The Good Samaritan
She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her?The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.But now someone’s on to her—Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

The Good Samaritan Details

TitleThe Good Samaritan
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 1st, 2017
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Crime

The Good Samaritan Review

  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpress.com/ This is my first read from John Marrs. After reading the description, I realized that this was probably going to be an intense read. Oh and I was right, it was definitely intense. It was also very dark and disturbing….and extremely hard to put down. "Good afternoon, you've reached the End of the Line, this is Laura speaking. May I ask your name?" She has a friendly voice and it sounds like she really cares. You can tr My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpress.com/ This is my first read from John Marrs. After reading the description, I realized that this was probably going to be an intense read. Oh and I was right, it was definitely intense. It was also very dark and disturbing….and extremely hard to put down. "Good afternoon, you've reached the End of the Line, this is Laura speaking. May I ask your name?" She has a friendly voice and it sounds like she really cares. You can trust her… right? But Laura has her own agenda. Laura Morris has been volunteering at the End of the Line helpline for more than four years. Every time the phone rings she wonders who might be on the other end. "The expectation, the thrill of picking up that telephone and never knowing what direction the conversation might take: the next call is everything." Around her colleagues, Laura is helpful, polite, and even maternal. She makes herself indispensable. She’s a devoted mother of three who bakes lovely treats for everyone. She’s raised the most money for the helpline. Nobody would consider her a threat. But little do they know… "Because when you're not considered to be a threat, you can get away with much, much more." Laura doesn’t think she’s doing anything wrong. She's just helping people, just like she’s supposed to do. "For the more vulnerable out there, once the darkness falls, so do their barriers. Night-time is their enemy because with fewer visible distractions there's more opportunity to dwell on how hopeless their lives have become. It's when they reach out for somebody's hand" Then she gets a caller who requests something she never expected. At first, she’s annoyed at what she’s been asked…but also excited. She’s anxious and can’t get the request out of her head.Will she accept the offer?Wow! This was a diabolical read. I was only a couple pages in and realized how dark this was. This may not be for everyone and could be quite triggering for some readers. This seems like a book that many will either love or hate…. I’ve landed somewhere in the middle.I was definitely intrigued by this disturbing and creepy read. Suspending disbelief was necessary, but I found it really hard putting this novel down. I was confused about a few things and wasn’t always sure what was going on but I was definitely gripped.A story filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing from beginning to the very end.I’m curious to see what John Marrs will come up with next!
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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    January 1, 1970
    Laura is a mom, she is a wife, she has a 'picture perfect' life...she also works at End of the Line. End of the Line is a phone center for people that have reached the end of hope. They have no good days (that they can see).You would think this would make Laura a good woman wouldn't you? You would be wrong. Because Laura is a batshit crazy woman.She uses her job at End of the Line to find her special people, the ones that have no will to go on. Then she talks them into killing themselves with he Laura is a mom, she is a wife, she has a 'picture perfect' life...she also works at End of the Line. End of the Line is a phone center for people that have reached the end of hope. They have no good days (that they can see).You would think this would make Laura a good woman wouldn't you? You would be wrong. Because Laura is a batshit crazy woman.She uses her job at End of the Line to find her special people, the ones that have no will to go on. Then she talks them into killing themselves with her on the phone. She wants their last moments to be with her. I'm getting mad just recapping this character. She is the character that you don't even love to hate. YOU JUST LOATHE HER. I need a shower after reading her character. Then Laura "helps" a pregnant woman to end her life. The woman's husband is devastated and begins to try and find a reason that his wife choose to die. And he ends up finding Laura. Has Laura finally met someone who is going to give her what she truly deserves? This dang book gave me extra gray hair.Now I almost gave it a lower rating because there were some things that bugged me. But after sleeping on it last night and having a freaking nightmare I got scared of damn Laura and gave her four stars.The things that bugged me actually made me mad. To me a book that either makes you happy or angry as heck means something. It may mean that I'm off my rocker but then we knew that anyways.Now for the buggy stuff. I'm going to put it under a spoiler tag so don't go and click it and then whine because I spoiled. Yes, people do that.(view spoiler)[1. The fact that Laura worked at such a call center and NONE of her co-workers ever figured out what she was doing? This is one thing that should have been somewhat monitored for crying out loud.2. Her son. How is what happened to him only Laura's fault? The husband was right there with her and arguing with her and he was completely innocent? And then he just takes the girls and leaves and forbids them to see their brother? And this was supposed to be okay? He is just as crazy as Laura if that's the case. It kinda made me feel like just because she was a woman that she was being held to a stricter set of rules. Bullshit.3. Laura's past. This was not done well for me. You just get patches of her history and then the sorta wrap up was just weak. Don't even bother introducing some crap like that if the follow through is going to be weak. You can't have characters that are this strong and then have plot holes..it makes me all ragey. (hide spoiler)]So would I recommend? Yes, if you are the type of reader than can deal with a book of hateful, evil characters that have no redemption. Just get your shower ready when you finish it.Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Oohh what a dark and oftentimes uncomfortable read this one was, but I really do love to be pushed to my limits while reading and I always appreciate reading about a new, fresh subject and The Good Samaritan most definitely provides all of the above. It’s also disturbing, dark and filled with characters that you will alternate between hating and even sympathizing with, but they are all highly complex and incredibly well drawn making for a truly enthralling read.This is told via dual narratives, Oohh what a dark and oftentimes uncomfortable read this one was, but I really do love to be pushed to my limits while reading and I always appreciate reading about a new, fresh subject and The Good Samaritan most definitely provides all of the above. It’s also disturbing, dark and filled with characters that you will alternate between hating and even sympathizing with, but they are all highly complex and incredibly well drawn making for a truly enthralling read.This is told via dual narratives, that of Laura a volunteer at a suicide hotline and Ryan, the husband of a woman who killed herself and who has his suspicions about Laura. The first half of the book is really laying the groundwork for what’s to come and while I was engaged, I wasn’t as drawn in as I ended up being later on. Then the second half begins and that’s when I was well and truly gripped, by this point I wasn’t putting my Kindle down for any reason as I just had to know how this dangerous game Laura was playing would end.I don’t want to discuss the plot because this went in several directions that I wasn’t expecting and I don’t want to lead any future readers down a path too early, it’s best if you experience it all on your own. I do want to mention again that parts made me uneasy as reading about someone who actively encouraged others to kill themselves is not easy reading but it didn’t upset me to the point where I had to stop reading or anything, in fact it was quite the opposite and I was totally caught up in the twisty plot and finding out more about the deranged Laura and what motivated her. She simultaneously fascinated me and sickened me, I honestly couldn’t get enough of her! Fans of original stories about manipulation, obsession, lies and delusions will love this one!
