BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS: The Good SamaritanOctober 31, 2023
Welcome to our October 2023 book club questions for The Good Samaritan by John Marrs
- “British law decriminalised suicide back in 1961.” How do you feel about this?
- A recent case involving suicide and texts found the defendant guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Do you think Laura is a killer even though technically she wasn’t at the scenes?
- How do you feel about Laura’s invasion of her daughter’s privacy and doors open policy?
- Whose chapters did you enjoy the most – Ryan’s or Laura’s?
- The Samaritan’s job is to listen. It isn’t to talk people out of dying or break a caller’s confidence. Do you agree with their ethos?
- “For much of my life, I’d been a survivor, but it was only now I realised that somewhere along the line, the role of victim had taken precedence.” Did you see Laura as a survivor or victim?
- Following in Charlotte’s footsteps, Ryan could understand that she wasn’t being selfish in taking her own life. “No suicidal person is.” Do you agree with Ryan?
- How are you relating to Laura, the unreliable narrator? Did you guess the twist that her family no longer lived with her?
- How could Ryan’s family have helped him more?
- What did you think of the ‘what goes around comes around’ ending?
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