The Possible World – Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

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The Details

Author: Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

Genre/category: General Fiction

Release date: 12th July 2018

Where can I buy it? Here


This is going to be a difficult one to review, because I don’t want to give any hint of the plot away. But I’ll do my best!

The book follows three people –

Ben is a young boy and a survivor of a horrific attack that took his mother and friends. Alone in the hospital, he doesn’t seem to remember anything that happened to him.

Lucy is a doctor in the midst of a painful break up and an immensely pressured time at work. She is called to treat Ben when he is first admitted to hospital, and no matter what is going on in her life, she can’t seem to stop thinking about him.

Finally, Clare is a lady living in a care home, not speaking to many people, and refusing to divulge anything about her past, her family, or any aspect of her life, until she meets a friend who persuades her to tell her story.

Ultimately, the three stories meet in a way that was completely unexpected. I can’t say any more about the plot, except that it left me feeling satisfied when I finished it. Each thread felt detailed and exciting enough to keep me hooked, and every time the book hinted at how the stories might meet, it spurred me on even more. In fact, this is the only book recently that has kept me up past my bedtime (believe me, I’m perpetually exhausted, so this is a great compliment.)

Some of the scenes were pretty dark, but not as bad as other books I’ve read. In fact, I felt in particular Ben’s opening scene was really effectively written without being too gory. I don’t enjoy books that really exploit violence for shock value – The Possible World definitely isn’t guilty of that.

Ben, Lucy, and Clare stuck around in my head and continue to be there, even after I’ve read other books – which I think is a pretty good sign.

I don’t want to say anymore – sorry this is so short – but I don’t want to give anything away. If you like a story with lots of twists and turns and emotion, I’d definitely recommend it – an excellent story about humanity and how we connect with each other.


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