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James True was not there when he died.

He returned from an out-of-body experience to find that he'd been murdered and mutilated. He had no body to go back to.

But who murdered him? The serial killer terrorizing the city--or someone closer? True had no enemies, at least none that he knew of.

To discover the truth, James True must track down his killer. The initial horror of T
Paperback, 373 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Tor Books (first published 2003)
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Jun 09, 2013 Bandit rated it liked it
On a quest to read Herbert, came across this one at the library. This is a good book of his to borrow from the library instead of buying, since it's not really his best. It's an interesting premise (a person away on an Out Of Body Experience OBE comes back to find his body brutally murdered and has to find out what happened), sympathetic narrator, plenty of twists that make the book's name so appropriate and even a moral. Just something about it didn't sing for me the way some of his other books ...more
Wendy Koedoot
Jun 19, 2015 Wendy Koedoot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James True is een zakenman , getrouwd met Andrea en ze hebben een dochter, Primrose. James heeft vanaf kinds af aan al een bepaalde gave, namelijk dat hij “Out of body experiences” heeft, oftewel in het Nederlands, zijn astrale (geestelijke) lichaam kan uit zijn fysieke lichaam treden. De eerste zin van het boek is : “ik was er niet bij toen ik doodging. Echt,ik was er niet…” Hij had op dat moment juist een buitenlichamelijke ervaring… hij vind zijn verminkte lichaam terug en vraagt zich af wat ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an unusual topic for a story! This is my first James Herbert book and it certainly won't be my last. What a great book to start off the James Herbert readership with. The story is about James True who has out of body experiences (abbreviated to OBE for simplificity) which he learns to control until he has them almost down to a fine art. However on his last OBE, he returns to his body to find it mutilated and rather dead! He is therefore in limbo land and unable to return back to his body an ...more
Justin Green
Jun 16, 2013 Justin Green rated it really liked it
James True has always had the ability to leave his own body.
It's a skill that gets better with practice just like any other, and despite early reservations and inefficiency toward this latent ability, True begins to accept it and hone it, though it's always in the background of his life.
Because he's a successful man.
A partner in a thriving advertising company, he's happily married with a beautiful daughter. Much of his energy is directed into his business and his personal life, this is until
May 11, 2015 Gav451 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, there is nothing like a James Herbert back on form. After the horror (metaphorical rather than literal) that was 'Once' I find myself once more in the horror (literal) that is 'Nobody True'. This book would suggest that, as I had hoped, that Once was a blip rather than a dip in the form of the writer.

This is a classic James Herbert. Based on a solid story there are really dark elements of this book. The book is a single volume so you know that when you get to the end it will actually be the
Marcel Van der rijst
Een spannend verhaal, met een persoonlijke toets.

Het is al weer een tijd geleden dat ik een boek van een van mijn favoriete Horror schrijver James Herbert heb gelezen en het was ook een verrassing dat ik dit boek tegen kwam.

Het boek verhaalt over de bevindingen die James True ondergaat als hij zijn lichaam heeft verlaten voordat hij op een gruwelijke manier wordt vermoord. Je leest over hoe hij tot dit punt is gekomen en hoe het verder gaat. Zijn zoektocht naar zijn moordenaar en de gruwelen die
Fien Dewolf
Jul 12, 2015 Fien Dewolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Over zijn lijk’ is het eerste boek van James Herbert dat ik in handen krijg.
Ik dacht de verhaallijn wel wat te kunnen voorspellen omdat dit niet mijn eerste Vintage Mysterie-boek is.
Maar niets is minder waar.

Het levensverhaal van James True (of eerder sterfverslag) begint zeer omschrijvend.
Iets waar je als lezer voor valt of net niet.
Ikzelf was van in het begin helemaal mee met de schrijfstijl en het aangename leesgevoel.
Maar het duurde toch even voor hoofdpersonage James me volledig in zijn ve
Michael Stretton
Dec 23, 2014 Michael Stretton rated it it was amazing
I don't read anywhere near enough books and when I have finished one I nearly always take time out for my other interests. It's wrong I know and I'm missing out on so many good books - I'll put that right soon.

