There's No Place Like Here

There's No Place Like Here

by Cecelia Ahern


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ISBN-13: 9781401309640
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 12/23/2008
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 604,635
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 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! ;-)
LynnB on LibraryThing 19 days ago
There's No Place Like Here tells the story of Sandy Shortt, a woman who runs a missing persons agency and has a tendendy to go missing herself when friends and family get too close to her. When Sandy is 10 years old, a classmate disappears. Sandy then becomes obsessed with finding lost things, largely due to her own guilt since she "wished" her classmate away.While searching for a missing person, Sandy finds herself in the land called "Here" where all missing people and things go. Here is a complete functioning world where everyone has a role and all items are second-hand. The novel, therefore, contains an element of fantasy and you must be able to suspend your disbelief to enjoy the story.I found the concept of "Here" imaginative and intriguing. The author treats "Here" with just the right mix of seriousness and fairy tale to make the book enjoyable.The narrative voice alters between Sandy as she struggles to find her way out of Here, and in a series of flashbacks that explain Sandy's obsessions; interspersed with the voice of Jack Ruttle, one of Sandy's clients who is looking for his own lost brother, and for Sandy. Jack's own story of learning to let go of the past is every bit as moving as the main plot.A light read, well-written. Some funny scenes, perceptive treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders. I recommend it.
traciragas on LibraryThing 19 days ago
I¿m a little surprised at the previous reviews of this novel. I couldn¿t disagree more. I loved this book and felt so sad when I finished it. I loved the idea of a place like the one created by Ms. Ahern. I loved the friendships and relationships she created in this world and I loved the feeling of resolution for Sandy Shorrt. There was a great deal of fantasy element and some suspension of belief, which is often hard for me in anything I read, but this was such a powerful and emotional story to me, that I couldn¿t be more thankful for meeting these characters and reading this book.
hammockqueen on LibraryThing 19 days ago
excellent to listen to in an Irish brogue. I don't know if it would have the same impact just reading it. I would definitely recommend the cd. Sandy Short looks for missing persons and becomes one.
bigdee on LibraryThing 19 days ago
This is a story about a woman who is obsessed with finding missing things - she runs a missing-persons agency, for one thing. Sandy Shortt labels everything she owns in case she something goes missing. She's so afraid of losing the people that are important to her, that she distances herself emotionally and physically from them. So none of her close family or friends are too worried when she goes missing herself. Only an almost-client, Jack Ruttles, who hasn't technically even met her yet, doesn't know better than to begin to search for her.While he's searching, Sandy is elsewhere. LIterally. She can't figure out how she got there, or how to get back. She's in a place that the inhabitants call "here". All of the inhabitants are people who've gone missing, and their world is filled with things that have also gone missing. Clothing, pens, shoes - all their belongings are secondhand.The book switches between Jack's search and Sandy's. It's a good story; well-written, and has a nice easy pace to it. Took me a week because I only read at bedtime these days.The plot is a bit farfetched, obviously. But isn't escapism part of the fun of reading? I totally enjoyed and heartily recommend it!
Michele on LibraryThing 19 days ago
While this was a light and enjoyable story, for me the characters and plot just weren't deep enough to hold my attention. The ideas behind the story were interesting (Sandy's quest for lost people and possessions) but weren't developed enough to be believable.
merigreenleaf on LibraryThing 19 days ago
With mystery, fantasy, and Ireland all in the same book, it was pretty obvious just from the blurb on the back cover that I would enjoy ¿There's No Place Like Here¿ by Cecelia Ahern.The main character, Sandy Shortt, runs her own missing persons agency because of her neurotic obsession with searching for missing people and objects; this obsession began when she was a child and a classmate went missing. Sandy's searching is the main plot of the story, with flashbacks spaced throughout the book explaining her past and her relationship with her counselor. The story follows both Sandy and Jack Ruttle, one of the people who hired her- in this case, to find his missing brother. The chapters switch between Sandy and Jack, but it does so in a way that doesn't get confusing, and as the story progresses, they get just about equal screen time. Soon into the story, Sandy is transported to Here, the place where all the missing objects and people of the world go. In Here, the missing people have created their own towns and government, and it seems an ideal society, compared to the ¿real¿ world. I really enjoyed the parts of the story that took place in Here, and I would have liked it if more of the story had been there, perhaps instead of some of the Sandy's flashbacks. I really enjoyed this book, up until about 4/5 of the way through it. At the end, though, I found that it came together too pat and perfect, with Jack finding the body of his brother, and Sandy getting out of Here and completely losing her obsessive-compulsion. Even that would have been fine, if there hadn't been the very obvious ¿Wizard of Oz¿ Dorothy waking up scene. Now, there's a strong ¿Wizard of Oz¿ theme throughout the story, but until the end I didn't find it to be all that cheesy, even with some of the characters putting on a retelling of ¿Wizard of Oz¿ in a play. I think that if the ending would have been changed a little, the book would have been better. All in all, though, I did really enjoy the characters and the story, and it made for nice light reading during the chaos that is December which kept me from reading anything else. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and the idea of ¿The Wizard of Oz¿, and who wouldn't mind some light reading.
