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There's No Place Like Here [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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...
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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401394684
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 116,445
  • File size: 396 KB

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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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    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

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    I could really relate. . .

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

    wow

    It's an easy read and the plot so different from the same ole same ole of other novels. I definitely recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    I had high hopes...

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

    I really liked this whimsical book

    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! ;-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Enjoyed

    Definitly enjoyed this one. Wasnt sure at first but thoroughly enjoyed. Worth the read

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

    A fun fantasy read. Light enough for summer. Everyone has lost s

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    a A double negative

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Beautiful!

    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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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Love this book!

    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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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Ruby slippers?

    Does this book have anythin to do with ruby slippers?? Im very confused y she put them on the cover.............sounds interesting tho, i hvnt read it yet haahahaha but im intereste to see whts going to happen.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Entertaining

    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 mind...it leaves a lot of unanswered questions. An Alice in Wonderland meets Wizard of Oz - except nobody's dreaming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2011

    Long, drawn out & booring

    Had high hopes when I read some of the other reviews but was let down almost immediately. Not worth the time or the money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2010

    very unqiue...

    I've read several of Ahern's other novels and liked them all...this book is similar in nature to If You Could See Me Now and Thanks for the Memories in that it has a unique, whimisical nature to it. I can understand why others said it was confusing and left alot of unanswered questions, but I like being left to my own conclusions. Overall, five bucks for this book was an extreme bargain...I loved it.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    too weird for me

    too weird for me but i let my friend at work read it and she loved it so i gave her my book, just depends on what you like.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2009

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    Not what I expected

    When you see the cover you think of this great story. Alice in wonderland kind of thing but then after a couple of chapters you get really lost. More lost than the main character Sandy short. Didn't like the end and you get confused and with many questions unanswered. It's a sad since I really love PS I love. Hope she comes with a better book next time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    Not Her Best Book

    Normally I really like books by Cecelia Ahern; this was one I did not enjoy like I thought I would. When reading what the story was about, I found myself excited to read the book and looked forward to the ending. The first night I read 10 chapters and did not want to put the book down. About the middle of the book is where I found myself getting confused and losing interest. The story line became much slower and began to feel as though Cecelia was getting bored while writing the book. Deciding I would finish reading it, I pulled through and found myself going, "What the?" There were a lot of unanswered questions and I felt I was left wishing I had spent my time reading something different. This will not stop me from reading the other books she has written. I loved "P.S. I Love You" as well as "If You Could See Me Now."

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    If you want an unsatisfying read...read this book...BEWARE Lots of Unanwered Questions!

    To me this book was highly unsatisfying. There were ends that needed a little bit more tying up. For example...I have tons of unanswered questions that the ending did little to satisfy. The story is about Sandy Shortt who is anything but. Because of a traumatic experience of a classmate turning up missing, Sandy takes it upon herself to find missing people, sometimes pro bono, that other missing persons agencies cannot find...then Sandy Shortt ends up missing herself.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Not her best

    I thought this book had a lot of potential that was not realized. Ahern, who I like a lot, fell back into a somewhat hackneyed plot rather than take advantage to develop a more thoughtful and better developed main character.

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

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    Hard to get into

    Read other C. Ahern books ( Love,Rosie and If you could see me now ) and loved them. This book was far from good or interesting. Would not recommend.

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