Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review: He's Gone

(From the book) “What do you think happened to your husband, Mrs. Keller?”

The Sunday morning starts like any other, aside from the slight hangover. Dani Keller wakes up on her Seattle houseboat, a headache building behind her eyes from the wine she drank at a party the night before. But on this particular Sunday morning, she’s surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. Irritation shifts to worry, worry slides almost imperceptibly into panic. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He’s gone.

As the police work methodically through all the logical explanations—he’s hurt, he’s run off, he’s been killed—Dani searches frantically for a clue as to whether Ian is in fact dead or alive. And, slowly, she unpacks their relationship, holding each moment up to the light: from its intense, adulterous beginning, to the grandeur of their new love, to the difficulties of forever. She examines all the sins she can—and cannot—remember. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth—about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

(My thoughts)  This is a psychological mystery that is as much as about the main character as it is about her missing husband. Written in a first person style, this book shifts between present day and past, which intertwine to give a complete history of the characters, both as individuals and as a couple. There are complex relationships with stepchildren, parents, exes and between the couple themselves. The author writes in such a way, the reader must keep flipping the pages to see where the novel is going to go next. I read this book in a few days simply because I needed to know what the happened to Ian. While I can't discuss too much more of the book without giving it away, I will say that the ending was a bit anti-climatic. I did enjoy the novel though and if you are looking for a quick read, that isn't too heavy, definitely check this book out! A word of warning though, if you have any issues with adultery, this may not be the book for you. 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review by TLC Tours and the publishing company but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own.