solanum on LibraryThing 19 days ago
There's No Place Like Here was really entertaining. I thought it was a novel idea (pardon the pun) that was well developed, but got a little stale and hackneyed towards the end as it became to self-referential. I mean, we get that it's a take-off on the whole Alice in Wonderland/Wizard of Oz alternate universe kind of thing, you don't have to serve it to us on a platter. I think more restraint would have preserved the engaging effect of the magical plot. I hope it doesn't sound like I didn't like the book; I read it in less than a day (usually I get too distracted and busy to finish a book in less than a month at the least).The book hits just the right emotional tone and had me rooting for the main characters to find resolution, self-recognition, and happiness. Ahern does a commendable job of extending the tension without being torturous. However, she seems to have developed a habit of building a crescendo, raising the tension, making the reader aware that something big is about to happen (and sometimes it does in a vague kind of way), and then suddenly shift perspective to a new chapter, picking up the other character's plot line. It got kind of annoying after a while. Despite the annoying blips, overall, it covered new literary ground for me. I especially like the treatment of psychology and therapy. I just finished a semester of professional ethics (I'm studying clinical psychology) and couldn't help but be overly attuned to the dynamics and ethical gray (and not so gray) areas of psychological practice revealed.The author blurb noted that Ahern is the daughter of Ireland's prime minister. An interesting fact, but I'd like to either know more about why that's important to me as a reader or to be ignorant of it- is she just showing off her heritage?Lastly, I was a joy for me to experience life through the words and thoughts of Ireland- understandable to a Yank, but just off enough that I feel I'm traveling another world.
klmorr on LibraryThing 19 days ago
This book is an easy read with a great twist on the story line that makes you want to keep reading it. It is a story about a place where all lost socks, lost people and lost ideas end up. The book has a list of characters that are easy to remember. The plot isn¿t real deep but was a great book to read during the holidays when I couldn¿t spend a lot of time reading each day
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 19 days ago
The whole concept of this book was really intriguing, but unfortunately I felt that it fell really flat. The missing persons person going missing and finding everything that she had spent her life looking for was fascinating, but it just didn't grab me the way I wanted it to.
burnit99 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Ever since a childhood classmate (who bullied her, true) disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy Short has taken an obsession and made it her life's work: finding lost things and people.She pushes away family, friends and lovers to feed this compulsion, until one day when Sandy goes missing herself while looking for a client's brother. She finds herself in an unfamiliar woods while on a jog, finds a campsite, and discovers that she has found the place where missing things and people go. Many of the people she has been hired to find over the years are here. Now she resumes her search, except for the first time in her life she's trying to find her way home. This was a fascinating book, compelling and well-written, with characters one comes to care for. Technically a fantasy (a hidden place of lost people, with no way out?), the people and their entangled emotions ring so true it feels more like an Anne Tyler book. Interestingly, the author is only 26 and the daughter of Ireland's Prime Minister.
cat88 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
1 of my faves by cecila ahern...i would def love 2 experiance the magic of "aplace called here" 1nce again cecila ahern delivered..fantastic
sheywood on LibraryThing 19 days ago
There's No Place Like Here grabs your attention with a unique premise and contains numerous well written scenes. There are places where the story drags and becomes predictable, but, overall, this is an entertaining read.
fig2 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
What if you found the place where all missing things and people go? What if you found yourself there? Embrace the fantastical realism in this intriguing novel. It is original and charming. I loved it.
