There's No Place Like Here

There's No Place Like Here

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by Cecelia Ahern

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From the bestselling author of P.S. I LOVE YOU and LOVE, ROSIE, comes a tale of a woman who learns that 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


From the bestselling author of P.S. I LOVE YOU and LOVE, ROSIE, comes a tale of a woman who learns that 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...

Editorial Reviews

A positively magical novel, Ahern's latest sparkles with wit, compelling characters, and a truly clever premise. (starred review)
Publishers Weekly

Ahern tells the fantastical story of Sandy Shortt, a smalltown Irish girl who, at 10 years old, becomes obsessed with finding lost things after a neighborhood girl disappears. Sandy's parents fret for years about her fixation, eventually finding her help in the form of hunky high school psychologist Gregory Burton. He's not much older than Sandy, and soon enough they're both smitten, though neither moves to pursue a romantic relationship until later, after Sandy graduates and moves to Dublin, where she tracks missing persons for a living. Gregory follows and they start and stall through an awkward courtship that's cut short when Sandy, while on a jog, gets lost and winds up in a strange parallel universe, home to the people and things that have gone missing from the regular world. What happens to Sandy there, and to those she left behind, will determine not only her future but Gregory's as well. Ahern jumps around in time and space, which adds as much confusion as suspense, but the underlying message about cherishing what you have comes through loudly by the end. That a film adaptation of Ahern's P.S., I Love Youis scheduled for release in late December can't hurt sales potential. (Jan.)

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Library Journal

Ahern's (If You Could See Me Now) latest novel veers away from traditional chick lit, blending mystery and fantasy. Sandy Shortt, a six-foot, obsessive-compulsive detective and proprietress of a missing-persons agency, has spent her entire life looking for things and people-from that sock lost in the dryer to her childhood rival, Jenny-May Butler. When Sandy gets lost in the woods one day, she discovers a mysterious and magical land where she finally finds all her missing socks, passports, Jenny-May, and even herself. Secondary plotlines include Sandy's on-again, off-again love affair with her former therapist and an intertwining mystery involving one of the missing people. Ahern's novel PS, I Love Youis now a major motion picture starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler, and the television series she cocreated with Donald Todd, Samantha Who?, recently made its debut on ABC, so there's bound to be interest. With no mention of shoes or fashion and very little about Sandy's romantic relationship, this book may disappoint readers expecting typical chick-lit fare, but Ahern fans will find it a fascinating and pleasant read. Recommended for popular fiction collections.
—Anika Fajardo

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Meet the Author

Cecelia Ahern is author of the international bestsellers PS, I Love You; Love, Rosie; and If You Could See Me Now. Film rights to If You Could See Me Now have been bought by Walt Disney Pictures, and PS, I Love You is being made into a film by Warner Bros. Foreign rights to her novels have been purchased in more than forty countries and have sold more than four million copies in North America, Europe, and Australia. The daughter of Ireland's prime minister, she lives in Dublin.

