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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.
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.
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
Vicky R. (Cumming, GA)
Journey to a dark corner
A mesmerizing and disturbing story of a child kidnapped at a young age and then returned to his family. This book will make your heart ache and your stomach clench, and the author has written this story in such a way that it seems that she, herself, has experienced such horrors. The writing, a little disjointed at times, still manages to draw you into a family torn in many directions and their attempt to find normalcy in their lives. You will ask yourself more than once how you would manage this same situation. There have been other books written in this same vain but this one takes a different path...the boy...still emotionally attached to his kidnapper. Take this journey...it is worth the time.