Christine B. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Where You Can Find Me
This book although about young Caleb who is reunited with his family after 3 years, is really also the story of his sister Lark who is gone "missing" in another sense. Her brother's abduction has left her lost and alone amid her family's struggles. I found this aspect of the book the most interesting because Caleb's abduction and what happened to him are left fairly ambiguous and wanting. His parent's relationship with all their entanglements really distract from the story. I am glad I read it and I think it would generate good discussion.
Shelly B. (Staten Island, NY)
Where You can Find Me
The story line seemed so interesting, it was my kind of book. A boy kidnapped and found after three years. This story line had so much potential. Unforunately, it did not meet my expextations in any way. I was very disappointed.
Some stories just pull you in and the writing flows. You keep reading and never want the book to end. When it ends, you just want to savor the feelings of the book. This did not happen with Where You Can Find Me. I didn't care.
I thought the writing was repetitve. and plodding, it just dragged. The sentences seemed to start in the middle of a thought, they were not written in complete sentneces or thoughts. Sometimes I had to reread passages over more than once because some passages did not make sense to me.
If not for having to write this review, I would not have finished the book.
Judy K. (Conroe, TX)
The rest of the story...
When we see kidnapped children returned to their parents after years of separation, we think, "How wonderful! They're back home now. What a miracle!" We never really give any thought to the rest of the story. Sheri Joseph did and she presents this story with such intimate details, it feels very true, disturbingly true. Three years gone, Caleb was, from age 11 to 14. Three years of unimaginable torture at a vulnerable age. Three years of unimaginable torture for his parents and younger sister, enough guilt to go around for everyone. How do you put Humpty Dumpty back together again? Is it even possible? At what cost? I won't forget this book for a long, long time, if ever. It's not for the faint of heart. Ms. Joseph gets wordy at times, but she has a lot to say.
Janet P. (Houston, TX)
A mother's anguished love for a son who has returned from the depths of hell to which fate had seemingly committed him, his sister's pure, nonjudgmental love for him, the first and only knight in her young existence, and the victim's remorseful guilt and an subconscious wish to return to the life of his past three years rather than face the difficulties of re-entering the "family" life of his youth are warmly created in Sheri Joseph's beautifully written WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME. The author's empathy for the family caught in this trying situation is effectively transmitted through words spoken and left unspoken. The reader wiill feel the strength of the mother's emotion and comprehend her need for physical passion in her life as an anecdote for dark thoughts her mind will not dismiss. This contradiction, this desire to make everything picture-perfect drives the plot forward even as the young victim of society's worse type of abuse makes his way through the rich jungle setting of the landscape that echoes his interior landscape as well. Joseph's rich, colorful description of Costa Rica with its beautiful flowers, luscious fruit and incredible animal life juxtaposed against the poverty (both literal and figurative) of the characters creates a plot this reader won't soon forget. Satisfied and richer for having read it...that's how I feel. Book clubs would enjoy the food for thought.
Carole V. (West Linn, OR)
Moving and complex
A boy of 11 who was missing for 3 years is returned to his family. This book is tangled and disturbing; Caleb himself trying to figure out who he really is, after the horrors that he witnessed; and his parents and younger sister trying to piece the family back together; with a boy who is profoundly changed. Deeply moving.
William E. (Honolulu, HI)
What a great read! Caleb, recently found after being kidnapped by pederasts, is safely home again. The family dynamics have changed with a vengeance! The book is about how families reconstitute themselves after horrific tragedies. I highly recommend this wise book
Michelle N. (Hillsdale, NJ)
Just a bit slllooowww....
The premise of this book sounds great - kidnapped boy comes back; shattered family; move to Costa Rica ..yet I felt that the story moved so slowly it just didn't capture my interest - I had to force myself to continue reading until the end, and it never really pulled me in. The characters are just okay - the mother, Marlene, seems underdeveloped, you never really get a sense of her, the chapters with the sister, Lark, are just dull. I really wanted to like it, because I thought the storyline sounded great, but it fell short of my expectations.