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Good Samaritans

Published Date: 23rd May 2018

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Description

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.

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‘I loved this book. dark and at times almost comical, a great blend of crime thriller and the darkest imaginable domestic noir. Actually like domestic noir on LSD’ Sarah Pinborough

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‘Totally addictive. Like Fight Club, only darker’ S.J. Watson

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‘Beautiful, gripping and disturbing in equal measure, a postcard from the razor’s edge of the connected world we live in’ Kevin Wignall

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‘Possibly the most interesting and original writer in the crime-fiction genre, and I’ve loved his books for years. Good Samaritans is his best to date – dark, slick, gripping, and impossible to put down. You’ll be sucked in from the first page’ Luca Veste

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‘Sick … in the best possible way. Will Carver delivers a delicious slice of noir that will have you reeling’ Michael J. Malone

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Good Samaritans is dark, edgy, disturbing, shocking and sexy. It’s also highly original and one of the best thrillers of the year. Cancel all plans when you start this book and warn those around you; any interruptions may cause them harm. You need to read this book’ Michael Wood

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’A twisted, devious thriller’ Nick Quantrill

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‘A dark and addictive novel that felt deliciously sexy to read, like I should read it where no one could see‘ Louise Beech

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‘Black-hearted noir. Disturbing and brilliant’ Tom Wood

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‘Oh My God, Good Samaritansis amazing. I’m a little in love with your writing Will Carver’ Helen FitzGerald

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‘If you switch over when a TV show is prefaced by an “adult content” warning, this is NOT for you. But if you like your comedy pitch black and your thrillers more than a little bit twisted, you’ll love it. Seth Beauman spends his sleepless nights calling strangers, looking for a connection. When a crossed wire puts him in touch with the suicidal Hadley, it sets off a dangerous chain of events. So dark, so cool’ Lisa Howells, Heat Magazine

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‘An accidental phone call leads to a love story between a lonely man and his suicidal new friend. Their relationship blossoms, but someone’s watching. Good Samaritans by Will Carver (£8.99, Orenda Books) is out now’ Good Samaritans is a MUST READ in the Daily Express

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‘Will Carver’s invigoratingly nasty novel … is a bleak vision of life: not the whole truth of it, thank god, but true enough to impart to the reader the thrill of genuine discomfort, presented with the chilly conviction of Simenon’s most unflinching romans dues and just as horribly addictive’ Jake Kerridge, The Telegraph

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‘Carver weaves these strands together for an unsettling but compelling mixture of the banal, the horrific and, at times, the near-comic, wrong-footing the reader at every turn’ Good Samaritans is a Crime Book of the Month at the Guardian

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Good Samaritans was selected as one of the best thrillers and crime fiction novels of 2018 at the Telegraph

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‘Quirky, cool and dark as sin, Good Samaritans will rock your reading world’ Liz Loves Books

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Good Samaritans is sexy, dark, explicit and graphic in places, so certainly not for the fainthearted. It’s twisty and twisted too. Is this love story? Oh yes, but not necessarily in the way you think. It’s certainly a tale of lust, obsession, control and desperation. The book kept me guessing and certainly kept me engrossed, with many ‘laugh out loud’ moments and pages read with a gasp … I’ll never look at bottles of bleach in quite the same way again’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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Good Samaritans was quite different to anything I’ve read before – it had the thrilling plot I look for as well as a sexy and daring pulse throughout. If you’re looking for something that speeds the heart rate up in more ways than one, I highly recommend Will’s new novel! Once upon a Book

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‘It’s no spoiler to say that there’s a murder halfway through the novel and that’s when things get really interesting. Then, three quarters of the way in, Good Samaritans gets even better. You’ll be guessing all the way along, and you will start imagining all the scenarios that Will Carver wants you to imagine, and more. It’s like a mystery Mexican standoff is brewing between the main characters and you’ll have all sorts of suspicions about who’s really pulling the strings, and about who will live and who will die. There’s not a lot to like or sympathise with about most of the characters and a lot of readers probably won’t like the sex and violence here. It goes to the edge. But, because we know how oddly detached and obsessed each character is, what they get up to feels strangely real. Clever, frisky, grubby, devious and sometimes surreal – this is how contemporary noir should be. Will Carver, where have you been?’ Crime Fiction Lover

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‘Just finished Good Samaritans by ‪Will Carver and feel like I need a cold shower. Brilliant, filthy and devious, with a plot I did not see coming’ Phoebe Locke

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‘Oh my word! How to describe this wonderfully clever, deeply dark and immensely satisfying read… every now and then a book comes along that surprises you, in the best possible way, and this is one of them … Will Carver creates an almost conversational tone which sits at odds with the content, creating a greater intimacy with the words and they land with hammer hard precision. The short intense chapters highlight one of the characters at a time, there is no explanation as to who is the focus, none is needed. A slight jolt of awareness as understanding settled after the first few sentences of each chapter kept me on constant alert. I can genuinely say that I had absolutely no idea where this was going, I stayed in each moment, sucked in the words, and feel as the story has tattooed itself on my mind. Good Samaritans is a provocative, heady, unique, challenging read and it is absolutely blimmin wonderful! Do I recommend it? With my heart and soul, yes I most certainly do!’ Good Samaritans was chosen as one of LoveReading’s 10 books of the month. LoveReading

