Publication: May 14, 2013-Bantam (Random House)
Read: June 29, 2013
On a Sunday morning, Dani Keller begins the day with a hangover from a party the night before. Dani notices that her husband, Ian isn't at home. She gets on with her day in her houseboat in Seattle filling the hours with tasks. However as the hours pass, Dani's irritation shifts into worry and then eventually to panic. And by the day, Dani comes to the sickening realization that Ian is gone. As the police inquire about Ian's disappearance, Dani examines her affair with Ian, their lives together, and their disintegrating love.
This novel is Deb Caletti's first novel for adults. She has been known mostly for her YA adult novels ("Honey, Baby, Sweetheart" was nominated for the National Book Award). I have read "Wild Roses" a few years ago and I very much liked it. At times, I felt bogged down by the details of the friendships and people within. However, the momentum picks up and by the ending, I was left breathless.
"He's Gone" is a brilliant examination of secrets kept, relationships reaching their breaking point, and how far people are willing to go in the name of love.