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Contemplating ending your life? Call "The End of the Line" hotline. They are there to listen, to be supportive, to be understanding, to be nonjudgmental. They have sympathetic volunteers whose jobs are not to talk you out of suicide, but to listen, to let you know you have options. But what happens when the kind, sympathetic, caring person on the other end has ulterior motives? Laura loves the work she does at "The end of the line". This is where she shines. She is made for this. Oh, how she lov Contemplating ending your life? Call "The End of the Line" hotline. They are there to listen, to be supportive, to be understanding, to be nonjudgmental. They have sympathetic volunteers whose jobs are not to talk you out of suicide, but to listen, to let you know you have options. But what happens when the kind, sympathetic, caring person on the other end has ulterior motives? Laura loves the work she does at "The end of the line". This is where she shines. She is made for this. Oh, how she loves what she does! She doesn't feel fulfilled at home but at work she has found her purpose, her calling if you will.Ryan is devastated. His pregnant wife has committed suicide with a stranger. Who was this man? Did his wife know him? Was she having an affair? He will do anything to get the answers he so desperately wants. He wants to know the truth but at what cost?We get both Laura and Ryan's narratives in this book. Both have their own agendas, and both are little devious. This book had a couple of twists and turns along the way which kept things interesting. This is a dark book which deals with heavy subject matter. Suicide is not an easy subject and may be a trigger for some. What I enjoyed the most was one revelation which lets the reader know that not everything is as it seems. This provided for a nice "aha" moment for me.I enjoyed this dark twisted book from the beginning but felt it really picked up steam around the halfway mark when one character realized the truth. From there is just got better. This is seriously one messed up book! Again, this book will not be for everyone. Those readers who enjoy twisted dark books with twist and turns, this book may be for you!Thank you to Thomas & Mercer/Amazon Publishing (UK) and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Zoeytron
    January 1, 1970
    There is a suicide hotline called End of the Line, and you'll know when you've reached it.  The volunteers who man the lines are there to listen.  One of the volunteers is Laura, wife, mother of three, non-threatening, helpful, and always in control.  She cares.  You have no idea how much. A riveting game of cat and mouse, who is the victim and who is the prey?  Changeable, or one and the same?  Great psychological suspense that hit all the right notes for me.
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  • Nazanin
    January 1, 1970
    5+++ Wonderful StarsWow, such an amazing story! I loved LOVED it! It was my second read by this author but as my previous read by him wasn’t that good, this one compensated it! This book took me out of my comfort zone (pushed me so hard) and let me tell you this one was an uncomfortable read but I’m glad I read it, it was definitely worth it! It was a really good psychological thriller, a page turner one, I couldn’t put it down and I was on the edge of my seat all the time! Well done Mr. Marrs!L 5+++ Wonderful StarsWow, such an amazing story! I loved LOVED it! It was my second read by this author but as my previous read by him wasn’t that good, this one compensated it! This book took me out of my comfort zone (pushed me so hard) and let me tell you this one was an uncomfortable read but I’m glad I read it, it was definitely worth it! It was a really good psychological thriller, a page turner one, I couldn’t put it down and I was on the edge of my seat all the time! Well done Mr. Marrs!Laura works for The End of the Line. The End of the Line’s purpose is to be some one a caller can unload their problems onto and help them to get through it but at the end it’s the callers’ decision to do the right/wrong thing!!"It believes that everyone has the right to live or die on his or her own terms … We believe it’s absolutely their decision to end their lives and we won’t try to talk them out of it … We listen, we don’t act."But Laura has her own agenda. She manipulated them and used it in her own favor. She is so smart and so cruel. Everything is fine with her (or it’s better to say she thinks that way) until Steven called her and said he doesn’t want to be alive anymore. And it’s not just this, the story turned in other unexpected ways. First you think you know her well enough, but then everything chaned and you realized that you know nothing about her! The author did a good job to bring so much hatred in me!"Reading people’s misery and answering questions often helped to relax me."The writing was amazing, the characters were so perfect and the story line was well-written. my only complaint was the ending. I just wanted to see (view spoiler)[her more suffering. It wasn’t enough for me. I wanted feel her pain and enjoy it! Scratch that, I wanted to see her dying and enjoy it! Well, as I said I hated her with all my human being! (hide spoiler)] Told in dual POV (except the epilogue), 1st person. All in all, I loved it so much and I hope you enjoy it just like me!Thanks to John Marrs, Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for the advanced digital copy in exchange an honest review.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is one of the few times where an author has left me speechless. In all honesty, I really do not know how I feel about this book. I even slept on it hoping that my feelings would become clearer.The reason for my dilemma? I loved the book but at the same time I hated it. Why? Laura! I hated everything about her and the further into the story I got the more wound up and angry I got. She preys on people at their weakest time. Having suffered with depression myself, I could easily relate I think this is one of the few times where an author has left me speechless. In all honesty, I really do not know how I feel about this book. I even slept on it hoping that my feelings would become clearer.The reason for my dilemma? I loved the book but at the same time I hated it. Why? Laura! I hated everything about her and the further into the story I got the more wound up and angry I got. She preys on people at their weakest time. Having suffered with depression myself, I could easily relate to people that were calling End Of Line. To be enveloped in that darkness is such a horrible place to be and the fact that Laura got pleasure out of this just infuriated me.The story flicks between Laura and Ryan. I have to say getting into Laura and Ryan’s heads was not a very nice place to be. Laura is a seriously sick and twisted individual and thinks of no one other that her self. God help anyone who gets in her way in what she wants from life. Ryan, to a certain extent I could relate to. To lose a loved one to suicide is just horrendous. The stages of grief he goes through, I felt myself going through also. I do have to say that some of Ryan’s actions I didn’t agree with but I could understand the why’s.The Good Samaritan is a novel that will stand out in my mind for a very long time to come. It is dark, twisted and had me going through so many emotions. It certainly left me craving for something warm and fuzzy as it did leave me some what melancholy. One of the most unique and stand out story lines I have ever read! A story that you will love to hate.My thanks to the author and Tracy Fenton for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    January 1, 1970
    EXCERPT: I listened with blissful satisfaction right until her final breath. That's the one sound that matters to me above all others. . . that one precious moment when someone breathes their last, then slips away. People in pain, like Chantelle, place themselves in my hands because I understand them better than anyone else in the world. I know more about what they need than their brothers, sisters, parents, spouses, best friends or children. I understand them because I know what's best for them EXCERPT: I listened with blissful satisfaction right until her final breath. That's the one sound that matters to me above all others. . . that one precious moment when someone breathes their last, then slips away. People in pain, like Chantelle, place themselves in my hands because I understand them better than anyone else in the world. I know more about what they need than their brothers, sisters, parents, spouses, best friends or children. I understand them because I know what's best for them. If they place their trust in me, I'll reward them by going to the ends of the earth to help them. I'll alleviate their suffering. I'll bring all that is bad in their lives to an end. I will save them from themselves. That is what I am: a saviour of lost souls. ABOUT THIS BOOK: She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her?The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.But now someone’s on to her—Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.MY THOUGHTS: The Good Samaritan by John Marrs should have been a chilling read, sinister, but it was all a bit flat. The premise oozes potential, the plot is brilliant, something that hasn't been done before, but it just never quite all came together for me. I never became invested in the characters. It took me until I was halfway through the book before I had an OMG! moment and my interest sparked. But it was fleeting. I have been trying to determine just why this book was almost a failure for me. I had gotten to the point where I was skimming and starting to wonder if I might abandon this read when I got to that first OMG! moment. Then there were a few of these moments in quick succession. Yes! I thought. It's a slow burner that has finally taken off. I was excited. Briefly. By the time I was 70% through, my spark was extinguished. As I said, the premise oozes potential and the plot is great. It was the execution that lacked that 'certain something' for me. It's not a bad book. It's okay. But nothing more. Which is a pity. 2.5 stars Thank you to Thomas and Mercer via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Good Samaritan by John Marrs for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
