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Where You Can Find Me

3.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  326 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
A searing exploration of a family's struggle to heal in the wake of unthinkable tragedy

A week after his eleventh birthday, Caleb Vincent vanishes with hardly a trace. After a three-year search, he is foundliving aseemingly normallife under a new name with a man he calls his father.

While outwardly stunned with joy at his safe recovery,Caleb's parents and sister are privatel
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books
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May 04, 2013 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction, arc
Where you can find me involves a disturbing plot. A young boy is kidnapped and abused for years, by his abductor. This novel involves the after of that and how hard it is for a family to reunited and adjust after going through such an ordeal. Usually I shy away from books that involve this type of child abuse, but the plot seemed interesting to me.

I didn't really feel like I was invested in the story. I don't know if it was the style of writing, which I made it seem like I was hearing this story
Mar 11, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, drama
Where You Can Find Me follows the Vincent families struggles after the return of their son. He was kidnapped by pedophiles at the age of 11 and returned to them at the 14.

Trying to find a place away from the media circus, the mother decides to move the family to her mother-in-laws retreat in Costa Rica. Though life in Costa Rica is not as the escape assume and they definitely cannot escape the emotional troubles they left behind.

This book deals with difficult, disturbing and explicited issues.
Keith Davis
Aug 25, 2014 Keith Davis rated it liked it
Where You Can Find Me opens with the reunion of a family with their son three years after he was kidnapped by pedophiles. Joseph wisely does not spend a lot of time recounting the horrors of Caleb's captivity. She is more interested in the complex relationships within his damaged family. Caleb's mother, who has a history of substance abuse predating the kidnapping, decides on the fly to uproot her family and move to Costa Rica to escape the media spotlight. The father is willingly left behind as ...more
Diane S ☔
May 11, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it liked it
3.5 I started reading this right before they found those women in Cleveland and that kind of freaked me out because in this book Caleb is kidnapped when he is eleven and found when he is fourteen. This book is not for the faint of heart, it contains graphic descriptions of molestation and the horrid desires in the lives of pedophiles. It also made me think of all this news coverage of the girls, the role of news reporters and the lack of privacy these young women will face. Caleb goes through th ...more
Man Martin
May 18, 2013 Man Martin rated it it was amazing
In one scene of Sheri Joseph’s latest novel, Lark follows her older brother Caleb along a path in the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica. Caleb has recently returned from what Lark thinks of as the Gone, abducted three years ago by a pedophile ring and then, against all possible odds, having been reunited with his family. Now, although he is only a short distance ahead of her, the mists hang so heavy between them, that sometimes he is a milky ghost and sometimes he disappears from view altogether.

This i
May 07, 2014 Michael rated it liked it
Caleb Vincent disappears without warning, leaving his loved ones worried. Although he is happy living in a home, his reserved personality causes everyone else to get suspicious. They are not only protective over him, but they want him to stay indoors. Caleb adjusts to a different lifestyle without the presence of his mother, it is both relieving & distressing. Caleb has a good support system around him but he longs to be independent. In addition, conflicts arises when Caleb can't take feelin ...more
Mar 17, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing
In _Where You Can Find Me_, Sheri Joseph offers one possible answer to one of those questions I have always had: what happens after a lost or abducted child somehow finds his or her way home? What happens when the thrill and relief of finding the child alive is slowly replaced by trying to figure out who the child has become? The process Caleb and his family goes through is complicated and wrenching, all the more so because of how attached we get to each these characters--characters we love in s ...more
May 31, 2013 Susan rated it it was ok
Interesting but confusing. The protagonist is confused, so are his parents, and the situation is extremely confusing. So the reader ends up confused as well...
Michelle Lancaster
Dec 15, 2014 Michelle Lancaster rated it really liked it
“Normal was a false god…” – Marlene Vincent

Caleb Vincent was eleven years old when he was abducted. Three years later the FBI has found him and returned him to his family in suburban Atlanta. As Caleb is hounded by the media and voyeurs and faces the beginning of high school, any degree of freedom seems impossible. His mother Marlene decides to move the children far from prying, prurient eyes to her mother-in-law’s farm in the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica. The family adjusts to a new life in Costa
May 02, 2013 Jim rated it liked it
This is a disturbing novel that examines how our life experiences change our identity. Caleb Vincent is fourteen and recently reunited with his family. He had been kidnapped by a ring of pedophiles when he was eleven, abused and hooked on drugs. He was then “rescued” by a doctor he calls Jolly, who treated him well, got him off drugs and back in school, but who also has a sexual relationship with Caleb. Caleb feels like he is pretending to be Caleb for his parents, trying to be the person they w ...more
Aug 09, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads
In the first few chapters it was a bit of trouble deciphering events as they had happened, and that was really the only thing I had problems with. Other than that this was an amazing book. Heartbreaking and so disturbing to know that this really does happen to the unfortunate missing.

