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An ITW Thriller Award finalist.

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.

385 pages, Paperback

First published December 1, 2017

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About the author

John Marrs

18 books5,749 followers
John Marrs is the author of #1 Best Sellers The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, The Vacation, Her Last Move, The Passengers, The Minders and What Lies Between Us. Keep It In The Family and The Marriage Act are released soon.
What Lies won the International Thriller Writers' Best Paperback of 2021 award.
The One has been translated into 30 different languages and is to be turned into an eight-part Netflix series starting in autumn 2020.
After working as a journalist for 25-years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines, he is now a full-time writer.
Follow him on Twitter @johnmarrs1 Facebook: @johnmarrsauthor Instagram: @johnmarrs.author website: johnmarrsauthor.co.uk

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1,799 reviews1,854 followers
November 6, 2017
Oohh what a dark and oftentimes uncomfortable read this one was, but I really do love to be pushed to my limits while reading and I always appreciate reading about a new, fresh subject and The Good Samaritan most definitely provides all of the above. It’s also disturbing, dark and filled with characters that you will alternate between hating and even sympathizing with, but they are all highly complex and incredibly well drawn making for a truly enthralling read.

This is told via dual narratives, that of Laura a volunteer at a suicide hotline and Ryan, the husband of a woman who killed herself and who has his suspicions about Laura. The first half of the book is really laying the groundwork for what’s to come and while I was engaged, I wasn’t as drawn in as I ended up being later on. Then the second half begins and that’s when I was well and truly gripped, by this point I wasn’t putting my Kindle down for any reason as I just had to know how this dangerous game Laura was playing would end.

I don’t want to discuss the plot because this went in several directions that I wasn’t expecting and I don’t want to lead any future readers down a path too early, it’s best if you experience it all on your own. I do want to mention again that parts made me uneasy as reading about someone who actively encouraged others to kill themselves is not easy reading but it didn’t upset me to the point where I had to stop reading or anything, in fact it was quite the opposite and I was totally caught up in the twisty plot and finding out more about the deranged Laura and what motivated her. She simultaneously fascinated me and sickened me, I honestly couldn’t get enough of her! Fans of original stories about manipulation, obsession, lies and delusions will love this one!

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647 reviews12.4k followers
April 17, 2018
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This is my first read from John Marrs. After reading the description, I realized that this was probably going to be an intense read. Oh and I was right, it was definitely intense. It was also very dark and disturbing….and extremely hard to put down.

"Good afternoon, you've reached the End of the Line, this is Laura speaking. May I ask your name?"

She has a friendly voice and it sounds like she really cares. You can trust her… right?

But Laura has her own agenda.

Laura Morris has been volunteering at the End of the Line helpline for more than four years. Every time the phone rings she wonders who might be on the other end.

"The expectation, the thrill of picking up that telephone and never knowing what direction the conversation might take: the next call is everything."

Around her colleagues, Laura is helpful, polite, and even maternal. She makes herself indispensable. She’s a devoted mother of three who bakes lovely treats for everyone. She’s raised the most money for the helpline. Nobody would consider her a threat. But little do they know…

"Because when you're not considered to be a threat, you can get away with much, much more."

Laura doesn’t think she’s doing anything wrong. She's just helping people, just like she’s supposed to do.

"For the more vulnerable out there, once the darkness falls, so do their barriers. Night-time is their enemy because with fewer visible distractions there's more opportunity to dwell on how hopeless their lives have become. It's when they reach out for somebody's hand"

Then she gets a caller who requests something she never expected. At first, she’s annoyed at what she’s been asked…but also excited. She’s anxious and can’t get the request out of her head.

Will she accept the offer?

Wow! This was a diabolical read. I was only a couple pages in and realized how dark this was. This may not be for everyone and could be quite triggering for some readers. This seems like a book that many will either love or hate…. I’ve landed somewhere in the middle.

I was definitely intrigued by this disturbing and creepy read. Suspending disbelief was necessary, but I found it really hard putting this novel down. I was confused about a few things and wasn’t always sure what was going on but I was definitely gripped.