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  • Sarah Joint
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so dark and devious I had to follow it up with a much lighter read when I finished. It's not really graphic, so don't worry about that - it just takes you deep inside some twisted brains, and just when you think you know what's going to happen next, you're dead wrong. Laura is a survivor, she beat cancer. Laura is a devoted wife and mother to her three children. Laura bakes lovely treats to share with her co-workers. Laura likes to encourage people to kill themselves. Abusing her po This book is so dark and devious I had to follow it up with a much lighter read when I finished. It's not really graphic, so don't worry about that - it just takes you deep inside some twisted brains, and just when you think you know what's going to happen next, you're dead wrong. Laura is a survivor, she beat cancer. Laura is a devoted wife and mother to her three children. Laura bakes lovely treats to share with her co-workers. Laura likes to encourage people to kill themselves. Abusing her position as a call-taker for End of the Line, a hotline for people who desperately need someone to talk to, Laura hasn't just encouraged one or two people to die. Her numbers have been steadily growing. End of the Line is supposed to be judgment-free, and they don't contact authorities if they think someone is in danger of taking their own life. However, they certainly aren't supposed to encourage it... snip at someone's thread of hope until it severs completely. But that's Laura's thing. It's what she does. She doesn't count on the husband of one of her projects looking deeper into the suicide of his pregnant wife and getting increasingly suspicious. His wife died holding the hand of another man as he ended his life at the same time, and he is determined to know how it came to that. Ryan is willing to do damn near anything to figure it out, and it can't be long before he starts to find answers. I think the whole story was really engaging, and the characters will stay with me for awhile. The last few chapters started going a little off the rails for me, which kept it from being five stars. The very ending, however? Whoa. This one really got to me - I caught myself cringing a few times. It might be difficult for some to read. Overall, I was super absorbed in this one and so glad I picked it up.I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Thomas & Mercer, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
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  • Paul Falk
    January 1, 1970
    Author John Marrs tied my stomach into knots with a sordid tale of deception from those we instill a great deal of trust. The storyline had several well-placed characters but trickled down for the most part to two. They were well-drawn. The heading of the chapters were a time-saver by identifying which character was speaking. No time was lost trying to figure it out. Needless fillers or slow moving scenes never entered the narrative. As the plot progressed so did the action and intensity.End of Author John Marrs tied my stomach into knots with a sordid tale of deception from those we instill a great deal of trust. The storyline had several well-placed characters but trickled down for the most part to two. They were well-drawn. The heading of the chapters were a time-saver by identifying which character was speaking. No time was lost trying to figure it out. Needless fillers or slow moving scenes never entered the narrative. As the plot progressed so did the action and intensity.End of the Line is a suicide help center that offers their services for free to those in need of a helping hand. A friendly voice. Someone who will not place judgement. The trained volunteers are there to listen, not try to convince distraught people to go in a specific direction. Though certainly never persuade anyone to follow through with suicide. But as frequently happens, this barrel had its proverbial rotten apple.Laura Morris paraded herself before family, friends and colleagues as the perfect mother, wife and volunteer worker. If only that were true. The only thing she thrived on was manipulating people at their worst of times - when they were at their most vulnerable. I quickly developed an immediate dislike for her. It soon turned to loathing.In reality she was estranged from her family and not very well liked by her fellow volunteers. Friends, she had none. Her entire life was a sham. She thought that if she told herself and others outright lies enough times, eventually it would become the truth. All that mattered was that she believed it. Eventually everyone else would too. Anything and everything she did was for her benefit only. And only her. She rated her success as a volunteer by the number of suicides she had driven some of her callers into. She even attended all the funerals and kept a collection of the services announcements. This gave her great joy. The callers that were not serious about suicide showed no promise to her. She was conniving, devious and planned everything out. Laura had not gotten this far by being careless. She wasn't about to start now. Little did she know that she had put herself in the crosshairs of a caller intent with revenge. Now the predator had become the hunted. It finished with an ending that left me thirsting for more.My thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer/Amazon Publishing (UK) for this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    HOT DAMN!!!What a deliciously devious little novel this is. John Marrs has created a wicked villain in Laura. She is absolutely awful but you will love to hate her. I was completely gripped from beginning to end. Laura works at the End of the Line call center where you're a friendly voice and comforting shoulder to potential suicide victims. Unbeknownst to all around her but this is where she gets her kicks by convincing people that they are not worthy of life and essentially assisting them in t HOT DAMN!!!What a deliciously devious little novel this is. John Marrs has created a wicked villain in Laura. She is absolutely awful but you will love to hate her. I was completely gripped from beginning to end. Laura works at the End of the Line call center where you're a friendly voice and comforting shoulder to potential suicide victims. Unbeknownst to all around her but this is where she gets her kicks by convincing people that they are not worthy of life and essentially assisting them in their suicide. She has one caller, David, in which she has become a little too attached. He doesn't want to die alone. He wants someone to do it with him and because Laura isn't going to do it she'll need to find someone else. Along comes Charlotte a pregnant woman with pre-natal depression and she fits the part perfectly for Laura and here she instigates a plan for the dual suicide and succeeds. What she doesn't count on is Charlotte's husband , Ryan. In his grief and desperation to figure out why his pregnant wife would kill herself with another man he begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together and it leads him right to Laura. I'm going to leave it at that because this is when the roller coaster ride begins and it was FUN!!! My first John Marrs book but certainly not my last. I enjoyed this immensely. 5 Fantastic stars! .Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Helga
    January 1, 1970
    5.5“When you’re not considered to be a threat, you can get away with much, much more.”I have one word to say about this book. BRILLIANT!I highly recommend The Good Samaritan for those who like unreliable narrators, unpredictable twists and a healthy amount of creepiness :D. The suspense during reading this well-written book was unbearable. The portrayal of a narcissistic personality was impeccable. I specially loved the change of narrators every so often, giving a sudden shock to the naive reade 5.5“When you’re not considered to be a threat, you can get away with much, much more.”I have one word to say about this book. BRILLIANT!I highly recommend The Good Samaritan for those who like unreliable narrators, unpredictable twists and a healthy amount of creepiness :D. The suspense during reading this well-written book was unbearable. The portrayal of a narcissistic personality was impeccable. I specially loved the change of narrators every so often, giving a sudden shock to the naive reader.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    This is unquestionably one of the best books I have read this year ... and I am now the newest fan of John Marrs.Laura volunteers her time at the End Of The Line suicide line. She's there to listen, not to try to talk people out of committing suicide. The people who call are looking for someone to care, to tell them that life is worth living. Some call just to say goodbye.However, Laura is a little different. She doesn't want them to turn away from the thought of suicide ... she actually wants t This is unquestionably one of the best books I have read this year ... and I am now the newest fan of John Marrs.Laura volunteers her time at the End Of The Line suicide line. She's there to listen, not to try to talk people out of committing suicide. The people who call are looking for someone to care, to tell them that life is worth living. Some call just to say goodbye.However, Laura is a little different. She doesn't want them to turn away from the thought of suicide ... she actually wants to help them. She can tell them what combination of pills will work the fastest, the strongest rope and how it should be tied, what poison to use, what cliff is the easiest to access to jump.She has quietly sent many people ... men and women ... to their deaths .. but she's always looking for the next person to 'help'.But someone has discovered her secret ......There are so many twists and turns and they don't stop coming until the very last page. The characters are deftly defined in this well written psychological thriller. The story premise is excellent, dialogue is realistic.If you read nothing else this year, you need to read this one.