pg150 Thoughts of Marlene Vincent: The painful things; She knew the shorthand, the expression on his face. At a certain point, those who'd rallied for the search had fallen quietly back and away. No one wanted to b
May 16, 2013 Susanne rated it really liked it
A well-written novel that takes a Jodi Picoult-type current controversy theme (a boy returned to his family some years after being abducted by a pedophile) and gives us a great deal to think about. I found it a particularly poignant read in light of the recent barrage of publicity about the young women who were found in Cleveland, Ohio after 10 years in captivity. There is no mistaking the impact of our insatiable media on people in this sort of spotlight, or the challenges of those trying to re ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Ionia rated it liked it
I feel really divided over this book. The writing was beautiful. The author clearly has a way with words that can easily overwhelm the reader with emotion. I think her style is unique and from a literary standpoint, absolutely amazing. On the other hand, this is a sad book, where there will never be much triumph in the resolution. The damage has been done and it is the kind that can't ever just 'go away,' even with the passage of time.

So here goes.

I loved the writing, but I HATED and I say thi
May 04, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
Where You Can Find Me by Sheri Joseph is a St. Martin's publication. This is a digital ARC. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

This is not the type of book I typically read. After reading some of the reviews, I didn't know if I could read it. The subject matter is very, very, very difficult.
When a child goes missing, all of us feel for the parents and maybe hug our own children a little longer for awhile. But, after awhile the child becomes "j
Mar 28, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
A Kidnapped Child Is Found and A Family Struggles to Put Their Lives Back Together

Caleb is back. He was kidnapped after his eleventh birthday. Now he's home as a fourteen-year-old and carrying all the emotional baggage of his capture and mistreatment. His family is thrilled to have him back, but the stresses they've experienced during his absence are exacerbated by the return. The parents have difficulty connecting with each other. Caleb finds it impossible to talk about his ordeal, and the repo
Jul 17, 2014 Debra rated it really liked it
Another book I read by my instructor at the Northwoods Writers Conference.

One week after celebrating his 11th birthday Caleb is abducted by a violent pedophile and after three years he's found and returned to his family. To escape the media hoopla his mother finds refuge for the family at the grandmother's rundown hotel in Costa Rica. In this place the family, minus the father, who still feels disconnected from his son, tries to heal. However, another pedophile is still stalking Caleb who feels
Feb 27, 2013 Ginny rated it it was ok
This is a story about an 11-year-old boy who was abducted by a pedophile and discovered 3 years later and returned home to his family. His mother moves him and his sister to Costa Rica to remove him from the limelight of the media. This is an uncomfortable book to read, although I felt compelled to read ahead. I had a feeling of dread throughout as though afraid of the outcome. I had feelings of compassion for the son and daughter but frustration with the mother. I felt like the book just droppe ...more
Leah Iannone
May 31, 2013 Leah Iannone rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book so badly, but I didn't. It was just too disjointed for me and lagged in ways it shouldn't. Good effort by the author, and I did like certain elements (like some of the non-cliched character behavior and portrayal,I was bored through a lot of it.
Oct 02, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it and I didn't. Parts were interesting, but I didn't really connect to some of the characters. I liked the ending.
Diane Dachota
Nov 09, 2014 Diane Dachota rated it liked it
This novel was both beautifully written and hard to read. Caleb was kidnapped at 11 years old and held first by a abusive rapist and then by a so called kindly doctor who also sexually abused him. Caleb is found and returned to his family and the story is a raw look at how he fairs back with his family. The family moves to Costa Rica and the author shines in her descriptions of the flora and fauna of the cloud forest.