Gwendydd on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Lots of potential, but rather poorly executed...I really liked the idea of there being a place where things go when they're missing, and some of Ahern's ideas about how the place is run were quite intriguing. However, I found the main character frustrating - she was very unlikeable, and it was hard to tell why other characters liked her. She also suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, and I really didn't like how Ahern handled the disorder - she doesn't seem to know much about OCD or what goes on in the minds of those who suffer from it. I found the personal relationships in the story sappy and rather unbelievable, and the storyline was painfully predictable. The book is designed to be light reading, but I found it frustratingly light.
jadelennox on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Private investigator Sandy has spent her entire life obsessed with things that are lost, from misplaced keys to vanished people. She hasn't been able to forge successful relationships, and she has a reputation for being batty and absent-minded, but she's beloved for her tenacity and sympathy by the families who hire her to seek out their missing loved ones. On a quest for a missing young man named Donal, city vanishes herself, and finds herself in the land of the lost. An almost utopian society has built up in this land of the vanished, where the residents want for nothing because their society is daily pre-populated with lost socks, watches, books, and the like. (I couldn't help but think of Tumbolia, the land that according to Douglas Hofstadter's _Godel, Escher, Bach_ is the home of all lost socks, and which is illustrated by the Escher print of tessellated salamanders crawling out of an illustration.)Sandy's story grew on me slowly. Much of the story is told in the first person by Sandy herself, and she remained opaque to me throughout her narrative. Many of the characters are placeholders, without any richness to their own development. And yet the interleaving of fantasy and reality, the very matter of fact behavior of the Lost, the strange logic to this fantasy world, all grew more and more compelling until by the novel's end I was thoroughly drawn in.
bearette24 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
I received a copy of this book as part of the Early Reviewers program, and i just couldn't get into it. Part of the reason might be that it was a departure from Ahern's usual romantic chick-lit fare...this fell more squarely into the fantasy genre. Moreover, I found the writing frustratingly hackneyed...when a child goes missing, she is described as a blonde, blue-eyed cherub. There was no imagination here. Even the title seems ripped off from The Wizard of Oz.
picklechic on LibraryThing 19 days ago
This book was not at all what I expected it to be. I wasn't expecting the fantasy element added in and was a little weary because I don't usually read books that are not realistic. But I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the book and I felt the characters were well thought out and well written. I thought this was a great book!
TwilightBlue on LibraryThing 19 days ago
I found the premise of this book very interesting. Where do all the lost things go? How does losing these things affect a life, especially when the thing missing is a person? How does it affect one life in particular and the lives of those who love her? It took me awhile to get into this book, it seemed to be a little slow in starting up. But once it got rolling I wanted to rush to the end. Cecelia Ahern writes with an insight to an obsessive personality, Sandy Shortt is obsessed with finding all that she and others have lost. and just happens to find herself along the way.
brewergirl on LibraryThing 19 days ago
This is the story of Sandy Shortt, who searches for missing persons and things ... and then goes missing herself. The story is told from Sandy's perspective with flashbacks to tell us about her childhood and background. We also learn about Sandy through a secondary storyline told by Jack, who hired Sandy to find his brother and who then goes looking for Sandy. I wasn't so much taken with the story of Sandy's going physically missing as I was with her going emotionally missing. Ever since childhood she had removed herself from ordinary human interaction and kept herself at a distance from other people. I felt bad for the people in her life who had to put up with her disappearances. Overall, it was an entertaining read but not something I couldn't put down. I actually enjoyed Jack's portion of the story a bit more than Sandy's. He seemed more "real" to me.
drsyko on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Ms. Ahern took on an ambitious project with this book: to delve into what it's like to deal with life after someone you love has gone missing. For the most part this book suceeds. It's unique, and usually engrossing. The pace is uneven, and there are some false notes along the way. On the whole, however, the story moves along with a momentum that carries the reader past the rough spots. Ahern creates an alternative world, one that would be a great solace to those with missing loved ones if it really existed. The characters, especially the two main characters Sandy and Jack, while not as developed as they could be are interesting and you care about them and what happens to them. Ultimately this book is about how we all deal with loss, whether it be the loss of a sock, a loved one, or even ourselves. Ahern doesn't provide a lot of answers, but she asks some good questions, and she has an intriguing view of the world. I can honestly say I have never read a book quite like this one, and I mean that in a good way. This book is worth at least a couple of days of beach reading.