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A “gripping” (Entertainment Weekly) 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.
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.
Compelling plot; more fast paced than literary
Compelling plot. A few times I felt like I had to suspend disbelief as the twists seemed to either be too convenient or a little far fetched. If we are nit-picking, I felt that the writing was good but not super literary; she uses the same turn of phrases often (e.g. “she wasn’t wrong”) and she explained her feelings more than I thought necessary. But at the same time, I couldn’t put it down!!
Love the story and the narrator
I kept thinking it would get better, but it never did and ended on an awful note. Yuck!