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Publisher's Summary

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.

Revised edition: This edition of The Good Samaritan includes editorial revisions.

©2018 John Marrs (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Heidi
  • Australia
  • 11-05-2018

dark and twisted psychological thriller

Wow, this book! Where do I even start? Saying this makes me fear a little bit for my own mental state, but I just loved this dark and twisted tale of cat-and-mouse! It is definitely one of the most sinister books I have read all year, and one that made it easily onto my favourites list.

The Good Samaritan must be THE best use of the unreliable narrator theme I have come across for a long, long time. It also has one of the most deranged and psychopathic lead characters I have encountered for a while. After the first third of the book unfolds through Laura’s POV, short and sharp chapters take over in a he said / she said fashion that plays out like a deadly game of tennis. One minute the ball is in Laura’s court, then it’s Ryan who wins a set. Wimbledon has nothing on this evil little match that is played with live grenades that are meant to detonate the other’s life on impact. My head was spinning from my metaphorical head-bobbing – ping, pong, back and forth, back and forth. It was so nail-bitingly thrilling that I got palpitations and almost needed to triage myself for some blood pressure control and GTN spray. It’s not often that a thriller manages to get the better of me!

I could go on and on about the greatness of this book, so I will cut it short: if you love a dark and twisted psychological thriller that messes with your mind, then rush out and buy, beg, borrow or steal this book right now! Now for the trigger warning – some people may find the theme of suicide and depression and preying on the vulnerable extremely distressing. If this subject touches a nerve, then perhaps this book is not for you.

I listened to it on Audible and spent a LOT of time sitting in the car in the driveway just to steal a few more minutes of listening time. After a long shift at work, this is always a sign of how much I love a book! Very highly recommended to all fellow lovers of dark and twisted tales!

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  • aycee
  • 18-04-2018

Very twisty

I really enjoyed this book. The story moved quickly and benefited from the shifting narrators throughout. Some of the story's twists were foreseeable, but many of them were not. Every aspect of the plot was tied up by the end, which was satisfying. I binged this in two days and kept finding opportunities to listen. I am not usually a fan of unreliable narrators, but thought it worked really well here.

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  • Wayne
  • 10-07-2018

Laura is Amy Dunne on steroids!

THE GOOD SAMARITAN is a dark, dark psychological thriller about a woman who is evil beyond comprehension. Her goal is to hear the last breath of as many people as possible. She works at a suicide hotline, but rather than trying to talk people out of killing themselves she volunteers to help them. Her ruthless and self obsessed knows no bounds. This novel is a good story, but I cannot recommend it.

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  • Aparries
  • 02-07-2018

Grabs you from the start

An interestingly dark listen! You NEVER know what’s about to happen with the characters. Hooks you in the first 2 minutes and never lets go. I had problems finding a place to stop. I would get back from a trip to the grocery and sit in my car still listening. Bravo on a great and unpredictable ending, though I think the epilogue wasn’t really needed, it wasn’t unnecessary. You’ll enjoy this one for sure!!

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  • horslovr
  • 30-04-2018

WOW, what a great read!

Where does The Good Samaritan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's very different from the normal psychopathic protagonist story that I usually read. VERY different, and it kept me listening. There are twists and turns around every corner right until the end. You may not be happy about the ending, but things don't always turn out rosy, do they?

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't have a favorite charachter; they are all complex.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Very appropriate to the personalities and genders and pleasing to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just found myself saying, WOW.

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  • Tre Talbot
  • 13-11-2018

My Two Pennies

3.8 This was a good thriller that kept you on your toes thinking throughout the story and it’s a believable scenario as well. There were moments were I felt a bit of lag but it didn’t last long and I was pulled back in a curious to see what was to happen next. Towards the end is where the story comes full circle and what you thought you knew was just the tip, everything is revealed and leaves us with a great closer.

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  • B.A.
  • 11-11-2018

Interesting Premise

I enjoyed the premise of this story. It was interesting to think about a person who works at a suicide hotline that helps to push people into making that decision instead of away from it. I do wonder if the author got the idea for this book after reading Ann Rule's "The Stranger Beside Me" since Ted Bundy worked at a suicide prevention hotline.

Anyway, my tastes in books is rather dark so if I rate it highly like I did for this one, know that you're in for a fun, twisted ride and if you try to tell your family/coworkers about what you're reading they'll give you a look like what's wrong with you!?. The main character is fairly complex and as the story moves you find out that things are not how she is really telling them, just how she is trying to force/remember. The ending did take me by surprise which was really nice and unexpected.
#Dark #CrazyEnding #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Lilycat
  • 26-10-2018

Very good

Really entertaining, good twists, excellent performance. Kind of an abrupt ending, so 4 stars instead of 5. Overall, a very good book.

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  • AM
  • 01-10-2018

dark and different.

Great narration/storytelling. I love listening to books narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden and the male voice was good as well. This twisted story was definitely intriguing and the plot definitely original, which was great. Overall, I did like this book as it was unfolding and it gripped my attention. I did feel somewhat disappointed once i reached the end and felt as if there were some glaring areas that were still left without enough development/resolution/reasoning. But I'll be on the lookout to give Marrs another try.