A story filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing from beginning to the very end.

I’m curious to see what John Marrs will come up with next!

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1,036 reviews2,572 followers
July 4, 2020
It's nice to know that when you or a loved one have reached the end of your rope, there is someone you can call to talk you through those feelings and help you know that there is still life worth living. That's where End of the Line comes in, a suicide prevention hotline that has had the misfortune to hire Laura. Needing talk to people who feel worse off than her, Laura is there to walk them the path least expected when a person calls a suicide prevention hotline. She's done it before and she plans to keep on doing it until a devastated husband catches on to what she is doing. His pregnant wife called that hotline and now she and their unborn baby are dead. 

John Marrs knows how to rack up the tension and it is psychotic evil that you will find in this book. This was my first John Marrs read and hasn't been the last. A Kindle Unlimited choice. 
Profile Image for Shelby *trains flying monkeys*.
1,560 reviews5,818 followers
December 19, 2017
Laura is a mom, she is a wife, she has a 'picture perfect' life...she also works at End of the Line. End of the Line is a phone center for people that have reached the end of hope. They have no good days (that they can see).
You would think this would make Laura a good woman wouldn't you?

You would be wrong. Because Laura is a batshit crazy woman.
She uses her job at End of the Line to find her special people, the ones that have no will to go on. Then she talks them into killing themselves with her on the phone. She wants their last moments to be with her.
I'm getting mad just recapping this character. She is the character that you don't even love to hate. YOU JUST LOATHE HER. I need a shower after reading her character.

Then Laura "helps" a pregnant woman to end her life. The woman's husband is devastated and begins to try and find a reason that his wife choose to die. And he ends up finding Laura.

Has Laura finally met someone who is going to give her what she truly deserves?

This dang book gave me extra gray hair.

Now I almost gave it a lower rating because there were some things that bugged me. But after sleeping on it last night and having a freaking nightmare I got scared of damn Laura and gave her four stars.
The things that bugged me actually made me mad. To me a book that either makes you happy or angry as heck means something. It may mean that I'm off my rocker but then we knew that anyways.
Now for the buggy stuff. I'm going to put it under a spoiler tag so don't go and click it and then whine because I spoiled. Yes, people do that.

So would I recommend? Yes, if you are the type of reader than can deal with a book of hateful, evil characters that have no redemption. Just get your shower ready when you finish it.

Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.
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221 reviews558 followers
July 2, 2020
⬇ if this here is reality, then this here is me ➡ 🤫 choosing to ignore it!

This book reinforced my admiration for Marrs' creativity. His work is always unique and, as long as I go in reminding myself that the story won't have a lot of realism - more of a soap opera on steroids 💪 - I always love it!

Laura is a 𝙛𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘 villain. She's so evil and deranged and complicated. Her character is so well written. The game of cat and mouse between her and Ryan is both awesome and hard to handle!

The plot (after the first 50 pages, which needlessly droned on 💤) is fast paced, dark and made me feel happily uncomfortable. The twists are relentless! and the ending has left me to believe a sequel is possible 🤞
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2,127 reviews34.9k followers
May 4, 2018
Contemplating ending your life? Call "The End of the Line" hotline. They are there to listen, to be supportive, to be understanding, to be nonjudgmental. They have sympathetic volunteers whose jobs are not to talk you out of suicide, but to listen, to let you know you have options. But what happens when the kind, sympathetic, caring person on the other end has ulterior motives?

Laura loves the work she does at "The end of the line". This is where she shines. She is made for this. Oh, how she loves what she does! She doesn't feel fulfilled at home but at work she has found her purpose, her calling if you will.

Ryan is devastated. His pregnant wife has committed suicide with a stranger. Who was this man? Did his wife know him? Was she having an affair? He will do anything to get the answers he so desperately wants. He wants to know the truth but at what cost?

We get both Laura and Ryan's narratives in this book. Both have their own agendas, and both are little devious. This book had a couple of twists and turns along the way which kept things interesting. This is a dark book which deals with heavy subject matter. Suicide is not an easy subject and may be a trigger for some. What I enjoyed the most was one revelation which lets the reader know that not everything is as it seems. This provided for a nice "aha" moment for me.

