As those of you who saw my Day Out post to Weedon Depot will know I recently brought quite a few second-hand books! I always enjoy taking the time to explore what is on offer in a second-hand bookshop. As the books are so cheap it is a great opportunity to discover a new book without it costing you too much if you don’t like them. Sometimes as is the case with A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern, you find a golden gem!
Cecelia Ahern is probably known by many for her book PS, I Love You, a book which I haven’t read but have heard of. If I am completely honest, the stunning matte black background and gold embellishments drew me in. However after reading the blurb and discovering it was a mystery novel I was instantly intrigued. Cecelia uses simple yet descriptive language allowing the story to move quickly yet still allowing you to feel deeply invested in the characters and the storyline.
Sandy is the first character we are introduced too. She talks about her experience in counselling over the years starting as a child. She goes to counselling as her parents feel her obsessive need to find anything that goes missing even if it is just a sock. They believe it is because she is traumatised by another child, Jenny-May, disappearing when she was ten years old. She gets a job at Gardai who try to find missing people before going freelance. Sandy is always asking questions to get to the bottom of things, much like a toddler making her a peculiar but loveable adult.
The other main character we are introduced to is Jake whose brother Donal has been missing for a year. Everyone around him is starting to get back to normal life, including his girlfriend Gina which frustrates him as he just wants to find out what happened to his brother. Jake, I feel a huge amount of empathy for as it must feel so isolating for him. In a last attempt to find his brother Jake contacts Sandy. They talk on the phone before agreeing to meet in person but Sandy never shows up despite her car being in the car park! (Dun, dun, dah!)
Before the meeting with Jake, Sandy accidentally finds a community of missing people who have created new lives for themselves together. Sandy takes this as an opportunity to find the missing people she has been looking for including Jenny-May and Donal.
Jake realises Sandy is missing then goes to search for her, including contacting the families that Sandy is helping. Their lives then run separately but in parallel to each other. Now I won’t say too much more as I don’t want to spoil it for you but the ending was both dramatic and unexpected for both Sandy and Jake. For one of them the outcome was deeply sad and the other joyful.
Hopefully, I have inspired you to go read A Place Called Here for yourself and I look forward to hearing what you think. I also brought Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern which I can’t wait to read before reading more of her books!
Let me know what you think. What are you reading at the moment? I am always looking for books to add to my never-ending reading list!