each storyline and you have to know what happens next and quickly. The book switches from 5 different characters stories and the individual journeys they embark upon when they discover who they are gentically destined to be with - their so called perfect 'one'. What could possibly go wrong...? Well, turns out an absolute butt load. This book was so incredibly engaging and clever, I'm almost worried that the next book I read won't come anywhere near this. John Marrs is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The One by John Marrs is a 2017 Del Rey publication. Outstandingly original!! I don’t know how I missed this book when it was first published, but it skated underneath my radar until recently. I went into this one blind. The synopsis really doesn’t prepare one for what is about to transpire!! Online dating services and apps has nothing on ‘Match Your DNA’. Get tested, and if your soul mate has also been tested, you will be matched to the absolute love of your life. If only it were that simple…. Natu The One by John Marrs is a 2017 Del Rey publication. Outstandingly original!! I don’t know how I missed this book when it was first published, but it skated underneath my radar until recently. I went into this one blind. The synopsis really doesn’t prepare one for what is about to transpire!! Online dating services and apps has nothing on ‘Match Your DNA’. Get tested, and if your soul mate has also been tested, you will be matched to the absolute love of your life. If only it were that simple…. Naturally, it’s much more complicated than that. This story examines five couples who have been matched and follow the path their lives take from that moment forward. There’s a plethora of unforeseen developments and circumstances that arise, proving that just because one finds their love match, it doesn't erase heartbreak or make their lives an instant bed of roses- far from it!! I thought this novel was ingenious. A great deal of thought went into this story. To think of all the various ways a dating system like this one would affect society, the consequences of allowing science to control something that important and so unpredictable, which relies on so many variables, is a fascinating concept. However, as with anything else that involves humans, there are bound to be flaws, maybe even loopholes, no one could possibly anticipate... So... What about my personal pet peeves? That large cast? All those twists? The book is very well constructed, which made it easy for me to keep up with everyone. The stories were not interconnected, which also helped. There were no implausible twists- they were spaced out and well-timed, inside a perfectly paced story. No surprises were added for mere shock value. Another concern for me was with the ‘Sci-Fi’ categorization- but don’t let that intimidate you. There's nothing here about alpha quadrants, or anything else that might have gone over my head. It is simply a futuristic idea, that with the popularity of DNA kits right now, might give one pause, adding in a niggling feeling of unease. The story has many facets, other than the Sci-Fi elements. There are a couple of sinister threads, making this a book that would also fit nicely into the mystery/thriller genre. Despite that, there are some truly tender moments, where love really does conquer all. This story is unlike any I’ve read in a long time. I loved the cleverness and the imagination, the thrills, the chills, the twist and turns, and how thought provoking it was, considering the atmosphere. This is wild, crazy ride, riveting, wildly entertaining, and at times darkly humorous. In short- I loved it! This one may not have been released this year, but I can tell you it will make my favorites list for 2019. Highly recommend!! This one deserves all the stars!

  8. 5 out of 5

    JV (semi-hiatus)

