FICTION

The One

Hanover Square: Harlequin. Feb. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781335005106. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488084874. F
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What if science found a way to change the dating and marriage scene by ensuring that couples were perfectly matched to each other through their DNA? British author Marrs (When You Disappeared; Welcome to Wherever You Are) looks at five such "perfect" catches determined by their DNA to be ideal for each other. But what if your match is of the same sex as yourself and you consider yourself heterosexual? Or lives across the globe? Or is a decade older than you? What if you are very rich and your match very poor? What if your match is ill or dying? What if you are a policewoman and your match is a serial killer? The paths to "true love" for these couples take many twisted and complicated turns. Marrs carries out his intriguing plot idea in fast-paced short chapters that end in cliff-hangers. But flitting among unrelated couples can cause befuddlement, or induce readers to jump ahead to sections pertaining to each particular couple. Fortunately, doing so does not spoil the stories, as the couples' paths never intersect.
VERDICT Readers of thrillers and sf will enjoy this book. [See Prepub Alert, 8/13/17.]

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