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Jeremy Marsh is the ultimate New Yorker: handsome, almost always dressed in black, and part of the media elite. An expert on debunking the supernatural with a regular column in "Scientific American," he's just made his first appearance on national TV. When he receives a letter from the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, about ghostly lights that appear in a legend-s ...more
Paperback, 465 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2003)
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valee
This was my first Sparks' book and I really liked it. I'm so glad I finally read one of his books.

I must admit that the firs half of the book was really slow, I was wondering the whole time why was I reading it. That's the reason why I'm giving just 3 stars, and I almost gave 4, because then things got really good between the two characters and the ending was great.

An important fact is that this book does have a HEA! I must clarify this because Spark is known for his tragic endings, but this is
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Alison Millwater
I generally like Nicholas Sparks novels. Reading his books are generally pleasing...I don't believe any I've read are masterpieces or anything, but they've all been at least "okay."

This one, however, was a letdown. True Believer has to be his weakest book. It didn't draw me in like his other work. I didn't care much about the characters, and the story, I thought, was quite dull. It's been a while since I read it, so I can't remember specifics, but my general feeling was that it was poorly writte
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Sue

I do enjoy a good ghost story, and I liked the storyline surrounding Jeremy Marsh trying to debunk the town's belief that there are "real" ghosts in their cemetery. But, I found that the storyline surrounding the impending romance between Jeremy and Lexie extremely annoying. Their conversations consisted mainly of irritating banter which I found difficult to believe. I didn't find either of those characters endearing, at least during those segments of the book. I did finish it - I had to find ou
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Charly
Mar 13, 2009 Charly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
My first exposure to Nicholas Sparks. A very pleasing experience. He kept a gentle mix of mystery, romance, jelousy and intrigue within the context of his story. I found the style to be easy to follow.
Lanette
Ugh. There are so many things wrong with this book, I don't even know where to begin. Someone needs to tell Mr. Sparks that self-respecting women don't sleep with a man after knowing him for only 2 days. (And no man I know is physically capable of "making love all night.") Like most of his other books, this one was completely predictable. The difference is that the characters in this one were pathetic. Lexie is a whining snot. Jeremy is a womanizer and I'm expected to believe he suddenly sees th ...more
Stephanie E
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Lauren
Before last week, I was a 22 year old girl who had never read a Nicholas Sparks novel or, for that matter, seen one of the movie adaptations of his books. I know! People criticized me for it, and I almost felt like my woman card was going to be revoked or something. To remedy the situation, I bought a huge stack of his work last summer (they were cheap garage-sale finds!), and almost a full year later, I actually sat down to read one.

Jeremy Marsh is a science journalist who gets his kicks expos
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Julia
Even for my throw-away books, I have SOME standards. I call it my "popcorn for the brain" genre because they are usually fluffy and without substance. I somewhat enjoyed The Notebook, so I thought that this would be an ok bet. However, this book disappoints - even on the popcorn level.

The story was 100% predictable from the beginning so reading it wasn't the least bit exciting. I know it's supposed to be a romantic book but the so-called "tension" did not come across well in the book. It just fe
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Cape Fisherman
More appropriately titled: "True Velveeta", this novel oozed cheese from every page. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a quick, light read of Nicky's work, but he over-cheddar'd this one. "Should I go, should I not, should I, should I not...." The main character painfully analyzes each and every decision he makes, from ordering a latte to chasing after a southern belle. There is a sequel to this one, but barring an unexpected plot twist involving mushrooms and midgets, it may be awhile before I pick i ...more
Christine
In TRUE BELIEVER, journalist Jeremy Marsh spends his time debunking the supernatural. He has just finished exposing a fake television psychic, proving that the man was not able to read people's minds or see into their pasts. When he hears about a phenomenon happening in the small town of Boone Creek in North Carolina, where ghosts are seen inhabiting a local cemetery, Jeremy knows he will be able to find the truth behind the lights that are seen glimmering on certain nights above the cemetery gr ...more
Karin
This book lost me at the sentence, "he breathed her name like a prayer." That would never happen in real life. And if it did happen it would be creeptastic.
Mitch
Ah, Nicholas Sparks sure knows how to cook up a love a story! Although I don't think this is as good as the other Sparks books I read so far (Dear John, A Walk To Remember, and At First Sight), I still think it is pretty decent.