    "I wanted to meet the one who accepts me for who I am, who loves me for all my faults and my quirks, and who will be there by my side for whatever challenges come our way." The matters of the heart are a complicated one. Paraphrasing Blaise Pascal's famous quote, the heart has its own reasons which reason itself does not understand. Truly, it is human nature to be inquisitive — poking, sticking our noses where it doesn't belong, meddling with "things" that we aren't supposed to be tampering w "I wanted to meet the one who accepts me for who I am, who loves me for all my faults and my quirks, and who will be there by my side for whatever challenges come our way." The matters of the heart are a complicated one. Paraphrasing Blaise Pascal's famous quote, the heart has its own reasons which reason itself does not understand. Truly, it is human nature to be inquisitive — poking, sticking our noses where it doesn't belong, meddling with "things" that we aren't supposed to be tampering with, playing God in many ways, at the same time, assimilating so much information that even the most esoteric minds cannot wholly comprehend. But what if scientists had actually proven that there's an element, a gene, a unique imprint that intrinsically links you and your other half exclusively? And that all it would take is but a simple DNA assessment that could change your entire life by finding "The One" regardless of age, race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and mental state? Are you still willing to "give up everything and anyone you hold dear on the suggestion there might be something better around the corner"? In Black Mirror-esque style, Marrs conjures a cautionary tale with an interesting premise that malleably blends soft sci-fi with suspense along with the ontology of love. The novel follows the lives of five individuals (Mandy, Christopher, Jade, Nick, and Ellie) as they find their one true love through a scientifically proven method known as Match Your DNA. Is love at first sight really possible? What if you're not actually in love, but you're in love with the concept of being in love? "The emotions felt between two Matches can vary from couple to couple. For some, it happens in an instant; for others, it can take several meetings or several days before the connection is made. This can sometimes be due to the mental capacity of a couple or an individual, or an illness, which can affect the production of pheromones and receptors. A change in a Match’s body clock can also affect the way they process their emotions." This might seem beguiling as they are "Matched" with their soulmates, but what they will soon unearth is something that could upend or alter their lives and relationships forever — for better or for worse. "If you’ve got the opportunity to love someone as much as they love you, then grab it with both hands and hold on to it for dear life." With playful wit and vigorous prose moving at a staccato pace shifting from one POV to another, Marrs lures and captivates readers by hook, line, and sinker, letting them sink their teeth into this novel, savouring each and every page, and gulping it in one mouthful. He also infuses numerous twists and turns (although some are quite predictable) encouraging his readers to consume this book. While this novel was entertaining and addictive (albeit not chilling) enough to binge-read, it lacks the tenebrosity and potency exuded by the British sci-fi series Black Mirror. If you want a light and enticing read despite its drama-centric relationships and lack of multidimensional characters, then The One might be for you. This is, overall, a highly recommended read! Audiobook rating (narrated by Clare Corbett, Vicki Hall, Simon Bubb, Jot Davies, and Sophie Aldred): Narrative voice & style - ★★★★★ Vocal characterisation - ★★★★★ Inflexion & intonation - ★★★★★ Voice quality - ★★★★★ Audiobook verdict - ★★★★★

  9. 4 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    **I've just seen that this starts on Netflix on March 12th!! Please be good! 🤞** Omfg that was crazy!!! I need to lie down in a darkened room for a while now 😂 Ok I've finally recovered from this book, so thought I would write a short spoiler free review! Imagine if you could take a DNA test to find your one true love! In The One scientists had previously discovered a gene which you only share with one other person, your DNA match. Millions of people took the test and found their match, and now ten **I've just seen that this starts on Netflix on March 12th!! Please be good! 🤞** Omfg that was crazy!!! I need to lie down in a darkened room for a while now 😂 Ok I've finally recovered from this book, so thought I would write a short spoiler free review! Imagine if you could take a DNA test to find your one true love! In The One scientists had previously discovered a gene which you only share with one other person, your DNA match. Millions of people took the test and found their match, and now ten years later, we follow five people as they find their match. And boy what a crazy ride it is! I'm not going to say more than that, I'm just going to use some gifs to represent what I was like as I read this book. And can I just say that I was like this from about page 5 I think?! 😂 So yeah if you want to suspend belief and just read one hell of a sci-fi/thriller I would really recommend this! 👍 👍 👍 👍 👍 ALSO I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THIS ON NETFLIX OMG IT'S GOING TO BE SO GOOOOOD! ------—---------------------------------------------------------------------- I feel like I should have read this before The Passengers as there were many references to it. Nevertheless, I'm reading it now!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bibi

    *Coming to netflix on March 12, 2021* You need to read this book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    EmBibliophile