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‘A bleak landscape of dead bodies, the unholy use of bottles of bleach and all the sordid violence and graphic sex you could expect from your own dreams (or nightmares….) and so much worse. In this frantic read in sheer overdrive, Carver appeals to the worst voyeur in all of us and delivers the goods with a punch and a fiendish sense of pace and dark humour. I might actually go back and investigate his previous books, which I had not read. It’s my type of noir, although I’m aware not all share my dubious proclivities!’ Maxim Jakubowski, Crime Time

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‘It’s dark, edgy, disturbing, shocking and sexy. It’s also highly original and one of the best thrillers of the year … Will Carver has taken risks with ‘Good Samaritans’ and they all pay off in a fine dramatic style. There are a couple of sex scenes that could have been embarrassing and awkward written by a lesser author, but these are steamy and tantalising. Half way through, the direction of the novel changes. What you’d expect to come at the end, hits you when you least expect it and I defy any reader not to stay up late to finish this. ‘Good Samaritans’ is electrifying. Cancel all plans when you start this book and warn those around you; any interruptions may cause them harm. You need to read this book’ Will Carver is selected as Crime Squad’s Author of the Month

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 ‘A pitch dark, highly original, thrilling novel. If you’re a fan of Fight Club, you’ll love this’ Good Samaritans was chosen as a Top Book of 2018 by Tom Wood

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Jon Coates (Daily Express) selected Good Samaritans as one of his Best Crime books of the Year.

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‘Told from a kaleidoscope of different points of view, Good Samaritans by Will Carver (Orenda, £8.99) is a blend of serial killer thriller and domestic noir. Suicidal Hadley wants a friendly ear, but what she initially thinks is a call-back from the Samaritans turns out to be insomniac Seth, who spends his nights dialling people at random, “hoping for some connection”. His marriage is in the doldrums; wife Maeve seems only interested in schlocky television shows and news reports of a murder investigation into young women whose bodies are found dumped in the countryside. Samaritan Ant, felling guilt about a friend’s death, spends his nights listening to other people’s problems, and Detective Sergeant Pace is bewildered by a killer who uses bleach on his victims to eradicate all forensic traces. Carver weaves these strands together for an unsettling but compelling mixture of the banal, the horrific and, at times, the near-comic, wrong-footing the reader at every turn’

 Good Samaritans is a Best Recent Crime Read at the Guardian

Author

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series (Arrow). He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age 11, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, while working on his next thriller. He lives in Reading with his two children.

Online Reviews

Good Samaritans is sexy, dark, explicit and graphic in places, so certainly not for the fainthearted. It’s twisty and twisted too. Is this love story? Oh yes, but not necessarily in the way you think. It’s certainly a tale of lust, obsession, control and desperation. The book kept me guessing and certainly kept me engrossed, with many ‘laugh out loud’ moments and pages read with a gasp … I loved this book and will happily shout about it from the rooftops! In fact, I’m sure I will over the coming months (and beyond). And I’ll never look at bottles of bleach in quite the same way again’ Off the Shelf Books

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‘Well, throw in roughly 6 bottles of bleach, a craved wife Maeve, and two other bodies and you have yourself one hell of a plot. With twists and turns to throw you off course, this will capture your mind, heart, and soul. After all she was ‘dirty’ and ‘used’. The perfect set up for a crime is about to begin. You better get ready. It’s about to go down! Who will be next? Who is the next target? Someone please go get me my phonebook, I have a few phone calls to make’ Donna Hines

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Good Samaritans was quite different to anything I’ve read before – it had the thrilling plot I look for as well as a sexy and daring pulse throughout. If you’re looking for something that speeds the heart rate up in more ways than one, I highly recommend Will’s new novel!’ Once Upon A Book

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‘As the story unfolded and events started to shape in a way I was not expecting, I began to wonder. Haha. I wondered and wondered and wondered … and was left gobsmacked!!! Someone is holding the cards, except you have no idea who! To be honest, you will have ideas, you will think you know, and let me laugh right now, you will be wrong, oh you will. And you will be as pleased as I was to have been played so well. Good Samaritans is a rodeo drive in the city in a family car. It looks safe and harmless on the outside. Scrape the surface and discover one of the most intense and haunting novels’ Chocolate N Waffles

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‘As I write, I am actually thinking, what a crazy yet somehow engaging premise for a book (now someone is going to point out that the novel was based on a true case!). There is something about the pulsating short chapters and the good writing that kept me hooked, with a nice twist at the end. There is a lot of psychological winnowing, reliant on the Kleinian theory of “splitting” – people are good and bad; there is purity versus filth, black as opposed to white, clean and dirty…. There are also a lot of disparate drives that cause sexual stimulus for the characters. So, if a combination of killing, sex and a whodunnit with a dark and quirky heart is your thing, this would be a very good choice’ Trip Fiction

