Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A World I Never Made” as Want to Read:
A World I Never Made
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A World I Never Made

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  1,508 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his estranged daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan's and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help.
This sends Pat on an odyssey that stretches across France and into the Czech Re
ebook, 262 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Story Plant
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A World I Never Made, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A World I Never Made

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,956)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I was rather disappointed with this book, the general idea was interesting and the book could have been so much better. It starts off with an American father being summoned to France to identify the body of his estranged daughter, who has apparently committed suicide. Her suicide was faked, and it isn't her body. So far so good.
Then we start to get into the various stereotypes, the father is a strong silent American, the French are vain and haughty, the Arabic Muslims are hellbent on internation
Pat Nolan has been estranged from his daughter, Megan for a long time. The last time he spoke to her was when she called him on Christmas day. Since then he has not heard a word from her. So you can imagine his surprise when he receives a farewell letter from Megan. She committed suicide.

Pat travels half way around the world to retrieve his daughter’s remains. When he arrives in Paris, he learns that Megan gave birth to a son. He also discovers that Megan was not in Paris the whole time but liv
This book contains all the elements of a great thriller, suspense, foreign locations, terrorists and a touch of romance. LePore had me hooked from the very first page and kept me turning the pages until I found myself with no more pages to turn.

The characters have a slight touch of believability to them and I think this is because the reader can relate to the baggage that all the characters are carrying around with them. This baggage added reality to the novel and this helps to add depth to the
A World I Never Made is a novel of international suspense and mystery. With mild to moderate expletives and violence, it is not suggested for those who are not mature readers. Written from both Pat Nolan's and Megan's perspective, we are taken back and forth in time to enrapture the reader as author, James LePore, sheds light on the mysterious Megan and her ties to the influential and wealthy men of Europe.

Pat Nolan receives a call from the French police in Paris that his estranged daughter, Meg
Mishel Zabala
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I like reading suspenseful books but I wouldn’t consider the suspense genre a favorite of mine. Still there are times when I come across a suspense novel that I enjoy a lot more than I thought I would. After reading the synopsis of A World I Never Made I felt I’d have a pretty decent reading experience. But it wasn’t long after I actually started the book that I got sucked into the story. The premise of the story is what first got my attention. Pat Nolan is sent to claim th
The book talks about the ill effects of terrorism, focusing on how the lives of a father and his daughter were changed. The writing was straight-forward; no fuss. I liked how the author interspersed the present and past times. The start was a little bit slow for me but the pace picked up as the story progressed.

I finished reading this the day after a gunman ran amok in his neighborhood south of Manila, firing at will. A few days ago on New Year's Eve, a 7-year old girl was hit by a stray bullet
Lynnette Phillips
Words like riveting, compelling and page-turner are so overused they have become less than they should be. The problem here is they describe this suspense thriller rather aptly.

James LePore has created a plot so gripping, so absorbing that you literally cannot put it down and on occasion even begin to imagine yourself in the character’s situation.

Pat Nolan has been summoned to Paris to identify the body of his daughter. Any parent can imagine the anguish he feels as he waits for the sheet to be
Why, oh why do I feel compelled to finish something even when it's garbage? Ugh.

Filled with typos, stereotypes and bizarre sentence structure choices, this book was...not good.

On the other hand, it was $1.99 on Kindle and passed the time acceptably while I was at the laundromat.

But, yeah, not recommended. Unless you like thrillers filled with scheming Roma, terrorist Muslims and super tough (yet emotional) Americans.

Oh, and haughty French people.
Molly Temple
I'd describe this as a quite well-written, moderately attention-grabbing thriller with an abrupt ending. It didn't take me long to get into this book, and the plot was certainly interesting enough to keep me reading, but once you get to the last pages (and have most likely figured out long before what's going on), it sort of feels like the author hit a page limit and was like, oops, better get this over with. Some of the relationships felt rushed to me - especially the two biggest relationships ...more
I absolutely loved this book! I was riveted by it. This story is a good read if you like suspense, Clancy like novels. The characters are so flawed and realistic. The strength of character and the self realization of one's pride and weaknesses and the choices we make because of them really appealed to me.
Nancy Baker
My son has served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and I sometimes have difficulty reading stories that deal with terrorists and/or fanatic Muslims. However, I was drawn into this story from a parent's perspective as the father searches so diligently for a daughter who missing. Though her disapperance has just made itself known, the fact that his daughter has been "lost to him" since childhood haunts him and offers him one last chance to reconnect. A moving story about the lengths one can go in ...more
Pat Nolan is called to Paris to identify the body of his daughter, Megan, a suicide. When he gets there, though, the body is not Megan’s, and Pat instinctively knows she is still alive somewhere, and that she concocted this whole scheme as a call for help. He keeps this a secret, and leads everyone to believe she is in fact dead, as he knows she is in trouble somewhere. Working with a beautiful French detective, Catherine Laurence, Pat faces grave danger while globe-trekking on a search for his ...more
Looks like the main character's daughter is involved in terrorist. She has faked her own suicide.

"Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his estranged daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan's and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help.

This sends Pat on an odyssey that stretches across France and into the Czech Republic and that makes him
I felt I'd read this novel before, or at least parts of it, but maybe it's more accurate to say "seen" instead of "read," because it reads like a B-movie screenplay. It's an international thriller with Gypsies, which is the one element that keeps it from being totally generic. It's readable, and I did finish it, but my sense of frustration was high throughout, constantly refueled by ridiculous numbers of typos. I've complained about poor ebook editing before; apparently nothing's changed. If you ...more
A World I Never Made is based on an interesting premise- dad finds out daughter is dead but not only does it turn out she's not but she's in some big trouble. Sadly enough, while I enjoyed James LePore’s newest thriller in some ways, it ended up not being the book for me for several reasons in the end.

Pat Nolan and his daughter Megan never had a close relationship, due to his lack of parenting during her childhood, her whirlwind travel and behavior as well as a few other factors. However, when
It’s January 2004 and Pat Nolan has received a call from Paris informing him that his estranged daughter Megan (well-travelled, freelance journalist) has committed suicide. When he gets to Paris it is revealed that the body is not Megan and she has left behind a strange suicide note to stage her death. The plot thickens when he finds out she had been staying in Morocco for some time with an extended diplomatic visa and she is hiding from a powerful enemy who stops at nothing to exact revenge.

Apr 13, 2011 LORI CASWELL rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JOHN BETCHER
Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan's and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help.

This sends Pat on an adventure that stretches across France and into the Czech Republic and that makes him the target of both the French police and a band of international terrorists. Joining Pat on his search is Ca
Life takes an interesting turn when Megan Nolan, a young American journalist investigating terrorist cells in Morocco, meets a handsome Saudi national who offers her easy access to the region where the terrorists are known to hide. Lahani, however, is not what he seems to be and Megan soon finds herself running from invisible assailants.

Fast forward a year and Pat, Megan’s father, is called and asked to travel to Europe to identify his daughter. As his journey leads him to clues that Megan has
Murder, mystery, suspense and terrorists are what this book is about. I am not normally in the habit of reading a book of this nature but once you begin the first chapter this intense book is impossible to put down. I literally read it straight to the end…only stopping when I had to. So much for laundry…and dinner.

It is a story about a father and his daughter in alternating chapters. The premise is that Pat Nolan is called to Paris to identify his daughter’s dead body. It is believed that she ha
The novel, A World I Never Made, opens with Patrick Nolan sitting across from a French Inspector. He holds his daughter's suicide note in his hands. He had never been close to his daughter, Megan. After his wife died while giving birth to their only child, Pat held onto his guilt and kept his distance from her. Megan's death brings his regrets to the surface. Only, as Pat will soon discover, it is not Megan's body which lies in the coroner's office. Under the impression that Megan was trying to ...more

I get a sense of the mystery of this book by looking at the cover: The lady on it ... is it Catherine or is it Megan? Why is she standing in a hallway all by herself? Is she looking for someone? Waiting on someone? Is she friend or foe?


The book was set in European countries, which helped lend an air of mystery to the story. The characters were extremely realistic and believable. Even though there were some back-and-forth moments in the book, the story flowed smoothly and flawlessly. The
In A World I Never Made, American Pat Nolan is called to Paris to claim the body of his daughter Megan. Apparently Megan was suffering from cancer and commited suicide. Megan had been traveling the world working as a freelance journalist for many years and Pat went for long stretches of time without seeing her. Pat raised Megan alone because her mother died during childbirth. However, when Pat sees the body, he knows right away it is not his daughter. For some reason Megan faked her death and Pa ...more
I've had this for a while now. I got it as either a low cost or free offer from Amazon and have had it in my "to read" stack for a while. I really enjoyed this much more than I expected that I would. The author has created characters that I found myself caring about. Yes, it is a "thriller" so we are presented with the obligatory action sequences. But, he has kept these more believable than most. There are some typographical and grammar errors as noted by some other reviewers but I didn't find t ...more
Pat Nolan is summoned to Paris to identify his estranged daughter, Megan's body. He's told that she had terminal cancer and committed suicide.