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  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    this book was beyond infuriating - im still angry just thinking about it. i had thought about putting this down multiple times but, for some reason, i just had to know what happened. silly me. there was a slight twist that i appreciated, but goodness me, i could not stand the main character. 2.5 stars
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  • Tracy Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 4th book I’ve read by John Marrs and those eagle eyed readers will notice that it’s the 3rd book I have a cameo part in and a lovely mention in the acknowledgements. I was asked to read this book months ago before the editing and proof readers had been through it, but I declined because if I’m honest I love John’s stories so much I wanted to wait for the final version and enjoy it like any other reader would.Boy am I glad I waited. The Good Samaritan has all the trademarks of a “Marr This is the 4th book I’ve read by John Marrs and those eagle eyed readers will notice that it’s the 3rd book I have a cameo part in and a lovely mention in the acknowledgements. I was asked to read this book months ago before the editing and proof readers had been through it, but I declined because if I’m honest I love John’s stories so much I wanted to wait for the final version and enjoy it like any other reader would.Boy am I glad I waited. The Good Samaritan has all the trademarks of a “Marrs Novel”, disturbed psychopaths, intricately woven plotlines, clever character development and twists by the bucket load.It takes a talented author to bring such damaged characters to life and then to get the reader to feel empathy towards them and this is something John Marrs has a knack for. My sympathy and emotions for the two main characters were alternating back and forth so much I actually felt giddy.In my opinion this is another superb 5 star book written by a truly talented author who I also have the honour of calling my friend.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    I really like The One by John Marrs and was delighted to receive a copy of his book The Good Samaritan. Laura is a volunteer at a suicide helpline called End Of The Line. Laura desperately wants the help the callers who phone for reassurance but not in the way that you would expect. This is an excellent psychological thriller that had me hooked from the first page. I could not put it down and read it in one day. This is the best book I've read this year, highly recommend. I would like to thank N I really like The One by John Marrs and was delighted to receive a copy of his book The Good Samaritan. Laura is a volunteer at a suicide helpline called End Of The Line. Laura desperately wants the help the callers who phone for reassurance but not in the way that you would expect. This is an excellent psychological thriller that had me hooked from the first page. I could not put it down and read it in one day. This is the best book I've read this year, highly recommend. I would like to thank NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, what a chilling thriller! This book was very suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat. I have to admit it was a tad disturbing since I have had to use the suicide crisis line in my past but it was still a highly enjoyable book. This book made me think and made the hairs on the back of my neck stick straight up! Definitely recommend this psychological thriller!
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  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
    January 1, 1970
    Laura works for End of the Line, a helpline for those experiencing emotional distress-- a place for them to be heard. But when Laura speaks to clients, her intentions, no matter how justified she believes them to be, are quite sinister. She has successfully assisted many individuals, via phone, in ending their own lives.But when Laura's path crosses with that of Ryan, things start to get a little rocky for her. Because you see, Ryan thought he had everything in life ahead of him... he and his w Laura works for End of the Line, a helpline for those experiencing emotional distress-- a place for them to be heard. But when Laura speaks to clients, her intentions, no matter how justified she believes them to be, are quite sinister. She has successfully assisted many individuals, via phone, in ending their own lives.But when Laura's path crosses with that of Ryan, things start to get a little rocky for her. Because you see, Ryan thought he had everything in life ahead of him... he and his wife, Charlotte, were expecting their first child to arrive within a few months and he had a big surprise in store for Charlotte. When Charlotte makes a decision that ultimately ends not only her own life, but that of Ryan's unborn child, Ryan refuses to accept reality and is filled with unrelenting anger. So when he discovers that his wife has been calling End of the Line for months leading up to her death and starts to do his own digging, his actions threatens to unravel the threads of Laura's secret hidden agenda. Unfortunately.. Ryan has no idea just how far Laura will go to keep her secret contained. ★  ☆  ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆ ★  ☆The One was a recent read for me, but is undoubtedly one of my all time favorite novels. So I had the bar set pretty high for John Marrs' novels. The Good Samaritan  lived up to every one of my expectations, and more. Although the content and style of this novel is far different from that of The One, you can still hear John's voice and his style of writing is so skillful. He has a way of crafting characters that are so dark and complex--Characters that can be both highly unlikable but highly relatable at the same time. There are a few things you can expect from this novel:★  A unique and dark twist on a touchy subject that far too many people can relate to, unfortunately. This author can take something as simple as an emotional support hotline or an online dating service and flip it on its head, creating an entirely new twisted and enticing concept. ★  All the tough feelings. Seriously.. expect to feel all of them. I felt strong anger, frustration, deep sadness, sympathy, and disgust. This novel hit me where it hurt and didn't stop until the very end and I loved every minute of the pain!★  A humanized antagonist. Laura's character is a character that you will love to hate... the ultimate psychopathic villain. But she will also break your heart. Her story is one of those that is polished and simplistic on the surface level, but dark and ugly beneath the surface. Expect to watch as she is deconstructed into the fragments that have built her into the now sinister and complicated individual that she is. The only 'downside' that I can see some people not caring for.. is the 'slowish' pace of the first of the three parts of the novel. This is due to the fact that you get the exact same timeline shown from the perspective of Laura and then from Ryan. I promise you, this is not without artful planning and skillful writing. The juxtaposition that you will soon discover between Laura's point of view and that of others around her is so important to her story. John knows what he is doing with her character arc... let it unfold, give it time. All in all.. this is another of Marrs' novels that you do not want to miss out on. Give into that FOMO and pick this one up. You will not be disappointed. After completing this read, I preordered a hard copy and then purchased another of his previous novels. This will be a novel I recommend (just as I have with The One) to everyone around me!Thank you to John Marrs and Thomas & Mercer of Amazon Publishing for providing me with a DRC of this title in exchange for an honest review!Off The Press Reads: Blog ♦ Instagram ♦ Bloglovin'
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  • Adrian Dooley
    January 1, 1970
