The One by John Marrs (2017)

The OneOne 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…

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

One-Sentence Summary: Love Actually meets Criminal Minds

Review: Man, I could not put this book down! It sucked me into the lives of these 5 people whose lives are changed utterly and completely once they use a unique app to contact their One True Love (with advances in science and technology, it’s not too much like science fiction to make the Disney dream plausible).

Mandy, Christopher, Jade, Nick and Ellie’s lives are all engaging characters and it is fascinating to watch how finding out their love match completely turns their lives on their head in such different ways.

I could guess how their storylines would end for some of them and for others it was a real surprise. I don’t want to give anything away so avoiding spoilers I would say that Jade’s vignette was my favourite, Ellie’s the most interesting and Nick’s (not Christopher’s as you might imagine) the most bizarre.

Marrs doesn’t shy away from addressing the moral issues and negative side of finding your perfect love and this made it all the more interesting. Whilst the basic plot of DNA being able to tell you who your soul mate is, is not too farfetched, the twists and turmoil that the lives of these characters take is a bit OTT (think EastEnders on speed) but enjoyable all the same.

Next step: hunt down more John Marrs books to read.

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