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
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Psychological Thriller

Reviews The Good Samaritan

  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: 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 v...
  • 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...
  • Debra
    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...
  • 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...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    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 u...
  • Sarah Joint
    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 e...
  • Paul Falk
    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Helga
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • jessica
    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
  • 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...
  • Pauline
    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 th...
  • ☆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!
  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
    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 h...
  • Adrian Dooley
    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 a...
  • Alan Cotterell
    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...
  • Kaila
    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 t...
  • 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...
  • Dita
    Holy crap, this besauch is 50 shades of nuts and it's fabulous. So wrong and so, so, great!
  • 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 ...
  • Laura Sandonato
    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.” ...
  • 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 ...
  • Nadia
    This book is a page turner. However, please be warned that this is quite a dark read and is really disturbing in places! I said out loud 'Are you serious?!' a number of times - my husband can verify this - while reading about Laura's manipulative actions. The ending left me a bit dissatisfied as it made me question whether justice has been served.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tammy
    This book almost got the best of me. I started it and couldn't get into it. Tried again, and nope. I actually had to come on here twice to see what everyone thought and most loved this book. So I knew I would too but had to have it grab me. At 30% it did just that. Once it grabs you, you need to finish. I love crazy and this book delivers crazy. I have read all the books by John Marrs and my favorite is still A Thousand small explosions. Now it's...