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‘There are some books that you pick up and start and know IMMEDIATELY that this is going to blow you away and Good Samaritans is one of those books.  It’s also one of those books that once you start you know that you could easily read it in one sitting because there is NO WAY you are going to be able to put this book down.  Unfortunately for me, real life gets in the way, so I had to slowly devour this deliciously dark story over 3 days and let me tell you I was giving my family really dirty looks all weekend as they were forcing me to socialise instead of read this book. So, on to my thoughts on this book. Holy sh*tballs, it’s dark… so dark you need a flashlight.  It’s dirty, despite all the bleach.  It’s sexy, rude and unashamedly naughty and the twisted, sick characters are an absolute delight.  It’s original, it’s slick and downright disturbing and without doubt this is going into my Top Ten books of 2018. This ticks EVERY SINGLE BOX that I require for a 5 star  read and I can’t wait to read more from this author’ Compulsive Readers

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‘Carver’s writing style has an edgy pace that makes you addicted to turning the pages. I also loved the short chapter approach to bounce between the men and women in this book, it keeps you on your toes and added to the fast paced nature of the book. Carver’s skill at perfectly capturing the thoughts of the characters, allows both darkness and lightness to fill these pages, which means one minute you might find yourself snorting with laughter, and the next moment your eyes are popping out by the explicit intensity of a character’s thoughts – be it sexual, dark or the sheer loneliness they feel. Totally consuming, utterly brilliant and capable of pushing you WAY past your comfort levels… a domestic noir blended perfectly with a dark thriller, creating a cocktail that’ll pack a punch and have you asking for another’

Reviews by Chloe

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‘What an amazing read; original, dark and twisted, I couldn’t put it down! … Because someone is killing people and using on them a lot of bleach to “clear” their impurities and then leave their bodies to be found by a “Good Samaritan”… The main guess is, which is the relation between these bodies and our characters? Of course you’ll have to read the book to know the truth about it! Some books are made to be read in one stand, this is one of those, because is so dark and original that it will keep you glued till the last page! Be prepared to laugh, swear and be surprised, this is a twisted story that will be with you forever!’

 Varietats

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Will takes part in Off-the-Shelf’s Best of Crime as part of the blog tour for Good Samaritans. Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘Carver’s writing style perfectly depicts the lives of his characters to create an ideal response from the reader. Often, short, staccato sentences build up the tension and portray the emotions of the characters in a direct and detached way. He has multiple narrators throughout; the characters tell their own story and there is a third person narrator to direct the reader through each character’s version of events. This further redirects the reader into a delicious trap of thinking one thing is happening, when in fact what is really happening is shockingly different. Undoubtedly a dark novel, it intrigues the reader throughout and even when you reach the end, you are in a state of shock as even the ending doesn’t take the path you would expect. This novel is simply brilliant and if I could sum my final reaction up in one word, it would be “wow”’ Segnalibro

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‘Oooh. This was a good one. A great read. Brilliantly written with short chapters. It took me a while to figure out all the different characters but then it clicked and the story went on. I did find there were quiet a few hot, steamy scenes in this story! Phew. You’ve been warned. I flew through this book, easily devoured. A page turner. I found the characters were all strangely unique and wierd. Parts of the story are very dark. I enjoyed reading this one. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. A new author for me’ Gemma’s Book Reviews

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‘This not the book for a fragile reader, it’s bold and does not shy away from sex and graphic descriptions of violence, but if that doesn’t bother you this is a must read. I’ve never read anything quite like, it’s truly original and Carver completely blew me away. Some of the twists were so deranged I was shocked, but also in complete awe, this will most definitely be on my list of best books of 2018! (And this was book 267 for me so it really is a standout!) Good Samaritans in three words: Edgy, Provocative and Twisted’ Novel Gossip

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‘I thought this book was highly innovative in it’s approach. Despite Seth being the character referenced in the blurb it would be hard for me to say that he is the protagonist given the amount of time given to other viewpoint characters, all of whom have been presented brilliantly here. This is certainly not one for the kiddies, and possibly not for anyone who isn’t into sinister books but I absolutely adored it. While the story isn’t exactly scary the thoughts of hearing the phone ringing and hearing “I can’t sleep. Want to talk?” certainly didn’t help the night I finished. If I had a landline, I might just have needed to disconnect it. This is an absolute belter of a read, and Will Carver might just keep you up all night. 5 Stars’ Don Jimmy Reviews

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‘This novel is sexually explicit, with some very dark sex scenes and there are also very raw references towards suicide and mental illness, it’s certainly NOT for the faint hearted or those upset or offended easily. However, if you like intensity, dark humour, uniqueness and appreciate an author to be brave and bold enough to go out of a comfort zone to make their reader go out of theirs, then DO pick this book up! Good Samaritans is a love story at heart, okay, a VERY dysfunctional one, but still… it’s fresh, imaginative, bold, and above anything else, totally f**king twisted!! Will Carver is the kind of author I admire, one who isn’t afraid to step outside the ‘normal’ box so to speak, and ultimately delivers a masterpiece in being brave enough to do so. Honestly, I’m left bloodthirsty for more of this man’s deliciously dirty and disturbed mind!’ Gem’s Quiet Corner

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‘Brilliantly written in a way that made it so easy to read. Even with the constant shifts of perspective, the story flows beautifully and unfolds to an excellent conclusion. It’s also testament to the quality of the writing and storyline that I loved this book so much without any of the main characters being particularly, if at all, likeable! Highly, highly recommended and I am really looking forward to reading more from Will’ What Karen Read Next

