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He's Gone | [Deb Caletti]

He's Gone

The Sunday morning starts like any other. 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. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He's gone. 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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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Linda POCATELLO, ID, United States 01-09-15
    Linda POCATELLO, ID, United States 01-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "This starts with a familiar wifes feeling and . ."
    If you could sum up He's Gone in three words, what would they be?

    married life


    What was one of the most memorable moments of He's Gone?

    When the star wakes up and realizes she has the bed to herself and how much she enjoys it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elbara 11-11-14
    Elbara 11-11-14
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    "Really tiresome heroine"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet 10-11-14
    Janet 10-11-14

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    "So engrossing if you over look the bad language!"
    If you could sum up He's Gone in three words, what would they be?

    I have never read a book quite like this before. In a mostly good way. Especially if you are interested in butterflies.


    What other book might you compare He's Gone to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, and she is wonderful. I would listen to her again if there is no bad language.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 07-05-14
    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Gone Girl"

    I was looking forward to this since it was supposed to be LIKE Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. It's not. You know how Gone Girl was great to read/listen to the second time to get how awesomely screwed up those unreliable narrators are? Well, that moment of thinking "wow!.. COOOOOOooL.!" never comes with this book, it fizzles out like a lame firecracker. Don't waste the credit.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MissSusie66 04-21-14
    MissSusie66 04-21-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Not really a mystery"

    This is a quiet, slow moving mystery that felt like more of a deconstruction of a marriage than a mystery. I kept waiting for a Gone Girl Twist that never happened. After Dani’s husband goes missing she goes through every minute their relationship and realizes it wasn’t the great love story she thought it was. And honestly the more she reveals about who Ian is I can’t help thinking why the hell would you want him back anyway! Plus Dani’s self-deprecation and whining got on my nerves, she wasn’t a very likable character either.

    I’m not sure I liked this book, but I didn’t hate it I just didn’t feel like it was a mystery. Yes there is the mystery of what happened to Ian but that feels almost secondary to Dani going through their entire relationship with a fine toothed comb.


    Cassandra Campbell’s narration was really good, she had just the right amount of emotions in her voice and when Dani is feeling overwhelmed and frantic the narration conveys this superbly. As always Cassandra’s narration is very well done.

    I’m sorry but this book was forgettable and the reveal of what happened to Ian felt rushed and didn’t have any impact on me at all. I wanted to be shocked or even the least bit interested and it just didn’t happen.

    2 ½ star book
    4 ½ star narration

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Gastonia, NC, United States 07-21-13
    Ann Gastonia, NC, United States 07-21-13
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    "This is such a disappointment!"

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Pegeen 07-13-13
    Pegeen 07-13-13

    reading is pure joy

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    "Who could blame him? I wanted to be gone too"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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. .


    Has He's Gone turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    satifactory


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from He's Gone?

    almost all -- wanted more of a mystery or noir book.


    Any additional comments?

    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. )

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Price 04-14-15
    Donna Price 04-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't Bother"

    One long monologue. Ending is anticlimatic. No action or character development. The police involvement is very low. Too low for a possible homicide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chloe Blue 11-05-14
    Chloe Blue 11-05-14

    travelinglass

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    What disappointed you about He's Gone?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Deb Caletti’s story?

    It put me to sleep.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, it actually did. The tone seemed perfect for the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Cheaper than tranquilizers?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia 11-05-14
    Marcia 11-05-14

    Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.

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    "what a disappointment!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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