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He's Gone

3.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,360 Ratings  ·  770 Reviews
“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 ho
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Published May 14th 2013 by Bantam
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Jun 09, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Way too much telling, not enough dialogue and action.

Here's my review from RT BookReviews magazine:
Caletti’s novel has an interesting premise, but suffers from far too much introspective telling and not enough dialogue and action. When the ultimate solution is finally revealed, the reader almost doesn’t care, because the main characters are so unlikable and difficult to root for.

Dani Keller wakes up after a night out at a party with her husband’s work coll
Mary Lins
May 13, 2013 Mary Lins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: complete
I found this novel to be compulsively readable. Dani wakes up after a fuzzy night with a hangover and a missing husband. I just HAD to know what happened to him! As Dani, the first-person narrator, begins to describe her marriage(s) and how she got where she is, the reader is treated to a mature, thoughtful and insightful treatise on modern-marriage.

Readers who are turned off by novels involving adultery should skip this one, but readers who enjoy delving into the complexities of the human hear
Jul 24, 2013 Carol rated it liked it
What a wonderful career I have (librarian, soon to be retired). It allows me choose so many wonderful books often based on reviews with consideration of our readers tastes. Sometimes I call a patron immediately and suggest a new book, other times I wait to see if they will find the book on their own.

In the case of "he's Gone" I had some readers in mind. The book began its circulation process and within two reads, a woman stopped at the desk to tell me it was "awesome". What better recommendation
Jul 19, 2013 Deanna rated it did not like it
I am clearly in the minority in my opinion of this book. I will leave the synopsis to other reviewers and focus on why the editor of this book should take a vacation and come back ready to do some serious editing.
First, in fiction, I have never enjoyed the author just telling me a characteristic of a character. Show me the character interacting, give me some revealing dialogue, or share a memory. This author phoned it in by simply stating conclusions.
Second, far too much of the book was spen
3.5 stars

He’s Gone is the hauntingly beautiful tale of a wife at loss after her husband goes missing. Dani and her husband Ian came back from a party one night and then her husband isn’t seen again. The worst part is that Dani can’t even remember when she saw him last. She was sure he came into the house with her, but she had taken some Vicodin pills with a couple of wine glasses, so her memory is a little bit blurry. Then when days stretch into a week, with no clues fingers start pointing towar
May 14, 2013 Carolyn rated it liked it
He's Gone breaks all the "good writing" rules and gets away with it.

It's written in first person. We are told to limit the number of times we use the word I, which is used 21 times on the first full page of print and continues to proliferate throughout. It's used 20 times on the last page. That alone would warrant a failing grade in any writing class. Caletti also slips into second person, occasionally addressing the reader as "you".

The title and cover art makes it look like a mystery, but it wa
Jun 08, 2013 Marilyn rated it really liked it
I was afraid it was going to be too much like Gone Girl, but it's not at all. This is touching and poignant and easy to identify with her feelings. So well articulated.
At about 80% into the book, some of her prose gets a bit redundant but the book is still good. Unfortunately, there is a drop off at the ending. Why does this happen to some writers? Are they done with the story themselves, having thought it and now writing it becomes a chore? While the ending itself wasn't bad, the writing of it,
Jim Loter
Aug 24, 2013 Jim Loter rated it really liked it
The central "missing person" mystery of "He's Gone" is very nearly a Macguffin. The novel is really about the stories we tell ourselves and the actions we take to avoid loneliness and difficult truths. Protagonist Dani has finally escaped her abusive marriage to Mark, but only after she finds her "rescuer," Ian, a perfectionist entrepreneur who, we learn, is not without his own issues. As Dani investigates Ian's disappearance, she begins to peel back the layers of denial, numbing, and self-doubt ...more
Alice Bola
May 28, 2013 Alice Bola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very rarely do I begin to write a book review when I am no further than halfway through. He’s Gone is the kind of novel that makes its reader pause and think. This novel is emotional and truthful, brave in ways I have a hard time comprehending. And Dani is athe epitome of that bravery.

I love when authors write from that place inside that is so honest and vulnerable; it almost hurts to read it because of the raw truth behind it. It’s that place that makes you see your own weakness, the one you a
Jun 07, 2013 Donna rated it it was ok
I know this book got rave reviews, but to me this book was not that great. The majority of the book is nothing but reflections. The premise of the story, a man goes missing, sounds great and wants you to think it's this big mystery. However, the mystery is small compared to the fact that the story is basically the retelling of how the man and woman met. You are suppose to maybe believe that this man left his wife. Nothing is missing, and divorce or leaving is not an option. The backstory is that ...more
Had it not been for Gone Girl, I think I might have liked Deb Caletti's first "adult" novel He's Gone a great deal more.

