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A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern


Ever wondered where lost things go?

Ever since the day her classmate vanished, Sandy Shortt has been haunted by what happens when something – or someone – disappears. Finding has become her goal.

Jack Ruttle is desperate to find his younger brother who vanished into thin air a year ago. He spots an ad for Sandy's missing persons agency and is certain that she will answer his prayers and find his brother.

But then Sandy disappears too, stumbling upon a place that is a world away from the only one she has ever known.

Now all she wants, more than anything, is to find her way home.


I wasn't expecting the book to be so weird, to be honest. I was hoping for chick lit/ women's fiction with maybe a hint of otherness a la Jenni Kerr. What I got was more along the lines of Dean Koontz; which is no bad thing, if you like that genre.

This wasn't my cup of tea, for precisely that reason, but my reaction to the book doesn't detract from the fact that is was well written, intriguing and compelling. If you're a pure chick lit lover and aren't too keen on weird/paranormal/otherworld stories, then this one isn't for you.

About the Author

After completing a degree in Journalism and Media Communications, Cecelia wrote her first novel at 21 years old. Her debut novel, PS I Love You was published in January 2004, and was followed by Where Rainbows End (aka Love, Rosie) in November 2004. Both novels were adapted to films; PS I Love You starred Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler, and Love, Rosie starred Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. Cecelia has published a novel every year since then and to date has published 15 novels; If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, Thanks for the Memories, The Gift, The Book of Tomorrow, The Time of My Life, One Hundred Names, How To Fall in Love, The Year I Met You, The Marble Collector, Flawed, Perfect and Lyrebird. To date, Cecelia's books have sold 25 million copies internationally, are published in over 40 countries, in 30 languages. Along with writing novels, Cecelia has co-created the US ABC Comedy Samantha Who? and has created many other original TV projects.

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