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‘Will Carver has a unique writing style which may seem odd to start with but somehow drew me into the story and the lives of the characters further. I felt as though the pages were laced with a substance that served to hook me, it was like a literary crack cocaine, one hit and I was powerless to resist! Pick it up and read it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!’ Chapter in my Life

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Good Samaritans has those short chapters that allow you to breeze through this novel, but it isn’t plain sailing, the twists will throw you sideways! I don’t know what dark places your mind enters, Mr. Carver, but damn, I’m disturbed! The blurb is so right to describe this novel as a “dysfunctional love story”, but it’s dysfunctional in the best way, in a dark and twisted way! This novel doesn’t hold back on the narration, and the content does get a bit sexually explicit (personal preference: I wasn’t a fan of these moments), the plot gets very dark and intense, so if you like your fiction PG, probably best to give this one a miss. However, if you want to embark on a journey of twisted love, dark obsessions, and murder, then Good Samaritans may just be the book for you’ Keeper of Pages

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‘I thought that each character was so fascinating it became impossible to think of anything else while reading it. They made me gasp out loud, laugh, while wondering if laughing was appropriate and yet at the same time be so floored by the intensity of their thoughts and actions, that by the end, I was left feeling like I had been thrown by a bucking rodeo ride. I had to stay calm and carry on, because the ride was worth it and the characters so rewarding that investing in such a disturbing mindset is a delicious experience. I’ve not read Will Carved before and I hope I won’t have to wait too long before I can read another by this incredibly gifted writer’ Books are my Cwtches

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‘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!’ Foreword Books

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‘I have to admit that I found myself smiling away at the slightly dark humour it definitely adds a certain edginess to the story which combines easily with the darker moments. Now I’m trying to be pretty vague regarding the plot as this is the type of book where you really do need to just sit back and experience every moment for yourself. What I will say is that you may find yourself sitting upright as some scenes left me going “wow, okay” in shock! Good Samaritans really is one hell of a ride! Easily pulling you in with shocks, surprises and very slick storytelling!’ Rae Reads

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Good Samaritans is like nothing I have read for ages! It is truly original, raw, emotional, heartbreaking, funny, sweary, sexy and shocking. Will Carver has cleverly and expertly plotted his story, weaving in several spectacular twists and building up to an unpredictable and frenetic climax. I defy anyone to guess where this story is going to go! Good Samaritans is certainly not for the faint-hearted: it is disturbing, explicit, brutal and very, very, VERY dark. If this sounds right up your street, then come and spend some quality time with Seth, Hadley, Maeve and Ant… If you dare. It is five big quirky stars and it is bloody brilliant. I will definitely be looking for more by Will Carver’ Julia Palooza

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‘I went through a wide range of emotions when reading. One of apprehension, where the hairs went up on my arms at some of the more graphic scenes. Of devastation where you consider what type of world we live in when a pathologist is desensitized to what they see. Of amusement at the comments regarding the often pathetic comments on social media and the inane programmes that are on television. And finally, one of sadness thinking about how many couples don’t enjoy each others company. None of the characters who feature would I want to spend any time with. My initial likeness for any of them changed dramatically with the many twists. All of which made me realise I wasn’t as clever as I thought I was. It also left me very reluctant to answer the telephone. It is complex, original and definitely not for the fainthearted’ Steph’s Book Blog

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‘What a stonkingly brilliant book! Good Samaritans is my first experience of Carver’s work but it will not be my last … Carver has created a brilliant cast and a world so wicked I gasped, I laughed, I shouted, I felt all the emotions. Good Samaritans is not for the faint-hearted; it’s gritty, raunchy, dirty, sexy, dark, and twisted. I was creeped out and shocked to the core and I LOVED every second of reading this one. It’s one of those books I wish I’d never read so I could re-read it and experience it all over again. All you bookworms yet to read it are in for such a treat, I’m so jealous! Go and buy it NOW!’ Emma the Little Bookworm

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‘Part of the joy of this rollercoaster of a read was that Carver does his ground work. The characters are fully conceived with their flaws and desires and you really buy into them. The book makes you think about how well you really know your colleagues and neighbours. Could there be a serial killer amongst them? According to the FBI a serial killer is defined as someone who has killed three or more victims … Will Carver’s book may be titled, ‘Good Samaritans’ but it seems there’s a big predator waiting to get you inside. Maybe I should have got to listen to Jonah instead? Now where’s my bleach?….’ The Library Door

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‘If you are looking for a fast paced novel, you need look no further than this book. There are short, snappy chapters, and we are introduced to five different characters that are all linked in some way … This book also showcases a unique style of writing which really sets Will Carver apart. There was always something interesting happening on each page, giving us new insights into each of the characters, and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to them and who the culprit behind the disturbing murders was. There are some explicit and quite graphic scenes, so I would say that this book may not be for everyone, but it is for you if you like your crime fiction dark and gritty. I will be recommending this book to everyone I know who loves crime fiction’

Hooked From Page One

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‘I thought that this book was absolutely fantastic!! It was very well written and completely addictive!!  I had to read the book in one sitting as I needed to know where the story was going and how it was going to end, then I felt sad it had finished and it was all over – and I haven’t felt like that for ages with a book – that just shows how much I enjoyed it! I loved the characters, the plot was superb and I loved it from cover to cover – absolutely five stars from me and it is a highlight of my reading year!!’ Donna’s Book Blog 

