Thursday, May 16, 2013

He's Gone: A Novel

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.(from Netgalley)

My Thoughts

I tell you what, I held my breath right to the very end on this one. The author did a great job of keeping the suspense going all through the book. As I was getting close to the end I kept thinking “holy crap - really? Is this what Dani did?” (Of course I can’t tell you what that means or what the answer is.)

I know one, thing, I did not like Ian. He starts out looking like a lost soul, but as we read through the story - not so much. I liked the way the author was truthful about the relationship between Dani and Ian. It felt honest and real.

Many thanks to Random House Publishing Group/Bantam, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.

Publish date: May 21, 2013.

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