Dani Keller wakes up on a typical Sunday morning to find her husband has gone missing. They had a mild argument the night before and Dani had a bit too much to drink at a party for her husband's company. Initially not concerned, she assumes he's out blowing off steam and will come back soon. However, as the hours stretch on and he won't answer his cell phone and she discovers
May 30, 2013 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the morning after a party that she barely remembers, Dani Keller awakens to the odd sound of the boat pounding against the dock...and a feeling of something not quite right. Almost immediately, though, we are gifted with a view of Dani's world, living on a houseboat with a gorgeous view of Seattle. I connected to the story right away because of these details. And then I would further connect by the situation that slowly unfolds.

For one thing, her husband Ian is nowhere around, and as the day
Mar 17, 2013 Lianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, womens-fiction
** A copy of He's Gone was given to me from the publisher and NetGalley for reviewing purposes**

Review: 3.5 stars

Deb Caletti's first foray into adult fiction is a compelling one. In He's Gone - Dani deals with the mysterious disappearance of her husband Ian and a conscious that struggles with guilt, pain and blurry memories of the night Ian disappeared. Dani wakes up on a Sunday morning alone with a hangover. The night before, she had attended a party with her husband one that ended in an argume
Aug 16, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2013
He's Gone is a dark and compelling mystery that explores human emotions at its most vulnerable state. Deb Caletti embarks on the journey into adult fiction, with a new novel that will have you twisted and tied up into knots before it is even over. An addictive read that you won't be able to put down, it will suck you into the masterful world of lies, mistrust, deceit, infidelity, and discovering oneself in the aftermath. She tells one of the most complicated and complex stories, that I've read ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Ariel rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Thank you to Random House for providing me with a review copy of this novel.

There seems to be a proliferation of "gone" novels lately. If you compare this one to the most popular one, Gone Girl, it will suffer unfavorably. That was one heck of a psychological thrill ride. Taken on it's own however there is still a lot to like here. The author has her finger on the pulse of what is like to be in a long term marriage and she doles out relationship truths like nuggets of wisdom along the way.

At th
Jul 28, 2013 Meg rated it it was ok
I was asked to read this for my book club. Sad to say I got so bored with it and guessed (pretty much) the mystery that I started skim reading all the uninteresting background claptrap and when that still bored me, skipped right to the end.
I certainly feel the point of this story got lost in all the nostalgia and reflection. I think the point is that we are conditioned to respond to situations and question ourselves based on what has happened to us in the past. Poor old Ian Keller, did anyone r
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
May 30, 2013 Haley ~ YA-Aholic rated it really liked it
3.75 rating. Dani wakes up to an empty bed and her and her husbands boat banging up against the dock. At first when she realizes Ian her husband is not on the boat, she believes he must have left for work, but as the hours tick by and irritation turns to panic, all of a sudden it hits Dani. Ian is gone. As the police look for Ian, Dani goes back through their relationship, realizing all it's flaws, how they met, and the mistakes she has made.

Let me start out by saying I enjoyed this way more tha
Jun 27, 2013 Sebastian rated it liked it
Reading it felt like a chore.

When I read the description of this book I thought it was right up my alley. But I was sorely mistaken, the first person narration by a character that I did not like from the beginning and that got even less likable as the story progressed was hard to deal with. For weeks I was pretty much stuck, reading only a few pages a day, when I finally reached the midway point and things got a little more interesting.

I did like the premise of a husband disappearing and no one
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 grows with each day, Dani has time to think on her life, and how she got to where she is today. Is Karma paying her back for her choices in life? Has Ian left her for another woman? Is he having an affair? ...more
David Kinchen
Jun 15, 2013 David Kinchen rated it really liked it

My adventures in chick lit continue with a novel by Deb Caletti, "He's Gone" ) that will inevitably be compared to Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel "Gone Girl."

