Wednesday, June 12, 2013

He's Gone by Deb Caletti

Reviewed by Laura Kay

It's a Sunday morning like any other Sunday morning. Or so Dani Keller thought until she realized Ian wasn't in bed with her. She gets up, looks for a note and quickly assumes he went out to grab the breakfast, but soon minutes turn to hours and hours turn to days. Dani realizes, He's Gone. 

Dani contacts the local police station to aid her in her search for her husband. As they begin their investigation, Dani begins to reflect her relationship with Ian. She recalls how they first met, how their relationship started and what lead up to the last time she remembers seeing him. 

The novel begins with Dani talking about a fantasy of just leaving--not that she would. I'm sure a fantasy many people have had for a fleeting moment or two. He's Gone questions what if the person we love the most was just gone. 

The novel is a first person narrative (Dani) realizes her husband, soulmate well, He's Gone. As she and the police search for Ian, she reflects on their former marriages, their getting together and the outcome of their life together--the good and the hidden. As more time passes, the deeper she plunges into her own psyche and begins to see a truth she doesn't want to see. 

I couldn't relate to Dani Keller, as a woman on her second marriage or her past, but her thoughts...made her so human. A character fully flawed. I connected. I felt for her, I wanted resolution for her, but then the further I read I began to be afraid of where the answers may lead. The story moves along at a pretty good pace, but you need to pay attention to all of a sudden you are in a flashback. 

I really loved how I got to know Dani and all the characters through Dani, how she saw everything. I had no idea how the story would end. There are subtle suggestions along the way, but you are always guessing! This is a great book that literally lets you into the protagonists head! I loved the honesty of what a relationship could look like for two people who had an affair. This is one book you won't want to put down, you will need to know what happened to Ian Keller! I highly recommend He's Gone! 

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Deb Caletti’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, May 13th:  Books a la Mode - guest post/giveaway
Monday, May 20th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, May 21st:  Peppermint Ph.D.
Wednesday, May 22nd:  Books in the Burbs
Thursday, May 23rd:  WV Stitcher
Friday, May 24th:  The Betty and Boo Chronicles
Tuesdya, May 28th:  Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, May 29th:  Literally Jen
Thursday, May 30th:  Knowing the Difference
Monday, June 3rd:  Kritter’s Ramblings
Wednesday, June 5th:  Life, Love, & Books
Thursday, June 6th:  A Bookish Way of Life
Monday, June 10th:  Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, June 11th:  Book Chatter
Wednesday, June 12th:  A Novel Review
Thursday, June 13th:  Sweet Southern Home
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  1. Intriguing! And what a great cover!

  2. I don't think I could relate to Dani either - at least not based on her life itself - but it sounds like her thoughts were completely understandable and relate-able. And the story is certainly a page turner!

    Thanks for being on the tour.