    5 stars This book has exceeded the limited approved amount of shocking gasp-worthy moments that should exist in a book!! How just HOW this book hasn’t been tuned into a black mirror episode yet?! Hell, why hadn’t it tuned to its own show! I’m demanding that this book get the book to TV show adaptation it deserves!! No matter what genre you prefer to read, you’d still end up loving this book! The premise of this book is the most interesting thing I’ve ever seen. This book follows five different peo 5 stars This book has exceeded the limited approved amount of shocking gasp-worthy moments that should exist in a book!! How just HOW this book hasn’t been tuned into a black mirror episode yet?! Hell, why hadn’t it tuned to its own show! I’m demanding that this book get the book to TV show adaptation it deserves!! No matter what genre you prefer to read, you’d still end up loving this book! The premise of this book is the most interesting thing I’ve ever seen. This book follows five different people who had taken the match your DNA test which introduces them to their perfect match or “The One”. If this isn’t the coolest thing ever I don’t know what is! Every character’s story was remarkable, unique, and freakin interesting! There was a point where I stopped trying to guess what’s going to happen next, it was pointless anyway, and just enjoyed the ride. John Marrs is B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T. I don’t know how he comes up with such interesting messed up stories. He’s just so freakin brilliant! And he definitely became one of my favorite authors! The thing is even tho the book is written from five POVs I was never bored or lost. The chapters are really short, captivating, and Every. Single. Chapter. Ends. With. A. Shocking. Twist! I don’t even know how is that possible! This book gave me anxiety to the point of crying and It gave me a permanent case of high blood pressure. When I tried to check on myself and measured my heartbeats, it was over hundred! That’s a fact! After finishing each chapter I could barely hold myself from jumping to the rest of that character’s story! I was so invested in the characters and the story that I finished the whole book in one day. If a book makes you forget your healthy nonexistent habits and stay till 4:30 am to finish it, then you know it’s The One.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dash fan

    5☆ Strangely Compelling and Highly addictive I really enjoyed reading The One. It's actually scary that this could quite possibly happen. Times have moved on in the wonderful world of dating. There are now so many ways to find your perfect match... but to what cost?.... can you really ever be completely sure who your meeting. Through the likes of Tinder, speed dating, etc... What if there was a way you could be sure of finding your perfect match..... would you be interested?? Would you be willing to 5☆ Strangely Compelling and Highly addictive I really enjoyed reading The One. It's actually scary that this could quite possibly happen. Times have moved on in the wonderful world of dating. There are now so many ways to find your perfect match... but to what cost?.... can you really ever be completely sure who your meeting. Through the likes of Tinder, speed dating, etc... What if there was a way you could be sure of finding your perfect match..... would you be interested?? Would you be willing to risk It?? Well "The One"  does.... It explores the dating world if DNA and science was your sure fix way of finding your perfect match. The story follows 5 people on their quest to find love using just a DNA match. No one said the quest to true love is ever easy. The match can uncover a whole can of worms. The matches can be any age, race, sexuality, any country, married/divorced/single.  Those who put there faith in the science have to be open to what may/will be revealed as a perfect match! Good or bad! It's a very compelling read, really explores the ups and downs and dangers. Each story is cleverly written and John Marrs seamlessly switches between the stories making it so easy to follow.  Normally I find stories that have so many character stories really hard to digest, but with this book i was so enthralled everything just fitted into place. The One is extremely addictive.... you have been warned! The nature of the book is enthralling and believable this could so easily be real. The Characters were so well written by the end of the book I felt I had lived their journey alongside. Would I recommend this book.... 100% Yes!! Perfect book for readers who like books that test the boundaries, offer something fresh and new. Readers who love Thrillers and Physiological reads. I Urge you to read this book it really is highly addictive, edge of your seat, hanging on to Marrs every word! I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for a honest and fair review via Netgalley.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Phenomenal book!! Since I'm reading his newer one, thought I would put a review up for this one that I read last year. This was a "start to finish can't put down read" for me. I was hooked immediately by the concept. That there is genetically a person made to fit with you for life, a scientific soul mate. And of course, this discovery has been marketed as a DNA style matching/dating website. Imagine the ramifications.. all sorts of ideas you had about dating and love are turned on their head. Su Phenomenal book!! Since I'm reading his newer one, thought I would put a review up for this one that I read last year. This was a "start to finish can't put down read" for me. I was hooked immediately by the concept. That there is genetically a person made to fit with you for life, a scientific soul mate. And of course, this discovery has been marketed as a DNA style matching/dating website. Imagine the ramifications.. all sorts of ideas you had about dating and love are turned on their head. Successful couples are matching up all around you.. What could possibly go wrong?? Would you take the test if you were already married, just to test whether who you have is "the One"? There are 5 alternating character POVs so we can follow along as they set out to test the success of their One True Match. I wont give you any more details, but suffice to say, nobody's perfect 🤷🏼‍♀️😈... Ethical dilemmas abound. This is at times a thriller but for me was much more, at times tugging at my heart and at times very funny. I was never bored reading this and really enjoyed all of the characters. I have recommended this one over and over this past year and am looking forward to it becoming a Netflix production! I +++ recommend you find out if this book is the one for you!🩸🎯

