Published December 1, 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
This is my first read from John Marrs. After reading the description, I realized that this was probably going to be an intense read. Oh and I was right, it was definitely intense. It was also very dark and disturbing….and extremely hard to put down.
“Good afternoon, you’ve reached the End of the Line, this is Laura speaking. May I ask your name?”
She has a friendly voice and it sounds like she really cares. You can trust her… right?
But Laura has her own agenda.
Laura Morris has been volunteering at the End of the Line helpline for more than four years. Every time the phone rings she wonders who might be on the other end.
“The expectation, the thrill of picking up that telephone and never knowing what direction the conversation might take: the next call is everything.”
Around her colleagues, Laura is helpful, polite, and even maternal. She makes herself indispensable. She’s a devoted mother of three who bakes lovely treats for everyone. She’s raised the most money for the helpline. Nobody would consider her a threat. But little do they know…
“Because when you’re not considered to be a threat, you can get away with much, much more.”
Laura doesn’t think she’s doing anything wrong. She’s just helping people, just like she’s supposed to do.
“For the more vulnerable out there, once the darkness falls, so do their barriers. Night-time is their enemy because with fewer visible distractions there’s more opportunity to dwell on how hopeless their lives have become. It’s when they reach out for somebody’s hand”
Then she gets a caller who requests something she never expected. At first, she’s annoyed at what she’s been asked…but also excited. She’s anxious and can’t get the request out of her head.
Will she accept the offer?
Wow! This was a diabolical read. I was only a couple pages in and realized how dark this was. This may not be for everyone and could be quite triggering for some readers. This seems like a book that many will either love or hate…. I’ve landed somewhere in the middle.
I was definitely intrigued by this dark and creepy read. Suspending disbelief was necessary, but I found it hard putting this novel down. I was confused about a few things and wasn’t always sure what was going on…. but I was definitely gripped.
A story filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing from beginning to the very end.
I’m curious to see what John Marrs will come up with next!