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
Author
Release DateDec 1st, 2017
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Business, Amazon, Crime, Own, Psychological Thriller, Murder Mystery
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Reviews The Good Samaritan

  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • The Book Review Café
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Joanne Robertson
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Bishwaraj Dey
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Trev Twinem
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Tracy Fenton
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Helen (TBC)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Fran Stentiford
    1970-01-01
    Wow what a book...John Marrs is amazing. I was totally hooked from start to finish. Not what I was expecting at all. Very well written and researched by the author. Compelling reading all the way through. Highly recommend it to all who like psychological thrillers.
  • Stephanie Smith
    1970-01-01
    Well, damn, this was a messed up book and my head is still spinning. A whiplash ride of twists and turns and dark minds, I was guessing, frustrated, and enthralled until the very end. I recommend not reading too much about this book before diving right in, in order to experience it fully.
  • Darcia Helle
    1970-01-01
    Books with unlikable main characters can make for a difficult read. Laura is not only unlikable, she is a true psychopath. This story is written in first person, and so being right there in Laura's head is an uncomfortable experience. I found myself fascinated by her screwed up thought process, but I also wanted to step away and wash the slimy film she left on my psyche. The fact that I felt this so intensely is a testament to Marrs' writing.Abou...
  • Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
    1970-01-01
    WOW! Where do I start? First of all I love the cover. The prologue of The Good Samaritan will have you intrigued, hooked and enthralled, which for me is the perfect beginning to any story. This is one of those stories which you will want to devour in one sitting (I tried). John Marrs has done it again and wrote a belter of a book which is thrilling and gripping, easy to read, written well and contains short chapters. However, certain parts can be...
  • Janice
    1970-01-01
    I’m thrilled, honoured and most privileged to be here on Day 2 of the Blog Tour of The Good Samaritan by John Marrs. Thanks have to go to Tracy Fenton of THE Book Club, not only for inviting me, but also for creating a truly amazing online haven and marvellous home from home for any discerning book lover and author stalker. Thank goodness for those Good Samaritans who you know you can call when you have absolutely nobody else to talk to (here i...
  • Lainy
    1970-01-01
    Time taken to read - < 1 dayPages - 400Publisher - Thomas & MercerSource - ARC (Tracy TBC)Blurb from GoodreadsShe’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 mar...
  • Clair
    1970-01-01
    A fast paced thriller The Good Samaritan is a tale about Laura, a help-line volunteer who encourages her callers to commit suicide. Most of the book is duel narrative between Laura and Ryan the husband of a woman who commits suicide who suspects Laura’s involvement in her death. Its a true roller coaster as they take each other on, pushing the limits to unravel each other. The main characters are complex, multi-layered and well written. Laura i...
  • Monica
    1970-01-01
    This completely reminds me of Gone Girl in that there were twists and turns throughout and how I could not stop reading. Several characters were one upping each other in just unbelievable ways. Often I gasped out loud with the turn of events. The subject matter is uncomfortable and can be a trigger to people who are depressed or suicidal so it is odd for me to admit to liking the book so much. It was one of those with the main character who you h...
  • Louise
    1970-01-01
    Irresponsible subject matter, repetitive and offensiveA nasty concept of a novel about a woman who works for a fictional organisation like the Samaritans as a volunteer. However she likes to encourage people to take their own life. A sick concept delivered in a one dimensional manner. Lots of triggering descriptions of how to commit suicide and avoid failing. Sick and irresponsible shame on you.
  • Aristidis Marousas
    1970-01-01
    Excuse my vulgarity, but this book was fucked up.I cannot remember the last time I have been so frustrated with characters, or hated a main character so much.The author does a magnificent job of blending different perspectives and revealing bits of the past throughout the story.I was definitely taken by surprise multiple times which, as most long time readers know, isn’t an easy thing to accomplish.I would definitely recommend if you want an ea...
  • Beebie May Hutley
    1970-01-01
    DNF. I gave up on page 41 of 391. Boring. I’m not sensitive to reading about suicide but I found it really distasteful.
  • Kelly
    1970-01-01
    After reading lots of amazing reviews, I decided that although a psychological thriller is not my normal genre for books I was going to have to read it. I am very pleased to say it exceeded the amazing reviews and then some and was an addictive read that you just feel compelled to keep turning the pages. Laura's character is really complex and throughout the story just as you think you are getting a grip on her personality there is another twist ...
  • Caroline
    1970-01-01
    Whoa. What a ride! I could not put it down.If you have Amazon Prime, this e-book is free during the month of November. Stop what you are doing and download it. You won't be sorry.
  • Deborah Dobrin
    1970-01-01
    I read this book in two days it really is a book you can't put down. Not since misery, have I been so terrified by a female character in a book. John Marrs also deals very sensitively with very serious mental health issues, depression and suicide.
  • Teddie
    1970-01-01
    Any book that bothers me this much deserves at least 4 stars.Laura Morris works as a volunteer at "End of the Line", a suicide hotline. The job of the volunteers is to answer the phones, try to ascertain if the callers are seriously considering suicide, and if so, work with them to come up with alternative solutions to their problems. Laura's coworkers at the center would easily vote her "Volunteer of the Year" because of her caring and concerned...
  • Shelley
    1970-01-01
    I rarely give a book five stars unless it totally blows me away and keeps me up all night reading just to see what happens next. This one did. Through the book there were little spots that hint at something much darker to come. It was usually just one or two sentences but it made me want more. And just when I KNEW what was going to happen next, nope... sharp drop or turn would take me off on another loop. I will definitely read more by this autho...
  • Nic
    1970-01-01
    ⭐⭐⭐.5 stars.Really sorry everyone but couldn’t quite get this one to 4 stars. I am a huge fan of the author, have read all of his books and one of them is one of my fave books of all time. However there was something missing for me with this one. All the author’s books are dark and a bit twisted so I know it wasn’t that. I wonder if because in other books there are multiple characters with different back stories that break the story u...
  • Tash
    1970-01-01
    Oh my! This book kept me a hostage until the very end. Absolutely gripping, thrilling, unputdownable suspense story.From the start to the end I was thrown from feeling hate to sympathy towards Laura. What a brilliant presentation of a classic psychopath who makes you believe everything, makes anyone believe anything. How long can it go on until the truth will come out? Probably for long as noone would survive standing on the way of people like he...
  • Patiscynical
    1970-01-01
    Into your head I'll creep...Wow, what a twisted thriller.Laura seems to be a caring woman who volunteers at a suicide help line. And she will help you right off a cliff if you allow her into your head. You think you want to suicide? She'll be on the phone with you as you take your last breath.But someone that Laura helped to leave this world had a husband who desperately wants answers. And when he finds out about Laura's involvement, well, let th...
  • Stephie Walls
    1970-01-01
    This was out of the box and well done. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I think that made it so much better. I dreaded turning the pages toward the end for fear of what was going to happen, yet I couldn't put the book down. It was heartwrenching and terribly emotional and totally F*ed up! If you enjoy psychological thrillers, this is a great one to pick up.