In the opening chapter of True Believer, science reporter Jeremy Marsh exposes the tricks of a famous psychic who claims to talk to the dead. Do you think it is possible to communicate with the dead? Why do so many people want to believe we can?
Also in the opening chapter, Jeremy, a New Yorker, says that Boone Creek, North Carolina is "right between the middle of nowhere and ‘where are we exactly?’" It is the first of many "put-downs" of the small town. Is it common in America for urbanites to feel superior to those who live in small towns?
Like Boone Creek, many American towns and cities such as Gettysburg, Savannah, Charleston, New Orleans, and Boston have "ghost tours." Have you ever taken one? Have you or someone you know ever seen a ghost? Do you believe in them?
Lexie Darnell has been hurt in relationships and she admits she isn’t a good judge of men. Why do you think she is attracted to men who are ultimately wrong for her?
Lexie is in a one-sided relationship with police officer Rodney Hopper, one-sided because he loves her and she doesn’t feel the same. Do you think she is stringing him along? Why does Rodney keep pursuing Lexie when he knows his feelings aren’t reciprocated? Have you ever been involved in a one-sided relationship and, if so, what role did you assume?
The reader finally learns that Jeremy’s marriage failed not only because he traveled for his job, but because he was sterile. Do you think this would be a "deal-breaker" in most marriages?
Lexie and Jeremy’s relationship has several obstacles to overcome. One of them is Lexie’s determination that she isn’t going to let "anyone or anything upset the balance" of her life. Do you think this is a positive or negative attitude? Can upsetting the balance ever be a good thing?
Jeremy pursues Lexie to the Outer Banks because he felt like he "didn’t have a choice." [p. 217] Do you think that this kind of compelling desire is a component of "true love"? How does "true love" differ from a crush, a fling, or just sexual attraction?
Lexie’s grandmother Doris says she has premonitions and presents some proof for this, but Jeremy remains a skeptic. Is Jeremy closed-minded? Do you think women are more likely than men to believe in the supernatural? Why or why not?
During one conversation, Jeremy talks about unfulfilled dreams. Lexie responds that "everyone has dreams that don’t come true." Do you think it’s important to have a dream, even if it isn’t realized? Or does dreaming keep a person from facing life’s realities?
Doris interferes, with good intentions, in Lexie’s life. How much , or when, do you think a mother or grandmother should interfere in a daughter’s life?
Doris says that Lexie "was a survivor" and would get over Jeremy faster than Jeremy would get over Lexie. Do you agree?
Lexie doesn’t feel a long-distance relationship with Jeremy can work. Do you think they could have worked out a compromise? Why does Jeremy make the sacrifice and not Lexie?
The book ends with a miracle. Or is it something other than a miracle? What impact do you think this will have on Jeremy’s skepticism? Is this miracle different from the paranormal events he rejects?
True Believer has a sequel entitled At First Sight. What do you think will happen in this story? What do you believe should happen?