I enjoyed this dark twisted book from the beginning but felt it really picked up steam around the halfway mark when one character realized the truth. From there is just got better. This is seriously one messed up book! Again, this book will not be for everyone. Those readers who enjoy twisted dark books with twist and turns, this book may be for you!

Thank you to Thomas & Mercer/Amazon Publishing (UK) and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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846 reviews1,181 followers
December 12, 2017

What a deliciously devious little novel this is. John Marrs has created a wicked villain in Laura. She is absolutely awful but you will love to hate her. I was completely gripped from beginning to end.

Laura works at the End of the Line call center where you're a friendly voice and comforting shoulder to potential suicide victims. Unbeknownst to all around her but this is where she gets her kicks by convincing people that they are not worthy of life and essentially assisting them in their suicide. She has one caller, David, in which she has become a little too attached. He doesn't want to die alone. He wants someone to do it with him and because Laura isn't going to do it she'll need to find someone else. Along comes Charlotte a pregnant woman with pre-natal depression and she fits the part perfectly for Laura and here she instigates a plan for the dual suicide and succeeds. What she doesn't count on is Charlotte's husband , Ryan. In his grief and desperation to figure out why his pregnant wife would kill herself with another man he begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together and it leads him right to Laura. I'm going to leave it at that because this is when the roller coaster ride begins and it was FUN!!!

My first John Marrs book but certainly not my last. I enjoyed this immensely. 5 Fantastic stars!

.Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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1,017 reviews651 followers
December 13, 2017
There is a suicide hotline called End of the Line, and you'll know when you've reached it.  The volunteers who man the lines are there to listen.  One of the volunteers is Laura, wife, mother of three, non-threatening, helpful, and always in control.  She cares.  You have no idea how much. 

A riveting game of cat and mouse, who is the victim and who is the prey?  Changeable, or one and the same?  Great psychological suspense that hit all the right notes for me.
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1,039 reviews588 followers
December 13, 2017
5+++ Wonderful Stars

Wow, such an amazing story! I loved LOVED it! It was my second read by this author but as my previous read by him wasn’t that good, this one compensated it! This book took me out of my comfort zone (pushed me so hard) and let me tell you this one was an uncomfortable read but I’m glad I read it, it was definitely worth it! It was a really good psychological thriller, a page turner one, I couldn’t put it down and I was on the edge of my seat all the time! Well done Mr. Marrs!
Laura works for The End of the Line. The End of the Line’s purpose is to be some one a caller can unload their problems onto and help them to get through it but at the end it’s the callers’ decision to do the right/wrong thing!!

"It believes that everyone has the right to live or die on his or her own terms … We believe it’s absolutely their decision to end their lives and we won’t try to talk them out of it … We listen, we don’t act."

But Laura has her own agenda. She manipulated them and used it in her own favor. She is so smart and so cruel. Everything is fine with her (or it’s better to say she thinks that way) until Steven called her and said he doesn’t want to be alive anymore. And it’s not just this, the story turned in other unexpected ways. First you think you know her well enough, but then everything chaned and you realized that you know nothing about her! The author did a good job to bring so much hatred in me!

"Reading people’s misery and answering questions often helped to relax me."

The writing was amazing, the characters were so perfect and the story line was well-written. my only complaint was the ending. I just wanted to see Told in dual POV (except the epilogue), 1st person. All in all, I loved it so much and I hope you enjoy it just like me!

Thanks to John Marrs, Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for the advanced digital copy in exchange an honest review.
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1,081 reviews1,651 followers
March 12, 2020
Wow! This book gives new meaning to the words "Assisted Suicide"!!

"End of the Line" has a mandate that is clear and simple. It is a phone number that you can call if you are troubled, and it believes that everyone has the right to live or die on his or her own terms.If a caller has decided to end his or her own life, the volunteer on the other end of the call won't try to talk you out of it. The volunteers are there to listen, not to act.

Unless you get Laura..."she has her own agenda".

"Good Afternoon, you've reached the End Of The Line, this is Laura speaking, May I ask your name?"

