The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

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We all have stories we never tell.

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle 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 FBI 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, together. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they are also building a new future. One neither Hannah nor Bailey could have anticipated.

*****

Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for my copy of The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave, in exchange for my honest review.  This title publishes May 4, 2021.

This was my first read by Laura Dave and certainly will not be my last.  What a riveting story about the love a parent has for their child and the lengths they will go to in order to protect them from harm. The story also explores the consequences of secrets and how they can truly make or break a marriage.

I was sucked into this story immediately and could not put it down.  With exceptional pacing, a tension-building plot and a cast of well-developed characters, The Last Thing He Told me was a riveting read.

I love how the author tells this story; in dual timelines, giving us a glimpse into the current state of Hannah and Owen’s marriage and their early courtship.  The timelines end up meeting toward the end of the story, giving you a full picture of not only their relationship but a profile of each of them and how we end up in present day with Owen gone missing after a scandal erupts at the company he works for.

My emotions ran wild while reading and Hannah’s experience pulled at my heart strings.  Her strength and determination to keep going, despite all she has discovered, is inspirational.  She is one character that will stay with me for a while.

The one thing I’d like to note is that this was more of a family drama, peppered with suspenseful moments rather than a thriller, which I think is the genre it has been listed under.  This by no means takes away from the story, it’s just more of a caution in case you are expecting a traditional thriller.  But have no fear, it really is a page-turner that will keep you guessing with an ending that will surprise you.

I was excited to hear that The Last Thing He Told Me will be hitting the small screen and adapted for TV, starring Julia Roberts!  It will be a fun to see this story come to life.  In the mean time, I highly recommend picking this one up and adding it to your early summer reading list.

My Rating: 5/5

Happy Reading,
The Reading Beauty

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