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“He’s Gone by Deb Caletti is a dark trip through the life and mind of Dani Keller. It is full of secrets, regrets and questions, lots of questions. After a night of partying, Dani wakes up to find her husband, Ian gone, vanished, no note, nothing, just gone. As the mystery of his disappearance...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This book was not at all what I thought it would be. Not a fast paced thriller, but a slow moving introspection on a marriage an each person's perception of the truth in a relationship. If I hadn't been listening to it on audio I probably wouldn't have bothered to finish it.”Carrie F wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Definitely a page-turner”Mrs. K wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It took a little while to get into the tempo of this story, but about a third of the way into it I couldn't put it down. ”Gina B wrote this review Saturday, August 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed the author's writing style and her many descriptive analogies. ”Kathy C wrote this review Thursday, July 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Well written, really enjoyed this book.”Michelle F wrote this review Saturday, July 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Holy cow! I couldn't stop reading. Deb Caletti had me in her clutches.”Elizabeth wrote this review Wednesday, July 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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! ”
“I must admit to a slight obsession with the Investigation Discovery show, Disappeared, so when I the premise of this novel certainly caught my attention! After a late night out at a party with her husband, Dani Keller wakes up to an empty home and as the day progresses with no word from her husband, she soon realizes that he has vanished without a trace. With a hook like that, the book quickly becomes a page-turner - despite Dani’s meandering thoughts of her past. She recollects not only her current marriage and its tumultuous (and adulterous) beginnings, but of the history of the two failed marriages that lay at the foundations of her current marriage to the disappeared Ian. Even their childhoods and parents’ failed marriages fall under Dani’s consideration.
Though sharing in Dani’s anxiety to learn Ian’s fate, her memories fill in the “waiting” time well. It also gives an almost too-real perspective and edge to these characters. It is easy to sympathize with Dani, but it isn’t quite as easy to genuinely like her - and the other characters involved. Dani’s role as a wife is consistent through two marriages as the victim of varied abuses. Her weaknesses, though understandable, add to this very genuine feeling (even if it does come at the price of some lost sympathy). I do, however, adore the very evident love Caletti herself must feel towards dogs. Both Pollux and even Buck are accurately, and lovingly portrayed.
And the ending is quite satisfying. Caletti ties up loose ends and while the characters are not people that I want to be friends with, the story is a gripping one. The extended metaphor with butterflies works very well throughout the entire novel. It is an interesting read a fascinating look at failed marriages. I am sure this would be an excellent choice for book clubs as it is sure to spark plenty of lively discussions. And now I am curious to discover Caletti’s previous young adult novels, while keeping an eye out for more of her future books as well!”
“Gripping story of a disappearance that has deep underlying themes of marital and family relationships and lots of guilt in the telling of the story by the wife whose husband is missing. Couldn't put it down--unfortunately!!”Marcia wrote this review Tuesday, May 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dani Keller's husband is gone. She woke up to find his side of the bed empty. At first, she thought he'd simply run out for coffee. As time passed, she thought maybe he'd run into a friend or been held up in some way. By that afternoon, she knows something is wrong. She finds his car still parked nearby and nothing is missing except his phone, his wallet, and the clothes he was wearing the night before. No one has seen him or heard from him. Days go by without word and the police are stumped. Has Ian had an accident or has he simply left her?
I have really mixed feelings about this one! HE'S GONE is a great read. Deb Caletti's writing - especially where her characters are concerned - is excellent. Really top notch! The complexities of relationships, the heartwrenching journey Dani takes emotionally as she faces the fact that her husband is gone, and the mystery as to his fate pull the reader along in a way that makes it impossible to put this book down. But man is it a downer! Holy moly! I really found myself dreading getting to the end of this one.
There's a definite ominous tone to the book, in my opinion. And honestly, I had considered what turns out to be the truth about Ian's disappearance early on. I was never quite sure if I'd figured it out, though.
Anyway, a great read but one you probably should prepare yourself for emotionally.”