So, starts a dark, chilling psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns.

This was the first novel by John Marrs that I read and although I have LOVED them all, this remains my very favorite! ❤️
May 18, 2018
EXCERPT: I listened with blissful satisfaction right until her final breath. That's the one sound that matters to me above all others. . . that one precious moment when someone breathes their last, then slips away. People in pain, like Chantelle, place themselves in my hands because I understand them better than anyone else in the world. I know more about what they need than their brothers, sisters, parents, spouses, best friends or children. I understand them because I know what's best for them. If they place their trust in me, I'll reward them by going to the ends of the earth to help them. I'll alleviate their suffering. I'll bring all that is bad in their lives to an end. I will save them from themselves. That is what I am: a saviour of lost souls.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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: The Good Samaritan by John Marrs should have been a chilling read, sinister, but it was all a bit flat. The premise oozes potential, the plot is brilliant, something that hasn't been done before, but it just never quite all came together for me. I never became invested in the characters. It took me until I was halfway through the book before I had an OMG! moment and my interest sparked. But it was fleeting.

I have been trying to determine just why this book was almost a failure for me. I had gotten to the point where I was skimming and starting to wonder if I might abandon this read when I got to that first OMG! moment. Then there were a few of these moments in quick succession. Yes! I thought. It's a slow burner that has finally taken off. I was excited. Briefly. By the time I was 70% through, my spark was extinguished.

As I said, the premise oozes potential and the plot is great. It was the execution that lacked that 'certain something' for me. It's not a bad book. It's okay. But nothing more. Which is a pity. 2.5 stars

Thank you to Thomas and Mercer via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Good Samaritan by John Marrs for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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559 reviews281 followers
February 22, 2022
Laura is the safe, friendly voice on the other end of the line when you're thinking of ending your life. Her coworkers love her. Her three kids and husband are perfect. Life is bliss. Or those are things that Laura believes. Truth is, Laura doesn't wish to save anyone. She wants them to die, hopefully with her on the phone. Ryan's pregnant wife is one of those people that Laura helps usher to the other side. He is mad and wants revenge. It turns into a mouse and cat game with no winners. Just death and the truth about Laura's existence.

What did I just read? I am dumbstruck with the character Laura. The audacity she had and how deluded she is. Mars, wrote the heck out of one psychotic woman, that is for sure. Recommend. You might need therapy afterwards.
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2,551 reviews162 followers
December 19, 2017
I think this is one of the few times where an author has left me speechless. In all honesty, I really do not know how I feel about this book. I even slept on it hoping that my feelings would become clearer.

The reason for my dilemma? I loved the book but at the same time I hated it. Why? Laura! I hated everything about her and the further into the story I got the more wound up and angry I got. She preys on people at their weakest time. Having suffered with depression myself, I could easily relate to people that were calling End Of Line. To be enveloped in that darkness is such a horrible place to be and the fact that Laura got pleasure out of this just infuriated me.

The story flicks between Laura and Ryan. I have to say getting into Laura and Ryan’s heads was not a very nice place to be. Laura is a seriously sick and twisted individual and thinks of no one other that her self. God help anyone who gets in her way in what she wants from life. Ryan, to a certain extent I could relate to. To lose a loved one to suicide is just horrendous. The stages of grief he goes through, I felt myself going through also. I do have to say that some of Ryan’s actions I didn’t agree with but I could understand the why’s.

The Good Samaritan is a novel that will stand out in my mind for a very long time to come. It is dark, twisted and had me going through so many emotions. It certainly left me craving for something warm and fuzzy as it did leave me some what melancholy. One of the most unique and stand out story lines I have ever read! A story that you will love to hate.

My thanks to the author and Tracy Fenton for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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2,479 reviews29.7k followers
March 28, 2018
this book was beyond infuriating - im still angry just thinking about it. i had thought about putting this down multiple times but, for some reason, i just had to know what happened. silly me. there was a slight twist that i appreciated, but goodness me, i could not stand the main character.

