The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

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 ...

Details The Good Samaritan

TitleThe Good Samaritan
Release DateDec 1st, 2017
PublisherBrilliance Audio
GenreThriller, Psychological Thriller, Business, Amazon

Reviews The Good Samaritan

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    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. T...
  • Amy
    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...
  • Zoeytron
    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 th...
  • Nazanin
    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...
  • Sarah
    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 suff...
  • Tracy Fenton
    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 wa...
  • Linda Strong
    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 fr...
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    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!
  • Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
    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 ...
  • The Book Review Café
    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...
  • Karin
    Wow...I mean really wow! This was one of the most disturbing books I have ever read. Could not put it down! Many others have written reviews so I don’t feel I need to add my two cents, but, WOW!
  • Schizanthus
    Trigger alerts include suicide and depression. If you are feeling suicidal I’d encourage you to go to 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 c...
  • Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
    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 ...
  • Joanne Robertson
    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...
  • Michelle
    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 ...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    "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 unde...
  • Bishwaraj Dey
    Oh my, what a dark psychological tale it is. The characters are twisted and often times its disturbing to place your conscience aside and be inside head of the characters. What is it about?Volunteers at End Of The Line suicide line are there to treat the callers with kindness, respect and professionalism. They are there to listen and assure them that life is worth living. However, Laura is different. She bids her time volunteering potential candi...
  • Maureen
    4+ -Holy moly I did not expect this book to be as great as it was. Well written, packed full of suspense and layer upon layer of unexpected revelations. I literally gasped out loud at some of the plot twists! My reaction to this book: Definitely recommend!
  • Judy Collins
    4.5 Stars John Marrs has created one of the creepiest and most disturbing characters I have come across in years—taking center stage in his latest riveting and twisty psychological (literary) suspense thriller, THE GOOD SAMARITAN. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” –Muhammad AliSet in Northamptonshire, Laura has worked at End of the Line for the last four and half years. She communicates with the trou...
  • Hannah
    Laura volunteers at End of the Line, a suicide helpline. While other volunteers are helping people who call in, Laura does everything she can to convince them that suicide is the best, most sensible option. She keeps record of how many last breaths she has heard over the phone. To the world, Laura seems like a perfectly average human being. She has nothing but wonderful things to say about her husband and three children and she is loved by all he...
  • Lisa Houston
    I just loved this book. I just new it was a good one from the 1st page. Who could resist it? A good samaritan who doesn't try and help you get better but rather than to kill yourself. It was a great thriller. Lots of twists and turns that went through the whole book right until the end. The main characters were fantastic, both competing to out do each other. One more pshycotic than the next. This is defo going to be a no 1 on the hit list when it...
  • Trev Twinem
    Laura works as a volunteer at an organization called End of the Line, a type of Samaritans, where distressed and suicidal people can speak and share their problems. Laura and her co workers are not there to advise or suggest but rather act as a kind of online friend or last resort to those who find the burdens of modern day living too much to cope with. However it soon becomes apparent that Laura is more than happy to counsel and indeed support t...
  • Helen (TBC)
    I was blown away to be given the opportunity to read an ARC of The Good Samaritan.Once again John Marrs has written a totally original, totally gripping book. I love his writing style and the way he can engage you with the most odious, messed up characters and make you care. The writing, pacing and clever, clever plot were spot on. I was immediately intrigued and sucked into the story and resented every second that sleep and life prevented me rea...
  • Daniella Salt
    I REALLY hope there are not actually people like Laura existing in the world...Thoroughly enjoyed this. I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen, and then something else would pop up and catch me off guard. The characters were well written - Laura was possibly one of the most awful characters I've ever read, and yet somehow I liked reading about her. Her head was an interesting place to live for a little while. Ryan also had me simultaneou...
  • Olivia
    I picked The Good Samaritan because of its premise. A woman who works for a suicide helpline and actually actively tries to talk people calling her into taking their own lives... that's one dark premise, one dark character and I was intrigued. It needs a trigger warning of course, for suicide. Don't even think about diving into this one if that's a sore subject.I wasn't a big fan of the book in the end. I hated the main character with a passion a...
  • Tracy Fenton
    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. Th...
  • Sam (Clues and Reviews)
    Earlier this year, I read The One by John Marrs; this book stuck with me for the entire year. I compared other books to it. I talked about it with my friends. So, when I realized The Good Samaritan by John Marrs was being published this month, it skyrocketed to the top of my TBR pile, especially after reading several rave reviews about this title on its blog tour! The novel surrounds Laura, a woman who volunteers at a suicide hotline with some se...