When Catherine Lawrence, a police detective in Paris, shows Pat the body, he sees that it isn't Megan. He also realizes that Megan staged her death and must be in trouble and needs him.

Catherine is told that Carles Raimondi of the Foreign Office is asking about Megan and concerned of the quick cremation of the body. Catherine is ordered to befriend Pat and
Wendy Gina Ewurum
Patrick Nolan is a father searching for his daughter in the wake of being summoned from his home in America’s Midwest to Paris in order to identify her body. He tells the police it is his daughter despite the knowledge that even though this woman looks remarkably like his daughter, she is not.
He realises his estranged, independent daughter must be in over her head this time if she took the trouble to fake her death. It soon becomes clear that on one of her globe trots she made some po
A World I Never Made is ostensibly a story about a father and daughter finding each other in the wake of the new age of terrorism. Pat Nolan flies to France to identify the body of his daughter, Megan, only to discover that she faked her suicide. He teams up with a female policeofficer to track down the real Megan, while a parallel narrative taking place a year earlier slowly unveils how Megan found herself in such a desperate situation.

The description is much more entertaining than the book its
In James LePore's debut novel, A WORLD I NEVER MADE, Pat Nolan is called to Paris to identify the body of his daughter Megan who was believed to have committed suicide. His relationship with Megan has always been a rocky one and at best they see each other once a year. But when Nolan arrives, he discovers that the body is not Megan's and she has left him a cryptic clue indicating she is in trouble and needs his help.

As Nolan investigates further into the mystery of his daughter's disappearance h
I really liked this book,it kept me reading. I thought the story line was original and it was well written. It was a free download for Kindle and was not disappointed by it. It is a story about a father and estranged daughter who find each other after a lifetime of mutal disappointment in each other. Megan's mother who died in childbirth at age of 20 in the jungles of Paraguay, is lef to be raised by her then 21 yearold father Pat. He is not equipped or mature enough to handle his wife's death l ...more
Jun 18, 2009 Staci rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Staci by: Lisa from TLC Book Tours
Shelves: 2009-reads
My Thoughts:

I don't owe you or anybody an explanation, but I think you'll appreciate the irony of a suicide note coming from a person who has abhorred tradition all of her life.

This is the first line of the book (published version may be different from ARC), which totally pulled me into the story and had my interest until I finished. The book takes off with lightening speed and transitions between the years 2003 and 2004. The author weaves the story using Megan's past and her father's pres
Sarah Sammis
Paris is one of those hot bed cities for international thrillers. Joining the ranks of The Bourne Identity and The Da Vinci Code (among others) is A World I Never Made, the debut novel by James LePore.

The novel starts with an apparent suicide and an estranged father being forced to come to Paris to claim the body of a daughter who will forever remind him of his wife's untimely death. The book though is no simple suicide investigation; the body in the morgue isn't Megan.

There are three main story
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 98 99 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
2015 Reading Chal...: A World I Never Made by James LePore 2 23 Aug 20, 2015 01:24PM  
  • From the Ashes
  • Moscow Sting (Anna Resnikov, #2)
  • Dead Politician Society (Clare Vengel Undercover, #1)
  • The Devil's Cradle (Kendall O'Dell #2)
  • County Line
  • Raven Strike (Dreamland, #13)
  • Protector
  • Summer of Fire (Yellowstone, #1)
  • Black Out (Inspector Troy, #1)
  • Needle in a Haystack
  • The Journey Home
  • Dark Legacy
  • Meet the Annas: A Musical Novel
  • Blue
  • Untouchable
  • Blood Ties (PI Julie Collins, #1)
  • The Hunt
  • The Blue Light Project
In 1999 I sold my law practice to write and take pictures full time. My photography can be seen at My first novel. 'A World I Never Made,' was released in April of 2009; the second, 'Blood of My Brother,' on December 25, 2010, and the third, 'Sons and Princes,' in April, 2011. 'Gods and Fathers' and 'The Fifth Man' complete what I call my Invictus cycle.
Since then I have d
More about James LePore...
Blood of My Brother Sons and Princes Gods and Fathers The Fifth Man No Dawn for Men: A Novel of Ian Fleming, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Nazi Germany

Share This Book