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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...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 ...more
For one thing, her husband Ian is nowhere around, and as the day ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Let me start out by saying I enjoyed this way more tha ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
He's Gone by Deb Caletti
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...more
Dani runs ...more
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 ...more