Judy M. (East Haven, CT)
Where You Can Find Me
I was drawn into the story immediately, but found that when I was 3/4 done with the book I gave up. I had expected to have the story be more about Caleb, his experience and the effect this had on the family. Although I believe that was what this book was intending to be - I missed it. I was disinterested in Marlene, Lowell and most of the characters ... and felt that it went on & on never giving me what I wanted in a read. Part of me feels that I just missed the whole point of the book, and the other part was never drawn in further to are.
Dawn C. (Meridian, ID)
Where Can You Find Me by Sheri Joseph
This book takes an all too familiar from the headlines today and turns it into a good novel. An 11 year old gets snatched after his birthday and is not found for 3 years. The boys parents try desperately to find him, and when they get him returned the mother runs away with him to Costa Rica because of the press. It is a good story, but gets slow in spots, and the plot seems to fizzle some, but all-in-all I enjoyed this novel.
Beth B. (New Wilmington, PA)
Where You Can Find Me
Don't miss reading this book!! Rich in character development, captivating peephole into family dynamics, adolescent sibling relationships, and so much more. You will ponder what you've read after each exposure and definitely its content will enter and reenter your mind for some time. An excellent choice for book clubs to explore. This book will assuredly be chosen for best reads lists.
Colleen L. (Casco, ME)
A Little slow...Where You Can find Me
"Where you Can Find Me' has some interesting moments when the author describes scenery in Costa Rica. The plot, however, is slow going. The book is about a boy who was kidnapped from his parents at age eleven. The story starts at the point when the boy has been returned to the family by the FBI. As is so common in these situations, the dynamics in the family are tense and uncertain. In an effort to shelter the boy from publicity, the mother decides to move the family to Costa Rica. The author could have had a winner in this novel. There are so many perspectives that she could have taken. The character development is weak, however, and you never get a true sense of who any of the characters are. There are also so many unanswered questions throughout the book. I guess I don't have to have everything spelled out but answering a few questions would have been nice. I wasn't thrilled by the ending either. It seemed like the author ran out of steam and just decided to finish. I normally don't have a hard time finishing books but this one was a struggle to finish. On the positive side, I would love to visit Costa Rica now!
Kathleen B. (LAS VEGAS, NV)
Missing boy returned
I usually read a book in two days. This book took over a week. I kept putting it down because it just was so slow and boring. The synopsis of the book sounded so exciting but it didn't pan out. It seemed jumbled and unclear, never giving a direct answer to what really happened to the family. And more importantly Caleb. It was hard to believe that Caleb wanted to go back to his captor. But that is what happens to brain washed people. So I do think the author touched on many important points but didn't flesh them out. The ending caught me by surprise.
Christina C. (Powells Point, NC)
Far Fetched and Perverse
I found this book hard to get through. It was a slow read, difficult to pick up again.
I found the story a bit far fetched, with plot lines I just found unbelievable. I could not get past these holes to fully believe the book or actions of the characters.
I also do not agree this book is about a family, or even the rebuilding of a family. I found this book to be a lot more about pedophiles and perverse things. It actually was unsettling to read an entire book devoted to this subject, especially featuring underage children and related family members.
I have never read a book with this subject as the plot and am unsure which category to even place it in. I suppose crime or suspense. However, the ending has no true resolution. A lot of the questions formed remain unanswered, or vaguely touched upon, left to the reader's imagination to fill in the blanks.
Overall, this book left me with a disturbed feeling. I read it on high alert, weary of upsetting plot lines. I wish more pages had been devoted to the family and their rebuilding, as well as resolving the crimes for a more concrete ending.
Duane F. (Cape Girardeau, MO)
Where You Can Find Me
While I thought the suject matter was of great interest and timely, the characters and their struggle believeable, and the setting of great beauty, the prose in this novel overwhelmed it. I felt that Ms. Joseph's use of every discriptive possible to the point of distraction, was a major flaw. It left the reader wading through a maze of adjectives thereby almost forgetting the story itself. The beauty of the jungle was not enhanced, nor was a character more understood by the fact that everything was over explained. I would rather have had more character interaction and less "color". It was difficult to follow what was important to the storyline as we wandered off lost among the details.
This was an important story to tell, the struggle of a family trying to rebuild a life together after such a horrific act. It was big and powerfull. Caleb had so many ghosts to contend with and had to do so while he also went through what any teenager faces. The fact he still had attachments to his kidnapper added to his conflict and made the story one I was interested in.
I felt I could have enjoyed it as a whole if the author had not tried so very hard to make it a conceptual work of art. Sometimes less is more, leave to us, the reader, some sense of imagination and discovery. I love good prose, I want good prose, but also want the author to trust me enough to understand I don't need to know the color of every dress, every flower or how much the jungle dripped at every moment.
Sorry, this good story just felt tedious.