2.5 stars
March 27, 2022
Trigger warning: suicide

Writing: 5/5 | Plot: 5/5 | Ending: 4/5


Laura is 40-yr-old woman who has overcome sickness and marriage troubles all while volunteering her free time to talking people off the ledge. Except she's not really dedicated to talking them off the ledge more then she is talking people to JUMP off of it and plummet to their untimely deaths. She's been doing it for year, seemingly for fun, until one of her victim's bfs, Ryan, figures it all out. Told in three parts: Laura's POV and Ryan's, and then the third which jumps between the two characters, it's the ultimate tete-a-tete.


JOHN MARRS YOU SICK MF!!!! I hate that I LOVED this so much, I've recommended it to anyone who will listen.

I adored "The One" (I'll never forgive what Netflix did to it), and I was excited to read another book by John Marrs. Just like "The One," the plot is so original... It's truly SICK. You have to wonder about John Marrs' mental health to come up with this LOL. It's the most sinister novel I've read.

I truly HATED Laura. The way John wrote her character was incredible; she's deeply unlikeable. The ultimate Karen. I was definitely Team Ryan; you really had to feel for the guy. He was just a man in love who got tangled up in Laura's sick shit. The pig fetus thing in his home... disgusting. She's beyond deranged. Kudos John, for creating a character that no one could possibly like.

My only "complaint" is there were one too many surprise twists at the end. Weird complaint, I know. But it just went a little too far at the end. It felt like an ankle-breaking crossover. Anyways... If you haven't read it, or you're looking for a change of pace, or you're so conditioned nothing shocks you anymore, READ THIS!!!!


Pros: Sinister and sick af. Great character development. Some of the reveals were :o

Cons: Too many twists crammed in at the very end.
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445 reviews985 followers
May 10, 2018
This book is so dark and devious I had to follow it up with a much lighter read when I finished. It's not really graphic, so don't worry about that - it just takes you deep inside some twisted brains, and just when you think you know what's going to happen next, you're dead wrong.

Laura is a survivor, she beat cancer. Laura is a devoted wife and mother to her three children. Laura bakes lovely treats to share with her co-workers. Laura likes to encourage people to kill themselves.

Abusing her position as a call-taker for End of the Line, a hotline for people who desperately need someone to talk to, Laura hasn't just encouraged one or two people to die. Her numbers have been steadily growing. End of the Line is supposed to be judgment-free, and they don't contact authorities if they think someone is in danger of taking their own life. However, they certainly aren't supposed to encourage it... snip at someone's thread of hope until it severs completely. But that's Laura's thing. It's what she does. She doesn't count on the husband of one of her projects looking deeper into the suicide of his pregnant wife and getting increasingly suspicious. His wife died holding the hand of another man as he ended his life at the same time, and he is determined to know how it came to that. Ryan is willing to do damn near anything to figure it out, and it can't be long before he starts to find answers.

I think the whole story was really engaging, and the characters will stay with me for awhile. The last few chapters started going a little off the rails for me, which kept it from being five stars. The very ending, however? Whoa. This one really got to me - I caught myself cringing a few times. It might be difficult for some to read. Overall, I was super absorbed in this one and so glad I picked it up.

I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Thomas & Mercer, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
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3,882 reviews1,627 followers
November 21, 2017
This is unquestionably one of the best books I have read this year ... and I am now the newest fan of John Marrs.

Laura volunteers her time at the End Of The Line suicide line. She's there to listen, not to try to talk people out of committing suicide. The people who call are looking for someone to care, to tell them that life is worth living. Some call just to say goodbye.

However, Laura is a little different. She doesn't want them to turn away from the thought of suicide ... she actually wants to help them. She can tell them what combination of pills will work the fastest, the strongest rope and how it should be tied, what poison to use, what cliff is the easiest to access to jump.

She has quietly sent many people ... men and women ... to their deaths .. but she's always looking for the next person to 'help'.

But someone has discovered her secret ......

There are so many twists and turns and they don't stop coming until the very last page. The characters are deftly defined in this well written psychological thriller. The story premise is excellent, dialogue is realistic.

