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 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.