  14. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    this book is the reason i now believe in second chances. john marrs’ ‘the good samaritan’ was one of the worst books i read this year (if ever), so i thought myself crazy to pick up another one of his novels. but this sounded SO interesting, i just couldnt stay away. and guess what? ive never been happier! this is very ‘black mirror’-esque, which i love! but its not as sci-fi heavy as you would think. this focuses on the people, their relationships, and how they interact with each other in regard this book is the reason i now believe in second chances. john marrs’ ‘the good samaritan’ was one of the worst books i read this year (if ever), so i thought myself crazy to pick up another one of his novels. but this sounded SO interesting, i just couldnt stay away. and guess what? ive never been happier! this is very ‘black mirror’-esque, which i love! but its not as sci-fi heavy as you would think. this focuses on the people, their relationships, and how they interact with each other in regards to this new scientific advancement (matching soul mates via DNA). and what impressed me most was marrs’ creativity to come up with five different and unique scenarios as to how the technology could affect individuals and couples. everything is so highly thought out, with fantastic twists and turns! looking back, i think i would have preferred this to be a collection of consecutive short stories, rather than have alternating POVs. mainly because none of the main characters interact with each other, nor are their stories related. i get why its formatted that way - each chapter ends on a mini-cliff hanger, so it keeps the reader wanting to continue. but i think reading each story/perspective in its entirety would have been more enjoyable for me. however, that is a very minor and insignificant grievance to a book that i thoroughly enjoyed! ↠ 4.5 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Goodness this was addicting. I honestly might change this to 5 stars....need some time to think on it

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    4.5 stars This book is EPIC. After loving The Passengers, I wanted to check out more books from this author and everyone kept recommending this book to me, and wow I'm so glad I read this. Like The Passengers, this book also feels very Black Mirror to me. The concept for this book is one of my favorites ever: it takes place in a world where you can take a DNA test and find "the one" you are supposed to be with. This company has discovered something in our DNA that matches us with one other person 4.5 stars This book is EPIC. After loving The Passengers, I wanted to check out more books from this author and everyone kept recommending this book to me, and wow I'm so glad I read this. Like The Passengers, this book also feels very Black Mirror to me. The concept for this book is one of my favorites ever: it takes place in a world where you can take a DNA test and find "the one" you are supposed to be with. This company has discovered something in our DNA that matches us with one other person on this planet - our "soul mate" and if you take a simple DNA test you can find who you are supposed to be with. This person can be decades older or younger than you, they can live on the other side of the world - they can be anybody. We follow five different people who live completely different and unique stories. I think it's best to jump into this story without really knowing much - I was surprised on every single page in this story. The chapters are super short so I flew through this 430 page book in 2 days, I couldn't put it down. Every chapter ends on a bit of a cliff hanger and I loved the way it was written - I loved constantly changing every chapter between the five characters, the pace of this book was just so quick because I couldn't wait to get back to certain character chapters. My personal favorite character story lines in this book are Nick's and Chritopher's, theirs are the most interesting to me and the stories I got the most invested in. (view spoiler)[I think I loved Nick's chapters so much because I'm a huge fan of characters exploring their sexual orientation and him and Alex were so fucking cute they made my heart SOAR, and Christopher's is great for obvious reasons, I mean a serial killer matched with a cop?? This is great stuff (hide spoiler)] I wasn't a huge fan of Mandy's story or Jade's, and Ellie's took some time to get interesting - but by the end I was obsessed and every story line got soooo interesting and I loved the hell out of the ending. I love the thought provoking questions this book forces you to think about, like if this test actually existed would you take it? Or would you be happy being with the person you are currently with and not want to risk losing them? I feel like for me personally I would be too curious and I would need to know either way. This story was just so incredible - there were so many twists that I didn't see coming and some that I did, but I just had so much fun reading this and I wanted to read everything this author has written now.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This was a book that stayed glued to my hands, I really was so enthralled with not only the superb writing but the plot. What an original high quality top marks concept of a wonderfully woven story. It's unlike any story that I've read before, so, this is so going to be remembered by me in the future as it stands out because of it. Falling in love. Seems straight forward. Attraction, like, emotions, appeal. Not in this book! What if there was really a Mr Right or Mrs Right for you somewhere in this bi This was a book that stayed glued to my hands, I really was so enthralled with not only the superb writing but the plot. What an original high quality top marks concept of a wonderfully woven story. It's unlike any story that I've read before, so, this is so going to be remembered by me in the future as it stands out because of it. Falling in love. Seems straight forward. Attraction, like, emotions, appeal. Not in this book! What if there was really a Mr Right or Mrs Right for you somewhere in this big wide world, doesn't take in race, creed, religion, looks, where in the world you lived, age or even sexual orientation? That there is a genetic match......just for you. Would you get tested even if you already had a partner? Just to see if they were genetically matched with you? Oh heck, what if they weren't. Each chapter took on several chapters individually and as couples. The chapters would read overlap to the next making it such a fantastic experience as a reader keeping abreast with individuals. This really has a thumbs up from me. I loved it. Thank you to Random House Ebury for my advanced copy to enjoy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dem

    An immensely seductive story, clever and unpredictable, modern and just the sort of book to get completely lost in. " 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 just recently had my DNA test completed with Ancestry for family research and when I picked this book up An immensely seductive story, clever and unpredictable, modern and just the sort of book to get completely lost in. " 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 just recently had my DNA test completed with Ancestry for family research and when I picked this book up in a book store recently I just had to give it try and what a great surprise it turned out to be as it was dark and disturbing with five very interesting characters and lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engrossed. Short alternating chapters (which I loved)dedicated to each character make this one easy to follow and exciting. Fast pacced and extremely well plotted, this turned out to be a great psychological thriller that kept me up way past by bedtime.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Oscar

    Welcome to another season of Black Mirror That's what I thought after reading the first few chapters. Quick sideline, it quite saddens me that we won't be having any new Black Mirror season this year. Now back to this book. Ellie, Mandy, Jade, Nick, and Christopher were very fleshed out from one another. Silly me thought I'm going to have trouble keeping them all aligned in my mind. Because of John Marrs' writing, being invested in their own plots was easy. So close to giving this a 3 because, Welcome to another season of Black Mirror That's what I thought after reading the first few chapters. Quick sideline, it quite saddens me that we won't be having any new Black Mirror season this year. Now back to this book. Ellie, Mandy, Jade, Nick, and Christopher were very fleshed out from one another. Silly me thought I'm going to have trouble keeping them all aligned in my mind. Because of John Marrs' writing, being invested in their own plots was easy. So close to giving this a 3 because, personally the most part of this book, even though interesting, was barely thrilling. All the juicy and spicy things were at the end. I just hoped that the thrills were somehow equally distributed all through out the whole book. The last twists, the ending, and the overall atmosphere made this one a winner.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie (JuJu)

