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Saturday, December 2, 2017

REVIEW: The Good Samaritan by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 @amazonpub

The Good Samaritan
by John Marrs
Thomas & Mercer / Amazon Publishing


Huge thank you to Amazon Publishing for this copy.  Book one down for December and I am FLOORED.  See my ramblings below on this MUST READ!

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 Review:

"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 under the radar. Take a look around you - there's probably someone that fits this description to some degree standing close by...

This book starts off with a bang and stays fairly consistent until it crescendos in part three and while you couldn't put the book down to begin with, you REALLY are glued to pages once you get to this part. Marrs masterfully creates complex characters and shows each sides of them in a way that has you completely engaged. Love them, hate them... and you probably will have ALL sorts of feelings towards them, you still can't help but be fascinated. We start with Laura's story in part one, Ryan's in part two and then bring them together in part three where Marrs really shows his writing chops as he continually slaps me in the face with something new I wasn't expecting. YES, YES, YES! I love it when a book does this and does it SO WELL.

I can see why this would be a disturbing read for some. Personally, I love the dark, disturbing and sometimes uncomfortable reads.. but for what is uncomfortable for some, is what keeps my interest even more. An original, compelling and chilling read. I highly recommend this to those who love that complex psychological thriller.

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