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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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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
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  • 19-04-18

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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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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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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  • Jane
  • Scotland
  • 01-05-18

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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Listen to it

This book is excellent. It just keeps on giving. Great storyline, characters and read very well. Lots of twists and turns.

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What a fantastic book

It was a truly inspiring book which l could not put down read this in two days

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  • Liz
  • Blackpool
  • 14-06-18

Really good

This was so good I was completely hooked in. I sat up too late to finish it, couldn't sleep until I got to the end

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Really enjoyed this!

Listened to this very quickly as couldn’t put it down. Gripping story from outset & highly original.
Would definitely recommend it. It’s the second John Marrs book I’ve read & I’ll definitely be seeking out his others.
Only slightly annoying bit performance wise was the male characters talking in women’s voices, they really irritated me as the voices didn’t fit the characters, they were posh & twee. Don’t bother I say, no need to put on a lady voice!

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Huge stretch of the imagination

Gave up after chapter 2. I found the narrator irritating , and the story implausible.

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  • aycee
  • 18-04-18

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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  • horslovr
  • 30-04-18

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-06-18

i both Hate and Love this book!!

oh my god.. this book gave me the heebiegeebies! did i spell that right? never in my 51 years have i ever wanted an antangonist to pay! i wanted to punish our lead character beyond every aching being of my body. the character made me physically growl! ok.. with that said.. the narrators were amazing.. the story sickening & twisting.. i, as a true/real victim, saw the dark side.. its ok tho..i'm well past that stage - contact for details. i wont lie. so when we headed down that path.. i saw it and it scared me. this book awakened my "spidey" senses and it creeped me out to the point i didnt want to stop.. all i have to say is ugh... i want the lead to die and thank you for an amazing psychological thriller.. well crafted.. well narrated.. i need a shower its making all things feel too real for comfort. great book!!!

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  • J.L.A.
  • 06-05-18

SUCH A GREAT BOOK!!!

Wow! This was such a good book! VERY well written! I didn’t want to stop this story until I was done! There wasn’t one boring moment and I needed to see this story through to the end. Kudos to John Marrs!! Thanks for a great read!!

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  • Tracy
  • 24-04-18

Author gave up on the last quarter of the book

This was one of the most unique books I’ve ever read but 3/4ths of the way through the author just gave up on the story and phoned it in. Like he just got over the writing project and wanted to finish the book and get it out. Maybe there was a looming deadline and he just wrapped it up and said ok I’ll deal with the rest of it on the sequel. The last 25% was so disappointing. It was as if it was written by a different person.

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  • Mystical Lady
  • 23-04-18

Held my interest all the way through!

If you want a great, attention grasping book then look no further. What a vivid imagination. The author outdid himself with this one. Highly recommended. 😀😀😀

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-04-18

John Marrs is my new favorite author

Loved it! I just can't get enough of his writing. He has mastered the element of surprise. Which is his weapon of choice and he nails it every time!! Everything is so well thought out. John Marrs does time travel (jumps and flashbacks) like no other. Well done!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-04-18

A definite no put downer!

This book was amazing, I couldn't stop listening to it. suspense andsurprises at every turn up until the end!! Great audiobook!

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  • Diane M. Teunessen
  • 22-05-18

Yuck!

Most depressing book I've ever read. Couldn't even finish it. Made me way too sad.

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