    ”To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.’ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables” Another Netflix series...YES! Very few science fiction books appeal to me, but John Marrs has the perfect recipe for mixing sci-fi and thriller! ‪The concept of using DNA to match you to “The One” sounded so enticing. WOW...what a fantastic way to speed up the process of finding your soulmate. Skip all those disastrous and boring dates. If you’ ”To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.’ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables” Another Netflix series...YES! Very few science fiction books appeal to me, but John Marrs has the perfect recipe for mixing sci-fi and thriller! ‪The concept of using DNA to match you to “The One” sounded so enticing. WOW...what a fantastic way to speed up the process of finding your soulmate. Skip all those disastrous and boring dates. If you’re like me, you’ve had more than your share! ‬ ‪Before reading the book, the idea of taking the test to confirm compatibility to your current spouse sounded so futuristic and intriguing, also. Don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly happy with my husband, but reconfirming he is “The One” could be comforting and fun. After reading the book, I’ve decided it’s better to leave well-enough alone!‬ Can’t wait to watch this on Netflix...AND read “The Passengers” 💕! My Rating: 4 ⭐️’s Published: March 1st 2018 by Hanover Square Press Pages: 416 Recommend: Definitely... even if you’re not a huge science fiction fan!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    Totally Addictive. Like. I. Can’t. Even. MatchYourDna.Com? This immediately got my back up. I mean I am a HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS person by nature. I had my doubts about this early on. I mean.. a DNA test that will determine who you’re supposed to spend the rest of your life with? My first thought? AS IF! Something was in fact up, and I was in fact right to be suspicious and the people I was suspicious of? Yep! I had them pegged from the beginning, but I didn’t guess right. Way to bring it yet again J Totally Addictive. Like. I. Can’t. Even. MatchYourDna.Com? This immediately got my back up. I mean I am a HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS person by nature. I had my doubts about this early on. I mean.. a DNA test that will determine who you’re supposed to spend the rest of your life with? My first thought? AS IF! Something was in fact up, and I was in fact right to be suspicious and the people I was suspicious of? Yep! I had them pegged from the beginning, but I didn’t guess right. Way to bring it yet again John Marrs! “The One” is a brilliantly plotted character driven mystery suspense that will grab you by the horns and won’t let go. All characters' stories are utterly compelling, with my favorite being Nick and his match, Alexander (swoon!), with a close second to Christopher and his match Amy. Can you say woah?! If only all books were this good! Thank you to my local library for loaning me a copy of the audiobook. Kudos to Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, Jot Davies and Sophie Aldred for their stellar narration. Published on Goodreads on 9.13.20.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    ... Ostentatiously unostentatious ... Anyway, how do you go about telling an app to go code itself whenever it tells you have to get warm and cozy with a serial killer? Ughhh. Imagine you let some DNA test pick your one and only soulmate? Or is it a DNA-mate? I've no idea. Now think about serial killers. Do they get soulmates? Imagine getting paired with a (cardboard) sociopath. How does that app idea sound now? Q: ‘What if it turns out our DNA doesn’t Match?’ ‘Then we’ll be mindful that maybe we’ll ... Ostentatiously unostentatious ... Anyway, how do you go about telling an app to go code itself whenever it tells you have to get warm and cozy with a serial killer? Ughhh. Imagine you let some DNA test pick your one and only soulmate? Or is it a DNA-mate? I've no idea. Now think about serial killers. Do they get soulmates? Imagine getting paired with a (cardboard) sociopath. How does that app idea sound now? Q: ‘What if it turns out our DNA doesn’t Match?’ ‘Then we’ll be mindful that maybe we’ll need to put more effort into our relationship. Like John Lennon said, “All You Need Is Love”.’ ‘Yes, but he also said, “I Am The Walrus”, so let’s not hold too much credence to his pearls of wisdom.’ (c) Q: ‘Don’t worry, the only skeletons in my closet belong to the mice.’ (c)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nazanin

