The Last Thing He Told Me (Unabridged)
A 2022 Audie Award Finalist
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The “page-turning, exhilarating” (PopSugar) and “heartfelt thriller” (Real Simple) 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 “page-turning, exhilarating, and unforgettable” (PopSugar) suspense novel.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Laura Dave’s excellent thriller unfolds like a suburban nightmare, putting a woman’s commitment to her new family to an unimaginable test. A year into her marriage to Owen, Hannah’s biggest concern is being a civil stepmom to her husband’s sullen teenager, Bailey. But the night that Owen disappears, he leaves behind a note reading “Protect her.” This turbocharged setup launches us into a pulse-pounding story, as Hannah gets thrown for one loop after another and races to uncover her husband’s secrets even as the FBI and U.S. Marshals are banging on her door. Dave does a great job with the gripping twists—but we also love how she makes the fraught relationship between Hannah and Bailey seem very real. Narrator Rebecca Lowman adds to the drama, making us feel like we’re inside Hannah’s head. We couldn’t stop listening.
This was a really good listen. A bit annoying at first because the narrator talks slow and the book in the beginning has far too many “he said” “she said” (you’ll know what I mean when you listen). But give it an hour and you’ll be hooked! The ending is very heart warming.
I could not get into this book I really wanted to but it was just so slow and the narrators voice nearly put me to sleep.
I wanted to like this book. It drug on and onnnnn. And the narrator’s voice is shrill and really got on my nerves. I almost stopped it several times because her voice drove me crazy.