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One Perfect Couple

One Perfect Couple, June 2024
by Ruth Ware

Gallery/Scout Press
Featuring: Lyla; Nico
400 pages
ISBN: 1668025590
EAN: 9781668025598
Kindle: B0CL5G23ZF
Hardcover / e-Book / audiobook
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"What happened on the island stayed on the island"

Fresh Fiction Review

One Perfect Couple
Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Evie Harris
Posted June 11, 2024

Women's Fiction Psychological | Thriller | Mystery

Lyla and Nico have been together for over two years, but Lyla is beginning to have doubts about their relationship.  Her career seems to be stalled and since she is supporting them this is another point of contention. Nico receives an opportunity to be on a new reality show called One Perfect Couple and he needs Lyla to accompany him to a tropical island. She has doubts about doing this and most of her questions about what to expect are vaguely answered or not at all. Despite this, Lyla agrees to go as Nico is convinced this will help his career.  Lyla and Nico, along with four other couples make the journey to Ever After Island located in the Indian Ocean.  It is here that the couples will compete for a cash prize. Shortly after arriving,  Lyla discovers her doubts were well founded. After all their electronic devices are taken, a major storm strikes the island leaving them with no way to communicate with the mainland that they need help.  The new reality is not that they are part of a television show cast, but that they need to find a way to survive. ONE PERFECT COUPLE, by Ruth Ware, is narrated by Lyla.  She is a trained scientist with a PhD with absolutely no survival skills.  However, she is analytical and a realist.  She and the others realize that they have limited supplies and water, but how to manage this becomes a huge problem.  Can so many different personalities come together to agree on what is needed for the greater good?  The author skillfully manages the large cast of characters.  So much so, that their personalities are clearly defined early on.  As conditions deteriorate on the island, so do the already fraught relationships.  Soon it becomes evident that perhaps the greatest threat is not running out of food and water, but comes from one of their group.  Are any of them going to survive?ONE PERFECT COUPLE is a well-plotted psychological thriller that places a group of strangers into a life-threatening situation.  Their interactions, intuitions, and the relationships they form may very well be the key to their survival. Fast-moving and engrossing, this book is well worth reading.

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Harkening to Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None, this high-tension thriller follows five couples trapped on a storm-swept island as a killer stalks among them—from Ruth Ware, the New York Times bestselling author who “is turning out to be as ingenious and indefatigable as the Queen of Crime” (The Washington Post).

Lyla is in a bit of a rut. Her post-doctoral research has fizzled out, she’s pretty sure they won’t extend her contract, and things with her boyfriend, Nico, an aspiring actor, aren’t going great. When the opportunity arises for Nico to join the cast of a new reality TV show, One Perfect Couple, she agrees to try out with him.

A whirlwind audition process later, Lyla finds herself whisked off to a tropical paradise with Nico, boating through the Indian Ocean towards Ever After Island, where the two of them will compete against four other couples—Bayer and Angel, Dan and Santana, Joel and Romi, and Conor and Zana—in order to win a cash prize.

But not long after they arrive on the deserted island, things start to go wrong. After the first challenge leaves everyone rattled and angry, an overnight storm takes matters from bad to worse. Cut off from the mainland by miles of ocean, deprived of their phones, and unable to contact the crew that brought them there, the group must band together for survival. As tensions run high and fresh water runs low, Lyla finds that this game show is all too real—and the stakes are life or death.

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