Well Nobody True by James Herbert, it hits all the right chords with me.Maybe I see the books that I've read as being better that how others rate the book because I don't read often enough - but personally I think that the authors I read tend to write from an often twisted perspective.....
Julian Jun
Oct 04, 2014 Julian Jun rated it really liked it
This book is amazing and weird at the same time which makes the book interesting. The main character, Jim It had a mom while he's dad was gone before Jim made his 3rd birthday, while his dad flirting with other ladies which made them split. However, it wasn't a divorce because it was never official and his dad was dead so it discontinued the alimony payments When he uses swear words, it gives me an strong emotion of this author. I can also understand him swearing because being our of his body, ...more
Mar 07, 2010 Lngway2go rated it it was ok
Unfortunately I was just never engaged... The murder of the body of a man who is having an out of body experience was an interesting idea, but it quickly became apparent that this was just going to get frustrating - lots of can't do this, can't touch that. Things get interesting towards the end as the tension builds for the finale, but it's too late to recapture what Herbert is normally good at. Hate to say it, but this was a pretty boring read.
Denise Allen
Dec 11, 2012 Denise Allen rated it it was amazing
I have been a James Herbert fan for years and loved this most unusual book. He has an easy-to-read style of writing and always makes good use of his excellent imagination. I was afraid that the subject matter would pall but it steadily increased my interest until I could not put it aside for any length of time. It left me with much to think about. Brilliant book and excellent writing.
Oct 11, 2014 Sharon rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Previous to "Nobody True" I have read two other James Herbert books, "The Ghosts of Sleath" and "Others" both which I enjoyed. On that strength I can't believe James Herbert actually wrote this book - it's almost like he went into a school and said to the students "Ok, here is the outline for the story, now go write the whole book and I'll print the winning one under my name"!!! It's pretty bad. Poorly written, repetitive (how many times can he tell us he can't tell how much time has passed or w ...more
Sep 30, 2015 Tanya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read-it
To be honest I loved this book! I'm a huge stephen king fan and when I was introduced to james Herbert i really didn't expect them to be so gripping. This book kept me guessing, it was emotional and the twist at the end floored me! I've since read many more james Herbert books and each one is amazing.
Carole Ross
Jan 31, 2015 Carole Ross rated it liked it
I read this book a few years ago when I had nothing else to read. It was in fact at the time my boyfriend who read this book and I was curious of the title and wanting to find more about it. it was the first I read from JH. The story is really scaring and I had to put the book down a few times as the details were so realistic and terrifying. some of the chapters contains really shocking details that I find it hard to read. I had a few nightmare too so I guess this is a really good story if you l ...more
Julie Kellner
Feb 10, 2016 Julie Kellner rated it it was amazing
This was a unique concept for a book & it didn't disappoint. The story was original & powerful & I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's been many years since I've read this book & one of my favourite James Herbert books.
Gaynor Powell
Jun 04, 2007 Gaynor Powell rated it it was amazing
this has got to be up there in the top five best books i've ever read it is awesome,brilliant i could not put it down.
very weird but oh so possible if you believe,read it if you get the chance.
Aug 18, 2015 Dark-Draco rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I've been a fan of Herbert for a long time and, on the evidence that I have owned this book for a while and there are creases in the spine, I must of read it, yet I honestly couldn't remember a single thing other than the very basic plot. Which is a murder mystery, told from the point of view of a spirit/ghost/soul who was having an out of body experience at the time of his murder. Then things get a little muddied.

I think it's a great idea. And I liked James True as a character, feeling for him
Marissa Farrar
Nov 10, 2010 Marissa Farrar rated it liked it
Nobody True:

Jim True wasn’t there when he died. While he was ‘away’ on an out-of-body experience (something he has been able to do since he was a child) someone murders him. They chop his body into little pieces so he has nothing to come back to. In the days, weeks, and months that follow Jim True finds out things about his life he wishes he had never known. And in that time he tries to discover exactly who killed him – was it the serial killer who is terrorising the city, or was it someone much
Jul 11, 2011 Billy rated it did not like it
Nobody True - more like Nothing New.
One of Herbert's worst books, a copycat of Body Rides by Laymon with a bit of OBE real-case cliched stuff thrown in. I've been a fan of his for some time, but this book confirmed my suspicion that he's losing it. The book is about an ad exec who, once murdered, comes back as a ghost because he's been astrally projecting in his youth. The book is divided, slow and cliched to start, then fast and almost-Herbert towards the end, just before Herbert decides to go
Went to the library to track down 'The Spear' by James Herbert, after just seeing an episode of 'Da Vinci's Demons' on pay-tv. (Both the novel and the tv show are about the Spear of Destiny that pierced Christ's side while he hung on the cross.) As it is with libraries, they had every novel but the one I wanted, so I borrowed 'Nobody True' in it's stead... then... do-do-do-do... I found out that Herbert had died in March - spooky - I was reading a novel about a character whose body was killed wh ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Jake rated it liked it

Herbert's cleverly titled, Nobody True, had a premise that promised an etherial murder mystery which, unfortunately, the book didn't deliver.

