Publisher: Simon & Schuster + Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: May 04, 2021
Genre: Fiction / Mystery
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.
I have been seeing a lot of love for The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave and now I can see why! This is a slow-burn mystery of where Hannah’s husband has disappeared to, and I love that it sent her on a sleuthing expedition to Austin, Texas with her stepdaughter Bailey. Even though I consider it a slow burn, it is still quite pacy and didn’t feel slow when I was reading it. I was fully invested in finding out what happened to Owen, and what she finds completely surprised me. Hannah was a bit of a badass, and I really loved her as a character and that the whole book is told from her perspective. Dave really brought the setting to life through her writing, and I could picture Austin as clear as day while Hannah and Bailey are there poking around trying to figure Owen out. I also thought it was great that there are two different timelines in the novel – one is in the past and talks about Owen and Hannah’s relationship, and then of course present time after he disappears. Through the past timeline, we also get to see how Bailey and Hannah interacted, and it was nice to see how their relationship evolved throughout the novel.
The audiobook for The Last Thing He Told Me was also fantastic and narrated by Rebecca Lowman. I have actually listened to this narrator before and think she is really great at what she does. She was the perfect person to voice this book, and she really brought the characters and story to life for me in the way that only a very talented narrator can when mixed with a great writer. I think she also kept me even more interested in the story, and I would definitely listen to the audiobook if you like reading books with your ears. I was pretty shocked at how the novel ended which was great, and I especially loved all the different title chapters that Dave came up with. This was my first time experiencing her writing but will definitely not be my last as I loved it. It flowed so well and was perfectly descriptive without being overly descriptive to the point that I couldn’t get into it. The very end made my heart squeeze a little, and some readers will definitely consider it to be a tearjerker. This was such an enjoyable and engaging read and I can’t wait to read more from Dave!
I received an advanced listening copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.