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A Place Called Here

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  24,000 Ratings  ·  1,473 Reviews
Since Sandy Shortt's classmate disappeared 20 years ago, she has been obsessed with missing things. Finding becomes her goal - whether it's a missing sock or the graver issue of finding the people who vanish from their lives. Sandy dedicates her life to finding these missing people, offering devastated families a flicker of hope.
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Patricia It is a story about where people and things go when they are 'lost'. I found it to be very thought provoking especially for those whose loved ones go…moreIt is a story about where people and things go when they are 'lost'. I found it to be very thought provoking especially for those whose loved ones go missing. While this book is purely fictional, it deals with the pain of loss in whatever form that takes from loosing a loved piece of jewellery to loosing a loved one. I would really love to believe that they 'go' somewhere that keeps them living in a separate environment. I really enjoyed this book and will be reading it again soon.(less)
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Runa
May 28, 2009 Runa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Runa by: LibraryThing
I regret to say that I received this book two years ago and just now managed to actually read it. It was my first ARC and I put it aside and it sat at the very bottom of my TBR pile for the longest time. Until this time of year, when I've been trying desperately to get everything out of that box and I finally decided to give this seemingly thick, impossible-to-get-through book a shot. Boy, do I hate myself for waiting so long to read such a literary work of genius. Remember in your school days, ...more
Helen Stavraki
May 27, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
H Cecelia Ahern έχει ένα ξεχωριστό είδος γραφής και τεχνικής που το διατηρεί αναλλοίωτο σχεδον σε ολα τα βιβλία της.
Καταφέρνει να κρατάει πάντα αμείωτο το ενδιαφέρον,να προκαλεί αγωνία και προσμονή,να χρησιμοποιεί λιτή και απέριττη γλώσσα ώστε να μην κουράζει τον αναγνώστη αλλά και να καταγίνεται πάντα με θέματα πρωτότυπα,επικίνδυνα ίσως αλλά και αιώνια αμφισβητήσιμα.
Στο "θα σε βρω ξανά"το επίκεντρο της ιστορίας ειναι ολα τα χαμένα πρόσωπα-ζώα-πράγματα που εξαφανίζονται μυστηριωδώς και ο προορ
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Aoibhínn
This novel had the potential to be so much more, but I was left frustrated and disappointed with the ending of the book. I think Ahern could have made her ending much more powerful, instead it is left fairly ambiguous with a conclusion hanging in midair. The idea of a place where all missing objects and people go intrigued me, but at times I was left laughing at the naive idea of all these missing people, from all over the world, speaking different languages, living together in peace and harmony ...more
Lee
May 02, 2011 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kenzo
Recommended to Lee by: My Bestfriend
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Aisyah (≧◡≦) ♡
I read this years ago. It was boring, not a lot of action going on. I remember it was about random things that just kept disappearing, kinda like a sock in the washing machine. Ooo... mysterious.

The Writer
Jan 30, 2009 The Writer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do all things go when they disappear?

Cecelia Ahern has the answer for that through this book. The Irish chick lit author who previously wrote the international success PS I love you tried to charm her readers again with her fourth book. Funnily, this book has several different titles in English for example: "There's no place like here" and "A place called here". Anyway, the Danish title that I wrote above translates to "A place nearby"

I must admit that Ms. Ahern has a powerful imagination
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Inge
Oct 10, 2014 Inge rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, meh, fantasy
While I love most of Cecelia Ahern’s work, sometimes there’s a book in there that I just don’t understand. Like The Book of Tomorrow, I didn’t like that as much as I thought I would, given the premise. And now there’s A Place Called Here, which is number two. I didn’t really know what it was about, just that it was an Ahern book, and that brings along certain expectations – mostly of magical stories and smiling like an idiot. It definitely had some cute scenes, but overall, I found it to be quit ...more
Krit
Nov 24, 2011 Krit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After hearing an interview with Cecilia Ahern on a radio book show, I was interested to read her work. It's not the kind of book I would ordinarily go for, but as she's such a successful author, I was curious to see what her stories were like. The concept was interesting and at times the story was moving. Losing parts of ourselves and our need to find them and bring them home to our heart, to feel whole again, is what this story is about, in a nutshell. It was a neat fit in keeping with the them ...more
Farah
Sep 07, 2010 Farah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, novel, reviewed
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Naban (hiatus)
Interesting premise, about where missing objects go. The whole thing had lots of potential, but I got so bored halfway through. I finally snapped and decided I didn't really care about Sandy's missing sock or Sandy herself, who goes missing (oh the irony) and began skim-reading. The concept itself that these missing things and people go somewhere where cultures and such coexist and people live in harmony and (lost) food pops up just like that to fill all bellies was SO ridiculous. Sounds more li ...more
Laura
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Prisca
Dec 17, 2012 Prisca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish it....

