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HE’s GONE: a novel ~Deb Caletti

A fun and interesting read was HE’S GONE by Deb Caletti.   It was fun because the location of the story was Seattle and I just so enjoy visiting Seattle and I recognized many of the sites.  It was also fun because I have always thought living on a houseboat on Lake Union would be fabulous and this story did not disappoint at all.   The story is interesting because of the secrets and mystery to be solved which does keep one guessing right until the very end.

After a party and too much to drink, Dani, a web designer/marketer, wakes up to discover her husband is not beside her.    Not to worry, he probably just went to get them coffee and enjoy a morning walk.  When the day stretches on she is still not worried, because the party was a celebration at his office and maybe he was there working on some new ideas or getting things back in order; and yet, there is no answer on his cell phone?

Then comes the realization that her husband is gone and all the processes to locate him and figure out what has happened begin.  They have both been married before so there are all the dynamics of the ex’s and the step’s to take into consideration.  HE’s GONE contains some of the best hooks for a story I have read in a long time and it was only after proceeding further I could recognize them.  I got very involved in the aspects of relationships and marriage that Dani was busy analyzing and contemplating. She makes some valid, universal realizations about marriage and reality of involvement come alive.  Did Dani drive him away or is there some kind of foul play?   What does one learn about the self and each other when one is in a relationship?

Deb Caletti is the author of nine highly acclaimed young-adult novels, including The Nature of Jade, Stay, and Honey,Baby,Sweetheart, a finalist for the National book award and the PEN USA Award. She was nominated for the Washington State Writers Award. She lives with her family in Seattle.”

I am sure my book groups would enjoy reading HE’S GONE.   I am quite sure that HE’S GONE would intrigue an amazing discussion about marriage and divorce.

tlclogoI received an Advance copy of this book from TLC books and Bantam Books publishing and I thank them both for the opportunity to read this book and share my review.

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13 Responses to “HE’s GONE: a novel ~Deb Caletti”

  1. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea Says:

    This one sounds like something I would enjoy on vacation. Thanks for sharing Pat.

    patricia Reply:

    I think this is a transition book from writing YA to adult relationship fiction. I thought this would have been fun for a plane ride or beach read. I was not going to give it a glowing recommendation, until I realized that this is a book that one of my book groups would love to read and it would be a great discussion starter

    Marriage is quite a discussion topic in our group as with 12 women we have many with children choosing this path, and some divorce experiences and I think the thinking process would have been eye opening for many readers.

  2. Patti Smith Says:

    I didn’t like this one, Pat. I just think there was so much here that could have been explored and the important issues were muddled by the author adding so much to the plot. And the ending is one of my least favorite in a long time. :/
    I do think a book club could have a lot to discuss with this one though! Enjoyed your review!

    patricia Reply:

    Patti Smith,
    I was not going to review this book for awhile, because I did not think it was a strong enough experience, then as I said to Diane, I realized this is a transition book from YA to adult fiction and I think I might want to read more of her work as she develops her strength in this genre.

    I do think my book group will love this book and it will be a good discussion starter.
    The dog was great!

  3. Talon Says:

    So many books seem to use the same premises…and if they’re not handled in a unique or interesting way, I end up getting very bored. It does sound like a stepping-off point, as you say Patricia, for a discussion group.
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    patricia Reply:

    I do not think you would enjoy this book and just might get bored with it. I debated about reviewing it and thought I might add it to my list of – if I don’t like a book I don’t review it list, but I do have several folks in my book group who would enjoy this book very much

    The author is going from writing for Young Adult to Adult – I think over time she will be a better read – the main character does a lot of thinking and learning about her relationship to men – and has low self-esteem. We would all hope our daughters would not go through this kind of confusion and abuse

    Talon Reply:

    Oh, Patricia, so true – no one wants to feel less than they truly are, yet so many suffer from that.

    Thankfully, my daughter definitely doesn’t suffer from self-esteem issues. She turned 30 this past year — when did my children get so old?? :)

    Something tells me that your daughters have no issues with self-esteem either. You’re too much of an awesome woman and role model to have that happen.
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  4. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Ohhhhh, this observation of yours really intrigues me:

    “HE’s GONE contains some of the best hooks for a story I have read in a long time and it was only after proceeding further I could recognize them.”

    I’m with Diane, it sounds like a great vacation read!

    patricia Reply:


    Most of the reviews for this book are written by folks who would think this is a normal thinking process, but I think because of my years of counseling – that when folks “fall in love” they are not thinking.
    I think a number of young women could really benefit from the thinking processes in this book.

    A good light read

  5. Alien Ghost Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Sounds interesting, especially with the inclusion of self and general questioning the character seems to do throughout the story.

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    patricia Reply:

    I enjoyed the read and I think it is a good study of someone’s thought processes and includes the delight of houseboats, funny dog, and evil step daughters…

    I don’t think people would lose interest in the story because it moves along well

  6. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I can see how this book could provoke a LOT of discussion in a book club. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J,
    I sure liked it being about Seattle and living on a houseboat…

    It was a fun read