    My second read of John Marrs and my second 5 star review. There’s something about his writing and storytelling that I just love, even though this is a completely different subject matter than the first one I read - The One. Laura works for a volunteer suicide help line called End Of The Line. They take calls from people who are depressed, troubled and a lot of the time suicidal. Laura is not your average Good Samaritan though. She will listen and she will empathize with you completely and offer My second read of John Marrs and my second 5 star review. There’s something about his writing and storytelling that I just love, even though this is a completely different subject matter than the first one I read - The One. Laura works for a volunteer suicide help line called End Of The Line. They take calls from people who are depressed, troubled and a lot of the time suicidal. Laura is not your average Good Samaritan though. She will listen and she will empathize with you completely and offer you her sympathetic ear, but if Laura thinks you are the right candidate she will encourage you to go through with your suicidal thoughts. She will help you plan it. She will advise you how to do it. She will convince you it is your only solution and she is there to help you end your suffering. The only thing she wants is a call from you when you do it so she can hear your last breath. Approaching 40 and in a troubled marriage with 3 children Laura had a troubled childhood and upbringing and apparent serious ill health recently. She wants to help people end their suffering and leave this world. She is the ultimate chameleon. A big fundraiser for End Of The Line and a soothing and helpful voice to a lot despite talking plenty of people into taking their own life. But now someone is on to her. Someone has discovered who she is and they want revenge. Laura though is one resilient woman and will not be threatened lightly and will do anything and everything to protect herself and her secrets. She is determined to get her family back together at any cost and continue with her work. Well wow, what a read. Totally exilerating. Laura our central character is absolutely bonkers. I mean over the top bonkers but you just love spending time with her as large parts of the book are spent in her narrative. She just becomes more and more creepy as the book goes on. The story is fantastic. A quite unnerving subject matter it is brilliantly told as it unfolds into a game of cat and mouse and the absolutely mental world of Laura is slowly revealed. The tension throughout is really palpable and there are so many chapters where you really don’t know where the story will go, plenty of surprises. I loved my first read by John Marrs - The One and I love this one just as much, despite being a completely different book. I just love this authors writing style and storytelling. Even the little things like the title chapters in this pleased me. They were titled “Laura - two months after “insert name here” death”. A simple but very effective way of easily displaying the passing of time without the usual adding of dates, which I always find a little confusing and have to check back in a book to see how much time has passed. The chapter title in one little sentence perfectly places me in an instant in the right time frame without me even having to think about it. I could go on and on about what I love about this book but would probably get into spoiler territory so I will just say that I would highly recommend this to any fan of thrillers or indeed just good storytelling. It’s a riveting read from the first page and in Laura, we genuinely have one of the most creepy, unhinged and bonkers central characters that I can ever remember reading. Many thanks to Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and John Marrs for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Alan Cotterell
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointed I was really looking forward to reading this, but for me, it didn't live up to expectations. I didn't connect with any of the characters, and couldn't really care what happened to them. Maybe I missed the point, but at almost any point in the book I could of walked away. Even on the one day when I didn't have time to read, it didn't bother me that I hadn't read.The only thing going for it was the pace of the chapters. Just about good enough for 2 stars.
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  • Kaila
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! The Good Samaritan is easily one of the darkest and most disturbing books I've read in a long time. After being unable to put down John Marrs's uniquely suspenseful The One, I knew I wanted more of his writing in my life. The Good Samaritan is a vastly different novel and its subject matter isn't for everyone, but I found myself just as unable to put down this story, fascinated by the train wreck of two people absolutely determined to destroy one another.The first half of the novel ta 4.5 stars! The Good Samaritan is easily one of the darkest and most disturbing books I've read in a long time. After being unable to put down John Marrs's uniquely suspenseful The One, I knew I wanted more of his writing in my life. The Good Samaritan is a vastly different novel and its subject matter isn't for everyone, but I found myself just as unable to put down this story, fascinated by the train wreck of two people absolutely determined to destroy one another.The first half of the novel takes its time in setting the stage, introducing us to Laura and Ryan and their motivations. My interest drifted at times, repulsed by Laura's character and how emphasized it felt because of the slow pacing. But once the second half takes off, the pace and tension skyrocket through plenty of twists and turns leading up to a haunting finale. My jaw was on the floor several times, and I'm still not sure how I feel about that ending.Laura is the sort of main character you don't love to hate, you just flat-out hate. There's little room for sympathy for someone who exploits the good intentions of a suicide hotline and actively walks people toward that final ledge rather than away from it. Nevertheless, I begrudgingly came to love how carefully Marrs unfolds her story so that the true magnitude of her unreliability as a narrator and the depths of her scheming don't become clear until you're already sucked into her web of deceit. And I was similarly impressed by how Marrs contorts Ryan into a character that isn't easy to like, even next to someone as twisted as Laura. It's chilling to see the uncomfortable lengths that both of them are willing to go to, driven by desperation, grief, and anger.Even though I often found The Good Samaritan to be disturbing and hard to swallow, I have to say that I enjoyed this crazy novel. Obsession, manipulation, and the touch of unreliable narrators are present every single page. I'm quickly learning to expect the unexpected with John Marrs's writing, and I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of his work. In the meantime, if you give this one a shot, be sure to have a nice, light read on deck for afterwards. You'll want it. Warm thanks to Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Instagram • Twitter • Bloglovin'
