Book Review : He’s Gone by Deb Caletti

June 5, 2013 Book review 0 ★★★½

I found He’s Gone to be enjoyable read, not really a mystery but full of wry, witty and thought provoking observations.
Title : He’s Gone
Author : Deb Caletti
My Rating : 3.5 stars out of 5

Using your keen powers of detection, you may have already worked out He’s Gone is about a missing man. Set in Seattle, Dani wakes up one morning, hungover and vague on what happened the night before. She’s surprised to see her husband is missing from their floating house and as the day progresses she becomes more and more worried as to his whereabouts. Then panicked. And finally frantic as she realises that He’s Gone.

First off I had to google some images for houseboats as I wasn’t quite sure what they looked like. And now that I have seen some pictures, I’m impressed. I would love this. Added to my shopping list for when I win the lottery some day!

I was expecting a mystery, tense thriller style book but that is not what this book is. There are 2 or 3 possible explanations as to what has happened her husband and they keep you guessing but it’s not the complex plot I was expecting in this regard. What we do get is a front row seat to Dani’s thoughts, fears, feelings and opinions. I connected with Dani from the first page as she exposes her life before our critical eyes.

She is that person who cleans her microwave before going on holidays in case she dies. I empathise! I might be dead but I’d hate anyone to think I had spilled stuff and left it there. I’d be turning in my grave with the shame! So I get Dani and all the quirky ideas that float around in her brain. She is also brutally realistic with herself and given to introspection.

Told in a first person perspective, this is a very emotional read and has a lot of analysis as Dani spends a lot of time reflecting on marriage and relationships. By its nature there are a lot of flashbacks, I know this format doesn’t work for everyone but I enjoy it. The characters, setting and plot feel authentic and spending time with Dani feels a little like having your best friend spill her heart out to you.

I enjoyed the writing style and looking back I have highlighted lots of quotes on my kindle so that’s always a good sign of a book for me. What I didn’t enjoy so much was the pace. I found it dragged a bit towards the end and I was getting a bit bored. If the plot had been a little more complex , it would have been a better reading experience as I would like to have felt a bit more anxious about what happened to her husband.

Putting that issue aside, I still enjoyed this book. I recommend it to those who enjoy the more serious side of chick lit or the lighter side of adult literature. Fans of Jodi Picoult would also appreciate this one.

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

three-half-stars

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