Review written for ClubReading.com by spratt
Dani Ross is a beautiful, intelligent seminary student intending to go to Africa as a missionary. The story quickly gets into two problems she faces.
The first is a life-long battle she faces-constantly fighting off men. I really have no sympathy for her … just can't relate to such a terrible problem!
Secondly, Dani has to leave seminary unexpectedly. Her father has asked her to come home … for just a few weeks … to take over the family private investigation agency while he recovers from triple bypass surgery.
Dani is a little over-confident and under-careful and learns some lessons the hard way … sound familiar? I notice she doesn't really learn this lesson, but she is confronted over and over with the fact that she is obviously a feminist. Dani thinks she is a well-rounded (no pun intended) person perfectly capable of thinking and acting objectively in all situations.
The underlying message of One by One is that we all have our own private ghosts we have to overcome. As the story infolds, we get a glimpse into the past of each of the characters involved in the case. I'm sure the author hopes the readers will recognize the source of their own private ghosts and be encouraged to overcome them with God's help and get on with life … be productive.
If you like mysteries, you will enjoy One by One, but don't plan on solving the mystery yourself. This is one of those where the author doesn't give you all of the information until he is ready for you to know "who done it."