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True Believer

(Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  78,600 ratings  ·  3,001 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-shr ...more
Paperback, 465 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (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 beyo
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
True Believer (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #1), Nicholas Sparks
True Believer is a 2005 romance novel written by American author Nicholas Sparks. Pursuing a scientific explanation for a disturbing phenomenon, Jeremy's skeptical nature is thrown off course when he meets Lexie,the town librarian. As they work together, ghostly occurrences and passionate moments converge, forcing Jeremy to realize that there are some truths science cannot explain, as he finally appreciates the pleasure of explorin
Alison Millwater
Jan 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Shima Mahmoudi
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Took me ages to finish this book.
My experience:
Never start reading a book with high expectations. Actually never do anything with expectations. Your imagination sets the bar too high to be achieved.
Normal story
Normal characters
Ordinary romance
Aug 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
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

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
Jeremy is a journalist who only believes in what he sees. Through the mysterious lights in Boone Creek, he gets to know the beautiful Lexi and through her, he starts to believe in miracles after all.
Dec 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God this book was a very good book it was a little bit different than what Nicholas Sparks normally writes
Jennifer Parr
Not my favorite Sparks novel but that ending though!!
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas Sparks always writes a feel-good book which is just what I wanted during this difficult time.
Stephanie E
Dec 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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. ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Michala Geraty
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
***True Believer, by Nicholas Sparks, is a romance and realistic fiction novel. Nicholas Sparks is a popular and accomplished author of many love stories, and this book is no exception. True Believer revolves around the potential love story of two main characters, Lexie Darnell and Jeremy Marsh. It develops with themes of personal sacrifice and the urge to lead where love directs. Jeremy Marsh is a young man from New York City who is famous for debunking myths. On a work trip to Boone Creek, Nor ...more
rené lauren
Nov 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Maneesha Reddy
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mr. Sparks has got the spark for romantic genre. He has yet again proved to me with this book that his way of writing a book is very fascinating.
I love the way he has moulded a regular common story to a beautiful love story.
Petty things matter in life. Love is all about adjusting and understanding the other person ! And the most important key is it has to be both ways.

I love Nicholas’s books. True believer clearly states that if you believe in ur love ! It will come back to u :)
Ashley Drumm
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nicholas-sparks
I have never read a Nicholas Sparks book I didn't love. I wish he'd make all his books into movies. He writes the most beautiful Romance novels I've ever read. Makes a girl have faith real love is out there ...more
Jane Upshall
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had purchased the second book in this series without realizing there was a first book. So I listened to this one on audible. The narrator was awful and the music in the background was annoying. I never give up on a book so I persevered. It was just an ok story . Not much to keep my interest really . Too predictable! Let’s hope the second one improves.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
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
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbtr
I had mistakenly read the second part of this story first so as such it was fun as well a little bit strange to know how the stuff is going to pan out and also there was a wait for the events mentioned in the second part. It was nice overall.

People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading. I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while. I read almo
Cristina Ermac
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the n

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