He's Gone

He's Gone

A Novel

Book - 2013
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When her husband disappears without a trace from their houseboat in Seattle, Dani, who won't rest until she finds him, is plunged into a dark world that forces her to confront unpleasant truths about her relationship with him.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks, c2013
ISBN: 9780345534354
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 21 cm


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Mar 06, 2018

Not much in the way of a mystery/thriller, but if you're looking for a book that spends a lot of time thinking about the cliches of suburban life and relationships (which unfortunately, I wasn't...), this is an easy to read little story. It is sprinkled with interesting take-aways but for the most part, I felt like it dragged on for too long.

Mar 23, 2017

I am 3/4 the way through this novel. Enough already! Let's wind it up. My interest was piqued and it keeps you wondering but for too long. Not sure I will finish. It has gone beyond being a thriller.

Dec 18, 2016

I wanted to like this book. I was intrigued by the storyline after reading the back cover and like the review below I found Dani to be very real, I could somehow relate to her and it made me want to keep reading. However less than halfway through the book I too was bored. Not wanting to quit and because of all the great reviews, I kept on reading. The ending is terrible and after working hard to get through the book I expected more, a lot more.

Sep 08, 2016

This book was a page-turner. I liked the local settings, since I live in Seattle. The ending was a bit anti-climatic, but getting there was intense. This book was mentioned in the Seattle Times as the first "adult" book written by Deb Caletti, who has written children's books in the past. Couldn't help but compare it to "Gone, Girl", but much different.

Nov 01, 2014

loved this book, well written and intriging..it seemed to be never getting to the point..until you realsied that this was all about the point.....couln't put it down.

Mar 13, 2014

I actually liked this book more than I thought I would while reading the first few chapters. I was anxious for the story to unfold and I thought all the back-story was unnecessary bumph. Then I finally relaxed and realized that the bumph was really the whole point of the story. Sometimes I find books like these that endlessly examine relationships, emotions, reactions to trauma and character flaws to be neurotic and annoying (eg. Inside by Alix Ohlin) but this book walked that very fine line and kept me interested instead. I was uncomfortable with the pervasive butterfly details and metaphors, but only because I am irrationally creeped out by butterflies.

Feb 25, 2014

I found this a very good read. I couldn't put it down. Good for anyone who likes a good mystery.

lenorekuo Feb 22, 2014

I loved this book! The main character, Dani, leaves a physically abusive relationship for a "rescuer". When he disappears, she is forced to confront the realities of her "new" life with him.

Her writing is clever and at times, painfully insightful - and has the power to make the reader confront the realities of her own life.

Dec 02, 2013

The central "missing person" mystery of "He's Gone" is very nearly a Macguffin. The novel is really about the stories we tell ourselves and the actions we take to avoid loneliness and difficult truths. Protagonist Dani has finally escaped her abusive marriage to Mark, but only after she finds her "rescuer," Ian, a perfectionist entrepreneur who, we learn, is not without his own issues. As Dani investigates Ian's disappearance, she begins to peel back the layers of denial, numbing, and self-doubt in which she has wrapped herself. Details about the previous evening emerge gradually, and so do details about her relationships with Mark and with Ian. The writing cleverly keeps Dani's reliability as a narrator in question, which works well from both the mystery angle and the self-exploration angle. We eventually realize that though Dani is not entirely reliable, she is not consciously withholding information - she's been withholding information from herself for so long that it has become second-nature. Her revelation is that "When you go looking for rescue, you end up trapped in your own weakness." In pursuing answers about Ian's disappearance, she becomes stronger and less-dependent, and it is only after she takes up the tools in her own hands to fix a nagging problem herself can she learn the truth.

I could not abide the abandoned wife. She prided herself on taking the blame for everything bad that happened to other people, as though it was in her control. To this end she almost confesses to pushing her husband to leave her because she thinks she must have offended him beyond his endurance. She is a milquetoast and makes not significant change in her approach to life once they do find what happened to Ian. The author does not give us a reason for this woman's pathological lack of self esteem. Interesting plot but not an enjoyable read.

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