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  • Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger warning: Suicide"I will save them from themselves. That is what I am: a saviour of lost souls."If you are looking psychological thriller, something really dark, controversial, well written and uncomfortably captivating, this is definitely the book for you. This will be a book you will NEVER forget. Although I haven't read a John Marrs book before, I really enjoyed his writing and this novel and will be seeking more novels from him in the future.Volunteers at End of the Line hotline are t Trigger warning: Suicide"I will save them from themselves. That is what I am: a saviour of lost souls."If you are looking psychological thriller, something really dark, controversial, well written and uncomfortably captivating, this is definitely the book for you. This will be a book you will NEVER forget. Although I haven't read a John Marrs book before, I really enjoyed his writing and this novel and will be seeking more novels from him in the future.Volunteers at End of the Line hotline are there to listen to their callers with the utmost kindness, respect, and professionalism. From domestic abuse to rape, money and marriage troubles and those who are suicidal, the volunteers hear it all; They are there simply to listen and never judge. Everyone is there to help others through their difficult times, well everyone except Laura who has her own agenda. Instead of offering what most End of the Line volunteers do, she subtly convinces those contemplating suicide to take their own life. Known as the 'Hotline Heroine' she has built herself quite a reputation on online chat rooms for providing others with the most successful way to kill themselves. When the husband of a pregnant woman becomes obsessed with why his wife had not only taken her own life but that of their unborn child's, he begins closing in on Laura.In a twisted game of cat and mouse, neither of these two will back down, but how many others must get hit in the crossfire between a grieving father/husband and a women with seemingly no conscious who would stop at nothing to win the sick game and keep her secrets from coming out.How far are they willing to go?Just to address it now, I don't think there is anything wrong with writing a book such as this.I get suicide is a touchy subject and someone convincing others to take their own life is not only morally wrong and totally 100% fucked up, it does happen and you would be naive to think that there aren't people out there who are sick in the head like that. It's happened to a friend of mine, and I've seen it before in the news. The fact this author had the courage to write a book such as this, even though there are people out there who are willing to boycott anything and everything because they want life to be all rainbows and sunshine and live in a fantasy world; I applaud John Marrs for taking a risk in writing this although there was a chance of backlash. “Because when you’re not considered to be a threat, you can get away with much, much more.” This novel is written in two perspectives, Laura's and the grieving husband Ryan, which gave this book a multi-layered suspensefulness, with both characters plotting against each other. This worked well, although at times things felt a bit repetitive as we would see a situation from Laura's point of view and then Ryans, each having ulterior motives for what they do and say.The writing itself was phenomenal, the structure of the novel, the well thought out characters, the sickening game played between them and the captivating fast-paced made this novel really enjoyable although it was so dark and at times disturbing. It makes you really feel; Whether those feelings are utter disgust, horror, uncomfortable, wound up, victorious or borderline homicidal yourself - this is a book that makes you feel, and I think that's what a well-written novel such as this should do to their readers. Although I will say, I don't think it will be for everyone.Laura is a very unlikable character for obvious reasons, but in a way, she was the most interesting as she isn't a reliable perspective and totally batshit crazy. The secrets she hides, her past; almost everything about her is so complex and well thought out by John Marrs. The fact that she is a mother is something that baffled me because even in that area she is a shit person to not only her children but to her husband as well. She pretty much manipulates every single person around her for her own benefit. Ryan on the other hand, I felt compassion for. Although he participates in this game of cat and mouse and also does some immoral things along the way, it's easier to sympathize with him and see where he is coming from, especially against someone like Laura. He also goes through the many stages of grief which I think was represented rather well.In all I really enjoyed this novel, the only downside to me was the little bits that were a little repetitive but I understand why it was done the way it was. Everything else was extremely well done and well thought out; the characters, the plot, the writing and structure. Like I said I don't think this will be a book for everyone, but those of you who like this kind of dark, controversial novel will definitely enjoy it and remember it for a long long time as I know I will.Recommended for: Psychological Thriller/ Fiction
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  • The Book Review Café
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved John Marrs last book The One so I had high hopes for his latest offering The Good Samaritan. Oh my what a seriously twisted and original psychological thriller The Good Samaritan turned out to be. The title alone wrong-foots you, if you were thinking you were going to be reading a book about a Good Samaritan who volunteers to help others in distress you wouldn’t be wrong, but there again we are talking about a book written by John Marrs here, so expect the unexpected. Devilish I absolutely loved John Marrs last book The One so I had high hopes for his latest offering The Good Samaritan. Oh my what a seriously twisted and original psychological thriller The Good Samaritan turned out to be. The title alone wrong-foots you, if you were thinking you were going to be reading a book about a Good Samaritan who volunteers to help others in distress you wouldn’t be wrong, but there again we are talking about a book written by John Marrs here, so expect the unexpected. Devilishly plotted, well paced and utterly gripping this is one book you don’t want to miss.John Marrs has the ability to create characters that are both chilling and yet intriguing, and they don’t come more chilling or more complex than Laura, she’s calculated, a master of manipulation, and preys on the most vulnerable, Laura’s definitely a character who will send shivers down your spine. John Marrs has a remarkable knack of creating characters that have many sides, and despite my intense dislike for Laura, as the author digs deeper into her character I found my feelings towards Laura moved back and fourth one minute I detested her, the next I hated myself for feeling some sympathy for this manipulative and complicated character.John Marrs sucks the reader in from the first enticing chapter and keeps you firmly in his clutches until the very last spine chilling sentence of this dark and compelling book. There were so many surprising twists in this book you would be hard pressed to second guess them all, which only heightened my enjoyment of this book. I haven’t focussed on the plot in this review, read the book description by all means, but this book is definitely one where “the less you know the more thrilling the ride”. The Good Samaritan made for a deliciously twisted, head spinning read, and it’s definitely one of the best and most original psychological thrillers I’ve read this year and it’s one that’s certainly headed for one of my top reads of 2017. Highly recommended.
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  • Laura Sandonato
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed “The Good Samaritan” by John Marrs for two reasons. First, I liked that the protagonist is a villain. It’s a nice and surprising deviation from the traditional hero/villain dichotomy. I hated Laura though (in the best way). She is a well developed character, and Marrs made her so despicable she evoked disgust, disdain, and frustration in me while I was reading. Second, the book is more “psychological” and less “thriller.” Some people might be disappointed by this, but I loved it. My he I enjoyed “The Good Samaritan” by John Marrs for two reasons. First, I liked that the protagonist is a villain. It’s a nice and surprising deviation from the traditional hero/villain dichotomy. I hated Laura though (in the best way). She is a well developed character, and Marrs made her so despicable she evoked disgust, disdain, and frustration in me while I was reading. Second, the book is more “psychological” and less “thriller.” Some people might be disappointed by this, but I loved it. My heart can’t take suspenseful thrillers!
