Dani Keller wakes up on her houseboat with a wine hangover from the previous nights get together with her husband. When she reaches over the bed for her husband Ian, she finds he is not there. When she looks around she finds he is nowhere in the houseboat but his car is still parked out on the landing. Feeling he may has went out for coffee and scones she awaits his return. When day turns to night and Ian is not answering his cell phone her annoyance turns to worry. As the days start to pass and the police become involved Dani searches her foggy memory of the night of the party. Did something happen she can not recall? Is there something in their life together that has led up to this?
I love the synopsis of this book. Coming off of The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain I was geared up for more like that. There are things that I did enjoy about this read but some I found not fitting as well. Lets start with what I liked. The characters are well developed. I liked Dani and I enjoyed the background story of her relationship with Ian, how it began and what they did to be together as well as the complications of that decision. It felt like there was almost a life lesson in there. I enjoyed her daughter and her mother (who on audio reminded me a lot of Grandma Mazur from the Stephanie Plum series… just a funny older lady). These two characters provided a level ground for Dani.
What I didn’t like is what actually happened felt obvious to me from the beginning even though the author gives us plenty of venues to create doubt and possibilities. There seemed to be a lot of things that should have been done in an investigation such as this but were not.
If you can let go of reality, the book is a fine read. I don’t mean to sound harsh as I did enjoy it and was curious as to what had actually happened all the way through the read. Author Deb Caletti creates a mystery around love and betrayal that will keep you guessing.
15 thoughts on “He’s Gone by Deb Caletti”
I listened to this one – loved Cassandra Campbell’s narration.
I like her narration too Mary! I have listened to many of hers.
Sometimes I need a predictable read like this.
By the way, I finally remembered to pick up my copy of The Silent Sister yesterday. lol
Oh good! Enjoy the book!
Well you sure have me curious as to what happened!
LOL – read it Jill 🙂
It sounds interesting though.
It was at that 🙂
Whether or not a story is predictable, sometimes I just love the characters (and the settings) enough to settle in and savor it. I enjoyed this one.
I did like it Laurel 🙂
I can see how this book would compare unfavorably to The Silent Sister. It does sound interesting but I think I will keep my expectations a little lower for it. I’ll have to look for the audio version.
I came off such a high one but this one was still good 😉
I’m yet to read The Silent Sister but have both on my list!
I read this one after The Silent Wife, which was by a different author but similar in feel. I felt both were well done but as you said, the search for said husband was a little hard to believe as far as the investigation goes. I liked her writing though.