Review: The One by John Marrs

the oneHow 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 soulmate. 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 fating, romance and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they have been ‘Matched’. They’re each about to meet their one true love. But ‘happily ever after’ isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soulmates have secrets. And some are more shocking that others…


Let me first begin by announcing that I am now officially a fan of John Marrs. This author is brilliant! I read his title, Her Last Move, last year and absolutely enjoyed it. This is what made me decide to try out his earlier books so I got The One and The Good Samaritan. It was love at first page with this one.

The story is narrated by 5 characters that have been matched with their soul mates through Match DNA. Genes can’t be wrong, right? Love is in the air. First dates, new connections and the excitement of knowing that science has brought love. However, there are many bumps along the way. Soon, lies, secrets, deceit and heartbreaks wreck havoc in many lives.

This is a very well written thriller. The chapters are short, gripping and snappy. Each one ended with a cliffhanger making the book harder to put down. The multiple narrations have an easy flow and each of the character’s stories is addictive. They all seemed to be connected by Matched DNA at first but eventually, other connections are also revealed.

I loved the uniqueness of the premise and how the author portrayed it so realistically. He had me totally immersed in a world where DNA Matching was a possibility and this got me thinking about such connections. Can you imagine if Science was used to match couples? Forget Tagged and Tinder, DNA matching sounds like the real deal for those seeking love. But then again, what would it mean for different people? What about us who are already married only for some DNA test to reveal that we aren’t soul mates? What if you get matched with a psychopath? What if your match is already dead, would you ever find love again? There were so many possibilities that added to the intensity of this narrative and they certainly had me thinking.

What a gripping, roller-coaster ride. I devoured this story in just day. I can’t wait to read the next book by the author.



  1. This is so creepy on so many levels!
    I love short chapters, they are super addictive 😀
    Amazing review, and yay for finding a new favourite author!

    1. Thanks Norrie and yes, super creepy in a very good way 😀 I think you’d enjoy this one.

      I am happy to have found John Marrs. All his books are awesome so far.

    1. Thanks Meggy.I agree with you.Everything about this title was a winner.Love how he explored different angles using the multiple narrations.

    1. hahaha, DNA Matching sounded so real and enticing but yeah, those ideas were squashed by the end of the book. Such an interesting read. Thank you 🙂

  2. This sounds like it has a very unique premise. I love thrillers like this! Glad you enjoyed it and found yourself a new favorite author. That’s always a good feeling! Lovely review. 😉

    1. Thank you.I agree,its wonderful to discover a new favourite author.I’ve read three of his books so far and all are brilliant. I definitely reccomend this title.

    1. Thanks Jennifer.I’m really enjoying Marrs’ books.Excited that I still have two titles to read and a new release 😀 I hope you’ll get a chance to read one of his titles soon.

  3. Fabulous review! The premise of the story is disturbing! But the book looks really good!

  4. John Marrs is the best! You HAVE TO read his new novel The Passengers coming out next month, you’ll love it, it even refers to The One every now and again! (But my fave Marrs is still The Good Samaritan 😊). Fab review Diana!

    1. The Good Samaritan was insane. I think it’s my favorite one too. Those twists had my head spinning. I can’t wait to read The Passengers. Your comments make me even more curious about it. Thanks Kelly  Nice to meet a fellow fan of Marrs’ work.

  5. Congrats on finding a new author to love!
    Honestly, this is another one of your reads that scares me. I don’t want to give an ancestory company my DNA yet alone a dating site.

  6. This is another one by Marrs that I need to read! You are rocking his reviews, Diana! I think I’d definitely enjoy this one. I’ve always been interested in DNA and remember doing a huge project in my high school Biology class on it. It was crazy how obsessed I was with genetics and epigenetics and DNA…and then I became a Lit professor, LOL. I’ll add this one!

    1. Haha, funny how life changes. You have such an amazing career right now though. I studied literature but somehow ended up working as a PA. I am trying to transition to teaching though so hopefully that will work out. Genetics certainly is an interesting subject, I think you will love this book Stephanie 

      1. I know, it really is! I started college intending to be a Dr and then didn’t want to take all the math and science courses although I took enough psychology classes while getting my BA through my PhD that I only need to take about 12 credits hours to have a Bachelor’s Degree, lol. I do enjoy my career and it’s especially wonderful when I have great students. I hope you’re able to teach. I think you’d be amazing. It really is. I hope to read it soon. I have so many ARCS and am not sure why, lol. Thanks!

  7. Fantastic review Diana. This is a very unique premise that sounds quite interesting. I also love short chapters. My DIL is a genetic counsellor so DNA is interesting to me. I think I will see if my library carries any books by him. Thanks for introducing me to another new author.

    1. You’re welcome Carla. I hope you will also enjoy Marrs’ books when you get the chance. I definitely recommend trying out this one. Thank you 🙂

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