The Good Samaritan by John Marrs
Genres: Psychological Thriller
Publication: March 8th, 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
Length: 400 pages
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I have to say, The Good Samaritan freaked me out nearly instantly. We get to know Laura pretty quickly and even at the very beginning, things are pretty scary. I guess I found the plot terrifying because I had few friends in my life that could easily fall into Laura’s claws, should she be real!
Then, when the initial shock was over, I enjoyed the book. But let me tell you, some parts of the plot made my head spin.
While we follow Laura’s life, she seems to be the type of a person who just cares about appearances a little bit too much. I found it difficult to tell whether she was just pragmatic or obsessive. Laura’s character is well written and I thought that even if some things didn’t make much sense at the beginning, what we find about later in the book definitely makes everything crystal clear.
We get to see the world through Laura’s eyes and find out how she justifies using vulnerable people. While for many, many people what Laura does is definitely evil, she finds a way to explain to herself that she is the good guy and everyone around her doesn’t understand her.
What I found probably most disturbing about the book was how much impact Laura’s actions have. Ryan sort of walks into the story out of nowhere and, filled with grief and determination, tries to stop Laura. While I somehow suspected how this is going to go down, I definitely did not see what was coming. From the moment Ryan enters the story, reading feels like looking at a life of a flower in high speed. First, there is the idea. Maybe Laura is involved? Then, we see the mystery unravel before Ryan, and everything looks pretty good for a few moments, just before starting to decay.
The Good Samaritan shows how one person can inflict an enormous amount of collateral damage. It also made me think a lot about how people talk to each other and how mental health issues are perceived.
Rating: 4 / 5
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