"What do you think happened to your husband, Mrs. Keller?”
The Sunday morning starts like any other, aside from the slight hangover. Dani Keller wakes up on her Seattle houseboat, a headache building behind her eyes from the wine she drank at a party the night before. But on this particular Sunday morning, she’s surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. Irritation shifts to worry, worry slides almost imperceptibly into panic. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He’s gone.
As the police work methodically through all the logical explanations—he’s hurt, he’s run off, he’s been killed—Dani searches frantically for a clue as to whether Ian is in fact dead or alive. And, slowly, she unpacks their relationship, holding each moment up to the light: from its intense, adulterous beginning, to the grandeur of their new love, to the difficulties of forever. She examines all the sins she can—and cannot—remember. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth—about herself, her husband, and their lives together.
Sabrina-Kate - 3.5 Star
I liked He's Gone because I felt that it accurately portrayed the helplessness one would feel when someone you love goes inexplicably missing. I really felt like I was in the character's shoes of feeling helpless with little idea of what could have occurred and why. Her mind kept racing and thinking of different scenarios yet was unable to come to any conclusions. I also could not come to any conclusions. I didn't even have any suspicions as to what had actually happened which was good because there is nothing I hate more than being able to figure out the ending of a book, or a key element, before the book reaches that point of the story.
The main character was well developed and I felt that Caletti did an excellent job of getting us inside of her head and her thoughts which made the story flow quite naturally. The story was a bit redundant at times but I feel that if you were in a situation like this, that your mind would probably be in some kind of endless loop anyway so it made sense to me for some things to repeat themselves as I am sure you would obsess about things endlessly until answers were found.
I did enjoy the ending as it was not something that I expected however this is where I also lowered my rating of the book because it also seemed a bit of a tidy way to conclude things after such an arduous process of trying to find out what happened. It seemed realistic, but just a let down of sorts. That being said, He's Gone isn't my usual type of read but I am glad I read it.
Thank you to Bantam for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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