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Will takes part in an interview as part of the Criminally Good Series. Lucy V Hay

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‘Once the scene is set, these short snappy chapters help keep up the pace and I found myself speeding through the pages on my commute each day. Carver’s writing style is engaging, often ending chapters on a cliff hanger making you want to read more. Full of twists and turns which I never saw coming, I was always intrigued to see how this story was going to pan out … The plot becomes very dark and quite intense at times, including some very detailed and explicit sex scenes that had me a little worried about who was looking over my shoulder on the bus to work! … This book is twisted, exploring obsessions and dysfunctional relationships which deserve such powerful writing … Not one for the fainthearted, Will Carver’s “Good Samaritans” is an intense read. Full of twists and turns that left me shocked, this book is complex at times and unlike anything I’ve read recently.  If you’re looking for something dark, disturbing and explicit, I’d recommend checking this book out’ What Becca’s Read

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Good Samaritans is a beautifully crafted tale of sex, obsession, desire, sexual obsession and obsession (again). The novel is made up of short, sharp chapters and a tight time frame that keep the tale flowing at a breakneck pace. Each little bite of the plot is to be savoured, Carver is a stylish and original writer. The individual stories come together in an outrageous and hilarious fashion in this subversive tale of misfits and outsiders. It’s very funny, you’ll laugh while reading through your fingers in anticipation of just how bad things are going to get for the protagonists … The way characters reveal their darker sides is gripping, they’re all jaundiced, all off kilter but totally credible and strangely attractive. The number of perspectives is fascinating and the way characters come to life when their obsessions take over is brilliantly written and genuinely scary … You will not have read anything quite like this – wicked’ Paul Burke, Nudge Books

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Good Samaritans by Will Carver is a deeply intellectual thriller which considers how the lives of different people can cross and result in three women’s deaths. Carver looks into domestic noir in the cruelest ways and understands the basic needs of the human psyche, which makes excellent reading … Good Samaritans is enjoyable, if a bit uncomfortable to read. I would recommend this book to people who love stories involving psychological torment, serial killers and a lot of tension building’

Romantics, Rebels and Reviews

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‘I loved the tense, unnerving narration and unreliable characters. This is one of the books where the reader knows something is very wrong, or will go terribly wrong and cannot stop reading to find out how! There are some graphical scenes but they don’t come across as vulgar but give the story edges and make the tones sharper. If you like fast paced thrillers set as cat and mouse games amongst characters, then don’t miss Good Samaritans!’ Excuse My Reading

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‘I’m sitting here stunned that I have just read something so utterly brutal, clinically delivered to absolute perfection and I want to put it into the hands of the nearest person and tell them to read it and don’t stop until they finish it and then see their face when they get to that point and just say I KNOW! I want to gush over every word but I also want to lock it away and keep it to myself. I don’t know what to do with myself I’m so thrilled to have read this absolute genius bit of writing … A highly recommended read, it’s definitely going to be up there as one of my books of the year and considering I’ve read 81 others I think that says it all!’

Not Another Book Blogger

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Will takes part in a guest post titled ‘That difficult second book. Again. As part of the blog tour. Crime Book Junkie 

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‘Flippin’ ek! This was amazing! … It is a rude, sexy, dark and disturbing thriller and is so clever! The narrative is fast paced – once I got started I didn’t want to stop and the chapters are really short which just made me want to keep going. Good Samaritans is highly original and completely deserves to be a best seller – Will Carver is a genius and this book is unforgettable. I give it all the stars!’

Always Need More Books

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‘The way the book is laid out worked really well, in daily chapters and then broken down into quick sub-chapters. These gave a snappiness to the story as it moved along at a good pace. I would suggest that it would be ideal for picking up reading a couple of sections and then carrying on about your day, but this will not happen as once you pick it up you will not want to put it down. If there were a limit to words I could use to describe this book they would be: twisted, dangerous, disturbing and sick and that is just some of the characters … If you are after a book that has shocks, thrills, creepiness, and suspense then this is a must read. If you like an edginess that has a realistic feel to it then it is a must read and believe me when I say that you will never look at a bottle of bleach in the same way again… A book that readers of psychological thrillers, domestic noir, crime, suspense and one I would highly recommend’ Me and My Books

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‘Will Carver taunts and teases with his devious and audacious writing … Good Samaritans is uncompromising –  the violence is graphic, the sex is explicit and there are some raw subjects covered here, not just the murders (horrific as they are to contemplate), mental illness and suicide are also referenced and for various reasons this won’t be a book for everyone. However, I loved it and can only heap praise on Will Carver for the risks he has taken writing this astonishing novel –  Good Samaritans is daringly original and exceptional storytelling. Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended!’ Hair Past A Freckle

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Will takes part in the BEST OF CRIME series as part of the blog tour. Off-The-Shelf Books

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‘Every now and again, not often but on rare occasions, you read a book where the characters are so twisted and disturbingly dark that you 100% know you’re going to remember these people….this book is one of those rare occasions! … Will Carver has wrote a absolutely fantastic book that is so utterly dark, disturbing and dirty but at the same time you cannot stop reading you just have to know what is going to become of these people. Such a dark and twisted creepy thriller that I could not pull myself away from … If you like your thrillers dark, twisted and 100% disturbing this book is perfect for you one of the most twisted thrillers I’ve read this year but what a fantastic read! Highly recommend’ The Life of Me A Bookworm

