Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2014
"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.
©2013 Deb Caletti (P)2013 Tantor
When I read the review, I was so very excited! My audible experience had been "dry' for a long time, and I thought that this would be the end of the drought. At first, I thought that Dani's remarks about life & situations were interesting and much the way I would think about things. Little did I know, that the entire book would be full of these remarks. There was no build-up and certainly the end was just as blah! What a waste of time. I will definately not look for this author again.
less self introspection and sighing and guilt. Stop being so sorry about all the harm you keep doing and stop inspecting your sad self in excruciating detail -- change and forgive yourself and move on -- please!!! VERY good writing wasted on self indulgent self guilt ideas / philosophy drove me crazy. Soap opera -ish IMHO. .
yes -- but I did not know going in this was such a self-romance; chick lit at its worst. Not a fan of this type of story. That said -- this IS well-written.
almost all -- wanted more of a mystery or noir book.
not a mystery, the place he had gone to was obvious; if you like self examination and guilt driven relationships -- this is a well written book. maybe it is a Romance novel not a mystery? (I don't read Romance. )
When the star wakes up and realizes she has the bed to herself and how much she enjoys it.
this book is a reminder of the things we have done in the past that we will eventually feel guilt for -- even when we felt so right at the time.
The description made me think this book would be good, and I did listen to the end -- but only because I felt entitled to know the outcome after investing too much time hoping it would get better. I'm sick of mysteries with women protagonists who insist on doing stupid things and ignoring advice from others and their own heads, thus digging themselves deeper and deeper into trouble -- until the deus ex maxima ending that makes everything suddenly all right. I don't insist that all heroines be supremely strong and practical, but this one was practically catatonic except for her overly emotional inner commentary. Some of the side characters were interesting, especially the mother, and the plot might have been engaging if the main character hadn't been so irritating.
I tried listening to this, I really did. Several times. But every single time I woke up several hours later to find out it had finished and I had no idea what the book was about. At one point I picked a place in the middle and started from there, it put me to sleep again. As a person who has trouble sleeping, I'm actually wondering if I should keep it, because it puts me to sleep so quickly. I set it to play the last two chapters (more than once), and finally heard how it ended. But I still missed the entire middle of the story.
It put me to sleep.
Yes, it actually did. The tone seemed perfect for the story.
Cheaper than tranquilizers?
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
I never expected to listen to a book with a boring narrator that just blathers on and on. I was waiting for the suspense but I gave up before I found it.
Deb Calletti is a strong writer however in the end I grew tired of Dani's internal ramblings and just didn't care what the outcome would be.
I have never read a book quite like this before. In a mostly good way. Especially if you are interested in butterflies.
After All These Years by Susan Isaacs. You think the main Character might have done it and they set out to prove they didn't. Although He's Gone has a moral of the story ending and After All These Years didn't.
No, and she is wonderful. I would listen to her again if there is no bad language.
I kept trying to guess who done it and all of the particulars and I was totally wrong and that hardly ever happens. Surprising conclusion.
Although This book was hard to put down the bad language took away from it. There are so many words in the English language to describe subjects and situations why don't writers use those instead? I would have given it 5 stars otherwise!
Not sure. I think it would depend on the friend. Fair and full disclosure, this is not a mystery. It's kind of a character study with a "mystery," but really more of a crisis or a tragedy, as its premise. It moves slowly. If I thought a friend would like that kind of book, I would recommend. I would not recommend to mystery or psychological thriller aficionados, because that's just not what this book is, or was ever meant to be.
There is some beautiful writing in this book. In passages, some of this book makes spot-on observations and has some beautiful descriptive passages of Seattle, where it takes place. Great little details many readers will greet with a little spark of recognition. The problem though, is that all these beautiful passages don't really come together in a satisfying way. Some readers won't like the characters. I myself didn't like them very much. Dani Keller is the kind of woman a lot of women may have trouble tolerating, and if you don't like her, you're in for it, because it's all Dani, all the time. (The story is told in first person narrative from her POV, and she spends a considerable amount of time inside her own head.) Some readers, alternatively, will find her sympathetic. Be warned though, Dani and Ian, the couple, met while each married to others and had an adulterous affair before they married each other. If that's going to bother you, it's going to bother you a lot, because a lot of page time is spent examining it and re-living it and all its unhappy but completely foreseeable consequences. That fact doesn't automatically make them unsympathetic to me, but for some it might. I do think the author intends for them to be more likeable than ultimately they each turned out to be, to me.
I don't know. I can't think of anyone specific, but the narration irritated me. The way Ms. Campbell narrated in my opinion made Dani sound even more self-delusional and self-pitying than she would appear in print. A more lively narration, not so morose sounding, might have helped me like her more. And if I had read in print, I might have been able to edit some of that out as I read. Her male voices also kind of bothered me. A little one-note. A wonderful female narrator, like Davina Porter, for example, does a male voice and though she is clearly female, voicing a man doesn't pull you out of the story and make you remember that. Ms. Campbell sounds awkwardly like a woman trying too hard to deepen her voice and pretend to be a man.
No. The book was pretty self-indulgent as it was. More would be fairly excruciating.
Reading back over the review, I think it appears as though I didn't like the story. I did, though. I didn't LOVE it, but I liked it. I do think it would be better in print, because there were a fair number of times I thought, "I wish I could just skim this part..."
No. It does not matter the plot twist and turns were great, whether you read it on your own or do the audio version it was still a great read.
Keeps you guessing. What the bell happen to her husband, your mind goes in all different directions You could never guess until the end.
So cool about it at first, but picks up quickly no no answers are to be found.
What not to expect. Even when things are not going so well with your marriage, the imaginable happens and not what you expected.
Quick read. Could not put book down. Read in one night. Great book easy read.
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