Title: He’s Gone
Author: Deb Caletti
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5
Dani lives on a houseboat with her husband, Ian, and despite the fact that they have their issues, it seems as though they are generally happy. But one morning, Dani wakes up with a fuzzy memory and a hangover, and Ian is nowhere to be found. As she racks her brain to try and find out what might have happened to him, Dani is forced to face the darker side of her marriage.
He’s Gone is a novel that deals with many complexities, not the least of which is the politics and dynamics of a second marriage. Dani and Ian fell very much in love, but the hard reality was that each of them was married to someone else at the time. Their blended family is difficult, as Ian’s children have little to do with him, and even less to do with Dani. It’s interesting to see how Caletti dives into the difficulties that divorced parents face.
Caletti wrote He’s Gone in a very atmospheric way, and it makes for a wonderful read. From the very beginning, the reader is drawn into the story. The writing style also serves to enhance the mystery aspects of the novel. The author’s easy prose makes this book flow smoothly; once you pick it up, this is a novel you will want to and easily can read in one sitting.
Dani is a great character, and readers will sympathize with her in He’s Gone. But even more than being sympathetic, she’s simply fascinating. She cannot remember what happened with her husband the night before his disappearance, and because of that, her account and recollections are suspect. Is she an unreliable narrator without her even knowing it? Caletti plays up the psychological aspects of this novel, and it’s very interesting to read.
This book has many different aspects to it: an honest exploration of marriage, an examination of the difficulties of divorce, dealing with loss and the pain of uncertainty and self-doubt, just to name a few. Despite that, though, this book never feels heavy or overcrowded. Caletti keeps the narrative of He’s Gone flowing smoothly, and readers will enjoy getting lost within its pages from beginning to end.