One crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach.
Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phonebook, hoping to make a connection, while his wife, Maeve, sleeps upstairs. A crossed wire finds a suicidal Hadley Serf on the phone to Seth, thinking she is talking to The Samaritans. But a seemingly harmless, late-night hobby turns into something more for Seth and for Hadley, and soon their late-night talks are turning into day-time meet-ups. And then this dysfunctional love story turns into something altogether darker, when Seth brings Hadley home… And someone is watching… Dark, sexy, dangerous and wildly readable, Good Samaritans marks the scorching return of one of crime fiction’s most exceptional voices.
Good Samaritans is one of those books where you tell yourself you’ll just read one more chapter and know that you have no intention of reading just one more chapter. It sucks you in from the very start, with its very cleverly crafted storyline, which follows insomniac Seth Beauman, his wife Maeve and suicidal Hadley Serf.
The characters are brilliantly developed. They’re likeable (or so you think) but also hateable and you do find yourself sympathising with them, until a massive plot twist changes everything and then you find yourself shouting out a loud ‘nooooooo’ at your book and you’re left wondering how you could have ever felt sorry for them.
I’ve not read anything quite like this book for a long time. It’s so twisty and keeps you guessing throughout. Who do you trust? Who don’t you trust? It’s completely engrossing and once the pace picks up you’ll be thrilled, in more ways then one!
Although very twisted and graphic in parts, the story is also funny and you’ll find yourself laughing out loud on several occasions. It’s hard to go into too much detail without giving anything away, but this is a book with characters who are filled with desperation, obsession and lust. Lots of lust. They have more in common with each other than they would like to admit and this is what drives the plot forward to the very twisted ending.
Good Samaritans is a deliciously dark, dirty, domestic noir and you’re going to love it!
Thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for the tour invite and review copy.
Good Samaritans publishes on the 15th November.
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