Unlike Herbert's other work, I didn't find NT to be a 'chiller.' While reading I did not feel the usual sense of portent. In fact, I was rather bored. If I wasn't a Herbert fan, I'd probably have put the book down as the story didn't grab me until about half way through the book. In fact, I actually found the writing condescending as Herbert insisted on hol
Oct 27, 2007 Caroline rated it did not like it
Shelves: british
Written in first person, the narrator, James True, is dead. During life he was capable of undertaking out of body experiences, all beyond his control. It first happened when he was seriously injured in an accident, then it happened when he slept, then it was if he day-dreamed. At age thirty-two, he left his body one night after a particularly stressful work-day and when he returned he had no body to go back to. It had been mutilated beyond recognition. So why wasn’t he dead?
Turns out poor James
May 07, 2010 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
'He wasn't there when he died' And so starts an enjoyable and graphic murder mystery that follows James True as he tries to figure out who killed him and why. The situation is made more intriguing as True was in the middle of an Out of Body Experience (OBE) at the time of his murder and so is stuck in a kind of limbo with no clue as to what he is or where he is. Although slow to start this is an entertaining and at times graphic read that tries to balance all the different sides to a mildly comp ...more
Dmitri Parker
Jun 10, 2015 Dmitri Parker rated it did not like it
This book is just a tragic disappointment. Plot, characters, prose. Everything.
The premise of the book promised an interesting adventure story, but it quickly evolved into a hopeless let-down.
I won't elaborate on all the things I didn't like or on the zero number of things I liked, but this is one of the few books I recommend you don't read.
It doesn't have anything to say, it doesn't challenge you in any way and it doesn't bring you any added value.
Look, I'm even keeping this review to a minimu
Charly Fitzpatrick
Sep 08, 2014 Charly Fitzpatrick rated it it was ok
Another James Herbert and as always the set up is great. Sadly things go down hill and there is a particularly nasty bit of racism that means "Nobody True" is horror for Daily Mail readers. There is also a mish-mash of theology and the narrator is many points described as "Gullible" - Pain in the back-side more like!

"Nobody True" is almost 400 [ages long - it would have been better at half that length. Not good.
Nov 26, 2015 Gea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Toen ik zag dat er weer een boek in het Nederlands was vertaald van James Herbert, kon ik het niet afwachten om hem te lezen, en ik ben er heel blij mee. Wat weer een goed boek van deze fantastische schrijver. Wat mij betreft mogen alle boeken van hem wel vertaald worden in het Nederlands.
Jill Manske
Jan 04, 2014 Jill Manske rated it it was ok
This is one bizarre book! The lead character has a history of OBE's (out of body experiences) and happens to be in the middle of one, in a different part of London than his body, when his body is brutally murdered. He has to figure out who killed him and protect others from being killed, all the while in an altered ghost-like state. If it sounds wacky, you're right. I know Herbert is one of the top thriller writers in Great Britain. But this particular book just didn't engage me at all. Even the ...more
Nov 20, 2007 Andrea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like thrillers / horror
Shelves: bookcrossing
It's not quite a horror novel, but I think you have to lik the horror genre to like Nobody True.

Short synopsis: Our protagonist can astral project (out of body experiences), and one night when he's out 'travelling', he's murdered. Was it a serial killer, or someone far more sinister?

I really enjoyed The Fog, which was why I picked this up at the Edinburgh BookCrossing meetup this month. I finished it in about two days, reading at bedtime. I thought it was told really well, giving me a good idea
Oct 09, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This is my first experience reading a crime thriller by the fantastically through provoking and intense novelist 'James Hebert'.
I must admit , this novel was rather disturbing in content and defiantly not what I was initially expecting. There are a few scenes which will defiantly be difficult to forget due to the severity of the situation. There is also a extremely intriguing and shocking plot twist towards the end of the novel. I would not however recommend this book to anyone under the age of
Oct 04, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I liked the premise, and raced through the book towards the end, but it could have been better-edited - there was a fair bit of repetition, explanation and things in brackets that wasn't needed.
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