The premise is promising, about certain place containing missing people and missing things. But I just couldn't get it. I couldn't care the least towards the characters.... Okay, they're missing someone, so?
Okay, they're in the middle of nowhere and waiting to be found, so?

I think this would be a very great book if the characters were multi-dimensional and had some...I don't know, uniqueness? I don't even like the character's name, Sandy Shortt. Okay, that's trivial @_@ I
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beloved books by Tine
3,5
nicht so gut, wie ihre sonstigen Bücher
Cintya Larasinta
Aaahhh!!! Aku suka bgt kisah Sandy shortt. Gila... Tdk kupercaya aku sgt menyukai cerita bahkan aku sgt menikmati membacanya, jd pgn lagi membaca buku Cecelia Ahern

Sandy Shortt begitu terobsesi dengan menemukan sesuatu hal-hal yang hilang, karena saingan masa kecilnya, Jenny-Mei Butler telah hilang. Setelah bekerja untuk Garda, kepolisian Republik Irlandia, dia meninggalkan pekerjaannya untuk memulai agen mencari orang hilang.
Suatu hari, seorang pria bernama Jack Ruttle meminta Sandy untuk bantu
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Sam
Oct 21, 2009 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book in 2007, I started reading it immediatly. But I never liked it enough to keep reading. I decided on reading it again last month and I feel like it took me ages to read.
I really liked the concept of someone who hates it when things go missing. Who starts a missing persons agency and then goes missing herself to end up on the place where the missing things and persons go. I was very excited to read this book from Cecilia as I loved ps;i love you. But the beginning really bored
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Lisa Reyes
Jun 11, 2009 Lisa Reyes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I actually stopped reading this book half way through (something I RARELY do). I don't know if it is because I'm not feeling well, or the book itself, but I just couldn't read any more. I skipped to the final pages, and lo and behold the ending was just what I thought it would be, so I figured why read another 150 pages.
Chelsea Barva-kertesz
This book is really hard to get into, but if you do make it through the whole book, the ending is good. I finished this book with a good feeling, and the last 75-100 pages were actually really great. Although this is my least favorite Cecelia Ahern book, she has a knack for writing. I love her style of writing, and her ability to make magic and fairy tales come to life for adults.

This book is about a place called Here, where all missing things and people end up. Sandy Shortt is a 34 year old wom
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Nikoleta
Ενα βιβλιο που μιλαει για το κουραγιο κ την υπομονη, την πιστη που πρεπει να εχουμε στους αγαπημενους μας κ πανω απο ολα ποτε να μην ξεχναμε... εξαλλου τιποτα δεν πηγαινει στο πουθενα, ολα καπου καταληγουν αρκει να συνεχισουμε να ψαχνουμε, να μην λησμοναμε.
Arpita Das
After reading P.S I love you, this was somewhat of an disappointment. I know some of the people really liked it, but it didn't sort of click with me. After such a strong debut novel, I expected something more, you know up to the bench mark. The theme, well it was amazing, she always has an interesting story to tell. The theme was really good, but while I was reading it, I was hoping of something more, a sudden twist which will catch me off-guard. But all the "next-pages" failed to do so.
Now com
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EJay
May 06, 2012 EJay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahern has mastered a technique to lead people down memory lane. There's No Place Like Here speaks of things that just grow feet, wander off, cross the periphery, and never return for good.

"Here" is where my small, blue, fragile toy kangaroo has now found shelter in, where those pens I've previously thought just went inside somewhere deep in my pants' pockets have probably nested about, where that Pokemon book I was dying to read when I was eleven had got teleported to, and where my white Conver
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Rajshree
i agree you cannot be into a story unless you believe in author's imagination, and this is not the first time i came across this soft magical touch Cecilia ahern grazes her novels with, (the book of tomorrow, thanks for the memories, the time of my life). this one according to me when it comes to adding this magical touch is weakest of her work. Here, where lost thing go. i just cannot digest it, may be to me it was plain irritating. it was illogical, and hardly made sense to me. it is high time ...more
Carrie
Apr 11, 2009 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something missing

Have you ever wondered where do all of the missing socks go? More importantly, what happens to missing people?

