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True Believer (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell #1)

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  67,612 Ratings  ·  2,583 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Warner Books (first published 2003)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
True Believer is book one in the two book series, Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, by Nicholas Sparks.

Jeremy Marsh is thirty seven years old and is an investigative journalist. He is known for his scientific debunking abilities, such as outing a psychic as a fraud who claims to be able to speak to the dead. Jeremy lives in New York and is divorced. He was badly hurt in the process. It’s been several years. He is very good looking and has no problem with women, just hasn’t allowed himself to go
Maria Clara
Dicen que normalmente se conoce a los escritores por una obra: que una única novela es lo que les da la fama. Dicen, no sé si será cierto o no, y mucho menos en el caso de este escritor; aunque te vendan sus novelas como el autor que escribió El cuaderno de Noah. Con esto no quiero decir que ésta novela sea mala, ni mucho menos, es más, me ha gustado bastante, sin embargo, y después de leer Querido John, de este mismo autor, esperaba algo más.
De todas maneras, es una muy buena novela.
Nov 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
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
Alison Millwater
Jan 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
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
Aug 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Cape Fisherman
Oct 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Stephanie E
Dec 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Picked this up at a consignment shop. I was familiar with some of Sparks' other books which have been adapted into films, but had never read anything by him.

This was okay. Sparks has a talent for creating interesting and substantial characters (at least when they're not being annoyingly silly), and the writing is fine.

The story here isn't bad, either...or at least not all bad. Unfortunately, certain elements border on sappy-you-got-to-be-kidding-me. ***News Flash*** Intelligent women don't find
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads, chick-lit
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
Nov 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Agh, this book! My grandma gave me this to read, but even she was like, um, yeah, it's kind of lame, so read at your own risk. So, she did warn me, so this is all my fault.

I think my problem is that I don't appreciate love stories where the woman gets to act like a raging b*tch because she's been hurt in the past, but the man is supposed to chase after her, even after she pushes him away multiple times. Lexie, our female lead, irritated me because that was all she did. She'd been hurt in the pas
Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-shelf
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
Dec 05, 2014 marked it as descartados  ·  review of another edition
Quería leer esta bilogía hasta que descubrí que Nicholas mataba a su personaje principal, Lexie, y encima, tildándola de infiel, mala, mentirosa, y otras perlitas. Me parece horrible que le hiciera ESO a un personaje como Lexie, que es todo bondad. Encima, siempre debe morirse alguien. Y por lo general, las mujeres se llevan la palma. Pero Jeremy tiene suerte, su mujer se muere y él forma una familia feliz con otra mujer. Sí, porque los hombres deben ser afortunados y las mujeres deben morirse. ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
**2,5 estrelas**

Creio que este livro terá sido o que menos gostei do Nicholas Sparks.
O resumo promete, mistério, fenómenos estranhos com uma pitada de sobrenatural (quiçá!?) mas quanto a mim foi explorado de forma insípida. A desilusão é ainda maior quando afinal a causa dos supostos fantasmas é do conhecimento de todos menos por parte de quem investiga. A previsibilidade quando confirmada de forma tão evidente torna-se no mínimo, aborrecido.
Em comparação com outros que li do mesmo autor, est
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aleida Oskam
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I last read a Nicholas Sparks novel but when I started reading this one it reminded me again of why I love this author. Almost straight from page 1 he gets me into the story. And knows how to keep you interested. Sometimes you can figure the story out while reading it but that wasn't the case here. It kept me wondering how it would end till the end. All in all a good read.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf, 2016
Classificação: 3,5 em 5 estrelas
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Só tenho uma coisa a dizer, quase nada me surpreendeu neste livro. Se pensava eu que finalmente tinha conseguido ultrapassar a minha crise com Nicholas Sparks este livro mostrou-me que estou completamente enganada. Parece que apenas gosto dos livros mais antigos do escritor, não sei que se passa mas este livro não foi nada o que eu esperava, no mau sentido.

O enredo é deveras interessante, tenho de admitir
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Debbie Cordes
I first read this years ago and chose to re-read it because I am going to read the second book 'At First Sight'.
I'm not giving it a five because I feel some parts of the book dragged on a bit especially the beginning. I wasn't drawn in as much as I usually am from his books. I didn't feel a strong connection with the characters and parts of it was slow.
But I still thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the second book.
I enjoyed seeing Jeremy and Lexie fall in love and finally
I enjoy predictable love stories that have happy endings. I found "True Believer" to be one of those stories, and for that reason, I really liked the novel. At first, I thought this novel was difficult to begin reading. The first couple chapters take place in New York and focus on Jeremy Marsh's business success. However, when Jeremy travels down south to a small town in North Carolina, known as Boone Creek, the story starts to pick up pace. I really like the stereotype of a small town filled wi ...more
Cristina Ermac
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tears in the eyes, smile and laughter all along, butterflies in the stomach... Nicholas Sparks definitely knows how to make his readers feel as his main characters do. And I should definetely give a credit to his sense of humour which made me smile so many times. Not one of his best books (in my opinion) but still a very addictive and cute love story. I did like Lexie a lot, since I think this is how a woman should be, full of charm and mistery. Well,and Jeremy is definitely the guy that every w ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel, True Believer, by Nicholas Sparks was a very good book. Though it does take a few chapters to get your mind racing, What happens next? What just happened? , the book is a page turner from there on. It kept me guessing until the very last sentence. I have read many of Sparks other books and this book is something special. I believe this book tells a story that, in many of his other books as well, can really happen. This story isn't a piece of fiction with dragons and ghosts but has a t ...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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