If you read nothing else this year, you need to read this one.
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439 reviews974 followers
August 23, 2019
A dark, crazy, story with many plot twists!

OMFG I'm exhausted after having read this! That was one crazy ride! Most of the characters were unlikeable, but Laura...there's a special place in hell for her!! I don't think I have ever hated a character as much as I hated her...and yet I kept devouring the book?! I was gripped, and just had to know what happened! I think that shows the strength of the writing, that I thoroughly detested her, but just couldn't put the book down. Laura is totally on the 'I'm scared shitless of you and NEVER want to meet you list,' and will probably haunt my dreams tonight...
I'm not going to go into the plot because I don't want to ruin anyone's wtf moments. BUT it was very entertaining that was for sure! It was so dark...really quite disturbing actually. Very uncomfortable reading-it definitely won't be everyone's cup of tea! Suicide is not easy to read about, so be wary of that.

I haven't rated this quite as highly as John Marrs' other books, purely because the last few chapters were a bit too crazy for me? It was very unbelievable, and you just kind of have to go with it. There were definitely some huge coincidences thrown in there too! I liked the actual ending, but the few chapters before it were a bit too much for me.

I cant give it lower than 4 stars though because I was just enthralled (in a sick way) the whole time. It was so twisted, and even though I thought I knew where the plot was going, I did not. It was insane!!!

So if you like an unreliable, deranged characters, creepy, twisty plotlines that have you by the throat, maybe give this one a try?

I will definitely be thinking about this one for a while....

Can John Marrs make it 3/3 great reads this year?! No pressure John! 😂
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889 reviews166 followers
December 19, 2017
This is the 4th book I’ve read by John Marrs and those eagle eyed readers will notice that it’s the 3rd book I have a cameo part in and a lovely mention in the acknowledgements. I was asked to read this book months ago before the editing and proof readers had been through it, but I declined because if I’m honest I love John’s stories so much I wanted to wait for the final version and enjoy it like any other reader would.

Boy am I glad I waited. The Good Samaritan has all the trademarks of a “Marrs Novel”, disturbed psychopaths, intricately woven plotlines, clever character development and twists by the bucket load.

It takes a talented author to bring such damaged characters to life and then to get the reader to feel empathy towards them and this is something John Marrs has a knack for. My sympathy and emotions for the two main characters were alternating back and forth so much I actually felt giddy.

In my opinion this is another superb 5 star book written by a truly talented author who I also have the honour of calling my friend.
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Author 9 books127 followers
March 10, 2018
Author John Marrs tied my stomach into knots with a sordid tale of deception from those we instill a great deal of trust. The storyline had several well-placed characters but trickled down for the most part to two. They were well-drawn. The heading of the chapters were a time-saver by identifying which character was speaking. No time was lost trying to figure it out. Needless fillers or slow moving scenes never entered the narrative. As the plot progressed so did the action and intensity.

End of the Line is a suicide help center that offers their services for free to those in need of a helping hand. A friendly voice. Someone who will not place judgement. The trained volunteers are there to listen, not try to convince distraught people to go in a specific direction. Though certainly never persuade anyone to follow through with suicide. But as frequently happens, this barrel had its proverbial rotten apple.

Laura Morris paraded herself before family, friends and colleagues as the perfect mother, wife and volunteer worker. If only that were true. The only thing she thrived on was manipulating people at their worst of times - when they were at their most vulnerable. I quickly developed an immediate dislike for her. It soon turned to loathing.

In reality she was estranged from her family and not very well liked by her fellow volunteers. Friends, she had none. Her entire life was a sham. She thought that if she told herself and others outright lies enough times, eventually it would become the truth. All that mattered was that she believed it. Eventually everyone else would too. Anything and everything she did was for her benefit only. And only her.

She rated her success as a volunteer by the number of suicides she had driven some of her callers into. She even attended all the funerals and kept a collection of the services announcements. This gave her great joy. The callers that were not serious about suicide showed no promise to her.

She was conniving, devious and planned everything out. Laura had not gotten this far by being careless. She wasn't about to start now. Little did she know that she had put herself in the crosshairs of a caller intent with revenge. Now the predator had become the hunted. It finished with an ending that left me thirsting for more.

My thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer/Amazon Publishing (UK) for this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.
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231 reviews276 followers
December 10, 2017
A great, unpredictable thriller

I have read literally hundreds of books from the suspense/ thriller genre and most of them come up short on both writing ability and plot twists. I wasn’t expecting much from a free kindle first book but it was free so what the heck. Boy was I wrong. “The Good Samaritan” had some of the most richly drawn characters I have read in a while. Psychotic sociopath doesn’t begin to describe the main character but predicting her next move was impossible for me and then the twisted ending didn’t disappoint either. I was so impressed I will be buying John Mars two earlier works and hope he delivers half as many twists and turns in those novels. A solid A from me
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497 reviews164 followers
March 16, 2018

I was really looking forward to reading this, but for me, it didn't live up to expectations.
I didn't connect with any of the characters, and couldn't really care what happened to them. Maybe I missed the point, but at almost any point in the book I could of walked away. Even on the one day when I didn't have time to read, it didn't bother me that I hadn't read.
The only thing going for it was the pace of the chapters. Just about good enough for 2 stars.
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722 reviews
March 31, 2018
I really like The One by John Marrs and was delighted to receive a copy of his book The Good Samaritan. Laura is a volunteer at a suicide helpline called End Of The Line. Laura desperately wants the help the callers who phone for reassurance but not in the way that you would expect. This is an excellent psychological thriller that had me hooked from the first page. I could not put it down and read it in one day. This is the best book I've read this year, highly recommend. I would like to thank NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

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818 reviews112 followers
June 4, 2018

“When you’re not considered to be a threat, you can get away with much, much more.”

I have one word to say about this book. BRILLIANT!

I highly recommend The Good Samaritan for those who like unreliable narrators, unpredictable twists and a healthy amount of creepiness :D.
The suspense during reading this well-written book was unbearable. The portrayal of a narcissistic personality was impeccable. I specially loved the change of narrators every so often, giving a sudden shock to the naive reader.
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836 reviews111 followers
June 8, 2019
5 Deranged Stars!!

“When you’re not considered to be a threat, you can get away with much, much more.”

If you like plot twists and turns, unreliable narrators, and books that take off at the speed of light and don't stop until the end....The Good Samaritan is for you. This was my very first John Marrs book, and it will not be my last.

Laura has the picture perfect life. She is a wife, a mom, and works at The End of The Line. At End of The Line, Laura volunteers and loves raising money and "helping" people that call the suicide hotline.

"Good afternoon, you've reached the End of the Line, this is Laura speaking. May I ask your name?"

She's calm and collected. Sounds like the mother next door....You can trust her right? Why else would she be working at a suicide hotline? But something is off about Laura... she has her own way of handling things.

when you’re not considered to be a threat, you can get away with much, much more.

The volunteers at EOTL, go through training and are taught the tools they need to talk to the people who call in. They are only supposed to be there to listen- not offer anything but a friendly voice.

‘You could be the last voice this person ever hears. Make them believe that you care.’

Laura doesn't think what she does is wrong, no one would ever think her to be a threat she's just helping people along, just like she is supposed to...little do they know she is BATSHIT crazy.

In fact, during our training we are given the emotional tools to be there right up until their last breath, if that’s what the caller requests. We listen, we don’t act.

But Laura is enticed to act. She gets a call one day, with a request/offer that she has never had before and not wanting to pass up. She is excited and nervous and can not stop thinking about the call....

Will she go through with it??

THIS BOOK WAS NUTS!! And I'm a little ashamed that I loved it so much because it really is that crazy.

This book wont be for everyone it may even trigger some.***TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE ***
You'll read the first chapter and realize its going to be a dark book. It was a visceral read and sinks hooks into you. You will feel like you need a shower after it... a drink perhaps.. hell, why not both...

I was intrigued from the start and did not want to put it down until I got answers. You wont stop guessing the whole time and Marrs will definitely take you on a spin around the loony bin.

