Author: Laura Dave
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers / Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Book Description: 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.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: This is the 3rd novel I have read from Laura Dave and this book was a totally unexpected surprise. Dave does a complete 180 with a mystery that grabbed me for the very first page.
Hannah is married to Owen, and step-mother to Bailey. At the start her marriage appears to be idyllic, but not so, with Bailey. When her husband’s company is taken down by the government, Owen goes missing, and leaves Hannah a message, protect her. Bailey receives the other half of the message with an absurd amount of cash.
When Hannah starts digging in to find out what happened to her husband it leads them on an unexpected path to Austin, TX, based on a memory Bailey had when she was very little. What Hannah uncovers is startling and unexpected.
First, I want to say being from Austin, TX myself, Laura Dave nailed Austin. Everything she wrote was so precise I could visualize exactly every location she noted. It was such a thrill to know an author captured Austin so perfectly. Additionally, this was such an awesome ride. It was fast paced, perfectly timed, guided by just small hints of the past, that help Hannah solve this puzzle. Bonus, we end up with just a really lovely Mother/Daughter story.
There is not a lot to say, but that I loved this book so much. Just read this one, it is short, and I promise you will not be disappointed.
Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.