The One: A Novel by John Marrs

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and no, it was not self-published.

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 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…

This book is about five different couples and their experiences with “Match Your DNA.” Five different couples equal ten different names for me to keep track of and that annoyed me. Initially. I have problems remembering names in the real world, and I don’t need that kind of stressor during playtime. However, the author does such a great job of dropping gentle reminders that I was able to relax and enjoy the ride, and bonus, I didn’t need to worry about my notetaking skills.

These couples have different lifestyles and their stories cover the full spectrum of love, danger, and emotional fulfillment. Imagine falling in love with a serial killer or embracing love with the bookworm next door. This book will take you for a ride that is fun, disturbing, heartbreaking, and satisfying. Well, I am not going to spoil your fun, but this is a book that will keep you reading.

Word of caution! Do not skip chapters to find out what will happen to your favorite couple or you might miss a few surprises.

The characters are well-developed, the premise is plausible, and the plot moves in a steady pace. The ending is… well you need to read to find out.

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