Today I’m thrilled to be the next stop on The Good Samaritan by John Marrs blog tour. I’ve been wanting to share this review for ages, as I absolutely loved this gripping psychological thriller. The Good Samaritan is published by Thomas & Mercer on the 1st December 2017, but you can pre-order today with just one click so I’ve included the link further down the post. My thanks to Tracy over at http://www.compulsivereaders.com and John Marrs for my ARC and inviting me to be part of the blog tour.
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.
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 John Marrs here, so expect the unexpected. Devilishly plotted, well paced and utterly gripping this is one book you don’t want to miss.
John Marrs has the ability to create characters that are both chilling and yet intriguing, and they don’t come more chilling or more complex than Laura, she’s calculated, a master of manipulation, and preys on the most vulnerable, Laura’s definitely a character who will send shivers down your spine. John Marrs has a remarkable knack of creating characters that have many sides, and despite my intense dislike for Laura, as the author digs deeper into her character I found my feelings towards Laura moved back and fourth one minute I detested her, the next I hated myself for feeling some sympathy for this manipulative and complicated character.
John Marrs sucks the reader in from the first enticing chapter and keeps you firmly in his clutches until the very last spine chilling sentence of this dark and compelling book. There were so many surprising twists in this book you would be hard pressed to second guess them all, which only heightened my enjoyment of this book. I haven’t focussed on the plot in this review, read the book description by all means, but this book is definitely one where “the less you know the more thrilling the ride”. The Good Samaritan made for a deliciously twisted, head spinning read, and it’s definitely one of the best and most original psychological thrillers I’ve read this year and it’s one that’s certainly headed for one of my top reads of 2017. Highly recommended.
Print Length: 390 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (1 Dec. 2017)
About the author
John Marrs is a freelance journalist based in London, England, who has spent the last 20 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.
He has written for publications including The Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World’s Sunday Magazine.
His debut novel The Wronged Sons, was released in 2013 and in May 2015, he released his second book, Welcome To Wherever You Are.
In May 2017 came his third book, The One. It was chosen as the book of the month for BBC Radio 2’s Book Club.
The Wronged Sons was re-edited and re-released in July 2017 under a new title, When You Disappeared.
And his fourth book, The Good Samaritan, is set for release in November 2017.
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