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There's No Place Like Here 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a 50 plus mom who's spent years looking for lost items, I could really relate to this main character. Thankfully my losses have never been human, but I know all too well about frantically searching for wallets, keys, papers, books, rings, glasses, pets. . . my mind. I loved this book. And to my way of thinking, 'Here' might just be Heaven!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Ireland, ten year old Jenny-May Butler vanished without a trace. The Garda investigated but found no clues. Her classmate Sandy Shortt wonders what happened to Jenny-May and for that matter, possessions that seem to just vanish in thin air.-------------------------- Twenty-four years later Sandy remains obsessed with things going missing as she quit being a Garda to go private in order to concentrate on finding missing people. However, this time while she was to meet a client she goes missing. This is ironic as her job is to find the vanished and she is an intimidating 6¿1¿ so cannot hide in a crowd. Sandy has no idea where she is. However, she notices plenty of junk lying around like keys, shoes, photos etc. that are those things that just seem to vanish for no logical cause. She tries to retrace her jog, but fails to return from here. She thinks of her client Jack Rutledge whose brother is missing and her first meeting at fourteen with school psychiatrist Gregory Burton who she told she just wants to know where missing things go like a sock disappearing from the washer. She begins to understand that this place is where missing things and people go, but not how to get back.-------------- This is a delightful fanciful tale in which ¿Here¿ is a fun concept. The lead character is a strong person who holds the story line together while the support cast is solid. Although there is no explanation as to why ¿Here¿ exists it just is readers will enjoy this whimsical visit to a place like no other as it just in the fertile imagination of Cecilia Ahern.-------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's an easy read and the plot so different from the same ole same ole of other novels. I definitely recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was such a disappointment- especially after having read and loved P.S. I love you and Love,Rosie. I kept waiting for the book to get better but it never did. I found myself skimming most of the book and still able to follow the storyline. Maybe the next book will be better.
addicted-reader More than 1 year ago
Losing things... the bane of my life. This is a funny, offbeat sort of story that is just so different that I am not sure I could explain it! I got confused at first as to what was going on, but it soon became clearer and I could not put it down. I have always wondered where all the stuff I cannot find goes. I wonder if they now have round trip flights there...? Definately a flight of fancy sort of book! ;-)
dchaplin More than 1 year ago
I have no idea what this book is about. Never read a more crazy book in my life. Sad to have wasted my time with this bizarre nightmare! So many great reads out there. This is not one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a HUGE fan of the Wizard of Oz. The title literally beckoned me. All the while reading it, will she go home, will she want to? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and will read it again and again. Just to see if I missed anything. And I would definitely recommend it. A little confusing at times, but still an enjoyable read.
mrsboone4 More than 1 year ago
This book was hard for me to really get into, but once I did, it was pretty good.  Sandy Shortt becomes obsessed with all things that are lost.  It didn't help that a girl she knew when they were 10 became lost/missing.  She can't believe that most of the time, only one sock comes back from the laundry.  Her family uses tape to hold stuff down, so it doesn't go missing.  As an adult, she starts her own detective agency, where she looks for lost people.  She's hot on the trail of a young man that has been missing a year (she has just taken the case).  And, she takes a wrong turn & ends up HERE. Here is where all of the lost things end up.  Mountains of socks, pens, and even people.  She finds her old schoolmate & a lot of the other people that she's been searching for in the past.  Sandy has many adventures and makes several new friends Here. But, then she is obsessing about just getting home.  She doesn't like it Here.
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Definitly enjoyed this one. Wasnt sure at first but thoroughly enjoyed. Worth the read
lmf22purple More than 1 year ago
A fun fantasy read. Light enough for summer. Everyone has lost socks. Even if you live alone. The heroine in this story, Sandy, has to find them. It's a need that drives her and eventually leads her into the profession of finding missing persons. All well and good until the day Sandy winds up missing. With allusions to "The Wizard of Oz," Ahern leads us to another place. I really enjoyed finding it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be found, one must not be afraid to be lost. An interesting concept paired with a writing style that suited it.
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Cecelia Ahern has a beautiful way of leading the reader with her words. I related a lot to the main character; always losing & searching. This was one of those reads I didnt put down til the last page :)
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Alona More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, in my opinion. Mystery, missing people, psychology... I had a hard time putting it down! The chapters tend to go back in forth between the past and present as well as between Sandy's world and what's going on in the "real" world. I wanted to keep reading and find out what would happen, and was sad when it ended! The end doesn't really explain what exactly happened, it's more up to you to decide/interpret. I'm now on the search for another book to keep me interested like this one did.
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One-Sister More than 1 year ago
I had preconceived ideas when I started this book based on her previous works. That being said, it was entertaining and thought provoking. However, I had trouble resolving the conclusion in my leaves a lot of unanswered questions. An Alice in Wonderland meets Wizard of Oz - except nobody's dreaming.
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