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review 2018-03-09 14:16
The Good Samaritan - John Marrs

Have just fallen off this rollercoaster of a book, totally breathless and with no fingernails left!! What an experience it’s been. The lovely, kind Laura is a popular volunteer at a phone centre for troubled people, but she has a bit of an agenda. Then there’s Ryan who wants answers, so it’s like Bonfire Night when these two meet. So much evil contained in these pages, foolhardy and mean, plain nasty and idiotic. Let’s hope that real centres do a few more checks before they let people loose on the phones. I didn’t want to pick this book up but I couldn’t bear to put it down, enthralling, gripping and shocking from start to finish - more John please!!

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review 2018-03-04 20:52
4.3 Out Of 5 "DNA Matched" STARS for The One by John Marrs
The One - John Marrs







How far would you go to find The One?


A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.


That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance, and love.


Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…







This one will inevitably have you thinking…what if???  I was fully engaged in this, just the idea that there is a certain someone out there, who is our perfect match…according to our DNA, alone has you thinking hmmm…and then you start thinking about all the different scenario's that might play out with this.  John Marrs delves into most of these what if's through the eyes of five different "couples", and I use the term couples loosely here. 


The One is something completely different, contained within this audiobook are some serious OMG moments, that I didn't see coming at all.  Overall, I highly recommend this, just for the sheer audacity and how completely different it is from almost anything else.




4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-







Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.


Book Cover~ I love it…simplicity at its best.

Narration~ Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, Jot Davies, and Sophie Aldred.  I had some issues with these 5 narrators (this is British English) but overall, not bad, at least there were separate narrators for each of the five stories.

Setting~ Mostly England…plus a bit of Australia

Source~ Audiobook (Library)



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review 2017-12-12 20:17
Irresistible nonsense
The One - John Marrs

I really wanted to dislike this book but found myself racing through the text and you know what I enjoyed! The plot is absurd and reads as follows; It has been discovered that within each one of us there a "match" gene. The secret of a successful relationship is to find your future partner who will have exactly the same "match" gene, and once you find each other future happiness is assured. To do this all that is required is a simple DNA swab  which will be entered into an online database and then wait patiently for a confirmation email that you future partner has been found...hurrah! The entrepreneurial founder Ellie (also chasing a life partner) is fast becoming a very rich lady. It is not difficult to berate this premise, for in order for this "imatch" to be successful every human being on the planet must donate their DNA working on the assumption that there is only "one" life partner.


We follow the story through four main characters; Ellie, Jade, Mandy and Nick nicely presented in alternate and clear chapters. The reader never loses interest as the separate adventures for all four is quite different but as will be discovered not everyone's intentions are honourable. Now if you add to this mix a deranged serial killer then we have all the ingredients for an additive read or a tale of nonsense depending on your viewpoint. John Marrs is the kind of author I like to delve into periodically when I simply want some entertainment. He doesn't take himself too seriously, presenting a fun read with little concentration needed. I'm not saying I am about to dash out and acquire his latest book but just like a cup of hot chocolate, nice to drink occasionally.

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review 2017-12-03 09:51
The Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan - John Marrs

By: John Marrs

ASIN:  B0728K48N8

Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: 12/1/2017 

Format: Kindle

My Rating: 4.5 Stars


John Marrs has created one of the creepiest and most disturbing characters I have come across in years—taking center stage in his latest riveting and twisty psychological (literary) suspense thriller, THE GOOD SAMARITAN. 

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” –Muhammad Ali

Set in Northamptonshire, Laura has worked at End of the Line for the last four and half years. She communicates with the troubled souls. The vulnerable. The night shift. When darkness falls, so do their barriers.

Night-time is their enemy. Without the distractions, there is more opportunity to dwell on how hopeless their lives have become.

They reach out to a helping hand. "We are here for you in whatever capacity you want us to be."

However, Laura has her own agenda. She gets thrilled each time she picks up the phone. The next call is everything. She lives for the next call.

Her intentions are dark. Instead of talking the callers out of committing suicide, she encourages them. She is an expert. 

Readers will hear from a troubled and dangerous woman. Her past is slowly unraveled. She had a husband, Tony and three children: Henry, Alice, and Effie. 

However, they are at a distance. It was her own doing, but of course, she does not take the blame. She pretends all is great. She is delusional. She is on a quest to win back her family.Janine works with her. Laura keeps secrets from her colleague. Janie hasn't a clue what goes on during Laura’s phone calls.

British law had decriminalized suicide back in 1961, so it was no longer illegal to try to take your own life. However, encouraging or assisting someone else in suicide was a different matter and the police had a duty to investigate and maximum penalty was issued if found guilty. Fourteen years. 

Laura thinks in her own mind she is helping. 

“People are their own worst enemies when they try to plod along even if it means leading miserable, hopeless lives. It’s up to me to save them from themselves.”