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‘The Good Samaritan is not for the faint-hearted, it is a dark and twisting story of crossed-wires, fears and the darkest part of humanity. This dark tale is unputdownable as you desperately need to know more and with a series of characters who are all imperfect and yet deeply compelling, this book is disconcertingly believable in all of his darkness. I would say this is a book which is only for fans of the darkest crime fiction as I did find some of the scenes and references difficult to stomach. However, with a rollercoaster plot and characters I haven’t met elsewhere in crime fiction, this is definitely worth a read!’

 H J Bullimore

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‘This book is a compelling read, coming from so many different angles that you feel you need to read on to find out exactly what is happening and how it will pull together … There is much misdirection throughout, and you may think you know what is happening but you are in for a surprise or two along the way. It certainly packs a punch – or two, or three – and if you like your thrillers on the dark and sexy side, then this will undoubtedly be the book for you’ Jen Meds Book Reviews

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‘The short chapters urge you to keep on reading, making Good Samaritans incredibly hard to put down. There’s a tense vibe throughout, a threat of something dark and disturbing that oozes from the pages. It’s edgy, original, bit dirty … Good Samaritans is a belter of a crime thriller / serial killer / domestic noir kind of combination and the characterisation is immensely engrossing … It’s unlike anything else I’ve ever read and you just really need to experience this one for yourselves. This is my first time reading a book by Will Carver, whose brain must quite frankly be the most scary place ever, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last time’ Novel Deelights

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‘The end didn’t disappoint and already I’m flicking back through to look over the clues. Good Samaritans is quite hard hitting. There are elements that we can all relate to – some of the references to Facebook certainly made me think and there were many parts that I found quite shocking and yet unable to stop reading. This is not a read for the easily shocked so be aware there are some hard-hitting scenes but oh my it’s good. I, for one, could not put it down’ Tales Before Bedtime

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‘This is a book that will probably push you out of your comfort zone. It certainly did with me. Too many books like this and I’d be losing my faith in human nature! The book is very darkly ingenious and intensive, and makes for a very original if challenging read … The book is full of energy, and also surprises. Even in an unpredictable book, we like to think we have an idea what might happen next. You don’t have a hope in this one. The author’s creativity knows no bounds and he leads us a macabre, merry dance.  If you fancy a book that’s definitely unique, blackly quirky and which will leave you plenty to think about, then this is one for you’

 Books are Cool

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‘What have I just read?! Seriously! GOOD SAMARITANS by Will Carver is like nothing that I have ever read before, making words like ‘unique’ and ‘fresh’ pale into insignificance when trying to come up with the right adjective for this story. Dark? Definitely. Graphic? For sure. Utterly disturbing and completely unputdownable? 100% … The pace is perfect, the characters truly individual and fresh, and it is safe to say that GOOD SAMARITANS by Will Carver will blow your bloody mind so many times throughout this story that you will find herself disoriented without leaving your chair’ Books of All Kinds

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‘It’s such a twisted book! Its very dark at time but there are elements of humour in there, there is also a fair bit of sex but it all makes for such a brilliant thriller! … There are real shocks in this book – when one character gets murdered I was so not expecting it and it actually made me gasp in surprise! It’s impossible to work out the twists and turns of this book so I suggest you sit back and just enjoy the ride! … Good Samaritans is so dark and twisty, and it’s utterly brilliant! This is definitely going on my favourite books of 2018 list and I’m already keen to read whatever Will Carver writes next but in the meantime I highly recommend this book!’

 Rather Fond of Books

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Will writes a guest post about ‘making things up’, titled ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’ as part of the blog tour. Love Books Group

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‘Carver’s writing style is so gripping that it’s almost impossible to put the book down! The short chapters make for an extremely addictive read whilst the many twists and turns kept me guessing throughout and even left me speechless at times! It’s graphic in places with some very vivid descriptions, so do be warned of that as it 100% is not for the faint of heart … It’s dark, daring and twisted. An unputdownable read’ Misti Moo Book Reviews

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‘I applaud the mind of Will Carver for coming up with this sick, twisted, disturbing, thriller … I applaud the mind of Will Carver for the sex, the griminess (despite the copious amounts of bleach) and the alcohol (almost as much as the bleach). It’s definitely original and definitely worth a read. Phew, managed to review it without giving away the plot. Result!’ Cramlington Book Club

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‘The characters are all so addictive, and the short chapters switching between each character makes it so easy to become completely and utterly addicted to them.  The writer makes you feel connected to them and then repulsed by them all in one go.  The characters are all so different, yet so alike in many ways … it’s dark, terrifying,shocking, weird and freaky!  It’s also naughty, lewd, dirty, steamy and suggestive! And then to top it off it’s hypnotic, compulsive and irresistible.  I can guarantee you have never read a book like this before. Once I’ve recovered from reading this book, I will definitely be looking out for other books by this author’

