30 May 2019

Review: THE ONE, John Marrs

  • this edition published by Del Rey 2016
  • ISBN 978-1-79-503605-7
  • 405 pages
  • source: my local library
Synopsis (author website)

One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others...

My Take

Match your DNA purports to be the world's first scientifically proven test 100%  guaranteed to match a person with the one and only person you're genetically designed to fall in love with.
The DNA test is free and, once a match is found, then for a simple one-off fee applicants get information that allows them to contact their Match. There are no guarantees about the character of even gender of the Match. Contact is usually by email, but some couples take the plunge and use the phone to set up a date.

This story follows 5 couples who are sent details of their Match. Details can be confirmed from FaceBook pages and in each scenario one of the people contacts their Match.

In some cases the person has family members who has already participated in the DNA testing and has discovered, even married, their Match. They see the scheme as a way of cutting short the tedium of dating and looking for the One, the person of their dreams. But what if the person has lied about themselves, or there is some other reason why the Match will not work?

An intriguing and engrossing read.

My rating: 4.6

About the author
John Marrs is a freelance journalist based in London, England, who has spent the last 20 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.
THE ONE is his third title.

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