May 28, 2021

The Last Thing He Told Me

The Last Thing He Told Me

by Laura Dave

Published May 4, 2021
by Simon & Shuster

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

A gripping mystery about a woman who thinks she’s found the love of her life—until he disappears.

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.

As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared.

Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future—one neither of them could have anticipated.

With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.

My Thoughts
If you can suspend your disbelief enough to follow Hannah as she searches for clues as to why her husband has disappeared, leaving her behind to protect his daughter, Bailey, you’ll find The Last Thing He Told Me is a fast-paced read. The connections she makes as she digs back into her and Bailey’s memories are very clever (if hard to believe).

I found myself wondering what I would do, given a choice between living in fear and never seeing someone I loved, or giving up my life to be with that person. And this book takes you on Hannah’s journey as she makes that decision. Not only for herself, but for Bailey.

I read this on vacation, and it filled in the time wonderfully! This has been selected as a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Selection.

Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an advanced reader’s copy for review.

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