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He's Gone: A Novel Paperback – May 14, 2013
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Thus Dani proceeds to fill us in on their back-story and the lives they have had that led up to the morning of Ian's disappearance. This is not always a pretty story, and that makes Dani and Ian true-to-life characters because they are far far from perfect people. But as all avid readers know, it's the flaws in characters and their bad choices that make for riveting reading. Dani is a fairly reliable narrator; her internal monologue is well written and mature. The character doesn't hide her sins or make too many excuses for them, although I suspect some readers will be set against her on principle. (Over the years of writing reviews I've noticed that there are certain readers who decidedly do not like stories that involve adultery. If you are one of those readers, this book is definitely not for you.)
I found "He's Gone" to be a compulsively readable novel. Through frantic Dani, Caletti creates suspense and a high desire to FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED. But even more than this, and what gets it a 5-star in my opinion, is that while Dani tries to figure it all out she is basically giving us a inside view on modern marriage. Sure, not everyone's marriage, but some people's for sure.
Ultimately Dani has to realize that you shouldn't look to other people to rescue you from your life; only you can do that. That's a worthy moral, in my opinion.
He's Gone is a story of two people who need each other desperately. That is, until they get what they wish for. Unfortunately they find out after it's much too late that "people bring their same selves to every situation, to all their relationships."
And just as the shine is beginning to wear off, the unthinkable happens.
I read this book in two days--and it's not a short or a light read. I read it while cooking dinner, I read it when I should have been working, and I read it waaaaaay too late at night because I truly could not put it down. Sure, it's a mystery and all, but it's much more than your average whodunnit.
For one thing, every single character (even the missing one!) is richly, beautifully developed. You KNOW these people. And Dani in particular is wonderfully crafted. It's easy to identify with her need for rescue, her misgivings, her guilt, and her self-doubt. Maybe you haven't been in her exact situation before but you have felt her emotions. And maybe you don't suspect the worst of yourself, but you probably have similar fears about what you're capable of, if pushed too far.
The relationship between Ian and his daughters post-divorce was spot-on, as was the encounter between Dani and Mary. Even old Pollux was a great character. And the butterfly symbolism throughout the book was masterfully done.
Fantastic read. Five stars and definitely one of my new favorite novels ever.
“He’s Gone” is narrated entirely in the first person from the wife’s point of view. Dani, the wife, lives with her second husband, Ian, on a houseboat near Seattle. They’ve been married for three years and their marriage seems, at first appearance, to be loving and close. However, we soon learn that their marriage is the result of both having indulged in a steamy adulterous affair while still married to their first spouses.
The book opens in the present day with Ian’s sudden disappearance after the two of them return from a night at a party. Dani has had too much alcohol and immediately goes to sleep. When she awakes the next morning, her husband is gone. There are absolutely no overt signs indicating what may have become of him.
At the end of this novel, readers do find out what happened to Ian…but this is not, by any means, the arc of the plot that drives this novel forward. Rather, this book is about Dani and how she deals psychologically and emotionally with the loss. At first, Dani has to deal with the day-to-day problems of her husband’s disappearance. Eventually, she starts to dig deep into her memory to try to figure out if there is any clue there about what may have happened to her husband. In particular, Dani is looking for any reason why Ian might be motivated to abandon her. Was there some flaw in the marriage that caused him to leave?Read more ›
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This was a keep-you-guessing story from start to finish! It resonated with something I knew from my own life, and kept me reading.Published 1 day ago by Karen Edgecombe
Couldn't read this book because it was so boring. I can't believe that an author could use so many words and say so little.Published 2 days ago by Betty
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A good book which makes one want to know what happened from the beginning of the story. Try it for yourself. Maybe you will enjoy it even ore than I.Published 11 days ago by Harold W. Burns
There are so many things about this book to love; the cadence and rhythm of the authors voice and the back and forth of the story telling alongside the powerful truth of love and... Read morePublished 12 days ago by LBergan
By Deb Caletti
Reviewed by Jaime Kurp
This story had me guess all kinds of things that could of happened to Ian and why he was gone. Read more
Easy read. Dragged on in some spots and didn't love the ending however thought it was a good honest story.Published 1 month ago by Marie-Alix Bonnamour
I liked the way the author developed all characters, and explored the interactions of relationships. Why are we attracted to some people, why do relationships survive or fail, ... Read morePublished 1 month ago by pegzak