Instead of Flynn's missing wife, Caletti deals with Seattle software executive Ian Keller, the missing husband of Dani Keller. The similarities between the two novels include a questioning, eventually dubious police officer and a piling on of people who believe Dani -- the "other woman" widely believed to be responsible for the breakup
Heather Fineisen
Feb 05, 2013 Heather Fineisen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
He's Gone is Deb Caletti's first Adult Fiction novel, as she is well know apparently in the YA world of books. And her narrator, Dani, has the young adult innocence of letting it all hang out which results in a relatable, sometimes uncomfortable story of a woman who wakes up to find her husband gone. Second husband, second verse, same as the first? Dani and missing second husband, Ian live in their own suburban stories when they meet and begin an affair and subsequent second marriage as "soul ma ...more
Mary Harju
May 15, 2013 Mary Harju rated it did not like it
This one just wasn't for me. Most of the novel consists of soul-searching flashbacks. Maybe I just didn't have the patience required, because I I finally gave up mid-way through and skipped to the end--the only thing that had me reading on was to find out what happened to the husband. Even the last pages were overly melodramatic and lackluster. Much of the language was cliche and the characters were flat and generic. I checked the author's write-up in the back to discover she had won (or nearly ...more
Nikki Devitt
Mar 29, 2013 Nikki Devitt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Do you have any regrets?

Caletti’s first foray into the world of Adult Fiction, after many successful Young Adult Novels, sheds light on the fact that we all have secrets. Secrets we may not admit, even to ourselves, until we have little choice left but to face them.

He’s gone… and Dani Keller is about to discover that her husbands disappearance will have her evaluating not only what could have happened to him, but where the responsibility lies for the choices she has made that led her to this poi
Katie O'Rourke
Apr 07, 2014 Katie O'Rourke rated it it was amazing

"But no man, no anyone, is ever just an angry person. They are tender, and silly, and confused, that's the problem. No person is ever just one thing, angry or unfaithful or critical or guilty or victimized or weak or strong; do you hear what I'm saying?"

-Deb Caletti, He's Gone

When Dani's husband goes missing, her worry for him is mixed with doubts about their relationship. She can't shake the feeling his disappearance might have been intentional. As her leads turn into dead ends, she's forced
Virginia Campbell
What would you do if your spouse disappeared without a trace? You wake up one Sunday morning and he is already gone, and you assume he will soon return with breakfast. As the day progresses, he does not appear, and your phone calls to him go unanswered. You were the last person to speak with him before he went missing, but your memory of the previous night is somewhat muddled due to consumption of alcohol and pills. The two of you went to a party, and you both drank too much. There was an argume ...more
May 09, 2013 Annette rated it liked it
He’s Gone is a mystery buried under a character study – or a relationship study. For me, it was too much analysis and not enough mystery.

Dani wakes up one morning on their Seattle houseboat to find her husband is gone. He’s Gone takes place over the next several weeks as Dani, her family and friends, and the police try to figure out what happened to Ian.

Dani had taken pills and was drunk that night, so she doesn’t remember parts. She does begin to remember things – but she’s also having recurrin
Sarah Marie
*I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.*

He's Gone by Deb Caletti

3.5 stars

Dani Keller wakes up with a slight hangover to the sound of her and husband’s boat, The New View, banging against the dock. She thinks nothing of it and goes about her day on her Seattle houseboat. This Sunday morning isn’t like the rest though. Her husband Ian isn’t home. As the hours pass, Dani tries to go on about the day without worrying, but she starts to panic. Ian doesn’t return and irritation at him no

Linda Bridges
Jan 15, 2016 Linda Bridges rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books
Dani and Ian are each other's second spouse. Both bring baggage from their previous marriages including children, material possessions, and guilt over the disruption of their prior relationships. They have been married three years, now live on a houseboat on a lake near Seattle, have successful businesses, and appear to be happy. But one Sunday morning, Dani wakes up and Ian is just gone. His cell phone and wallet are gone but not his car nor is there any evidence of missing clothing.
Dani runs
Melanie Coombes
Mar 28, 2013 Melanie Coombes rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books I couldn't read fast enough, but hoped would not end because it was that good. First, I love suspense and this book had plenty-wife wakes up to find her husband has simply disappeared. Second, I loved the location of Seattle. I live on the outskirts and could relate to so many of the local areas, personalities of the people, etc. How many people can say they have a neighbor building a totem pole? Maybe only if you live in this area (yes, my neighbor is also making one ...more
Tere Fredericks
Sep 06, 2013 Tere Fredericks rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
Having lived through a marriage much like Dani's, and doing pretty much the same thing to get out of it (and from the frying pan into another frying pan, as she says), I really connected with this book.

There were passages in this book which resonated with me hugely because I so identified with Dani. I even had the crazy (in a good way) mom, who in this book gives much needed relief from the tension.

I thought I knew what happened about half way through the book. Boy, was I wrong! In the brief "i
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Deb Caletti is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “The Last Forever,” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her first book for adults, “He’s Gone,” was released from Random House in 2012, and was followed wit ...more
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