11 January, 2015

#BookReview :: He's Gone by Deb Caletti

“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. 

Dani had a bit too much to drink at a party and remembers very little about the previous night. When she wakes up to an empty house, she doesn’t think much of it at first. But as time passes, she gets worried and starts to analyze her relationship with her husband, Ian. Then the day turns into a week and Dani gets more and more worried about where her husband might be and if she has forgotten something that might lead to his whereabouts.

Dani is not very easy to like because of some of her sins. But eventually I fell for the protagonist of the story for Dani felt very real. And the author has done a tremendous job of making it easy to get into the character’s mind. Most of the novel is about Dani looking back and reliving memories and Dani and Ian’s story unfurls within these memories. There were a cast of other characters but none stuck with me besides Dani. The plot in itself is pretty much predictable because it took me a few chapters to realize the mystery behind Ian’s disappearance. But that did not stop me from reading the rest of the book. Simple language and easy narration style helps move the story forward. However, I did find the pace of the story bit slow and tiresome.

Overall, this makes for an average and light read.

Review Copy received from Netgalley

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