There's No Place Like Here

There's No Place Like Here

Book - 2007
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Sometimes it takes losing everything to truly find yourself...

Since Sandy Shortt's childhood classmate disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things. Finding what is lost becomes her single-minded goal--from the lone sock that vanishes in the washing machine to the car keys she misplaced. It's no surprise, then, that Sandy's life's work becomes finding people who have vanished from their loved ones. Sandy's family is baffled and concerned by her increasing preoccupation. Her parents can't understand her compulsion, and she pushes them away further by losing herself in the work of tracking down these missing people. She gives up her life in order to offer a flicker of hope to devastated families...and escape the disappointments of her own.

Jack Ruttle is one of those devastated people. It's been a year since his brother Donal vanished into thin air, and he has enlisted Sandy Shortt to find him. But before she is able to offer Jack the information he so desperately needs, Sandy goes missing too...and Jack now finds himself searching for his brother and the one woman who understood his pain.

One minute Sandy is jogging through the park, the next, she can't figure out where she is. The path is obscured. Nothing is familiar. A clearing up ahead reveals a camp site, and it's there that Sandy discovers the impossible: she has inadvertently stumbled upon the place-- and people--she's been looking for all her life, a land where all the missing people go. A world away from her loved ones and the home she ran from for so long, Sandy soon resorts to her old habit again, searching. Though this time, she is desperately trying to find her way home...
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2007.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781401301880
1401301886
Branch Call Number: AHERN C
Characteristics: 352 pages ; cm.
Alternative Title: There is no place like here

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Blabbermouth
Jan 30, 2016

Do like this author but did not like this book. Thought it was a bit silly really. There was a place where missing things end up. Should have been labelled "fantasy".

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star20rkb
Dec 18, 2014

Cecelia Ahern is a newly discovered author for me. All her tales carry a bit of magic in them. This one as well as all of her others is set in Ireland with a cast of wonderful characters. I recommend that you get her books in audio format because the readers all have wonderful Irish accents and I think you'd lose some of the magic without them. Loved this story and the idea of a place where missing things go.

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jsand67
May 13, 2012

I love her writing. Sweet, whimsical, interesting. Great book.

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craftycat
Aug 12, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed the imaginative plot of this novel. The author takes you on a very unexpected adventure. It was a refreshing read that I would highly recommend.

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FaithA
Jun 23, 2011

REALLY enjoyed this novel. Had a hard time putting it down, and was constantly thinking about it and reliving parts of the storyline when I wasn't reading. Really strong characters, REALLY really well written. I loved how Ahern kept weaving us back in and out of the story, presenting us with parts of the past and parts of the secondary plotline. Definitely one of my favourites of Ahern's. Will probably read it again. Only sad part is that Sandy didn't end up bringing anyone back home with her. Would have given it a full 5 stars but sometimes Ahern would be a bit too lengthy in her descriptions and I felt it hard to envision as well as read so I often skipped it when it had no bearing on the overall story.

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Allison1980
Jan 19, 2011

Great book and if you are a fan of Cecelia Ahern then pick it up.

Readforlife Jun 08, 2010

Quirky characters as well as story line. Thoughtful and compelling, this book tells the story of losing things in life...and how we deal with them. This is probably my favorite of Cecelia's offerings so far.

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