I was… 26 Oh, Dr. I went… 39 After returning from an afternoon rehearsal at the Community Hall,… 40 I have found that the many imbalances within our individual… 41 Despite Dr. For months every night the story was on the news, every day it was on the front pages of the papers, everywhere it was discussed in every conversation. The entire country pitched in to help; it was the biggest search for a missing person I, at ten years of age, had ever seen, and it seemed to affect everyone. Jenny-May Butler was a blond-haired blue-eyed beauty whose smiling face was beamed from the TV screen into the living rooms of every home around the country, causing eyes to fill with tears and parents to hug their children that extra bit tighter before they sent them off to bed. She too was ten years old and in my class at school.

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Sandy Shortt has been obsessed with finding lost things ever since her childhood rival, Jenny-May Butler, went missing. Her parents, concerned for her wellbeing, persuade her to see a psychiatrist about her obsession with finding things, a man named Gregory who soon becomes a romantic interest. Her career is shaped by this obsession; she starts off working for the Garda, the Irish Police force, before setting up her own detective agency that specialises in finding missing people.

One day, a man named Jack Ruttle employs Sandy to search for his missing brother, Donal, but on her search for him Sandy disappears too. Jack begins to search for her, discovering more than he bargained for, but it is nothing compared to what Sandy finds, the place where all things lost are found, a place called here.

It has no geographical location, nor could it be found or left by choice, the idea is that it is there to comfort those who are missing something or someone. As someone who hates to lose things, it struck a personal note with me, but as for someone who has experienced the disappearance of a person, one can only hope it would have the same effect.

Rather than the typical route of a Cecelia Ahern story, A Place Called Here is less focused on the romantic side of the narrative and more on the actual story which revolves around the idea of what happens to missing things, the obsessive nature of people and the driving force behind it.

It is an emotive and sensitive subject to explore, but Cecelia does it in a comforting and appealing way. There are many traumatic themes associated with the reasons people can go missing, but Cecelia deals with the issue with her usual magical and innocent way.

I Love You has been described as a comfort to those who have experienced the death of a loved one, and in a way, A Place Called Here sets out to do the same for those with missing loved ones. While the narrative offers a conclusion and a solution to the issue of missing people and things, in reality it is often never that simple. But despite this the book should be received as a help to those struggling with themes raised in the book, as Cecelia really gives the impression she understands what the family and friends of a missing person go through making it a well rounded story.

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Cecelia Ahern

Plot summary[ edit ] Sandy Shortt has been obsessed with finding things which have been lost, since her childhood rival Jenny-May Butler went missing. Having worked for the Garda , the police force of Ireland , she left her job to start an agency which looks for missing people. A man named Jack Ruttle asks Sandy for help looking for his younger brother Donal, who went missing the year before. She agrees, never expecting to become missing herself as she discovers the world where everything which has ever been lost goes to, a place called Here. Jack goes on a search for Sandy believing that she is the key to finding his brother but learning more about her personal life than he should. Something is bound to happen but the both of them have yet to know what it is.


Book Review: A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern


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