Stardust Book Reviews

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‘How Carver engineered the story to bring Seth, Hadley and Ant together was genius and totally unexpected, in fact I was somewhat open mouthed as I read, so shocked was I at what was happening … At times, I could not believe quite what I was reading, but it was utterly compelling and I found myself beginning to wonder how it would all end. I have to say the ending was brilliant, and I never would have thought it would have ended as it did. Carver’s Good Samaritans, was unique, and I have never read anything quite like it, and don’t expect to read anything like it in the near future. It was a novel full of the unexpected, with a great narrative, that will leave you breathless and wanting more’ My Bookish Blogspot

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‘This is a dark, disturbing, delicious story that will leave you thinking, “WTH did I just read???” … You’ll spend this entire book in the mind of crazy! Short chapters that will leave you jumping from one nut job to another, but never quite getting enough of the madness…. that is until the very end… the end will leave you gasping and shaking your head…. I could tell you I never saw that ending coming, but I never saw the last 60% of this book coming, so that would be an understatement! This is the kind of book that makes you question your self because you really loved it and yet it was JUST. SO. WRONG. Absolutely recommend if you love a twistyier darker more graphic thriller that is completely original and edgy!’

 Audio Killed the Bookmark

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‘The pace of the story increases slowly and there are lots of twists in the story which ensures the book is hard to put down.  Some of these I had guessed but this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book as it helped increase the tension as I waited for it all to unravel. This is the first book I’ve read from this author and I will eagerly be waiting more from him.  If you like dark, gripping and sexy novels then you’ll love this one!’ Over the Rainbow Book Blog

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‘This is one of those twisty dark novels which you almost read through outstretched fingers. The characters are beyond devious and it has to take the prize for being the most unnerving book I have read this year! It is an extremely well plotted story which is told through the shifting perceptions of Seth, Maeve and Ant … It is truly shocking. What is more, there are more surprises to come and I certainly did not foretell the ending. Although it has a deviant feel about it, there are moments of sheer black comedy and Maeve’s logic is a real highpoint.  With sex and violence in spades, this will really appeal to those who like their thrillers to be dark, dark, dark! … A dark and devious thriller with some unforgettable characters’ Books, Life and Everything

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‘Will Carver is incredibly talented. This book grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go, throwing characters at you who you kind of pity, kind of hate and yet still kind of love and a plot that is inventive and fresh. I have read a lot of crime books this year and this one is a stand out read. I picked it up to read a couple of pages to get a feel for it and before I knew it I was a quarter of the way through and contemplating not watching the Blackpool episode of Strictly Come Dancing (one of my most favourite things on TV all year) it was that good. I loved it and its crazy, twisted plot. Thankyou very much Mr. Carver. 5 shiny stars are heading your way. (I hear bleach is good for giving things an extra gleam if you are that way inclined)’ Beverley Has Read

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Good Samaritans is a unique and original thriller that is quite hard to describe. And it’s definitely not a story that will appeal to everyone. But I believe that’s precisely what makes it stand out. What I enjoyed most about this novel was that I never knew where it was going … I was gripped by this dark tale from the very first page, as it explored a bleak and creepy world where everyone wears a mask and pretends to be someone they’re not. It was not a particular hopeful story, but everyone here knows how much I love dark books. I don’t want to spoil anything because I feel this is a book that should be read without knowing too much. Believe me, it will make the journey much more satisfying. The plot gets more complex and intriguing as you keep reading. The Good Samaritans is the perfect book to read if you’re a fan of dark POVs and Peter Swanson’ The Misstery

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 ‘What you have with Good Samaritans is a tightly plotted, wonderfully written, darker than a coal mine in a power cut story of trust, misplaced trust, deceit and the dangers that can come with the power that one can hold over a vulnerable individual. It is the darkest of psychological domestic noir; utterly gripping and compelling and, just like the smell of bleach, Good Samaritans will linger in your literary nose long after you have finished it’ Beardy Book Bloggger

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‘Will Carver certainly plotted this novel carefully to ensure shock value. I found Good Samaritans to be a perfectly dark story, naughty, different, surprising and edgy. I can’t fail to mention the large amount of detailed sexual activity but it fits well with the characters and the story structure. All I can say is be very careful who you chat to on the phone and keep an eye on anybody buying bleach in the supermarket or petrol station. You never know what’s happening behind closed doors!’ Short Book and Scribes

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‘I read books because I want to be shocked, I want to be taken to places and step into situations that I personally wouldn’t go. This book took me to such places! It’s an unnerving thought to think that there might be characters like Seth, Maeve and Ant walking and living among us ordinary folk. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I had seen all the hype and a lot of people who had read it had recommended it and I can see why now. About a third of the way through, the book all of a sudden seemed to burst into life and I sat up straighter in my seat and thought ‘well this just went somewhere I wasn’t expecting’. The rest of the book then carried on in this manner with a shock ending which left me itching to know if there would be any kind of follow up. Will Carver – I think there’s room here to bring a certain devious character back for round two at some point! I really enjoyed this book, if you like your reads a bit dark, a lot twisted, and you have a slightly, shall we say, unconventional sense of humour, then this book will definitely be for you. Another blinder of a read from Orenda Books right here’

