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A Place Called Here

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  31,565 ratings  ·  1,934 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 485 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by HarperCollins (first published October 16th 2006)
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We often miss things right? Have you ever given it a thought as to where does the things lost or the words spoke go afterwards?

This book is about a w…more

We often miss things right? Have you ever given it a thought as to where does the things lost or the words spoke go afterwards?

This book is about a woman named Sandy Shortt, who runs a missing persons agency, due to her obsession towards finding things that goes missing. She leads an isolated life, maintaining a strained relationship with her parents and others. During one of her missions to find out a boy named Donal Ruttle, she gets lost and lands in a place called 'Here'.

The rest of the story is about her interactions with the people at 'Here' and her life out there.


What happened to Sandy ?

Is she dead or alive ?

What exactly is the place called 'Here' ? Heaven ? Hell ? Or rather something else ?

Is it possible to come out of 'Here' ?

What exactly happens to the things that get lost ? And the people ? The laughter, smell etc. ?

Find out for yourself.

Enjoy the read!!! 😊😊(less)

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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
May 28, 2009 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
Aisyah ♡
I read this years ago, it was actually my first Cecelia Ahern novel. That should have been a big warning for me about how pointless her book can be sometimes, this one included.

I remember it was about random things that just kept disappearing. It was boring, not a lot of action going on. Kinda like a sock missing in the washing machine.

Ooo... mysterious.

Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kenzo
Recommended to Lee by: My Bestfriend
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Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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Riiiiight. Well, this was an odd one. Reading the blurb, I though Ahern was writing metaphorically about a place that lost things end up. Nope. I was very wrong. The result? An odd story that I just couldn’t settle to throughout the narrative.

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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
May 04, 2021 rated it liked it
I wanted a better story than this.

***When blurbs are more interesting than the actual story***

"Perhaps because I had spent so many years turning my life upside down and looking for everything, I had forgotten to look for myself."

The story starts with the main character getting lost early in the morning while she was jogging.

This is the story going backwards to happened to her life in general before getting lost and what happened after she did.

Some other side characters come along who seemed un
The Writer
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 24, 2011 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
jelly frogs
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
Dec 17, 2012 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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Lisa Reyes
Feb 29, 2008 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. ...more
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
alterego_bookaholic  (Upasana Singh)
“Strength and Hope” are the only thing to cling to when someone close to you is Missing.

Sandy Shortt has made it her life’s mission to find missing people ever since her class mate Jenny-May Butler disappeared. There is so much pain and unanswered questions when someone just vanishes into thin air. Can she find those people? Will she ever be able to let go? Are the missing people the link to her own missing self?

After reading this book i really wish there would be a “A Place Called Here” or a
May 06, 2012 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
Jenny Ocana-Dickson
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.

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
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I think that I'm in Cecelia Ahern mood! ;-) ...more
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
Sep 06, 2015 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'
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Aishwary Mehta (The_Fugitive_Biker)
37th book of 2019 (121st book overall)

Quote from the Book I Liked - 'We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to the forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself.' (Page no. 483)

Rating - 3 Stars

Plot Summary - 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. Findi
Janie Johnson
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Let me start off by saying that I really do enjoy this author's writing. Also, this book was nothing like I expected. The story's plot is very original, and very engaging. At first I was expecting more mystery, but what I got was more contemporary, than actual mystery and that is ok because it really was not like anything else I have read.

I did like most of the characters, and then there were those few that were really quite annoying to me. Our main character, Sandy, to me, was very likeable and
Rainy Rose
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It's just that this book left me feeling heavy and somber, realizing that not everything that we all lost and missed will come back to us. My heart goes to all the missing persons and their families out there. I wish they all find consolation on their losses. Though, I really want to meet a real life "Gregory Burton" if he somehow, exist. ...more
This book was pretty tough to get into at first but I loved the idea of it. Cecelia Ahern really created a magical place out of missing objects.
The two storylines were interesting to read but the conclusion to both of their endings left me feeling a bit empty. From all the hype, I feel like there should have been a bit more. Also, I was just disappointed (view spoiler) could never come home because I love that boy ❤️
May 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read - just as good as the first time!
the hundred-eyed human
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
Trupti Dorge
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.

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