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He's Gone

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  7,010 ratings  ·  1,016 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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Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Way too much telling, not enough dialogue and action.

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 colleagues. She had a bit too much to drink and doesn’t actually remember coming home. Her
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought the premise of this book sounded pretty dam good.

It’s excellent writing but not much dialogue until about 3/4 into the book, so it was a bit tedious to read as it’s based on reflections of the past.

It’s worth a read. I’m just saying don’t sit eagerly for that “big” reveal.
It’s ok just not overwhelmingly fantastic to make you gasp.
Mary Lins
Apr 15, 2013 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 19, 2013 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
Jul 24, 2013 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
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Literary Women's Fiction
“When you go looking for rescue, you end up trapped in your own weakness.”
― Deb Caletti, He's Gone

Can you imagine if you will, you are married and so happy. You go to sleep one night with your spouse by your side. Then you wake up. Your spouse is not there. OK, Maybe he or she is out taking a walk, went to met a friend, went to the grocery store. So you wait. But your spouse never comes home..

That is the premise in "He's gone" an excellent piece of Women's fiction that surprised me with how utt
Alice Bola
Feb 01, 2013 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
Initial reaction: I thought it was actually quite a nice mystery and compelling read. I didn't really put this book down as I followed Dani's struggles to remember what happened the night her husband disappeared. It's a decent character study of a woman who has a lot of complicated relationships and explores the issues behind them as well as the overarching mystery. I think the comparisons to "Gone Girl" actually do it a disservice because it's a very different novel than that. I liked it quite ...more
May 30, 2013 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
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 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
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

Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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,
Jul 27, 2013 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
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
Jim Loter
Aug 24, 2013 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
Mary Harju
Apr 26, 2013 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
Jun 27, 2013 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
Mar 13, 2013 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
Jenna Jessup
Aug 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book at all because there was no plot to the story. There was a conflict that came up in the beginning, but then throughout the whole rest of the book it lead to nothing, nothing happened. The only part I enjoyed reading was the very end when I found out what actually happened to Ian, the husband. There was way too much telling of old, irrelevant stories and not enough dialogue and interaction. ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Dani wakens the morning after a company party to find her husband, Ian, gone. When he hadn't returned after a few hours, Dani, who cannot remember the last details from the night before, isn't even sure Ian came to bed at all. Notifications are made, the police are called and no one has seen nor heard from Ian Over the course of the next few days, Dani has ample opportunity to examine how she came to marry Ian after her abusive marriage to Mark and how she traded one set of problems for another. ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the author's first novel for adults (she mainly writes for young adults) and I thought it was a very good picture of a second marriage gone wrong. In this story, the narrator, Dani Keller, wakes up one Sunday morning on her houseboat home in Seattle to find her husband gone. They had attended a party the previous evening and both of them had imbibed a bit too much wine. Dani is confused as to why Ian is gone and she does not remember the actual part of the evening where they came home. A ...more
May 22, 2013 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 re ...more
Feb 21, 2013 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
Ricki Treleaven
Aug 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
This week I read he's GONE by Deb Caletti. I admit that I read it because it's a Books a Million book club selection, and Sarah Addison Allen (author of Garden Spells) recommended it. It was a bit of a disappointment. Although well-written, I didn't care for the main character at all, and I'm the type reader that if I can't sympathize with the characters and like them just a little, I won't like the story.

Dani Keller is the other woman, first of all. She was married to a husband who beat her, an
Mar 07, 2013 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
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
Colorado Reader
Dec 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was excited about this one, thinking it would be similar to Gone Girl, a mysterious who-done-it with a missing husband.

The first few chapters were promising. Opening with the main character, the wife, later we find is Dani, waking up to find her husband Ian not home. In the beginning Dani is surprised but goes about her morning. As time goes on surprise turns to aggravation to angry to scared to he's missing (end of ch. 2). Ch. 3 a mystery person drops off an envelope addressed to Ian, later
Neil McCrea
Jun 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
I can no longer say that I finish every book I start. This book destroyed that record for me.

I entered the giveaway for this book as part of a regular challenge for me to read books outside my usual fare. A few things caused me to give this book a chance. The author was a national book award nominee for a previous novel, and I'm a sucker for reading books set in my hometown of Seattle. I want to be clear, Deb Caletti is not a bad writer but she chose to write an undigestible wad of narcissistic
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars: What would you do if you woke up and your husband had vanished? What a great story idea. What makes this novel expand from great to exceptional is Caletti’s use of Dani Keller’s, (the wife of the missing husband, Ian) authentic internal monologue. Dani’s voice is raw and human. Her narration becomes a meditation of her marriage, of her relationships, of her life, of her self-imposed guilt. Is she a reliable narrator? Are any of us a reliable narrator of our lives? After Ian has been m ...more
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Deb Caletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over sixteen books for adults and young adults, including Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, a finalist for the National Book Award, and A Heart in a Body in the World, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Her books have also won the Josette Frank Award for Fiction, the Washington State Book Award, and numerous other state awards and honors, and ...more

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