Book Review ~ The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

Book: The Good Samaritan

Author: John Marrs

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Psychological

Release: Thomas & Mercer | April 12, 2018

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.

Give me all the stars to give this exquisite psychological thriller. This mind bending, clusterfuck of a novel. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a story like this one, and truth be told, I’m not even sure if I’d still gone ahead and read it if I knew what I was getting myself into. But who cares? Because I’ve read it, and it was brilliant. Shocking, disturbing, intriguing, sad, so so sad, but most definitely worth it.

I wasn’t exaggerating when I said this book was sad. The underlying emotion in the story was sadness. It was everywhere. In the way Laura thought so dismissively about her ‘candidates’, the people she chose to ‘help’, in the way Ryan was so desperate and cornered about his wife’s apparent suicide, and in the general tone of everything that happened around these two messed up people.

I honestly can’t even bring my thoughts and feelings in a proper order to tell you how much I-loved? enjoyed?- this story. My mind’s all jumbled, my emotions are all over the place, and I just realized that I couldn’t even come closer to telling you a bit about this book. But then again, I guess there’s no need, the plot gives you enough of a nudge to start reading and after that, it’s a brutal downhill ride.

Yes, it’s been a long while since I’ve read a story like this, characters like Laura and Ryan and everyone in between. If you like psychological thrillers, that unreliable tone in such stories, read this. Read it, don’t waste any more time thinking about it, just pick up a copy, read it and be left bereft of any sense of normality for a while. I know I need a completely different book to read now, something happy and healthy for my mind. But you don’t be discouraged. I congratulate this author for keeping me up late until the sun up reading this story, for making me feel for these characters, be it hate, sadness, pity, anger and a lot in between.

I’m adding five spoonfuls-hell, adding another one too- of this mindfuck into my hodgepodge.


More titles from John Marrs:

  • The One
  • Her Last Move
  • The Passengers

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