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.
I listened to the audio version of this book.
If you are looking for a book to uplift you, fill your soul with cheer then this is NOT the book for you!! It is dark, moody and very, very bleak!! But if you're after an absorbing story that leaves you shocked and chilled to the core! It explores characters who play on the insecurities of humans at their lowest point, with no remorse.
There is Ant who works for the Samaritans - looking for a way to get over the death of his close friend who had killed himself - and what better way than to listen to others who are just reaching out for someone to listen to them in their hour of need.
Then there is Seth, who seems bored with life and finds his only joy is to make random phone calls late at night saying he has nobody to talk to. His wife, Maeve, hears him downstairs and knows he speaks to strangers but says nothing to him that she knows about his secrets.
Hadley is a young woman who is struggling with life, so she reaches out to the samaritans - one night she talks to Seth though and instantly connects with him, so when she calls the samaritans again to talk to him, she gets Ant instead and he becomes intrigued by this Ant person she talks about as nobody who works there has that name.
And then there's Detective Pace who is investigating some unexplained murders - brutal crimes that shock those who discover the bodies - and there are just no links or leads forthcoming.
What follows is a messed up, twisted exploration of human interaction. There is an awful lot of graphic sex scenes which I did find a little distracting and unnecessary, when there's far more twisted goings on at work in the minds of some of these characters!!
I read this series back to front and this was my least favourite of the Pace books, but still a chilling and explosive start to a very twisted series!!