HE FOUND YOUR MISSING CHILD. YOU CAN TRUST HIM. . . CAN’T YOU?
‘Compulsive, scary and breathtakingly original’ Dreda Say Mitchell
Perfect for fans of FOUND by Erin Kinsley, I LOOKED AWAY by Jane Corry and NOW YOU SEE HER by Heidi Perks, this gripping emotional thriller will keep you hooked from the very first page.
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?
When Anne Cater messaged me to ask me about the The Good Samaritan Blog Tour, I bit her hand off. I absolutely love A clever and original thriller and was really looking forward to indulging during my school holidays. I actually read it in full all in one day, on my half term break in stunning Fife and it was the perfect read to keep me engrossed and detach totally from the busy term we’ve just had…
The cover Reveals that this will be a tale of a missing child, and we have all imagined just what that nightmare would be like – and I’d have to say that once I started reading this take of Carrie’s living hell, I was absolutely invested and could not stop reading. It is rare to be able to dedicate a whole day to reading at this time of the year if you are a teacher – never mind in the middle of a pandemic, and I so appreciated the chance to lie down and read without being disturbed. But this book had me hooked and I just could not stop until I’d found out everything I needed to know and discovered if my fears would be confirmed. I’d really like to chat with someone else who’s read it now and see if they enjoyed it as much as I did, I’m not in the mood for Christmas books just yet, but this felt like the perfect autumnal read. It is an absolute belter and I promise you that you won’t be able to stop thinking about it once your eyes are closed and you’re lying in bed at the end of a long day…
I got to read it here and I am happy to report that it really made my extremely pleasurable half term all the better. The popularity Of this genre really means that writers have to go the extra mile if they want their readers to be genuinely engaged, and I am happy to report that CJ Parsons manages this with skill and originality. I am also determined to ensure that there are no spoilers as this book really is worth the wait. I am a literal true crime addict and this felt like getting a fix of a real missing persons case that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is one of those novels that you finish and feel like googling as you are so convinced that the events actually happened. I absolutely loved it and think that it would make another superb TV adaptation. I’m surreptitiously casting it in my mind’s eye right now and I think that move over Broadchurch, this would be an amazing five parter!
I absolutely love a novel where we are kept guessing and are not very sure where we are as the story unfolds and Carrie’s brush with her ‘Good Samaritan’ hints at there being more to their unfolding narrative than meets the eye furnished by a set of wonderfully contrasting characters that play with your mind and weave in and out of your sense of direction until you really are left wondering who on earth to trust. The tension surrounding the facts of this case and how far Carrie can trust this helper is realistically rather than than sensationally handled – something else that sets CJ Parsons aside from other more run of the mill writers.
Carrie’s face blindness adds a tantalising twist to the proceedings and I was so invested in this clever addition to the narrative that I went off and read all about it afterwards to see other cases of this phenomenon. The characters are not just one dimensional agents of the plot but really are people we feel like we see developing before our eyes. The tension rises as the novel unfolds and Carrie’s confusion and distress is so much more effective because we actually feel compassionate towards her as a real person.
As I said earlier, I read this in a single day, being utterly loath to drag myself away from this twisty and intriguing tale that we are drawn into. I love books that are even better than the one you’ve been anticipating and I have to say that this novel was the perfect fit for a half term break.This book is the narrative equivalent of a hot bath, I could plunge in and lose myself and switch off everything else that was going on in the world. I think it’s difficult to make a thriller genuinely original without seeming to try too hard or feel contrived – but The Good Samaritan manages the perfect balance of a perfectly created narrative and a plot that holds you in its grip and doesn’t easily let you go. A superb read that will keep you up too late turning the pages until you know how if ends.
Buy yourself a copy here and immerse yourself in Carrie’s faceless nightmare for yourself.
Writer On The Shelf
C J Parsons was born in Britain and grew up in Canada. She graduated from Montreal’s McGill University with a degree in psychology and went on to earn a graduate degree in journalism.
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.