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Title: He's Gone by Deb Caletti
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Chick Lit
Available Formats: ebook, paperback
Details: Released May 14th 2013, 352 pages
Source: Review copy was given in exchange for an honest review from Book Nerd Tours

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“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.

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Dani wakes up to an empty bed and her and her husbands boat banging up against the dock. At first when she realizes Ian her husband is not on the boat, she believes he must have left for work, but as the hours tick by and irritation turns to panic, all of a sudden it hits Dani. Ian is gone. As the police look for Ian, Dani goes back through their relationship, realizing all it's flaws, how they met, and the mistakes she has made.

Let me start out by saying I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would, this is the first time I have read a book like this, and it's also the first time I have read anything by Deb Caletti and it was such a good read! This is a read that while slow pace, it still keeps you on the edge of your seat needing to know what happened to Ian and how the story was going to end.

I really enjoyed He's Gone, as you can tell I almost gave it 4 stars! The only things that kept it from the 4+ star rating was that while I did enjoy He's Gone, I normally tend to lean to more fast pace reads which this one wasn't. Also while I did love Dani as a character and hearing her thoughts and basically reliving her and Ian's relationship, I wish there would have been more dialogue with her and other characters, or more interactions.

Dani was a very easy character for me to like, to some she may not be because of the sins she had committed. But what made me like her so much was how real she was, her personality never annoyed me or felt fake, she was funny, and alot of the thoughts she has are some I have had and wondered if it was normal to think that way. She in some ways was a comforting character to me.

Deb's writing was astonishing. I really felt like I was in Dani's head and she was just letting everything go and letting the readers hear exactly what she thought. I felt like I could feel Dani's emotions while reading He's Gone. Deb does an amazing job at making you feel connected with the main character. 

If you are going to pick up this book (which I highly suggest you do) make sure you are picking it up on a day where you have lots of time to read, I had a very hard time putting this one down cause I needed to know how it was going to end. If your looking for a book for a chick lit with alot of mystery and drama, then I highly suggest He's Gone, it was a great read and after finishing it I am very much looking forward to picking up Deb's other works!

Deb Caletti is an American writer born in San Rafael, California. She was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the recipient of other numerous awards including PEN USA finalist award, the Washington State Book Award, and SLJ Best Book award. Deb went to Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Washington, U.S.A., and graduated in 1981. She earned a BA in Journalism/Communications from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1985. She currently resides in Issaquah, Washington. A series of television films based on Caletti's novels is currently in production.
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bookish wonders said...

Awesome review! This one sounds amazing. I really adore the cover. c:

Allysa said...

Sounds like an amazing book! Beautiful cover.

Esme said...

Sounds like a good read-I like the cover.

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