Review: The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

GOOD SMARAITAN MARRSThe 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…


Have you guys watched Creed 2, featuring Michael B. Jordan? Well, if you don’t know the movie, its about boxing. For some reason, this book reminded me of the movie. No, this book isn’t about boxing but it does have the kind of twists that hit you hard. I remember sitting down, just staring at a wall after one of those twists. They were coming in hard and fast! Like a blows in boxing match, they were raining down, unexpected and impactful. And like a boxer who refuses to go down, I was held captive by the narrative and couldn’t look away from the pages. Mine wasn’t a painful experience though. Twist after twist, I sat there with my jaw on the floor, utterly mesmerized by what I was reading.



Okay, I probably sound incoherent already but I don’t really think that my review can possibly do justice to the awesomeness that this book is. The story is about Laura, she is supposed to be there for people who are at the end of their line. However, Laura doesn’t  simply listen or reassure them. Instead, she pushes them over the edge. Yeah, Laura is a serial killer but she doesn’t actually do the killing.

This book is as dark as it is twisty. It is not gory in the blood and decapitation details kind of way.  However, the darkness creeps up on you like how the sun goes down. The light fades and soon you are engulfed in darkness. It got to a point where I felt like there was no way out. That is how convincing the writing was. I empathized with one of the characters and when he was pushed to a corner, I wanted to tell him to just quit. Stay down, throw in the white towel, and let the referee end the match already!

The Good Samaritan is the perfect read for fans of thrillers. It is dark, twisty and certainly memorable. Like me, you might find yourself open-mouthed, dazed, repeatedly shouting Whaaat or OMG and then left with a massive book-hangover because honestly, what do you read after this!

34 thoughts on “Review: The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

    1. I have you to thank for interoducing me to John Marrs,I discovered him through your review of Her Last Move and then you told me about his other titles, thank you Inge. I am really enjoying his titles. I have a copy of Welcome to Wherever you are. Have you read that one? I hope you enjoyed Passengers.

      1. Aww thanks Diana, I’m so happy I was able to introduce you to one of my authors and that you enjoy his novels so much :-). Welcome to Whereever You Are is the only one I haven’t read yet, but it’s on the list of course… The Passengers feels like The One (alternating viewpoints, plenty of revelations etc), I love it too!!

    1. Thank you so much, Shalini. The Good Samaritan is great. His other title that I really enjoyed is The One and there is also Her Last Move. Definitely recommended.

    1. Thanks Tina and yes, I definitely recommend it. I think your post on IG about The One is what pushed Marrs’ books up my TBR. I read that one and immediately got this one.

  1. I don’t know why, but just reading the blurb for this one has me freaked out! I don’t think I could read it. It would be too much. I love that it worked for you and that you loved the twists. Twists are the best! Great review!

  2. Aw, man, sounds awesome! Amazing review, and this is defo up my alley. His books get so many good reviews, i kinda piled them up on my kindle – have like 3 of them. Now i just need read them as well, hehe 😀

    1. Thanks Norrie and yes, give them a try when you get the chance. I have read Her Last Move, The Good Samaritan and The One. All three were brilliant.

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