Jeremy Marsh is a big-city sceptic who writes for a scientific magazine, uncovering the truth behind psychics, ghosts, and legends. He is sent from New York City to the isolated small town known as Boone Creek to uncover the mystery of strange ghost lights that appear in
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يسعني القول أن الرواية ممتعة ومكتوبة بإتقان وواقعية، وأنها كمثيلاتها من الروايات المترجمة تعطي فكرة مهمة عن المجتمع الذي تدور فيه، وأعني هنا بحثها في العلاقة بين ولايات الشمال والجنوب الأميركي، إضافة إلى التفاصيل الصغيرة والانطباعات التي تزود بها القارئ عن الشخصيات والأماكن وطرق العيش والتعامل وغير ذلك مما يسر المرءَ تلقيه في قالب روائي.
لكن في ما عدا ذلك، ليس في الرواية شيء غير عادي، إنها مجرد رواية رومانسية مكتوبة بجهد، ولا تحمل في طياتها أكثر مما يدور في فلكه هذا النمط، ربما يُحسب لها أنها تطر
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Ellie
In True Believer, by Nicholas Sparks, Jeremy Marsh wants to prove that there are no such things as miracles, but a small town Southern sweetheart, Lexie Darnell, gives him reason to believe otherwise, so he takes a chance, and lets himself see what miracles the world has to offer. True Believer takes place in the present day, in Boone Creek, North Carolina. Boone Creek is a town as quiet as a whisper, where few exciting things occur. The population of Boone Creek is miniscule, and most of the pe ...more
Terri
I have been a fan of Nicholas Sparks books for years. That being said, I had to give this book 3 stars for one reason only. I actually did like the book, I thought it was a great story, it was well-written as always, and it kept me wanting to see what was going to happen next. A little predictable at times, but you have to expect that from a writer whose style you have memorized. He really illustrates the settings, and pulls you into the romance of it all; tears were shed on the pages! However, ...more
Dana Gardi
Solid 3.5 stars

In the end it did what I want in Nicholas Sparks books and that's to make me smile.
I started this book twice before and I could only ever continue beyond the first couple chapters (this was my third time and my last try to get into it). The first 100 pages were really hard for me to get into because it deals with a lot of science elements that I'm personally not a fan of. When Jeremy meets Lexie it starts to pick up and (like most Nicholas Sparks books) it became really addicting.
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Michael Jenkins
I have read all the other books by Nicholas Sparks besdies Three Weeks with my brother,and this book does not disappoint. Jeremy Marsh is a thirty something media journalist who resides in New York. In addition to writing stories he travels to New Bern Carolina to cover a story on ghostly lights that appear appears to be legend. Lexi is the woman is the southern woman he meets, while invesitgating the ghostly lights, he has to make a decision that would change his wife. Unlike many other books b ...more
April
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Rebecca
Dec 19, 2007 Rebecca rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: self-inducing a coma
Horrible. I had to force myself to finish it. I feel like reading this book robbed me of time I will never get back. I loved The Notebook, but absolutely hated this story.
Samantha Haynes
I thought True Believer by Nicolas Sparks seemed better in my head then it actually was. The relationship between Jeremy and Lexie was so rushed. Beside that small problem, I had a good time staying up late reading True Believer. The over all purpose of the book seems confusing to me. Of course, every Nicolas Sparks book has a major PLOT TWIST! To me, I feel as if Sparks's newer books are much better then is older books. The plot is always unpredictable, and it makes it so you can't stop in the ...more
Scott Taylor
A nicely crafted, romantic story about doing the right thing and learning to love when all hope is lost. And I really related to Jeremy. He and I had a lot in common, as it turned out.