I highly recommend this book!! I read Verity by Colleen Hoover not too long ago and that book blew my mind.. I didn't think that I would ever read anything as crazy as it... Boy was I wrong. If you have read Verity and liked the Mind-screw - Go get this one ASAP. You will either love or hate it but I don't think you will regret it- until maybe the end when your pores are screaming to be clean. Its worth it!!

Initial Reaction : *laughs hysterically* This was INSANE and uncomfortably captivating..
Full RTC 😱
January 16, 2018
Wow, what a chilling thriller! This book was very suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat. I have to admit it was a tad disturbing since I have had to use the suicide crisis line in my past but it was still a highly enjoyable book. This book made me think and made the hairs on the back of my neck stick straight up! Definitely recommend this psychological thriller!
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1,347 reviews484 followers
November 18, 2019
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

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!

Thank you to the publisher for my advanced review copy via NetGalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
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339 reviews98 followers
April 24, 2018
My second read of John Marrs and my second 5 star review. There’s something about his writing and storytelling that I just love, even though this is a completely different subject matter than the first one I read - The One.

Laura works for a volunteer suicide help line called End Of The Line. They take calls from people who are depressed, troubled and a lot of the time suicidal. Laura is not your average Good Samaritan though. She will listen and she will empathize with you completely and offer you her sympathetic ear, but if Laura thinks you are the right candidate she will encourage you to go through with your suicidal thoughts. She will help you plan it. She will advise you how to do it. She will convince you it is your only solution and she is there to help you end your suffering. The only thing she wants is a call from you when you do it so she can hear your last breath.

Approaching 40 and in a troubled marriage with 3 children Laura had a troubled childhood and upbringing and apparent serious ill health recently. She wants to help people end their suffering and leave this world. She is the ultimate chameleon. A big fundraiser for End Of The Line and a soothing and helpful voice to a lot despite talking plenty of people into taking their own life. But now someone is on to her. Someone has discovered who she is and they want revenge. Laura though is one resilient woman and will not be threatened lightly and will do anything and everything to protect herself and her secrets. She is determined to get her family back together at any cost and continue with her work.

Well wow, what a read. Totally exilerating. Laura our central character is absolutely bonkers. I mean over the top bonkers but you just love spending time with her as large parts of the book are spent in her narrative. She just becomes more and more creepy as the book goes on.

The story is fantastic. A quite unnerving subject matter it is brilliantly told as it unfolds into a game of cat and mouse and the absolutely mental world of Laura is slowly revealed. The tension throughout is really palpable and there are so many chapters where you really don’t know where the story will go, plenty of surprises.

I loved my first read by John Marrs - The One and I love this one just as much, despite being a completely different book. I just love this authors writing style and storytelling. Even the little things like the title chapters in this pleased me. They were titled “Laura - two months after “insert name here” death”. A simple but very effective way of easily displaying the passing of time without the usual adding of dates, which I always find a little confusing and have to check back in a book to see how much time has passed. The chapter title in one little sentence perfectly places me in an instant in the right time frame without me even having to think about it.

I could go on and on about what I love about this book but would probably get into spoiler territory so I will just say that I would highly recommend this to any fan of thrillers or indeed just good storytelling. It’s a riveting read from the first page and in Laura, we genuinely have one of the most creepy, unhinged and bonkers central characters that I can ever remember reading.

Many thanks to Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and John Marrs for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Author 6 books225 followers
March 27, 2019
2,000 plus Amazon reviews

Terrific story! Really, really surprised me in a few places.

Read this book at your own risk, some one-star reviews called it, dark, sick, twisted, etc. But it is good and very well written, so smooth as it transitions from one character to another and tells the story from many different points of view. I liked it and was impressed.

Yes, you will hate the main character; really hate her, and a few others. I mean she works as a volunteer at a suicide hotline and talks people into going ahead and committing suicide. That’s not a spoiler, you know this pretty quickly. But that isn’t the only thing she does that is horrible. The story really has a lot of twists and turns. This book has no limits on doing things immorally, but it never really gets gross or bloody.

Takes place in England.

Strongly recommend, if you don’t mind reading about bad people, who would do anything to get what they want.
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