What if you could be genetically matched with your soulmate? That’s the concept of this extremely twisty thriller. It’s an entertaining read which also questions our definitions of love and the importance placed on finding ‘the one’. Plus, a warning against revealing so much of ourselves on social media.
The story is narrated in the third person, following several characters who don’t know each other. The only link between them is that they have found their genetic ‘match’ through the new technology. So we have different storylines and it’s not until near the end of the book that we see how they fit into the broader narrative.
Every short chapter has a gasp-worthy twist, sensational reveal or ends on a cliffhanger. The reliance on twists was almost indecent and certainly wouldn’t work for most books. This kept me turning the pages, but I began to get a little tired of it.
As with The Passengers, the writing is somewhat clunky. In addition, there were too many typos, suggesting that the book needed more thorough editing and proofreading before publication.
If you’re thinking of reading a John Marrs book, then I’d recommend The One, rather than The Passengers. Just be warned that there are some graphic murder scenes.
First published in 2017. It’s going to be a Netflix series but I don’t know when.