The Good Samaritan Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 13 minutes|
|Narrator||Elizabeth Knowelden, Charlotte Cole, Matthew Lloyd Davies, Tim Campbell|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 12, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #32,601 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#390 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#933 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,579 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2022
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It's almost impossible to say anything about the plot without spoiling anything; there are so many stunning twists and turns, I was left reeling. And from the midway point, there was no way I was going to stop reading. While some consequences of one character's actions were predictable, I never anticipated how it would snowball! THE GOOD SAMARITAN is a real psychological thriller, and not for the faint of heart. Fantastic!
Truthfully, though, I wish I hadn't read it. I wish I'd never thought about the very real probability that there's an online board, or boards, for people encouraging each other to commit suicide. I wish I'd never met characters like this. This book made me nervous and depressed although I'm usually pretty cheerful. Since Amazon's rating system doesn't work on a writing-to-unpleasantness scale, I'll just have to go for two stars and hope that only people with very strong stomachs go with this one - because they will, I'm sure, truly enjoy it. Sensitive people probably won't.
The first was what lies between us and is was great!
The good samaritan made me realize Marrs is one of my favorite author!
Will recommend it to everyone how love thrillers :)
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Unfortunately from about 80% the book stops being so great. Almost every every opposing character is killed off (feels like the easy way out for the author) and the ending is unsatisfying- I understand that books don't always end in happily ever after, but for such a harrowing subject, it would be nice to feel that some justice has been done. It seems like the introduction to another book, rather than the end of one.
I am very pleased to say it exceeded the amazing reviews and then some and was an addictive read that you just feel compelled to keep turning the pages.
Laura's character is really complex and throughout the story just as you think you are getting a grip on her personality there is another twist which leaves you doubting what you already felt about her. This book is a true rollercoaster and I loved how you never knew what was coming next, or who out of the amazing set of characters that have been crafted so you can truly visualise them will be involved.
The second section, Ryan’s point of view, was a sad story and somewhat predictable, but it was interesting to see the two sides coming together and Ryan’s descent into anger and obsession, as he sinks to Laura’s level in order to beat her at her own game. This is a fast paced and very dark thriller that increases in tension and intrigue the longer the cat and mouse game between Laura and Ryan continues. There were some very good twists, especially when you find out just how unreliable Laura is as a narrator, but sometimes credulity is stretched to its limit. I won’t say too much about the ending because I don’t want to give too much away, but I was a bit disappointed. I would have liked to actually witness Laura’s downfall and comeuppance.
This is certainly not a cheery or uplifting read. If not for the creepiness factor, it would be downright depressing. In the first 30% of the book, we have mental illness, suicide, cancer, childhood abuse, disability, marital breakdown and murder. And that’s even before we get on to Ryan’s tragic story. I tend to like dark, disturbing reads but while I enjoyed this thriller, I honestly wouldn’t recommend it to anyone struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, as there are graphic descriptions of suicide methods.
In fact, the fact I am so emotionally moved by these characters shows how well they were written! How desperately I wanted justice, and how frustrated I was when it wasn’t forthcoming - therefore, I can only applaud the author for another incredible book that tugs on the heart-strings, immerses you in the action, and causes a moral outrage in your soul!
If you love the unreliable narrator style epitomised by books like “Girl on the Train”, this is that and then some! This is a fantastically uncomfortable read that keeps you wanting more, makes you fall in love with characters and hate others, and want the best for them while being dragged into a cat and mouse story of revenge and one-up-manship!
This is a must read!