As anticipated, I REALLY enjoyed The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. I definitely had high expectations for this one going into it, and I am happy to say that this book absolutely didn’t disappoint. The storyline, the character development, the pacing and the unexpected surprises were all impressive and I found myself counting down until my next day off so that I could binge through this story.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: “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.”
Laura Dave is a wonderful writer and from the very beginning, I felt truly immersed in the story. I found it very hard to put this book down because of how engrossing the writing was. I also adored the main characters, Hannah and Bailey. I found it really hard not to fall in love with them and I really enjoyed how much we got to witness them grow as individuals, as well as come together and develop a strong bond. I also really enjoyed the ending and felt mostly satisfied with the way it played out.
While I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this book, and without giving anything away, there are two things I would have really liked to see in this book: one being more insight into exactly what Owen did in his past that put him in the situation he was facing, and the other being Bailey’s perspective on the agreement and how this ended up playing out in the end.
If you’re a fan of Reese’s Book Club selections or are looking for a fast-paced, suspenseful read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, I definitely recommend checking out The Last Thing He Told Me. This was the first book I’ve ever read by Laura Dave and I definitely plan on exploring more of her books.
BEER RECOMMENDATION: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave is best paired with NOBO with pineapple by Monument City Brewing 🍻