As a child, Sandy Shortt is obsessed by finding missing things, and as an adult turns this obsession into her vocation, looking for missing people. Until she goes missing herself, and finds herself in a parallel universe, a place where missing things and people go. I found this quite an interesting concept, but this whimsical fairytale unfortunately had something 'missi
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Magpie67
How would a childhood tragedy affect your growing years? For Sandy Short she became OCD with losing items after a classmate at the age of ten disappears. Things that go missing worry Sandy and her parents are beside themselves with her constant need to find what is missing. Sandy is hooked up with a counselor at school but her need to find never stops and thus her job as a police officer in the missing person department fits her well. Of course, there are a handful of individuals she never finds ...more
Sharon
Sep 09, 2015 Sharon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sandy Shortt is an ex-Garda from Leitrim. She now runs a missing persons agency - she has been obsessed with finding missing things since a classmate went missing aged 10. Sandy has devoted her life to finding things and people, but when Sandy herself goes missing, who will find her?

I try to dial my cynicism down a notch when I read Cecelia's books. I go to them when I've had a couple of heavy reads and want something light. But this was not enjoyable. I had the American version, called "There'
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M
Feb 05, 2014 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Todos nos perdemos en alguna ocasión, sea por decisión propia o debido a las fuerzas que escapan de nuestro control. Cuando descubrimos lo que nuestra alma necesita aprender, el camino de vuelta se presenta por sí mismo. A veces vemos la salida, pero seguimos avanzando y la tristeza nos impiden regresar. A veces preferimos permanecer perdidos y errantes, ya que suele resultar más fácil. Otras veces hallamos la salida. Pero, pase lo que pase, siempre nos acaban encontrando." (pág. 364)

"¿A dónde
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Trupti Dorge
Sep 08, 2011 Trupti Dorge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I read P.S. I love you by Cecelia Ahern some time back and although I didn’t like the writing style a lot, I did love the book. So when I got this book in a sale I thought I could give this author another chance and see if we get along. Unfortunately I didn’t like the book as much as I hoped to. I liked the writing style in this one but unfortunately the plot was very slow for me.

Sandy Shortt becomes obsessed with lost things when at the age of 10 her neighbor and classmate disappears. Sandy str
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butter be scotch
In times when I lost something, a pen or book, I always sulk and complain where it went. My father, which has no help at all, will then tease me and say, “Find it with your hands, not with your mouth”. When all hope is lost, I pondered about how I taken it for granted. But just give me days and I will forget it. However, in Sandy’s case, she won’t.

Sandy had been obsessed in finding her lost things since an incident of Jenny-May Butler’s sudden disappearance. From a single sock to a memorable dia
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Jenny Ocana
May 18, 2011 Jenny Ocana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Things go missing all the time. Even we feel lost most of the time. We're all just trying to navigate our way through life the best way we can, but truth is.. though we seldom admit it, we become lost.

In "There's No Place Like Here" we see an imaginative world where all missing things go. It felt like nowhere but really was somewhere. It was simply called 'Here'. We see the protagonist journeying her way through this world to truly find herself, while helping a few unlikely people on the way.

Rea
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Kathryn
Oct 06, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first "Cecelia Adhern".
When I was at a book store a week ago there was a corner where they had piles of box sets of her books. Apparently she has written a new book very recently.
And that's when I noticed that she was the author of "P.S. I love you".
Which is a movie I enjoy very much watching. So, I have decided to give her book a shot.

To be frank, I don't know what I was expecting.
A romance? mystery? fiction? a combination of all those?
I just read the back cover and thought of all he
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Shivani
"you do sometimes feel like catching them and throwing them back to where they came from. Our memories are the only contact we have. We can hug, kiss, laugh, and cry with them over and over again in our minds. They’re very precious things to have.”

Where do lost things go??? -to a place called Here!
only lost things?? -uhu not just things but smells, sounds and people!

As usual, Cecelia Ahern has worked her magic in this book. I would want to give it 3.5 only because I read "The time of my life" a
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Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. She is the daughter of the former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. On 14th December 2009 it was announced that Cecelia had given birth to her first child with partner David Keoghan, a girl named Robin. She was secretly married on 11 June 2010 in County Kildare, Ireland. Her older sister, Georgina Ahern is married to Nicky Byrne of Irish ...more
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“I can only assume that there’s only one thing more frustrating than not being able to find someone, and that’s not being found. I would want someone to find me, more than anything.” 192 likes
“He tried to tell me week after week to accept things as they were and move on with my life. But if there was one man who had put his life on hold to wait for something or someone, it was him.” 88 likes
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