The Last Thing He Told Me

Laura Dave

I was not expecting to love The Last Thing He Told Me as much as I did. I am always skeptical of any book that is chosen by one of the celebrity book clubs. So this one caught me totally be surprise.

Quick Synopsis

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Hannah Hall knows exactly whom the note refers: Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.

Publisher’s Synopsis

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.

Book Review

The Last Thing He Told Me is a thriller that has both suspense and depth. This is my first Laura Dave book, and she immediately hooked me with her writing style, characters, and plot. It is a well written novel that is engaging due to both its plot and its characters. The pacing was also on point making this an addicting book that I read in one sitting.

The Last Thing He Told Me has a twist that is great as well as unique. When you are a fan of thrillers, it becomes a pretty predictable genre. However, this one caught me by surprise. Even if it did not, I was invested in the characters and how their story would resolve. Their feelings are honest, real, and subtle – rather than the over-the-top emotions often found in thrillers or suspense.

Ya’ll know that I love a book that is plot-driven but also character-driven. Laura Dean checked both of those boxes. The characters’ relationships with one another were as much as a focus as the mystery.

Depending on your preferences, the only thing other readers may have an issue with is the ending or epilogue. But I liked them.

Overall, I loved The Last Thing He Told Me and definitely recommend it. I do recommend starting this one when you have time to finish in this one sitting. I am looking forward to checking out Laura Dean’s backlist.

Rating

Overall Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Writing

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Plot

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Character development

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Last Thing He Told Me

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Genre
Mysteries & Thrillers

Publication Date
May 4, 2021

Pages
320


Storygraph Rating
3.81 stars

Goodreads Rating
3.95 stars


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