 Bucks Books and Beyond

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‘I’m not quite sure whether it’s a compliment or not, but based on his plot, and all-round worryingly creepy and accurate descriptions of both the killing and the killers, Carver would probably make a highly efficient serial-killer. Just putting that out there into the universe. You just never know when you might need a new career. Don’t expect it to be pretty or romanticised, this is not only the hardcore reality of pleasure induced by killing, it is also a snapshot moment of the systemic misery and darkness hidden in our society. It’s the kind of psychological thriller that makes you feel sorry for the killer and dislike them all at the same time. Carver defines the kill in killer and the clean in crime scene in a whole new way. Note: One shall no longer be singing three bottles of beer on the wall, from now on it’s bleach… ‘ Cheryll MM Book Blog

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‘Yes, it’s deliciously fucked up. Yes, it talks about mental health, loneliness, suicide and vulnerability and the grim things rarely spoken about. Yes, there is a massive dollop of humour spread right throughout the novel. Yes, it twists and turns, and you rarely ‘see it coming’. Yes, it is fast paced and punchy … What I found more disturbing than the warped characters and the graphic descriptions is the impression that this book could leave on potentially emotionally vulnerable people who need to reach out to an organisation such as Samaritans, but think that they will be judged and treated in the same way as certain people in the novel’

Zero Filter Books

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‘This book is one of the great book releases of 2018, it was all the things that a great twisty thriller should be! From the first page I could feel myself sit up on full alert, hiding away in my reading closet because I DID NOT want any distractions! … I’ve been left gobsmacked at this brilliantly clever book! Will Carver has such a fantastic talent to write sexily dark thrillers that I hope he never stops!’ The Reading Closet

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‘For Caver to take an originally biblical concept and twist the everyday knowledge of a charity was not only ambitious, but also disturbing. Carver has created a world where it could literally be someone’s worse nightmare and has formulated a plot based on a complete opposing purpose based on the idea of ‘trusting a stranger’. If you are wanting to find the next dramatic crime thriller then look no further. This intense and enigmatic read will leave you shocked, horrified, and intrigued into a world of complex problems and dangerous people. Carver has definitely lifted my expectations of further reads of this genre and I hope to read his next book as soon as it is available! Once you read the first page you will be hooked!’ Books Beyond the Story

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‘Deliciously dark. Thrilling and almost comic in places, ‘Good Samaritans’ is a vicious slice of modern apathy, irritation and frustrated desire. From the shocking prologue (‘It doesn’t get you clean. Not that much bleach.’) through to the thrilling finale, Carver delivers an intensely gripping tale of five characters grappling with the pointlessness, painfulness and loneliness of modern life while cleverly building up a framework that allows you to think you know what’s happening, only to have the rug pulled from beneath your feet and the world of the story flipped upside down’ Buried under Books

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‘Brilliantly constructed, innovative and seriously deranged,this book is the very definition of noir and so, if you haven’t realised this already, is not for those of a weak disposition. With graphic sex and violence that makes perfect contextual sense, Good Samaritans nevertheless manages to be both thrilling and entertaining. Dark, Delicious, Unmissable’ Live and Deadly

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‘I LOVED this book. I don’t often rave like this but when I do it is because the book deserves it. Every page brings something new and unexpected, every chapter makes you reassess what you thought you knew and also makes you question how well we truly know those around us. If you haven’t read this book yet then why not, what are you waiting for. I’m not even sad I’ve finished it because I know if I re-read it (and I will) that I will see nuances that I missed the first time. This is definitely a must-read but also a must re-read, many, many times over. I need more books by this author!!’ Book Lover Worm Blog

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Good Samaritans is chosen as a Top Read for 2018 at Chapter in my Life

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‘There are some Thrillers that hook you from the start and are thoroughly entertaining. There are those that are a slow burn, you want to know what will happen, but you maybe take your time getting there. Then there are thrillers like this, that grab you, snag you in tight claws and twist you all about until you reach the end with a thud of release and impact … I adored this, for so many reasons that I cannot possibly explain them all without ruining the story, but I shall outline a few. Firstly for the unexpected turns of event that are crafted one after the other, I was never quite sure what to expect from the Characters. Brutal deaths and Steamy scenes, both things I enjoy in a story, and both things that were brilliantly, perhaps disturbingly well created in this book … And there.. I will leave you. If you haven’t picked this up yet, I suggest you do, and soon. Whether you normally read the Genre or not, this book will leave you reeling!’

 Made up Book Reviews

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Good Samaritans is a top 3 read of 2018 at Not Another Book Blogger

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Good Samaritans has been selected as a favourite book of 2018 at Bibliophile Book Club

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Good Samaritans has been selected as a Crime Thriller Book of the Year at Espresso Coco

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‘It must take a fascinating mind to come up with such brilliant, dark, twisted story. I would ask him about the inspiration for this novel. I have read some twisted stories but damn, this one was on the dark side, in the best possible way … This ended up being quite a twisty, bumpy ride. The twists were really good. I loved the first major one that had me questioning all my assumptions. It was that train wreck that I couldn’t look away from. Most of the characters were despicable.  It is like a psychos’ convention had been organized in this book. The ending was just as twisted as the rest of the story. Dark, twisted and disturbingly captivating. This book makes me feel like I need to clean stuff, anyone got some bleach I can borrow?’ A Haven for Book Lovers

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