The Last Thing He Told Me - Laura Dave

Goodreads Book Blurb:

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.

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My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Viper for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

absolute favourite:
5/5

How do you explain it when you find in someone what you’ve been waiting for your whole life? Do you call it fate? It feels lazy to call it fate. It’s more like finding your way home—where home is a place you secretly hoped for, a place you imagined, but where you’d never before been. Home. When you weren’t sure you’d ever get to have one.

4.5 stars, rounded up

The Last Thing He Told Me is the best mystery book I’ve read in a very long time. From the moment I started reading, I could not put this book down, and I sacrificed some much needed sleep to finish this story. Totally worth it.

Laura Dave mastered the trickle of information needed to keep this story moving. There is a delicate balance between letting the reader know too much and withholding so much information that the story becomes insufferable. The Last Thing He Told Me is full of false starts, fake leads, and misleading characters. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, I was totally wrong, and I was never expecting the eventual outcome.

The only thing that bothered me was that the characters were a little too true to their role.; never wavering or doubtful, they stuck to the script. While this did not detract from the overall story, it may have robbed it of some complexity and nuance. I would recommend this book to any mystery fans, keeping in mind that it lies more heavily on the psychological fiction side of things than the typical murder/crime mystery. It’s not surprising this is a Reese’s Book Club pick; I loved every page.

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