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True Believer [Hardcover]

Nicholas Sparks
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Book Description

19 May 2005

Jeremy Marsh, a science journalist and debunker from New York, has set his sights on finding the real reasons behind the mysterious lights that appear in an ancient southern cemetery, and he heads to the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, in search of the truth.

Sceptical by nature, he comes face to face with Lexie Darnell, the town's librarian, and as he slowly finds the answers he's looking for, he gradually begins to understand that science can only go so far when it comes to unravelling the mysteries of the human heart.

Part love story, part ghost story, TRUE BELIEVER makes us believe in the impossible, trust in fate, and the undeniable power of love...

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; First Edition edition (19 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316728284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316728287
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,143,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With over eighty million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include eleven No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. All Nicholas Sparks' books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than forty languages. Eight of his novels have been adapted into major films: Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.

Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him and sign up for the Nicholas Sparks eNewsletter at, and follow him on Twitter: @NicholasSparks.

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Sparks delivers another shrinkwrapped, reliably uncomplicated romantic confection that's light as air, smooth as silk and gloriously sweet (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

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* New novel from the internationally bestselling author of THE NOTEBOOK and THE GUARDIAN

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TRULY EXCELLENT !!! 4 Feb 2006
I found this book a bit hard to get into at first but after about chapter 4 i was hooked.
Nicholas Sparks has done it again, he has wrote a truly amazing book. I felt as if i knew Lexie and Jeremy. I won't give anything away but read this book !!
I have just started reading the sequel at first sight and am hooked to that one too !!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By SusieH
True Believer

Jeremy Marsh is an investigative TV journalist who specializes in using science to disprove the claims of conmen and scammers. In Boone Creek strange lights have been appearing at an old cemetery, being attributed by many of the townspeople to restless spirits. Doris McClellan, owner of a café in the town, writes to Jeremy that she knows that the lights are nothing to do with spirits, and invites him to come and investigate. He stays in the only hotel, which is very basic, with rooms decorated with a startling array of stuffed snarling animals.

It seems that Doris has some psychic powers. Doris's daughter, Lexie, runs the local library where Jeremy settles down to do his initial research. Jeremy is attracted to and intrigued by the lovely Lexie, who is sometimes helpful, at other times distinctly unhelpful to the point of obstruction.

The whole town turns out to meet its celebrity visitor.

Investigations take place at the cemetery.

It really would spoil it to tell you anything else. This was a good read. I found the science of the `ghost busting' interesting, as well as the changing relationships, and the unexpected ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A warm love story 23 Mar 2014
True Believer by Nicholas Sparks

Jeremy Marsh is a New York journalist with the popular magazine "Scientific American,". He is a skeptic in anything supernatural, fortune tellers, mind readers, ghost hunters, etc. He is sent to a small South Carolina town named Bone Creek, to investigate the legend of "lights" being seen in the local cemetery.

Lexie Darnell is the town librarian and the one he goes to for researching this story. Jeremy soon fall for the lovely Lexie, although she is hesitant to give up her heart so easily. Soon Jeremy is faced with a major life altering decision. Should he follow his head or his heart?

I liked the story like, the main characters were likable. The descriptions of life in a small American town (in my opinion) were very accurate. I also loved the cover, yes I do admit Lighthouses are appealing to me, the cover drew me in, Nicholas Sparks name caught my interest, and the story kept me reading until late at night.

Romance lovers should enjoy this read.
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I'm a big fan of occult and psychic detectives, and stories involving them. So, when I found out that bestselling writer Nicholas Sparks had written a novel involving an occult detective/debunker I was interested in reading it just to see how he would handle such material.

In "True Believer" Jeremy Marsh is a columnist for magazines like "Scientific American" and after years of toiling and struggling by doing articles involving scientific subjects, and debunking psychic or occult phenomena, Marsh seems to be on the verge of hitting the big time. He's just exposed famous spiritualist Timothy Clausen, and he is now weighing his new-found options.

To relax, the jaded, divorced, and cynical Marsh travels from his base in New York to Boone Creek, North Carolina because he has received a letter from Doris McClellan, who owns and operates Herbs, the local restaurant/bar/watering hole for the small, and dying, town. The supernatural phenomena involves the sightings of phantom lights that are seen by people on certain nights when the town's weather conditions are right.

After talking to Doris, Marsh heads over the local library to start on his research, and it's here that he meets the head librarian Lexie Darnell, who is Doris' granddaughter.

The plot thereafter is rather simple and uncomplicated, as Sparks spends the rest of the novel either investigating the phantom lights, or pursuing his passive/aggressive relationship with Lexie. Now, for me, who likes doing research, the only time that this novel EVER becomes interesting is when Marsh is doing research into the local phenomena.

And that's the problem. Both plot and characters are just not enough to sustain a three-hundred plus page novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 30 Oct 2013
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Well, he did it again! Another amazing book by Nicholas sparks. I was hooked from the very beginning, definitely worth a read! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 24 Oct 2013
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I was hooked on this book from page one and could not put it down. Was a great read. Have read a few books now from Nicholas Sparks, and they only get better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice read 20 Aug 2013
By Njw
Format:Kindle Edition
Having seen a few movies based on his books and enjoyed them i decided to read one of his books that i had not seen in movie form. A really good read. Didn't want to put it down. Will be buying more to read now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So moving 18 Aug 2013
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I loved this. Book and love author a perfect love story
I recommend you read first sight sequel to true believer
Moving makes you believe in dream
Highly recommend as a romantic novel
Nicholas sparks really pulls your heart strings
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