The Good Samaritan by John Marrs #BookReview

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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.

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Laura is a caretaker, a mother figure even for the other volunteers at The End of the Line. What nobody knows is that she acts compassionate for some, but is truly a silent killer for others. People who are at their lowest point and finally call and reach out to Laura are met with a professional lady on the other end of the line but one who clearly has a hidden agenda. She always sticks to the roadbook but she has her little ways to find out if people are willing to take the most drastic measures possible. She’s so self-centered and lacks any compassion for another human being and is so effective in hiding her true colours. She finds it a victory if she can add someone to her list. She sucks up the callers’ angst, their uneasiness, their desperation and their confusion. She lives off it and gets a thrill when hearing or imagining their last breath. It didn’t take long at all to realise how evil Laura’s character really was and I loved hating her.

The first hundred pages made my resentment towards Laura grow and grow and I could hardly wrap my head around it when reading how she justifies her actions that she’s ‘helping’ people. She’s got an amazing (awful) track record already and when she answers the phone to Steven who’s suffering depression she clocks a promising new candidate to guide towards the end. It won’t go exactly as she planned though and that’s the understatement of the year!

Myohmyohmy what a twisty turny novel this is! I felt I was watching a ping-pong match and I was waiting for the flatliner announcing the end of the game but there was no such thing.. it just went on and on! There were a lot of punches thrown in The Good Samaritan, both literally and metaphorically speaking. At the start of the novel I didn’t know what to expect really (ok I didn’t read the blurb again after I received it and my memory isn’t what it used to be so I really went in blind and I can highly recommend) but I wasn’t expecting this rollercoaster of events. Once I reached that one pivotal moment in this novel about a hundred pages in, I didn’t want to put it down anymore. After a while, I just didn’t know how this was going to end any more, there was no stopping this woman. The ending was perfect though, it was so unexpected, it left me speechless.

Laura is someone you just have to get to know. There’s so much more to her than meets the eye and she and Ryan made this book such a thrill to read. I already knew John Marrs was a great author (I loved The One) but god he’s really outdone himself again with this one, so orginal and full of suspense, a real must-read.

I received a free copy of this novel from the author via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

26 thoughts on “The Good Samaritan by John Marrs #BookReview

      • I haven’t read any of his novels, although I also have a copy of The One, which I’ve heard great things about! When He Disappeared doesn’t seem to have the same level of excitement surrounding it as the other two so I’m not sure if I’ll read that one but who knows….

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      • That one’s a very different kind of story,.. I liked it but not as much as these two, I personally love these kind of stories more. I still recommend you to start with The One first because it’s ‘immediately’ interesting and then follow with this one. The One is THE book that made me like this author so it’s my first love 🙂

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  1. This is an absolute bomb (a good bomb) of a review! I so need to read this book- Marrs is easily becoming my fave thriller author… I never thought I would be able to say without hesitation who my fave thriller author is.. my, how I have evolved! 😀 All thanks to you, as well.. with all those good reviews and book recs!
    So, so, so happy you enjoyed this book so much and i can’t wait to get my grubby mitts on it soon 🙂

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  2. Fantastic review, Inge! I have this one from Amazon’s Kindle First Free Books, and I’m glad I picked it! I’ve never read his books, but I’m really looking forward to it now 🙂 It sounds exactly like my favorite kind of thriller/suspense!

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