Mild spoiler ahead :

I took away a star because I felt Caleb's story was demean
Feb 03, 2014 Jan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This story begins in a way that draws one in. A boy who was kidnapped at age 11 is found and returned to his family three years later. His feelings for a man who rescued him from his kidnapper but kept him and loved him compete with his feelings for his natural family. The story becomes more complex as his parents separate and all but his father move to Costa Rica. I was interested in how the boy readjusts to living with his family, but it seemed to me that there were too many subplots. I finish ...more
PacaLipstick Gramma
Mar 29, 2014 PacaLipstick Gramma rated it did not like it
Shelves: gvwy-mystery
I thought this was a book with good potential, but it fell wholly flat. The subject matter was something that could have been intense, but it just bombed.

I did not care for the writing style of the author. I would have to read a sentence sometimes three times before I was able to figure it out. It needed a whole lot more punctuation and editing. There were times that pronouns were mixed up, words forgotten, and the sentence didn't even make sense.

The characters were awful. The only one who wasn'
Sep 19, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it

Very disturbing story. I know it is fictional, but I'm sure it is based on real evidence.

This is the story of a 14 year old boy who was taken by a group of pedophiles at the age of 11. He was then "rescued" after a year or more by a "nice" pedophile who was part of the ring and who kept him "as a son" for another year and a half. He was then rescued by the FBI and returned to his family.

This is the story of the boy and his family adjusting to the aftermath of this horrific situation
Amy M
Jul 14, 2013 Amy M rated it really liked it
I have a feeling this one will stay with me. Like Jacquelyn Mitchard's's "The Deep End of the Ocean", this novel is about a boy who was kidnapped, found years later, and returned to his family, their combined recovery. Unlike Mitchard's book, the boy in this story was not kidnapped by someone he knew and raised as their son - he was sent into a youth prostitution ring. HIs stories - which don't go into much depth (probably a good thing for the reader) - leave you heart-broken for Caleb and the o ...more
Maria Mitchell
Jun 01, 2013 Maria Mitchell rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This was a well written novel about a subject we hear, read, and see everyday. A child, Caleb, in the family was abducted and missing for over 3 years. Happily he is found and returned to his family. They are left to pick up the pieces and proceed with life again with him in it. The novel describes how hard it is for the parents and the younger sister to relate to Caleb and all he has been through. The mother is understandably ready to
Mar 31, 2013 Johanna rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, first-reads
Good Reads First Read ARC

This novel involves Caleb, who has been kidnapped and returned after three years, and his family that decides to move away to Costa Rica. The mother, Marlene, takes Caleb and his sister to stay at their grandmother’s house to escape the hoopla about Caleb’s return. The media cannot get enough of his story and she is frustrated about her family’s inability to move on after this situation. Caleb’s father decides to stay behind since marital discord is tearing this family a
Jenee Rager
Jun 23, 2013 Jenee Rager rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction
I would probably have given this book a 2.5 if the system allowed, but it doesn't so I have to go with it. To me the first part of the book was BORING... the plot moved very slowly and the actions of the characters didn't seem to make sense. Moving to another country to escape the media, definitely strange, pretending you and your husband, who have been separated for over a year, are back together, and then it's his fault he doesn't want to move to said foreign country, none of those things made ...more
Jul 30, 2013 Kai rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Where You Can Find Me is about a family struggling to put the shattered pieces of their lives together. After the FBI returned Caleb back to the Vincent family, Caleb tried to normal but three years have passed. He is no longer the innocent boy before the kidnapping. His parents are separated from this traumatic ordeal in their lives. His father Jeff gave up that Caleb was alive by moving on. His mother Marlene refused to give up on him and continued to search for him. Now that the Vincent famil ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Felicia rated it really liked it
While I enjoyed the novel, I kept wanting more. Maybe there's an opening for a second book. I wanted more than tidbits of what happened to Caleb. I felt like more of Caleb's past would have been better than all of the drama with Luis, whose character was confusing and uncomfortable. In fact i would skip small sections with him in it, and skipped the entire portion of Caleb and Lowell looking for him..or should i say her...hmm. And I disliked Isabell, especially her communication with Luis. I jus ...more
Sheri Joseph has dissected the aftermath of a young boy’s kidnapping and abuse by pedophiles leaving painfully jagged edges that, at best, can only heal with massive scars. At eleven years old, Caleb Vincent is kidnapped, used by a brutal pedophile, only to be kidnapped and hidden away again by a man he looks to as his savior. When Caleb is found and returned home at fourteen years old, he knows he is changed forever, unable to communicate with these strangers that were once his family. In an ef ...more
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