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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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    Nicole Florence, Albania 08-05-13
    Nicole Florence, Albania 08-05-13 Member Since 2009

    Nic

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    "Every Partner's Worst Nightmare"

    Dani Keller wakes up to find her husband missing... Gone. As the story unravels, Dani goes through the history of their relationship from how it began with an affair to how it is no longer a story book romance. Her telling of their past corresponds to her emotions. She is frustrated and she tells of the small frustrations, she misses him and she tells about the good parts, she becomes afraid and she tells about the larger missing pieces of their relationship and eventually she comes to accept the reality. No matter how perfect their beginning, in the end, the Keller's became just like everyone else with the same fears and fights. All relationships are basically the same when you look at them closely.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen Killen, AL, United States 08-13-13
    Gwen Killen, AL, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Could. Not. Put. This. One. Down!"
    Where does He's Gone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was gripped from the first few minutes!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    YES!


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    I felt like I was listening to the main character tell "her story".


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

    I was moved into near-high blood pressure from the first chapter!


    4 of 4 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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Swallowtail Maine 12-27-13
    Swallowtail Maine 12-27-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Best Audible Book I've "Read"!"

    I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks over the years, and I've enjoyed most of them--probably because I read reviews carefully, and I have a pretty clear idea of what I'm going to like. I was torn about purchasing He's Gone for a couple of reasons, including Caletti's reputation as an author of novels primarily aimed at a young adult audience and Pegeen's foregoing "chick lit" and "soap opera" comments.

    Ironically, what clinched it for me was Pegeen's impassioned call for less "self-introspection." Character-driven books are the ones I most enjoy, and I consider self-reflection a positive rather than a negative. In the case of He's Gone, I couldn't disagree more regarding the chick lit and soap opera judgments; Caletti is a superb observer of human nature and behavior, and on nearly every page I encountered something that resonated for me in my own life. I am hugely impressed at how Caletti was able to capture universal (and even commonplace) thoughts and emotions in original ways. I love this book so much that I ordered a hard copy from Amazon so that I can go back and highlight particular passages for re-reading and journaling later. "Chacun à son goȗt," as the French say.

    Cassandra Campbell understands Dani Keller absolutely, and her narration (which is always good) is spot on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Allen Seattle, WA USA 06-16-13
    Barbara Allen Seattle, WA USA 06-16-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Book"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. It is well written, well paced and the mystery aspect intriguing. Narration good. I highly recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    PattyQB Portland, Oregon 03-09-14
    PattyQB Portland, Oregon 03-09-14
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    "Probably one of the most outstanding listens ever!"

    Right up there with "A Prayer for Owen Meany" and "The Prince of Tides" for depth and complexity of an intriguing plot that grabbed me right away. The skillful weaving of past and present kept me guessing (and riveted) until the end. Along with Cassandra Campbell's inspired performance, I could not stop listening until I found out what happened. Then I did it again, slower, savoring the ingenious way this story was told. Such beautiful prose...

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    Crystal West 03-02-14
    Crystal West 03-02-14 Member Since 2012

    Professional woman, reading constantly

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    "Enjoyed reading this book"

    I was a bit dubious about purchasing this book since it sounded like the story line was going to be similar to "Gone Girl". I didn't like "Gone Girl" because of all the nutsy behaviour between the husband and wife and I had a difficult time finishing that book.

    However, a friend had read "He's Gone" and recommended it highly, so I took the chance. Glad I did. A fast read and entertaining. Wonderful narration as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pegeen United States 07-13-13
    Pegeen United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2011

    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. )

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-14-14
    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-14-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Engrossing."

    I really enjoyed this book, but sometimes felt I was being condescended to. Maybe it's because this is a YA fiction writer, and she feels the need to spell it out too much. Still, the atmosphere, with its combination of frustrated, historical longing, along with an undercurrent of "better off without him" was very compelling.

    I felt that some characters were well-developed, and others were left without realizing their potential. The mother is good, the best friend is a face-less nonentity, for example.

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    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 07-05-14
    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2008
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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.

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