Title: The Good Samaritan
Author : John Marrs
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (Amazon Publishing)
03/08/18 (US Kindle)
04/12/18 (US Paperback)
Dates Read: 02/28/18 – 03/03/18
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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 had everything in life ahead of him… he and his wife, Charlotte, were expecting their first child to arrive within a few months and he had a big surprise in store for Charlotte. When Charlotte makes a decision that ultimately ends not only her own life, but that of Ryan’s unborn child, Ryan refuses to accept reality and is filled with unrelenting anger. So when he discovers that his wife has been calling End of the Line for months leading up to her death and starts to do his own digging, his actions threatens to unravel the threads of Laura’s secret hidden agenda.
Unfortunately.. Ryan has no idea just how far Laura will go to keep her secret contained.
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The One was a recent read for me, but is undoubtedly one of my all time favorite novels. So I had the bar set pretty high for John Marrs’ novels. The Good Samaritan lived up to every one of my expectations, and more. Although the content and style of this novel is far different from that of The One, you can still hear John’s voice and his style of writing is so skillful. He has a way of crafting characters that are so dark and complex–Characters that can be both highly unlikable but highly relatable at the same time.
There are a few things you can expect from this novel:
★ A unique and dark twist on a touchy subject that far too many people can relate to, unfortunately. This author can take something as simple as an emotional support hotline or an online dating service and flip it on its head, creating an entirely new twisted and enticing concept.
★ All the tough feelings. Seriously.. expect to feel all of them. I felt strong anger, frustration, deep sadness, sympathy, and disgust. This novel hit me where it hurt and didn’t stop until the very end and I loved every minute of the pain!
★ A humanized antagonist. Laura’s character is a character that you will love to hate… the ultimate psychopathic villain. But she will also break your heart. Her story is one of those that is polished and simplistic on the surface level, but dark and ugly beneath the surface. Expect to watch as she is deconstructed into the fragments that have built her into the now sinister and complicated individual that she is.
The only ‘downside’ that I can see some people not caring for.. is the ‘slowish’ pace of the first of the three parts of the novel. This is due to the fact that you get the exact same timeline shown from the perspective of Laura and then from Ryan. I promise you, this is not without artful planning and skillful writing. The juxtaposition that you will soon discover between Laura’s point of view and that of others around her is so important to her story. John knows what he is doing with her character arc… let it unfold, give it time.
All in all.. this is another of Marrs’ novels that you do not want to miss out on. Give into that FOMO and pick this one up. You will not be disappointed. After completing this read, I preordered a hard copy and then purchased another of his previous novels. This will be a novel I recommend (just as I have with The One) to everyone around me!
Thank you to John Marrs and Thomas & Mercer of Amazon Publishing for providing me with a DRC of this title in exchange for an honest review!