The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Main Characters

  • Hannah Hall
  • Bailey Michaels
  • Owen Michaels
  • Grady Bradford
  • Jules

Publisher’s Summary

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 16-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.

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My Review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Last Thing He Told Me is a domestic drama with a bit of suspense and mystery, not the psychological thriller I am used to. I loved Hannah Hall and how her character evolves. A pleasing stepmother to a leader looking for answers. Who did she marry? Why is he on the run? Why did he leave his daughter behind? What does the note “Protect Her” mean?

We figure out the answers to those questions close to the ending of the book, but I was hoping for a fairy tale ending. The ending is a bit disappointing. If you like a good-paced book with a climax and a flat: “that’s how life goes” ending this is the book for you.

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Book Quotes

“He never understood that I wasn’t scared of someone leaving me, I was scared that the wrong person would stay.”

 Laura Dave, The Last Thing He Told Me

“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.”

 Laura Dave, The Last Thing He Told Me

“It’s never about someone else the moment you realize it is up to you to get yourself to a better place. It’s only about figuring out how to get there.”

 Laura Dave, The Last Thing He Told Me