He’s Gone by Deb Caletti

9780345534354_p0_v1_s260x420Dani Keller wakes up one morning to find her husband, Ian, has disappeared.  If this sounds like a familiar theme (aka “Gone Girl”), Deb Caletti’s psychological thriller – He’s Gone – will surprise you with its gripping narrative that is different – and with a surprise ending that is satisfying.

As the tale unfolds, the lives of Dani Keller and her choices of men become the catalyst for the mystery of her second husband’s fate.  Having escaped her physically abusive first husband, Dani finds that her second husband is obsessed with control and not the soul mate and rescuer she had imagined.  When he mysteriously disappears, she may be grateful – but did she kill him?  With clever revelations of past and present lives, Caletti keeps you guessing until the end.

As a National Book Award finalist for her teen story,”Honey, Baby, Sweetheart,” a coming of age story of a teenage girl with a rebel boyfriend and a mother who is a librarian (that I now have on my to-read list), Caletti is well known for her young adult novels.  He’s Gone is her first adult novel.  A fellow reader alerted me to this book, and I read it in one sitting – just had to know whodunit – fun and engaging.