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  • KimR
  • 07-08-2018

Dark Psychological Thriller

Dark psychological thriller about a woman who is narcissistic, devious and evil beyond comprehension. Laura seems to be the epitome of a good kind caring person, baking homemade treats, offering to mend clothing and volunteering at the suicide hotline. In truth the suicide hotline is her hunting grounds, she’s on the lookout for candidates to fulfill her life’s ambition, to experience first-hand the dying last breath of as many people as possible. Horrific tale yet oh so hard to put down. Outstanding narration by the entire group. I highly recommend!

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  • CSD
  • 04-08-2018

Geniusly crazy

This story is something that you can truly imagine in the hearts of just about any "normal" person. What separates us from them?

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  • Simon
  • 21-04-2018

A Problem Like Laura

There are, in truth, a lot of scheming nasty characters we are familiar with both real and fictional. But even such arch schemers as Machiavelli, Dunstan and co are would have to be at the top of their game to match Laura. In today's politically correct world I guess she'd be labelled a troubled individual. That just doesn't do her justice though and you'd really need to descend into the cruder vernacular to get close to something more suitable.

Time after time in the book you will gasp at just how far she is willing to go to get what she wants and wince at how to her it all seems quite reasonable. Nothing and no-one is out of bounds. I think the premise for this book is excellent and most importantly it delivers that first and then keeps on delivering until the very end.

The split narration suits the book's structure almost perfectly, the two leads do an excellent job particularly in delivering Laura,

I had a very long road trip this weekend to watch my football team and this book made it the perfect weekend. Laura kept me guessing and gasping from the South Coast up to Carlisle and that is no mean feat. The amazing thing was that she herself is a tragic character but not many are likely to spare her any sympathy after reading The Good Samaritan! She really is Malignant Narcissism brought to life!

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  • Lee
  • 19-04-2018

Mindblowingly dark and horrific.

Over the years I've read/listened to hundreds of novels which have contained stories about the worst of humanity. Psychopaths,serial killers, poisoners, baby killers, ...truly the worst of the worst but hand on heart none of them can touch Laura. She is my absolute nightmare.

A helping hand to the suicidal, an absolute narcissistic who makes you hate her from the word go but be inside her head for a while and you begin to understand her awful childhood or do you? Nothing is as it seems with Laura.

John Mars has written a book which left me utterly terrified to listen to late at night. I'm an insomniac and I tend to use audible to get me through the night but not Laura. She had me waiting till day light before I could continue. Anyone who comes into contact with Laura will be contaminated by her evil...

Her family are tainted, she manipulates her work mates (she's a volunteer with End of the Line' ) her poor disabled son, oh Laura...

Told in short chapters the book moves at a fair pace. The first halve builds the story up from a couple of people's perspectives and it's interesting to hear the subtle differences between the two. The second halve concentrates mainly on Laura and it's this part which really makes the novel.

Anyhow I loved the narrators and I'm off now to see what else this author has written...

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  • Jane
  • 01-05-2018

Brilliant

For me this was a new and fresh way of telling a crime/thriller story. It was really clever done, in my opinion. Constantly pacing, keeping you interested, while not given too much away. A rare skill these days, I think. I liked the female narrator, struggled a bit with the male ones that are introduced later but eventually settled into them and liked them as well. Never saw any of the twists coming and there were plenty.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-2018

Absolutely fabulous great story was captivated

had to stay up later to listen could not wait for next chapter what a great listen

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  • Ang mcq
  • 13-05-2018

Great book.

Really enjoyed this audible book, being very well narrated . The story was very interesting and was based on a very original storyline. Would highly recommend.

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  • Miss Turner
  • 20-04-2018

The Good Samaritan

What a fantastic book.

I loved everything about this book, it appealed to my dark side. It was great listening as it really brought the book to life for me.

How easily the truth can be distorted and manipulated by any one person, how far would you go for kicks? Or for your family.

If you love a book that has twists and turns you would not expect. To be drawn in to a book that makes you want to read/listen to the very end just to see how it all works out... then this is the one for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-2018

How disappointing!!

Really enjoyed listening to this. But what a disappointing ending. Feeling very dissatisfied. Almost like the author ran out of time.

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  • Jennyg
  • 05-11-2018

Very creepy

A very well written book, full of many twists and turns. I couldn't put it down, even though Laura gave me the creeps. I felt that the narrators were all very good.

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  • Lyro8
  • 07-10-2018

Starts well, but disappoints

This is an excellent example of how the crime fiction genre has suffered from authors perceiving the need for twists. Ultimately frustrating, with waves of unlikely plotting. The performances are good but Ryan sounded far older than the character's 32 years and the brother had an unpleasant smoker's voice which also sounded too old. There were a series of twists and revelations towards the end, none especially surprising and some downright bonkers. Shame, as the first half was great.

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  • Caroline
  • 27-09-2018

Surprised me!

This is the second John Marrs book I have listened to, with The One being the other book, that was about a year and a half ago.

I loved this book, and just when I thought the main character Laura couldn't get any worse, she went and surprised me again and again. She could ready give Rhiannon from the Sweetpea books a reason to cross the street if she seen Laura coming and that is saying something!

This is a truly unputdownable book, my other half stayed up until 3am one night just to finish it and its the first book I have seen him read in years. This book has since spread like wildfire through my family, and not a single person has said anything other than "absolutely fantastic."

My only criticism of the audio (my other half actually read the book so didn't experience this) is the male narrators are a little bit grating, but Laura is narrated flawlessly. This is truly worth your time and an audible credit. Enjoy!