The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

.ePUB, 252 pages
Expected Publication: May 4th 2021 by Simon & Schuster

About the Book:
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.

My Review:
I raced through this book. I was immediately drawn to all of the characters, and loved reading the before chapters to see Owen through a new lens and each chapter was a fantastic way to get to know the relationship between Hannah and Owen better. And then we learn the after and Hannah and the read are privy not just to new facts, but to the thoughts, deepest fears, and secret motivations that Owen has for what he did. 

The Last Thing He Told Me unwinds in such unbelievable, unbearable suspense, and I could not put it down until the last page. This is a story that rewards the reader, it's as if Laura Dave sensed my weariness of all the formulaic, predictable thrillers, and wrote this book as a tribute to what crime fiction can be when it's done really well.

Now while I agree not everything is exactly plausible in this story, the fact that I couldn't stop turning the pages and I felt the suspense right along with the characters makes me feel it is deserving of four stars.

Thank you NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and Laura Dave for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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