The story was simple enough, about an investigative journalist who heads to a small town to investigate some strange happenings at the cemetery. Lights are appearing in strange ways at odd hours of the night. As a skeptic, he is making it his job to expose the truth behind the phenomena. But he is a skeptic with a
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Bre
I honestly can't give True Believer more than 2 stars because it was just a little...sappy. I really tried to get into it, telling myself stay strong and finish!(I've been horrible about not giving books enough of a chance before.)And while the last pages chapters honestly had me picking up the pace, my face looked like this when I finished: :/ Meh, whatever.
Jeremy and Lexie just didn't hold my interest. I tried hard to like and connect with them, but there wasn't much of a spark in this Spark
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Alexis Ulrich
Mar 17, 2010 Alexis Ulrich rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alexis by: Friends
As a science journalist with a regular column in Scientific American, Jeremy Marsh specializes in debunking the supernatural. A born skeptic, he travels to the small town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, determined to find the real cause behind the ghostly apparitions that appear in the town cemetery. What he doesn't plan on however, is meeting and falling hopelessly in love with Lexie Darnell, granddaughter of the town psychic. Now, if the young lovers are to have any kind of future at all, Jere ...more
Michelle
So I can't believe that I am going to admit to this, but about two weeks ago, I went to see Safe Haven. Perhaps my feminine tendencies toward the sappy were taking over, and then next thing I know, I'm sitting in a dark movie theater with a little bag of popcorn and some soda. And I'm watching a Nicholas Sparks movie.

And then I'm driving home and thinking to myself...I actually liked it. Not because it was brilliantly done or destined to win awards. Oh, and then I guess that must have triggered
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Stefanie
i just figured that i need to read this first before At First Sight. and unfortunately, i reversed the order. i'm feeling somewhat weird. reading the after then the before. xD

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And again, the story of Jeremy-Lexie doesn't satisfy me just like At First Sight.

True Believer tells the story of New York columnist, Jeremy Marsh, who is quite popular for revealing mysteries and some sort. One day he got a letter from Doris. She wants Jeremy to explain the mystery of a mysterious light coming out in c
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Joy
Jeremy Marsh is the ultimate New Yorker: handsome, almost always dressed in black, and part of the media elite. An expert on debunking the supernatural with a regular column in "Scientific American," he's just made his first appearance on national TV. When he receives a letter from the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, about ghostly lights that appear in a legend-shrouded cemetery, he can't resist driving down to investigate. Here, in this tightly knit community, Lexie Darnell runs the t ...more
Angie Chan
A creepy mystery at Boone Creek, a small town in North Carolina, calls for the attention of Jeremy Marsh, an investigative journalist. The transition from a big city to a small town is hard for him. But, there, he finds more than he had ever expected to. From old legends to new loves, he is in for a wild ride.
When mysterious lights start appearing above a cemetery, hovering above the many tombstones, the town mayor asks for the help of Jeremy Marsh to investigate where they're coming from. With
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Robin Auger
This was my very first Nicholas Sparks book, and I must admit, it left me wanting to read more of his books to see what kind of other stories this man has. Of course, I've seen many movies, but nothing compares to a book :)

This story started off really slow. So slow, I almost gave up reading it and even fell asleep on top of it at one point (though thats most likely because of the sleep-deprivation from work). Other than that, by mid book, the story really started to pick up and you can see the
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Victoria
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Duchess Nicole
Okay, this is only the second book by Nicholas Sparks that I've 'read.' And for the record, I actually listened to the audiobook. I'm pretty sure that skewed my opinion, as I really disliked the narrator. Not sure why, but his voice just made the 'romantic' parts really cheesy sounding.

The story was okay. It's about a little bitty town that has a legend of ghosts in the cemetery, and the big-city writer who comes to write a story about it. He meets the local librarian, Lexi, and they participat
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As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist's assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

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