    3.5 Stars This story is about five persons who took Match Your DNA test to find their soulmates. I liked that idea but just for the story because I don’t need my DNA tell me who’s my husband! This story is about when they found out about their Matches, how they’re dealing with them. The first half was a little slow but the second half was better because of consequences that show themselves. I really don’t like all the characters, I liked just Nick. The story wasn’t that mysterious I expected. And 3.5 Stars This story is about five persons who took Match Your DNA test to find their soulmates. I liked that idea but just for the story because I don’t need my DNA tell me who’s my husband! This story is about when they found out about their Matches, how they’re dealing with them. The first half was a little slow but the second half was better because of consequences that show themselves. I really don’t like all the characters, I liked just Nick. The story wasn’t that mysterious I expected. And I must add it wasn’t Psychological Thriller, at all! (view spoiler)[Mandy is a divorced woman. Apparently her Match is dead. She makes me really, really angry because of her decisions. She is like a child. Christopher is a serial killer, a sick one. And of course his Match is a police officer. Their story was boring. I mean he killed twenty-nine women without anybody to know about him or have any clue. Jade matched with an Australian man but when she goes from UK to see him, he wasn’t someone who she was expected. Their story was OK. Nick is engaged but his fiancee insisted before they get married, they do this test but when the results came they weren’t matched and Nick’s Match was a man. I hate his fiancee but somehow I liked their story. Ellie is the one who discover the Match DNA and she has tried it on herself too. Her Match was an ordinary man. I liked their story because there was that mystery I was waiting for! (hide spoiler)] The story is told in multiple POV, 3 rd person and it’s a standalone story. All in all, it wasn’t that bad but it wasn’t that good either. But at some point you can enjoy the story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    In the not too distant future a scientist has discovered DNA based test that is responsible for that instant 'our eyes met across the room and we just knew we were meant for each other' response. Now she has designed an App (Match my DNA) for this test that allows people to find their perfect Match - the One (I recommend that any scientists and sceptics out there suspend their disbelief and arguments, accept that basic premise and just go with the flow to enjoy the ride!) As you can imagine this In the not too distant future a scientist has discovered DNA based test that is responsible for that instant 'our eyes met across the room and we just knew we were meant for each other' response. Now she has designed an App (Match my DNA) for this test that allows people to find their perfect Match - the One (I recommend that any scientists and sceptics out there suspend their disbelief and arguments, accept that basic premise and just go with the flow to enjoy the ride!) As you can imagine this App has not only made her incredibly wealthy and resulted in many perfect marriages but has also resulted in broken marriages as people desert their partners for their perfect Match. And while your perfect Match might turn out to be the One with whom you have that instant connection, they might also turn out not to be perfect humans with secrets or personality flaws, as the five characters narrating this novel find out. Told in short snappy chapters, in the alternating voices of the five characters who have found their Match, this is a fascinating and imaginative look at what it means to fall in love, whether slowly or instantly and whether you would want to know if the One was out there waiting for you when you already have a happy relationship. The five relationships are all interesting and beset with twists and turns of one sort or another that makes them individually interesting. Not all the relationships will end well and one in particular has a terrific twist towards the end. 4.5★

  25. 4 out of 5

    Zoeytron

    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review. So many internet dating sites out there, each promising to match you to other individuals who, like you, are looking to find their one true love. Disappointments abound, bad matches are made. Ready to give up? What if a mere mouth swab could do the trick for you? Match you with your other half, as it were. It's DNA, should be foolproof. Takes the stress and the guesswork out of the whole dating scene, and it has taken the world by storm. The Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review. So many internet dating sites out there, each promising to match you to other individuals who, like you, are looking to find their one true love. Disappointments abound, bad matches are made. Ready to give up? What if a mere mouth swab could do the trick for you? Match you with your other half, as it were. It's DNA, should be foolproof. Takes the stress and the guesswork out of the whole dating scene, and it has taken the world by storm. The catch is that your DNA match could live on the other side of the world, or be decades older than you, or already married, or even the same gender as you. It may not matter, you are made for each other. Loved the originality, the short chapters were perfectly suited to the read, and I was interested in every one of the characters and how their lives were impacted by finding "the one".

