Audiobook Review: One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware

One Perfect Couple
Author: Ruth Ware

Narrator: Imogene Church
Published: May 21, 2024
Audiobook:14 hours 25 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To:  May 30, 2024
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

A high-tension and ingenious thriller following five couples trapped on a storm-swept island as a killer stalks among them.

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, The Perfect Couple, she decides to try out with him. A whirlwind audition process later, Lyla find 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.

Jessica’s Review:

If you have enjoyed reality show competitions, then this will be a book for you! It’s like a mix of Survivor and Lord of the Flies. We have a large cast, 5 couples competing and one narrator: Lyla.  Luckily, I was able to keep everyone straight. Lyla is a virologist and her partner Nico is an aspiring actor…So you know who wanted to go on the show! Each couple is unique, which is what helped to differentiate the characters.

We get a lot of buildup in regards to the reality show, and I really enjoyed the ‘behind the scenes’ on how the show was going to be put together. Our five couples are on an island in the Indian Ocean and after the first competition they all realize how things are actually going to go… Until a storm hits overnight and they are left stranded.  Then people start dying.

I really enjoyed this one and how it all came together with the villain worked for me. 

As always with Ruth Ware novels, Imogene Church is the narrator!  Ruth Ware’s books are ones I always have to listen to as Church is just brilliant in her narration!

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