Caletti, Deb. He's Gone
Booklist Reviews 2013 March #1
On Sunday morning after a wild party, Dani wakes up alone and hopes her husband has gone to get coffee and muffins. A little later, she thinks maybe he is angry about a tiff the night before and decided to spend Sunday at work. It isn't until dark is falling and she finds his car in the parking lot near their home that she begins to worry. What follows are agonizing days of searching and hoping. Did something awful happen, or is his disappearance voluntary? Neither answer is comforting, and Dani proceeds to rethink every moment of their marriage, from their first meeting to the party right before his disappearance. With every memory, painful or joyous, Dani dissects their relationship and asks deep questions about the meaning of happiness and fidelity. Readers will find themselves swept up by the crisis, made palpable by Caletti's believable characters and their raw emotions. As much a gripping emotional thriller as it is a book about love and relationships, Caletti's newest work will please old fans and garner new ones. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2013 April #2
After arguing with her husband at a party the night before, Dani Keller wakes to find him gone. Her first thought is that he is punishing her with his absence—he's done that before. As the days pass, however, Dani starts asking scarier questions: Did Ian leave her for good? Has he run away with another woman? Did he have an accident? Is he lying hurt somewhere…or worse? Why can't she remember what happened the night of the argument, after they got home? She begins to examine her life with her husband, desperate for answers. As she slowly unravels the facade of perfection she's built around her marriage, the truth about her dark previous marriage, her remarriage to the difficult Ian, and her troubled relationship with Ian's family emerges. Young adult author Caletti (Honey, Baby, Sweetheart) makes her adult fiction debut with this examination of guilt, betrayal, and a suburban Seattle wife's desire to be perfect. VERDICT Readers who appreciate a slow reveal and family drama tied up in their mysteries will appreciate this one. [See Prepub Alert, 2/3/13.]—Brooke Bolton, North Manchester P.L., IN[Page 73]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2013 May #4
The latest from National Book Award finalist Caletti (for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart) is an all-in-one-sitting affair. Dani Keller, saddled with an abusive husband and bland suburban neighborhood, leaves her ugly marriage and pretty house. Her exit route is an affair with sympathetic neighbor Ian, which leads to a new life on a houseboat on Seattle's Lake Union. Now married to Ian, the promise of her new life is locked in: a new neighborhood with color and vibrancy, a software company for her hus-band to run, and a sailboat named The New View. One fine morning, Dani wakes up and Ian is gone. From here, Caletti constructs a whodunit with all its attendant police interviews and clue-chasing. Has someone hurt or killed Ian? Did he do this himself? Was it a frantic flight to a new country or a new identity? The author expertly shifts focus from the nitty-gritty of how to find the guy towards a greater investment in probing the psychology of human relationships. Caletti solves the mystery in the end, but more riveting and of greater depth is her second conclusion, that you bring your same self wherev-er you go. (May)[Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC