Title: A Place Called Here
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Summary: How can I describe this place? It’s an in–between place. It’s like a grand hallway that leads you nowhere, it’s like a banquet dinner of left–overs, a sports team made up of the people never picked, a mother without her child, it’s a body without its heart. It’s almost there but not quite. It’s filled to the brim with personal items yet it’s empty because the people who own them aren’t here to love them.
Since Sandy Shortt’s childhood schoolmate disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things. Finding becomes her goal – whether it’s the odd sock that vanished in the washing machine, the car keys she misplaced in her rush to get to work 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.
Jack Ruttle is one of those desperate people. It’s been a year since his brother Donal vanished into thin air and the sleepless nights and frantic days aren’t getting any easier. Thinking Sandy Shortt could well be the answer to his prayers, he embarks on a quest to find her.
But when Sandy goes missing too, her search ends when she stumbles upon the place – and people – she’s been looking for all of her life. A world away from her loved ones and the home she ran from for so long, Sandy soon resorts to her old habit again, searching. Though this time, she is desperately trying to find her way home.
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: Overall I enjoyed this book. It was a little different story the what you normally see in the "fantasy realm", if you can eve call it that. It was odd place the author created, and this book was a far different tone and genre then the first. I think she carried her self well. The story was interesting and weird at the same time. I enjoyed it mainly because the story was so different then what you normally read, and although it's not a top notch or as good as Ahern's novel P.S I love you, the story is still a good light read. One of those by the beach kind of reads. It's hard to explain the book, and the place "here" but it is a really neat and original idea. Kudos to the author for that. I just wished the character's were mroe developed and the reader was able to grow to like them a little more.
Would I recommend it to read: I'd say I would. It isn't a book that will blow you away, but because it is a little different then what you see in fantasy or if you just label this as general fiction, it is a different experience into this world. Give it a try.
What to read next: If you haven't read it, P.S I Love (and don't bother with the movie, I've only seen clips and realized they butchered the hell out of the book). Also with alternative reality dream like worlds theme going on, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of OZ and The Secret World of Og (if my memory serves me correctly about that last one). All have a similar ideas about them.