Synopsis (taken from Deb Caletti’s site):
“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.
I love a great character study book, especially when it comes to marriages, family, and lots of reflections. This book delivers that, with a little mystery sprinkled in….because we don’t know what happened to Ian, until the end. I would have liked a chapter or two of the “before” the party. Rather, the book starts with Dani waking up from a crazy night of partying and not remembering much.
If you don’t live in a bubble, or in an igloo at the North Pole, chances are you know someone who has had an affair or been the victim of an affair. I liked the exploration Dani opens herself up to, as she evaluates her relationship with her first husband, falling in love with Ian, her children, his children, and in the process-trying to figure out what happened to Ian.
I’ve read reviews where this book is being compared to another book (won’t say which one),and I think it’s a shame. Sure, we compare books-but this book shouldn’t be measured against the merits of another book. This is a great read and anyone that reads this with an open mind, will enjoy and appreciate the raw feelings and thoughts Dani shares throughout this story.
*This book was provided though TLC, in exchange for an honest review.
About Deb Caletti
Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and a National Book Award finalist whose books—Honey, Baby, Sweetheart; The Queen of Everything; The Secret Life of Prince Charming—are published and translated worldwide. She lives with her family in Seattle.
Deb Caletti’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, May 13th: Books a la Mode - guest post/giveaway
Monday, May 20th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, May 21st: Peppermint Ph.D.
Wednesday, May 22nd: Books in the Burbs
Thursday, May 23rd: WV Stitcher
Friday, May 24th: The Betty and Boo Chronicles
Tuesdya, May 28th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, May 29th: Literally Jen
Thursday, May 30th: Knowing the Difference
Monday, June 3rd: Kritter’s Ramblings
Wednesday, June 5th: Life, Love, & Books
Thursday, June 6th: A Bookish Way of Life
Monday, June 10th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, June 11th: Book Chatter
Wednesday, June 12th: A Novel Review
Thursday, June 13th: Sweet Southern Home
- Quote for Today: Deb Caletti (synkroniciti.com)
- The Six Rules of Maybe (tinablogsalot.wordpress.com)
- TLC Blog Tour: Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon Review + Giveaway (US Only) (literallyjen.com)
- Adventures in Locating the Library (broadsideofftheedge.wordpress.com)
- The Wonderful World of Books (secretlifebookworm.wordpress.com)
- ‘We’re all going on a summer holiday’ (rebeccarocca.wordpress.com)
- The Wonderful World of Books (bethanyjgoad.wordpress.com)