BOOK REVIEW: The Good Samaritan by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 @AmazonPub

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Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Release Date: April 12, 2018

Genre: Adult Fiction / Thriller

Goodreads Average: 4.06   *As of  11/18/2019*


Goodreads Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts:

What the WHAT did I just read. The Good Samaritan by John Marrs has trigger warnings galore and was incredibly dark AND disturbing. This book will not be for the faint of heart!

Laura drove me absolutely insane and you definitely have to suspend disbelief a bit for this book, she gets away with so many things that I wished I could jump into the book and kill her myself. I really liked Ryan as a character although I didn’t agree with a lot of the things he did (or didn’t do) either. There is a lot of evil in this book and if you don’t like books where you can’t stand a lot of the characters then this isn’t the book for you. I couldn’t really connect with any of them and they are mostly bad people, so it was a bit like watching a train wreck.

The Good Samaritan was so hard to put down, and I loved the short, quick chapters and the setup of the novel. This was my first time reading Marrs and I can definitely see why people love his books. It will probably be too over the top for some people, {see: pretty unbelievable}, but I personally love books like that. Some parts of this were pretty tough to read and there is a little bit of gore as well. I can see how someone would call this a ‘miserable’ book!

Song/s the book brought to mind: Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden

Final Thought: The Good Samaritan is super twisty, and so many things happened that I never saw coming. The plot was very complex, and this book completely threw me for a loop. The ending gave me actual chills and I wouldn’t be mad if there was a follow up book! If you like twisted, dark, disturbing novels that are unlike anything you have ever read this will be perfect. Marrs has just become an auto-buy author for me and I can’t wait to devour the rest of his books!

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Thank you to the publisher for my advanced review copy via NetGalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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