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  • Schizanthus
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger alerts include suicide and depression. If you are feeling suicidal I’d encourage you to go to www.befrienders.org and find the details of an organisation in your area that can help. Helpline volunteers are truly remarkable people who deserve way more credit than they receive!There’s a visceral quality to John Marrs’ writing that I love! I read the blurb and immediately judged Laura. I mean, there you are, at your wits end and you call End of the Line. A woman named Laura picks up the ph Trigger alerts include suicide and depression. If you are feeling suicidal I’d encourage you to go to www.befrienders.org and find the details of an organisation in your area that can help. Helpline volunteers are truly remarkable people who deserve way more credit than they receive!There’s a visceral quality to John Marrs’ writing that I love! I read the blurb and immediately judged Laura. I mean, there you are, at your wits end and you call End of the Line. A woman named Laura picks up the phone and her voice is soft and soothing. She listens carefully and without judgement to all of your problems. You feel like finally someone understands what you’re going through so you call a second time, hoping to speak to Laura again. Over time she earns your trust and she goes above and beyond to help you ... right over a cliff.How can you feel anything but disdain for someone who actively encourages people to kill themselves? Read The Good Samaritan and you’ll discover that there are many contradictory and confusing emotions you can attach to her character. I found I developed an empathy I wasn’t expecting to feel for this villain/victim. What shocked me was that I found I could understand where she was coming from and why her actions made perfect sense to her. I really appreciate when an author can take something I see as a moral no-brainer and adds enough grey that I can no longer accurately distinguish whether something is more black or white. The complexities of Laura’s character had me rooting for her, against my better judgement. I wanted everything to turn out okay for her, despite feeling from the get go she was destined to crash and burn. (Or was she?!) Even after I learned more about her from the perspective of other characters I still liked her.Accompanying Laura on this journey are her husband, two daughters and son. Running parallel to Laura’s story is that of Ryan, who is grieving the loss of his pregnant wife and desperately searching for answers. We also meet a number of helpline angels who are doing their best to support callers through their most vulnerable times. I would love to tell you all about the story but telling you just one more thing would cause an avalanche of explanations of why that is important, who it relates to and why, and how that’s then going to spiral into something unexpected and extraordinary. While the themes in this novel are dark, the storytelling is brilliant! I got caught up in the intricacies of the major players’ characters, motivations and actions. With so many pieces of half-truths and hints of information to come being dangled in front of me throughout the book I wondered how the author could possibly wrap it all up in time. Not only were my questions answered, they were satisfying and mostly unexpected. When you have so many people involved in morally questionable actions at best and reprehensible ones at worst, how do you determine what outcome is fitting for them?The exploration of the events that help mould us into the people we become and our responsibility in determining whether we use the potentially devastating events in our lives to propel us forward or to get stuck in the mire was fascinating. The interplay between nature and nurture is an area of interest for me. The half a psychologist in me (the half that doesn’t pay) got sucked in by the character studies of Laura and Ryan, and gave me so much to chew on I expect I’ll be thinking about them for a while to come.I received a copy of this book from NetGalley (thank you so much to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity) in exchange for honest feedback. I have to read everything that John Marrs ever writes!
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  • Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
    January 1, 1970
    Lemme start this review off with THE BIGGEST TRIGGER WARNING EVER ⚠ ⚠⚠⚠⚠⚠⚠⚠⚠If you or a loved one has considered or completed suicide, DO NOT read this book. Really. Like, not even the first chapter. It’s not a light TW, this is a full-throated TW. Just don’t. That being said, if suicide is not a trigger for you... this book is horrifyingly good. How shall I describe it?At the very beginning, It’s like a thriller from the POV of the bad guy. Which is AWESOME. And then it turns into a tale of rev Lemme start this review off with THE BIGGEST TRIGGER WARNING EVER ⚠️ ⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️If you or a loved one has considered or completed suicide, DO NOT read this book. Really. Like, not even the first chapter. It’s not a light TW, this is a full-throated TW. Just don’t. That being said, if suicide is not a trigger for you... this book is horrifyingly good. How shall I describe it?At the very beginning, It’s like a thriller from the POV of the bad guy. Which is AWESOME. And then it turns into a tale of revenge— and how it destroys the lives of all who seek it. Which is GREAT. And then it turns into a Gone Girl-style shitshow. Which YOU KNOW I love. And the best part? You’ll be thinking about it forEVER after you finish it. I know I am. So yeah. 5 stars, and probably one of my favorites of 2017. But again, I cannot stress this enough, if suicide or suicidal ideation is in your history (or your present), PLEASE pass this one by. It is too triggery to be trifled with. 5 stars.
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  • Joanne Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    Be prepared to be taken out of your comfort zone with the latest John Marrs thriller! I was a little worried about the subject matter to begin with but pretty soon I became completely gripped by the many twists and turns of this unsettling storyline. I was intrigued to discover how John Marrs would utilise Laura’s similar talents on the phone but I have to say that her own particular technique was rather extreme! When I received my copy of The Good Samaritan there wasn’t a book blurb attached so Be prepared to be taken out of your comfort zone with the latest John Marrs thriller! I was a little worried about the subject matter to begin with but pretty soon I became completely gripped by the many twists and turns of this unsettling storyline. I was intrigued to discover how John Marrs would utilise Laura’s similar talents on the phone but I have to say that her own particular technique was rather extreme! When I received my copy of The Good Samaritan there wasn’t a book blurb attached so I really did go in blind! That made me realise that I don’t want to talk too much about the plot here as I want everyone to experience this book the same way I did. And I was shocked!! I mean the title The Good Samaritan conjures up a picture of a saintly person delivering good deeds but Laura, unfortunately, was one of the most vile and loathsome protagonists I have ever read about. So it goes to show just how well John Marrs crafts his characters that I actually felt some sympathy at times for this apathetic, morally reprehensible she-devil. In fact, my emotions were all over the place with The Good Samaritan. The narrative never seemed to follow the path that I was expecting it to take so I was constantly on edge awaiting the next shocking plot development. And every time I thought we had got to that final denouement, it just kept on going!!! Like one of those blood-curdling horror movies!!!The Good Samaritan is a stylish, dark and disturbing “cat and mouse” game that can make you feel uneasy at times due to the highly emotive subject matter but it is a book that you physically won’t be able to put down. It’s gripping and uncomfortable storyline will have you filled with apprehension as the highly original theme races towards the end. Definitely recommended by me!
