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The Good Samaritan by C.J. Parsons

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: Random Things Tours
Publisher: Headline
Rating: 4/5
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About The Book

When her five-year-old daughter disappears from the park, Carrie’s world shatters. She is tortured with worry and she blames herself. What if her inability to read facial expressions has put her child in danger?
But just days later, a stranger finds Sofia and brings her home.
Carrie should be relieved, but the abductor is still out there, still unknown. Still after her child.
And are those who have offered their help really the good Samaritans they seem… or has Carrie missed the warning signs?


My Thoughts

Every parent’s worst fear is that our little one disappears in front of our eyes. So, when little Sofia disappears from a park when her mother Carrie is answering a call, any reader will feel the despair and fear in their own skin. But this is when the book will start, who kidnapped the little one? Is the good samaritan who returned Sofia home as innocent as he is saying? You’ll have to start reading this book if you want to know all the answers!
I am an avid reader and mystery is my favorite theme, so mystery/thrillers are the typical books I am used to reading, however this one is quite different from all the others. The first difference is with the main character, Carrie, who can not read/understand the facial expressions, which makes it more difficult to socialize and understand the people around her. The main detective of the case,  DCI Juliet Campbell, will find this case quite difficult to investigate as the “Good Samaritan” is not easy to read and will start to understand how we all rely on facial expressions to know the real feelings and emotions behind our words.
I have to say that I loved this read, it was different, addictive and twisted; the reader doesn’t know who to trust or who is telling the truth behind the disappearance, making it impossible to put down the book till the last page. I’ll admit too that it was interesting how the author makes the reader feel the despair of Carrie to try to read faces and the isolation she feels when she doesn’t understand. I know that this is a real illness and thanks to this book I am more aware of how people who have it feel, it can’t be easy.
The Good Samaritan is a read I would recommend to any crime lover, it will keep you awake all night till you discover the truth, believe me!


About The Author

CJ Parsons was born in London and grew up in Canada. She worked as a newspaper reporter at Canada’s Globe and Mail before moving to Hong Kong, where she became a columnist at The South China Morning Post. She also spent two years covering crime, seeing first-hand the disturbing forces that drive people to kill, something that has informed her writing to this day.
After returning to Britain, she moved into television news, working as a broadcast journalist for both the BBC and CNN International. CJ is now a senior producer at CGTN. She lives in north London with her twelve-year-old daughter.