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The Good Samaritan Paperback – December 1, 2017
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“One of the most exciting, original thriller writers out there. I never miss one of his books.” —Simon Kernick
About the Author
John Marrs is a freelance journalist based in London and Northampton. He has spent the past twenty-five years interviewing celebrities from the worlds of television, film and music for numerous national newspapers and magazines. The Good Samaritan is his fourth novel. Follow him on Twitter @johnmarrs1, on Instagram @johnmarrs.author and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/johnmarrsauthor.
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The "heroine" in the book is a Dr. Kevorkian meets Black Dahlia psychopath/ stay at home mommy.
The story told is very hard to read, it is not nice or easy reading, in fact it is dirty and nasty going. It feels wrong to have some kind of voyeuristic interest in others suffering. Laura seethes with resentment, anger and ill will as she grits her teeth and puts on the mask of care and concern for those who phone into the suicide prevention call center where she volunteers at.
The only love she feels is for her institutionalized young son and a foster brother Olly (who himself is moments from death). Her estranged husband and daughters are self admittedly bit players in her life and reciprocate the can't be bothered with faking it faces any longer. Fuzzy memories play a huge part in her familial relations.
Hatred for anything/anyone less that physical perfection, self hatred, off handed anti-gay remarks. Blood stained underwear from implied child rape. The kitchen sink, nothing is taboo here
But the juice of the story is the long game being set here. Without spoiling the plot for those reading this.....it is worth the time. A great twist and turn for those with a strong stomach. It is graphic, the topic is unrepentant and distasteful. Wonderfully written, a true page turner. A PERFECT PICK FOR KINDLE FIRST IF YOU DON'T HAVE DELICATE SENSIBILITIES.
Probably my favorite passage from the book which sums up the workings of the inner mind of Laura: "Janine gave me another one of her withering glances, so I made my way back to my booth, willing a terminal illness upon her. Not a short one that developed quickly and snuffed her out within a couple of months, but a long, nasty one that ate the b*tch alive."
Yikes, that is some good stuff right there.
The sample is clean but some F bombs find their way in later in the story. I did a search at the end, there were 28 in total. Hardly excessive in a near 400 page novel but I mention it only because I know some readers consider this a deal breaker. There was no graphic sex or anything like that but this would still probably get an R-rating if it were a movie.
While it was definitely not the best book I've ever read, and I know I'll never read it again, I don't regret reading it the first time at least. I wouldn't have bought it, but as a Kindle First selection I'll give it 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 because it was at least a fairly original story line which is hard to find in this category.
As the synopsis so adequately explains Laura isn’t your average suicide helpline volunteer... in fact her mind is quite twisted. Being in her mind as the reader is quite eery yet compelling and her voice is utterly captivating and you can see how she leers her victims in, it is rather chilling.
John Marr is undoubtedly a talented author who can bring disturbed characters to life and then weave them into intricate plots that makes the reader empathise with these psycho's! I found myself riveted as 'The Good Samaritan' was filled with intrigue, twists and shocks.
If you are looking for a fast paced yet disturbing psychological thriller that literally will send shivers down your spine then 'The Good Samaritan' is perfect...
Highly recommended. I am a verified purchaser in AUSTRALIA
After reading so many thrillers, it’s easy to “figure out the formula” so you know what’s coming but this book just blows you away. It actually frightened me and I have never hated a character as much as I hate ‘Laura’, she is so well- written.
Definitely recommend this if you’re into a good thriller. I only wish it had continued for a little longer because I read it cover to cover in one day (I was pretty engrossed- it’s not that short!).