Title: A Place Called Here
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Paperback: 389 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Pb (October 20, 2006)
Set in: Ireland
Source: Personal Shelf
Rating: 3 out of 5
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 struggles to cope with the concept of lost and how things can suddenly disappear. When she becomes an adult she joins the Gardai’ who search for missing people. She becomes so obsessed with the cases that she finds it difficult to let go; so she opens a missing persons agency of her own. After years of wondering where all the missing socks and things and people go, Sandy lands up in a place which is in a different dimension altogether.
Have you wondered where all your missing stuff goes? One moment you have it and the next moment it disappears. Sandy lands up in such a place, A Place Called Here, where all the missing people are. Even all the missing things are there. It’s a place where you can get in but not get out of. It’s a whole new world where all the missing people have made a life for themselves. They have their own towns where missing people from all over the world stay.
Although I liked the concept of the book, after about 100 pages I began to wonder where all this was heading. The story was not moving forward as fast as I liked and frankly I was bored after a certain point and wanted the book to end or to reach a conclusion.
The good part about it was how the author handled the state of people who are missing or those whose someone is missing. She captures their emotions very well. There is something about this book that kept me reading in spite of being a little bored by it. I think many people might like this book, it just wasn’t for me.
I generally don’t enjoy slow paced books, so this may not be for me.
PS I Love You really touched me, but I have always thought it was probably a fluke, and have not read anything by Ahern since.
I really like Cecilia Ahern so I am sorry you can’t connect with her. Oh well, we all have different faves!
I think PS. I love you is the only one that worked really? I really did not like the other one I read either. I do not think I want to read this one.
I think I’ve felt that way about every Cecelia Ahern book I’ve read.
The concept is very cool. I have lots of lost things and I’d loveto know where they ended up! Too bad it got bogged down.
Mmmmm, it seemed as though it would be quite slow from what I can see from your review. What a shame.