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The Possible World

by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz

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LoveReading View on The Possible World

This is quite simply a wonderfully gorgeous must-read! My whole being poured into ‘The Possible World’, soaked up the words, the feelings, the story. Six year old Ben is left traumatised after a violent crime, Lucy the doctor who initially treats Ben in the Emergency Room has her own issues, while Clare has lived a lifetime of secrets, is she ready to tell her story? Each chapter is headed by one of the characters, each story, stands resolute, almost isolated, and yet a transparent thread weaves between them, creating a cobweb of a connection. Liese O’Halloran Schwarz writes with such beautiful heartfelt emotion, yet is also able to communicate stark realism. At certain points, my mind clouded in confusion, before clarity hit me like a hammer blow. I adored the storyline, the mysterious, spellbinding route that is taken almost feels as though you happen upon it by chance. I read without stopping, completely consumed by the story and it hurt when I turned the final page, when I had to come back into my world. I still ache when I think about ‘The Possible World’, it truly is a beautiful read and will topping my books of the year. 

Liz Robinson

The Possible World Synopsis

Ben is the sole survivor of a crime that claims his mother and countless others. He is just six years old, and already he must find a new place for himself in the world. Lucy, the doctor who tends to Ben, is grappling with a personal upheaval of her own. She feels a profound connection to the little boy who has lived through the unthinkable. Will recovering his memory heal him, or damage him further? Clare has long believed that the lifetime of secrets she's been keeping don't matter to anyone anymore, until an unexpected encounter prompts her to tell her story. As they each struggle to confront the events - past and present - that have defined their lives, something stronger than fate is working to bring them together...

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The Possible World Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A beautifully crafted story of survival which will have you crying and cheering in turn. Full review

Lizzy Dingemans

A must-read novel, beautifully written and hauntingly memorable. Full review

Heather Byrne

An uplifting beautiful story that will delight the readers of many genres. Full review

Catherine Bryce

The Possible World is a rather confusing book about three main characters who all have their own problems. The confusion eventually disappears but put me off a little as I had to concentrate a lot spoiling my reading being relaxing. Full review


Unique and uplifting. A story of tragedies, but there is redemption in love and friendship, no matter how unlikely. Totally compelling. Full review

Sarah Jones

The writing is very very good - it is so enjoyable to read, once you start you will not be able to tear yourself away - it should come with some sort of health warning! Full review

Kathy Martin

A captivating read! Full review

Laura Rowland

A skillfully executed and powerful novel which combines emotion, intrigue and passion. Full review

Val Rowe

Read it; it will relight your belief in the miraculous power of love over loss. Full review

melanie chadwick

Totally absorbing thriller following the separate yet intertwining lives of a child, a doctor and an elderly lady. Full review

Phylippa Smithson

A powerful and outstanding novel which will stay with the reader for a long time. Full review

Maxine Broadbent

Intricate exploration, spanning nearly a century, of the power of maternal love. Full review

Linde Merrick

A beautifully written, original and absorbing story about how different peoples lives can be connected in the most unusual of ways. It’s both and sad and uplifting at the same time. Full review

Adrienne Kinsella

A beautiful, compelling book. Beautifully written, eloquent and moving. I will remember this book long after finishing. Full review

Sharon Wood

Gorgeous. Beautifully written, with just the right mix of poetic descriptions, interesting characters and an intriguing plot. Full review

Ceri Edwards

A creative, engaging tale of three people's individual and collective stories. Full review

Annie Day

A really beautiful book that is currently being passed around my entire family to read. Full review

Charlotte Walker

The Possible World Press Reviews

In hauntingly beautiful prose, Schwarz weaves a complicated story that spans nearly a century, from the Great Depression until the present day... Full of imagination and nostalgia, loss and redemption - Kirkus

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ISBN: 9781786331182
Publication date: 12/07/2018
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786331182
Publication date: 12th July 2018
Author: Liese O'Halloran Schwarz
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Star Books,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Liese O'Halloran Schwarz

Liese O'Halloran Schwarz is an ER doctor who wrote her first novel, Near Canaan, while she was still at medical school. Now, nearly thirty years on, her second novel, The Possible World, traces the converging lives of a young boy who witnesses a brutal murder, the doctor who tends to him, and an elderly woman guarding long-buried secrets. She attended Harvard University and then medical school at University of Virginia. While in medical school, she won the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Prize and also published her first novel, Near Canaan. She currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is at ...

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