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One By One by Chris Carter (Robert Hunter#5)

One by One by Chris Carter

About the Book- One by One

‘I need your help, Detective. Fire or water?’ Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD’s Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address – a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. But the caller doesn’t want Detective Hunter to just watch, he wants him to participate, and refusal is simply not an option. Forced to make a sickening choice, Hunter must sit and watch as an unidentified victim is tortured and murdered live over the Internet. The LAPD, together with the FBI, use everything at their disposal to electronically trace the transmission down, but this killer is no amateur, and he has covered his tracks from start to finish. And before Hunter and his partner Garcia are even able to get their investigation going, Hunter receives a new phone call. A new website address. A new victim. But this time the killer has upgraded his game into a live murder reality show, where anyone can cast the deciding vote.

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“Really? We always have a choice, do we? What about the choices that other people make that end up completely changing your life, not theirs? Where is our choice there, then?” 

Quote from One By One by Chris Carter

Our Review of One by One by Chris Carter

You watch. You vote. They Die. Can’t tell how much the plot becomes a twisted mirror of the social media addiction, especially in a book that was written so long back. Well, I have seen the base plotline in a couple of movies by now but there is something about this book that makes it quite enticing. Well, that has been the pattern quite throughout the series. Even with such viciousness in the plot, it just keeps pulling you in with either morbid curiosity or plain shock 

The whole personal life of the lead detectives bleeding into the main plotline completely changed the game in the book. It just made the stakes that much higher for the book and the plot just got thicker and thicker. If you have been following the series you might have noticed that the lead detectives share a special bond and this book explored it further and brought a quite new perspective to their equation too. All in all the book just keeps getting better.

Like all its predecessors, the book is not far behind in the gore and violence department. Things are pretty much as brutal as they had been all this time. The bars may have risen too. So if you are thinking to pick this book, just understand that the book is about a lead detective in the most violent crimes unit. So each book has the most vicious and brutal If you can deal with the carnage, then don’t think further as the book is worth the read.


The best part about the series is that you can treat them as standalone too as each book is a separate new case and its following. While it also briefs you about the background in an adequate manner so that you can ease yourself into the plot without feeling that you have missed anything. The books are a roller coaster ride and keep you on your toes making them the perfect kind of thriller

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 5 Star

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