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    "I will save them from themselves. That is what I am: a saviour of lost souls."Some of the best killers are the master manipulators - the ones who use others to do their own bidding. They masterfully control the situations around them and believe the lies they tell. While some may feel that they are doing good in the world, they really are only doing what is best for their own agenda. They are dangerous, selfish, intelligent and usually stay under the radar. Take a look around you - there's prob "I will save them from themselves. That is what I am: a saviour of lost souls."Some of the best killers are the master manipulators - the ones who use others to do their own bidding. They masterfully control the situations around them and believe the lies they tell. While some may feel that they are doing good in the world, they really are only doing what is best for their own agenda. They are dangerous, selfish, intelligent and usually stay under the radar. Take a look around you - there's probably someone that fits this description to some degree standing close by... This book starts off with a bang and stays fairly consistent until it crescendos in part three and while you couldn't put the book down to begin with, you REALLY are glued to pages once you get to this part. Marrs masterfully creates complex characters and shows each sides of them in a way that has you completely engaged. Love them, hate them... and you probably will have ALL sorts of feelings towards them, you still can't help but be fascinated. We start with Laura's story in part one, Ryan's in part two and then bring them together in part three where Marrs really shows his writing chops as he continually slaps me in the face with something new I wasn't expecting. YES, YES, YES! I love it when a book does this and does it SO WELL.I can see why this would be a disturbing read for some. Personally, I love the dark, disturbing and sometimes uncomfortable reads.. but for what is uncomfortable for some, is what keeps my interest even more. An original, compelling and chilling read. I highly recommend this to those who love that complex psychological thriller.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this book! Where do I even start? Saying this makes me fear a little bit for my own mental state, but I just loved this dark and twisted tale of cat-and-mouse! It is definitely one of the most sinister books I have read all year, and one that made it easily onto my favourites list.Having really struggled (and finally abandoned) Marrs’ previous book The One (I know, I know ... so many loved it but it just wasn’t me), I had this one sitting on my TBR list for a long time before finally delvin Wow, this book! Where do I even start? Saying this makes me fear a little bit for my own mental state, but I just loved this dark and twisted tale of cat-and-mouse! It is definitely one of the most sinister books I have read all year, and one that made it easily onto my favourites list.Having really struggled (and finally abandoned) Marrs’ previous book The One (I know, I know ... so many loved it but it just wasn’t me), I had this one sitting on my TBR list for a long time before finally delving in. And I’m so glad I did! The blurb really tells you all you need to know. Laura is a volunteer for a helpline, talking to people who just need a friendly ear to listen to their problems. She is trained to stay totally impartial, and to offer support to the person in whatever sorry state they are in, without passing judgment. Only Laura has her own agenda. There are wedding planners and party planners, so why not offer a tailor made suicide plan? After extensive research, she is the expert on all methods to take your own life, from overdoses to hanging, from jumping off a cliff to stepping in front of a train. On secret online forums she calls herself “the saviour of lost souls”. If she may say so herself, Laura is an expert on helping people die. And she sees absolutely nothing wrong with that. If that’s what people want, she is happy to deliver. Until Ryan finds out that it was Laura who helped his pregnant wife die, thereby destroying his life – and sets out to get justice.The Good Samaritan must be THE best use of the unreliable narrator theme I have come across for a long, long time. It also has one of the most deranged and psychopathic lead characters I have encountered for a while. As Laura is telling her story, I made the one fatal mistake Ryan made: I totally underestimated her. To be honest, I even felt a bit sorry for her, because her story is such a sad tale of childhood trauma and having to live with the scars. Even her own family sound like they are not very nice to her, and she does spin a compelling tale why she does what she does. I was like that stupid hapless bug that flew right into the spider’s web! By the time Ryan came along and made me realise my mistake I was so caught up in her trap that it was impossible to back out.After the first third of the book unfolds through Laura’s POV, short and sharp chapters take over in a he said / she said fashion that plays out like a deadly game of tennis. One minute the ball is in Laura’s court, then it’s Ryan who wins a set. Wimbledon has nothing on this evil little match that is played with live grenades that are meant to detonate the other’s life on impact. My head was spinning from my metaphorical head-bobbing – ping, pong, back and forth, back and forth. It was so nail-bitingly thrilling that I got palpitations and almost needed to triage myself for some blood pressure control and GTN spray. It’s not often that a thriller manages to get the better of me!I could go on and on about the greatness of this book, so I will cut it short: if you love a dark and twisted psychological thriller that messes with your mind, then rush out and buy, beg, borrow or steal this book right now! Now for the trigger warning – some people may find the theme of suicide and depression and preying on the vulnerable extremely distressing. Personally, I admire the author for tackling a subject that is often so taboo in our society. In the whole dark and twisted plot there are also a lot of truths about death and suicide, especially the effects of suicide on the family and loved ones of the deceased. Ryan, who is the one left behind and bereaved, openly and honestly shares his feelings during the stages of grief he goes through, which gave a deeper meaning to the story. But if this subject touches a nerve, then perhaps this book is not for you.I listened to it on Audible and spent a LOT of time sitting in the car in the driveway just to steal a few more minutes of listening time. After a long shift at work, this is always a sign of how much I love a book! Very highly recommended to all fellow lovers of dark and twisted tales! *blog* *facebook* *instagram*
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  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    January 1, 1970
    The Good Samaritan by John Marrs is a well-written, dark and disturbing thriller. While most suspense novels reveal little from the beginning and build up the story up to a surprise ending, Marrs sets the game from the beginning of the novel by introducing anti-heroine Laura and her deadly motives.Laura works for End of the Line, a charity organisation where people ring in their moments of despair. She is pretty much like a nocturnal animal on hunt, looking out for suicidal people and offering t The Good Samaritan by John Marrs is a well-written, dark and disturbing thriller. While most suspense novels reveal little from the beginning and build up the story up to a surprise ending, Marrs sets the game from the beginning of the novel by introducing anti-heroine Laura and her deadly motives.Laura works for End of the Line, a charity organisation where people ring in their moments of despair. She is pretty much like a nocturnal animal on hunt, looking out for suicidal people and offering them a keen support to end their lives. One day, she convinces a pregnant woman with prenatal depression to commit suicide together with a stranger. Then this woman's husband, Ryan starts investigating his wife's death. Would he be able to find answers? Will he be able to find what Laura did?Laura is an anti-heroine, a mean, emotionless woman with a heart of stone- and we are supposed to dislike. her but especially in the beginning of the novel I couldn't avoid grinning to her witty but mean inner thoughts. Here is an example:"‘No thank you, I’m gluten intolerant.’ ‘Is that really a thing? Do you just wake up one morning and realise that after fifty-odd years you can’t eat cake?’‘I’m forty-two.’ She glared at me and I made an imaginary chalk mark on a board."I didn't find the plot particularly interesting in the beginning, however Laura's brutal and sarcastic inner thoughts kept me reading as she was a very promising character. It doesn't take long before other characters start entering into the game and the story develops into a very interesting cat and mouse game between the them. I was hooked until the end to find out what was going to happen next, and found the ending really pleasing.There were two things I didn't like in the story (mild spoilers): first, the coincidences in the plot that bumped characters into each other (Tony-Janine, Ryan-Effie) and second the parts about Laura's life with Sylvia. I would have preferred less details, leaving gaps for imagination rather than agitating the reader as the subject was quite sensitive and upsetting.This book is perfect read for fans of Peter Swanson as he also masters writing strategic battling/hunt between the characters, like 'The Kind worth Killing' or 'Her Every Fear'. Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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