Laura has five rules she expects each candidate to follow if their relationship is to prove effective:

She is the one in control. It will always be the candidate’s decision if they want to live or die, but she makes them understand without her help, they will fail. She throws statistics at them. When it’s done incorrectly, an attempt can leave a person with rippling, life-changing injuries (this one is ironic based on her background).

They must trust her because she knows best. She, of course, is a walking encyclopedia with it comes to ways and means. She is the expert. The most effective painkillers and benzodiazepines to combine. She knows the strongest ropes, blades, guns, ties, waters, and how to secure a pipe to a car exhaust. She knows how to suffocate and self-strangulate.

They must agree to do it within five weeks or their arrangement is over. Otherwise no second chances and do not waste her time.

They must leave the work to her. Time, location, cost of materials, where to purchase. All details. Under no circumstances must they ever write down her name or that of End of Line. Not on a piece of paper or notes of their phone.

The final rule. Total Transparency. They must tell her everything there is to know about themselves. Their cherished memories, their darkest thoughts, their unreached goals, their biggest regrets, their dirtiest secrets, who they are leaving behind, who won’t care and who they will hurt. Their everyday lives and what they do not want their friends to know. 

Their last breath will sound sweeter to her than any other sound in the world. She was the human connection. She had even gained the nickname, Helpline Heroine. 

She is the perpetrator. A manipulator. (learning from her foster mother). She knows how to turn it around to play the victim. She is devious and clever. She had her own boundaries. No children or teens or anyone with learning difficulties. She must save them from themselves. 

She possessed a trait. She learned how to convince the world she was one way when on the inside, she was altogether different. 

Laid out in a timeline of events, Laura was responsible for a couple committing suicide together. David and Charlotte. Laura is also a charity fundraiser. 

When the cops begin investigating this young woman’s suicide who was pregnant, they discover she had called the line. They soon discover many people call the line are now dead. 

However, what Laura did not plan was Charlotte’s husband Ryan (teacher) who was obsessed with his wife’s suicide and the death of their unborn son.

Ryan has a plan of his own. He has found his target. Laura, at End of the Line. He pretends to be Steven. He will set the trap to catch this monster at her own game. She took something precious to him and he will make her pay. However, what he did not intend was a sinister high stakes cat- and- mouse game with a psycho one step ahead of his every move. Just when he thinks he will catch her she turns the tables. 

Told from Laura and Ryan’s POV, a complex multi-layered suspense with numerous twist and turns, each plotting against the other. 

However, there may be one hidden card, Laura had not anticipated. She may have crossed the wrong person. Karma is a bitch.

Wow, this was one wild roller-coaster ride! What a sociopath. Laura was pure evil. I started out listening to the audio, and became so frustrated with Laura, dying for someone to push her off a cliff and get it over with. She (the character) was so annoying (not the narrators, which were quite entertaining).

However, about 25% into the audio (narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden, Charlotte Cole, Matthew Lloyd Davies, Tim Campbell), with too many interruptions, decided to pick up with the Kindle version. Much better.

I was hooked, and never put it down until I reached The End. What a sinister and imaginative tale and twisted plot. The way each character and family member intersected was cleverly crafted. Would encourage readers to stick with it. Gets better the more the book moves along. 

Henry’s part was a nice twist as well each character that connects with another. My first book by this author, and definitely will not be my last. What a discovery! Quickly purchasing Marrs’ backlist to add to my ever-growing reading collection. The author deserves 10 stars for his imagination. 

For fans of dark and twisty: Ruth Ware, Paul Cleave, Jennifer Hillier, Jennifer Jaynes, Claire Seeber, Louise Jensen, K.L Slater, and James Hankins. 

“While seeking revenge, dig two graves— one for yourself.”—Douglas Horton


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review 2017-11-18 12:32
Roller coaster ride
The Good Samaritan - John Marrs

Laura works as a volunteer at an organization called End of the Line, a type of Samaritans, where distressed and suicidal people can speak and share their problems. Laura and her co workers are not there to advise or suggest but rather act as a kind of online friend or last resort to those who find the burdens of modern day living too much to cope with. However it soon becomes apparent that Laura is more than happy to counsel and indeed support those who wish to end their lives, indeed she is a woman of inner conflict possessing more issues than those she wishes to help.


The opening is dynamic; a young couple hand in hand, mobile phones held tightly to ears, jump to their deaths from a well known beauty spot. At the "end of the line" the last person they speak to is Laura who appears to have actively encouraged this double suicide to happen. I am disclosing very little if I tell you that one of the jumpers, Charlotte, is married to Ryan and he is determined to find the truth. Why would his beautiful and pregnant wife commit such an act when she had so much to live for. Thus starts a cat and mouse game between Ryan and Laura told in snappy short chapters in the first person. There is no doubt about that this is a very effective piece of storytelling especially as the author peels away the layers and presenting a somewhat troubled Laura. There are many surprises and unexpected moments and yet I could not help feel somewhat drained to the many (and I mean many) twists and turns before the final revelations. Having said that it is a good read and I will certainly search out more from this author...that is when I have sufficiently recovered from this present roller coaster ride!



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