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There's No Place Like Here Hardcover – January 1, 2008
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Continuing the whimsical trend she started with If You Could See Me Now, Ahern asks readers to step outside the boundaries of reality, and enter a world where missing people (and possessions) from all over the globe congregate to start anew. When Sandy goes on an early morning jog and strays too far into the forest, she too finds herself "Here," the aptly named home of the missing. In addition to finding her lost socks, diaries, and stuffed animals, she also finds many of the people she has searched for throughout her career. From Bobby Stanley, who disappeared from his mother's house at the age of sixteen, to Terrence O'Malley, a librarian who disappeared on his way home from work at age 55, Sandy is quickly reunited with the people she has come to know only through photos and heartbreaking memories shared by devastated loved ones who enlisted her services. Of course, finding these people and possessions only makes Sandy realize how much she has missed out on in her real life, most notably her concerned parents and her on again off again boyfriend Greg.
There's No Place Like Here is often predictable and the premise is a bit hard to swallow at times. Still, readers who take the leap will be rewarded with what is ultimately a witty, compassionate, and captivating love story. --Gisele Toueg
From Publishers Weekly
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Please excuse the following tangent: While "A Place Called Here" is slightly more rooted in reality than her previous novel, "If You Could See Me Now", it is still not as realistic as her previous novels were, nor as realistic as I think her readers have been asking her for, based on a lot of feedback that I've read. My theory is that Ahern has gone this "mystical" route to try and differentiate herself from the other successful Irish chick-lit authors out there, but I truly don't think she needs to - her talent and charm can skillfully pull off a novel that would, in other hands, be blasé. However, if this is truly the type of writing she'd prefer to do, then kudos to her, and I'm a little saddened that she has lost readers by switching her style & following her heart. She's a young writer, still growing into the business, so giver her a little bit of a break :).
EDIT 1/15/07: Obviously, since I wrote this review, they have now come out with the US title for this book, "There's No Place Like Here". I personally think that's a much better title, considering the "Wizard of Oz" theme in the novel!
Despite the disappointment of "If You Could See Me Now", as soon as "A Place Called Here" came out, I grabbed it. And it was really, really good. It's about a girl called Sandy, who starts a missing persons agency, after the mysterious disappearance of her childhood enemy, Jenna May. She also is obsessive compulsive, and labels all her items incase they go missing. Much of her stuff does go missing, and she does tear the house apart trying to find them. So she turns it into a job. She hunts down many missing people - that is, until she goes missing herself.
She finds herself in a place called "Here", and promptly finds that people live her. People that she knows, people that have been there for years since they disappeared from the 'real' world. Many of them have moved on, got married, had kids, but still long to find their way back to their old lives. When Sandy finds herself here, with no way out, she immediately becomes the missing. And she also finds all her stuff that she thought was missing.
But then the twist appears - her stuff starts to go missing. Her watch, which she wears even though it is broken, because it has sentimental value, her diary. What's happening? Everyone around her is confused, cos surely in a place full of missing items and people, something cannot go missing.Read more ›
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I have read a couple books by this author. She has some interesting concepts, particularly in this story. But you need the patience going into it to get there. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TV Watcher
A step away from reality that is interesting and well-written.Published 7 months ago by Cindy M Deister
Title says it all. Easy read but plot is very predictable early on. Still easy to enjoy and a quick read. Finished the book in one afternoon.Published 7 months ago by Gil
It has taken me AGES (or what is ages for me in the reading world) to get through this book. I know, I know, this book is supposed to be fantasy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jessica S.
Even though you kindof know what is going to happen it is finding out the how's that is great. So many lose ends come together.Published 14 months ago by Christine Bialczak
This book was hard for me to really get into, but once I did, it was pretty good. Sandy Shortt becomes obsessed with all things that are lost. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mrs Boone