  26. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    We have all heard the term "finding the one" so who would not like to have an easy no brainer way to find "the one". No more blind dates, no more bad dates, no more wasted time, no more heartache, heartbreak, or bad relationship. Just do a quick swab of your cheek and wait for your results. Sounds easy enough right? Match Your DNA makes following in love so much easier. They match you with your soul mate. Yes, there may be some hurdles to cross - the one for you might be living in another countr We have all heard the term "finding the one" so who would not like to have an easy no brainer way to find "the one". No more blind dates, no more bad dates, no more wasted time, no more heartache, heartbreak, or bad relationship. Just do a quick swab of your cheek and wait for your results. Sounds easy enough right? Match Your DNA makes following in love so much easier. They match you with your soul mate. Yes, there may be some hurdles to cross - the one for you might be living in another country, they might be decades older/younger than you and in some cases may already be married. But science does not lie. Does it? As the Beatles sang "All you need is love". Will the five people in this book find their happily ever after? Will they feel instant love upon meeting "the one"? Will they be happy and content? What happens when "the one" has deep, dark secrets? What if "the one" is perfect for you and yet.... Well, this book was the one for me. John Marrs is quickly becoming my go to author. Seriously, his books are original, highly creative and imaginative, beautifully written and fascinating. This one did not disappoint and as each story was told he drew me in deeper and deeper into the world of DNA matches, love and connection. Riveting, thought provoking and well plotted. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    HOLY WOW! The One deserves nothing less than 5 stars....easily! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What if you could find your true soulmate? The One follows five people who are on a quest to meet their scientific match. Their match can be any race, sex, age, gender, married or divorced. What could possibly go wrong? A lot. If you’re looking for a book with a fresh, unique storyline with so many twists and turns that it’ll make your head spin, look no further. This is some seriously addictive reading, my friends. Short HOLY WOW! The One deserves nothing less than 5 stars....easily! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What if you could find your true soulmate? The One follows five people who are on a quest to meet their scientific match. Their match can be any race, sex, age, gender, married or divorced. What could possibly go wrong? A lot. If you’re looking for a book with a fresh, unique storyline with so many twists and turns that it’ll make your head spin, look no further. This is some seriously addictive reading, my friends. Short chapters with cliffhangers at the end of every one of them will keep you frantically flipping the pages! 100% recommended!

  28. 5 out of 5

    myra

    Oh this was amazing. I discovered John Marrs from a friend who recommended me “The Passengers”, which was a very good book. I’m glad I decided to give this one a try. The plot twists had me on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait till the tv show is on Netflix. PS. I highly recommend “The One” and “The Passengers” by this author.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Weird and compelling, but filled with stock characters who speak in conversations that resemble the old soap operas of yesteryear, The One is a strange book. When I was trying to categorize it, I came up with horror which is what it most strongly represents, not only because of the character who is a serial killer, but because I would not enjoy this future world scenario in which for a small fee you can be matched to your love interest through some sort of DNA code. The possibilities for chaos s Weird and compelling, but filled with stock characters who speak in conversations that resemble the old soap operas of yesteryear, The One is a strange book. When I was trying to categorize it, I came up with horror which is what it most strongly represents, not only because of the character who is a serial killer, but because I would not enjoy this future world scenario in which for a small fee you can be matched to your love interest through some sort of DNA code. The possibilities for chaos seem endless.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brandice

    The One is a story about a DNA matching service that allows people to find their one, true match. This story follows the lives of 5 different people who all recently received notification of their match. Each character faces challenging situations and must deal with their own secrets. It’s an interesting story and while some of the characters’ storylines were more intriguing than others, I felt curious about each of them and eager to see how their situations would pan out. There were more twists The One is a story about a DNA matching service that allows people to find their one, true match. This story follows the lives of 5 different people who all recently received notification of their match. Each character faces challenging situations and must deal with their own secrets. It’s an interesting story and while some of the characters’ storylines were more intriguing than others, I felt curious about each of them and eager to see how their situations would pan out. There were more twists than I initially anticipated, which made it fun to read. While fictional, the story doesn’t seem too implausible given the plethora of dating services, mobile apps and technology available in today’s world. “But I also wanted to demonstrate how greedy we are as human beings. How willing we are to give up everything and anyone we hold dear on the suggestion there might be something better around the corner.” The One was a dark and thought-provoking read, a story that kept me curious and invested through the end!

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