“If Only It Were True” by Marc Levy is a fiction novel about a man, Arthur, who finds a ghost, Lauren, in his closet who tells him that her body is in a coma in the hospital, and he is the only person who can hear and see her.
I managed to reach my goal of completing the book by 1st November!
In the first few chapters we are introduced to Lauren and Arthur separately, and the reader forms a relationship with the two characters as we learn about their backgrounds and stories.
When the two main characters meet, Arthur doesn’t believe that Lauren is a ghost, and thinks that she is a living person playing a practical joke. Not knowing anything about Lauren’s situation since her death, the reader is equally as surprised, and the book tells us that the time gap between her death and Arthur discovering her is 5 months.
The reader knows that Lauren is telling the truth, and following the story as Arthur battles with himself over whether to believe her or not is really interesting because if he doesn’t believe her then what will she do? He is the only person on earth who can hear or see her, and while the reader can relate to Arthur’s suspicion, Lauren’s pleading tone that is delivered through the story is infectious, and readers root for Lauren to convince Arthur she is real.
Once Lauren has convinced Arthur that she is real, the battle of saving her body begins. Doctors, along with Lauren’s mother, decide to end the care for Lauren’s body-let her die. Together Arthur and Lauren face the challenges of trying to continue the care for a supposedly brain-dead body, whilst also trying to lead a normal life in the company of a ghost only he can see.
When a successful plan is carried out between them, and one of Arthurs friends-Paul- has been roped into it, life is blissful for Lauren and Arthur. However, this only lasts a short while until a policeman gets on their trail, and eventually discovers the body with them. It is taken back to the hospital by the policeman.
Read the book to find out what happens at the end…
I found the book enthralling and exciting. The plot was fascinating and so I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen. I thought that the ending of the book was slightly unclear, because the story reads: “Arthur instantly understood”. But I felt that there was something I was misunderstanding, because it wasn’t clear to me. However, at the end of the novel we do see the correlation between the story and the title of the book. I strongly recommend this book: 10/10!
Book cover and blurb:
What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet and she tells you that her body is in coma across town? Should you send her to a psychiatrist? Consult one yourself? Or do you believe, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure?
That is the dilemma Arthur faces when he discovers Lauren in his San Francisco apartment. He is the only person who can see her, hear her, talk to her; no one else even senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren’s physical care- and destroy the magical bond she and Arthur share- he must find a way to save her. For it is only her love that can save him in return.
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