Book Review: The Possible World by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

The Possible World
by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

Publication date: 12th July 2018
Publisher: Hutchinson
Pages: 368


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…

Source: Goodreads


What a beautifully written book! I fell in love with “The Possible World” right at the beginning and kept my fingers crossed hoping it would continue that way. What followed was a unique plot stitched together in a captivating way but saying too much about it would simply spoil the story so I’ve tried to be careful here!

This is a story told by three people; Ben, Lucy and Clare. 6 year old Ben ends up alone in a hospital following a terrible crime that he can’t remember. Lucy is a doctor who’s struggling through a failing marriage and Clare is 99 years old, making friends in her care home by telling her life story.

The three characters are well developed and feel like they could be real people. As the pages turn we carefully explore how these three come to be connected and how their lives influence each other in a way that truly makes you think about how our past can shape our future.

“If nobody knows your name after you die, is it like you never were born at all?”

I really enjoyed this story and I’m glad I did, not only because the hardback was heavy to carry around all week, but because I feel that the author deserves to be well read. I’d recommend this book for fans of Jodi Picoult. Something about the style of this reminded me of her books and it’s clear that Liese O’Halloran Schwarz has a real talent and way with words.

“We have things for a while, and then they’re gone, and we’re lucky to have had them at all.”

Overall rating: A tale of love, loss, friends, family and self-discovery, I really enjoyed “The Possible World” – 5 stars!

Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me this pre-release copy.


One thought on “Book Review: The Possible World by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s