The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
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Published by Simon & Schuster on May 4, 2021
Genres: Detective, Women's Fiction
Audiobook Narrator: Rebecca Lowman
Audiobook Length: 8 Hours and 49 Minutes
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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 was a little disappointed after all the high expectations.
I mean, it’s a NYT bestseller, a Reese’s book club pick, won first place in 2021 in the Goodreads Awards, and there’s been so much buzz among readers. I believe that Goodreads win was in the “thrillers and mysteries” category, except this book isn’t that. It’s a detective story.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the book. At first. The author writes really well, and I had a hard time putting the book down. I read it in a day and a half because four people are waiting for this copy at the library, and it’s due today. I thought I’d smash it rather than add myself to the hold list. No one had it on hold until just a few days ago. I was going to renew it. There’s a sudden rush on it. Oh well, at least I had a little notice. I don’t regret reading it.
I just felt like the “big thing” never happened in this book. There was no climax in this story. I don’t want to spoil. There is a thing that happens close to the end of the book where the FMC does something that could be important to her future, but I can’t call that the climax because it doesn’t fit or flow with the rest of the book. It’s so hard to explain. I just didn’t feel like THAT was the high point. I was still wondering what was going to happen next, and nothing really did. That’s so disappointing.
I’m still giving it three stars for the writing quality and for the movie I saw in my head. I already am certain this will be one. LOL