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The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

The Last Thing He Told Me

Repeat author
Laura Dave is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include Eight Hundred Grapes.

by Laura Dave

Quick take

The propulsive story of a new wife and stepmother who must unravel the mystery left behind when her husband disappears.

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Why I love it

Sara Sligar
Author, Take Me Apart

I love a fake identity plot. Maybe it’s all the spy shows I’ve been watching in quarantine, maybe it’s my longtime fondness for scam stories, but hand me a book about someone who’s stolen a dead person’s social security number and I’ll blister through those pages like the FBI is chasing me.

Sure enough, I devoured The Last Thing He Told Me, a gripping thriller about a newlywed who discovers her husband’s entire identity is a lie. Owen Michaels is about to be arrested for securities fraud when he vanishes, leaving his new wife Hannah in charge of his teenage daughter, Bailey. When Hannah tries to track him down, she learns that “Owen Michaels” has never existed. She’s been married to the guy a whole year, and she doesn’t even know his real name.

Spousal betrayal is a common theme in thrillers, to say the least, but what makes this book stand out in a crowded field is the relationship between Hannah and Bailey. I loved watching their awkward rapport evolve into a genuine bond as Hannah goes to ever greater lengths to protect her stepdaughter from Owen’s dark past. This is a novel about lying husbands and fake identities, but it’s also a moving testimony to the power of chosen family. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, twisty thriller that packs an emotional punch, this is the book for you.

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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.

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  • Corona, CA

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  • Harrison Twp, MI

    I absolutely loved this book! I couldn’t put it down! I loved the development of Hannah and Bailey’s relationship! I was left wanting more from the ending but overall, I loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

  • Lexington Park, MD

    I couldn’t put this down! A fast read with characters that suck you in. I don’t think it’s the most original story, but I loved it all the same. My heart broke for Bailey and Hannah! Such a good read.

  • Pepeekeo, HI

    This is a great book. I really loved it and couldn’t put it down. I wanted more at the end! Won’t go into details because I don’t want to give any spoilers…. It worked though. I recommend this book!

  • Acworth , GA

    I’m crying so hard! Not that this is the intention of the book. This book should leave you with sad feelings but it’s a little deeper for me, I’m sobbing. Such an enthralling novel with a great plot!

  • Pine island , MN

    I don’t know exactly what it was about this book, but I LOVED it. I just couldn’t get enough of it. I was slightly unsatisfied by the ending, not that it wasn’t great, just not how I wanted it to be.

  • Slingerlands, NY

    One of the best books I’ve read,I like how it kept you on your toes and your mind racing. It also shows you that you don’t always know your partner,be careful who you trust and meet. Loved it ????????

  • Kaneohe, HI

    I absolutely love the probing Hannah and Bailey did to figure out Owen’s past. I love the adrenaline rush of following along without it being too deep. Hannah and Bailey’s growth was beautiful as well

  • Cedar Park, TX

    Fast-paced, a lot of it set in the home of my Alma Mater ????????????, and just an overall good suspenseful read without a lot of violence etc that I could recommend to nearly anyone. Perfect summer read!

  • Milton, NY

    I flew thru this book! I found the storyline to be captivating. I needed to know what happened. It’s a story of family & sacrifice yet terribly sad. I loved to watch Hannah&Bailey’s relationship grow.

  • Chicago, IL

    A must read. It’s binge worthy in a way that makes you feel like you physically can’t stop. The writing was so effortless & I love the short chapters. Not a shocking ending, but also not predictable.

  • Denver, CO

    I loved this book’s winding of a mystery with the growth of a step-mother and daughter relationship. It was fast-paced and I couldn’t put it down, and the ending, while a bit melancholy, was perfect.

  • Maumelle, AR

    It didn’t necessarily end the way I wanted it to, but it was a great read. Quick. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Hannah (step mom) & Bailey (step daughter)! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Falls City, TX

    I love books that I can’t figure out. I loved how I guessed what would happen and it was wrong. Each time. It was a good book. I didn’t connect with Hannah as much as I did Bailey. Still good though

  • South Lyon, MI

    Once I started, I couldn’t stop! I finished this book in less than 24 hours, and it was great! My only complaint is the ending. The entire book built up to it, and it just… ended. Still a great book!

  • Plainview, NE

    I could not put this book down and ended up finishing it in one night. I did not see the ending coming - very well written. It’s a book that makes you think what might someone be hiding from their so.

  • Manistee, MI

    Wouldn’t consider this a thriller,but a mystery and I like mysteries! I read within a couple of days and couldn’t put it down. Light enjoyable read. Wish I could meet Hannah, she seems interesting.

  • Mingo Junction , OH

    I really loved this book! I couldn’t put it down because it really held my attention! The writer really did intrigued me from the first page to the last! I am so happy I picked this book! Please read!

  • Sanford, NC

    Couldn’t put this down. I was rooting for Hannah the whole time. The storyline keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters have a real dynamic that makes you feel like you are there with them

  • La Center, KY

    This book is about a guy who goes missing and how his wife and daughter find him. It’s so good right from the start. I couldn’t wait to get to the end to see the final outcome. It’s a great read!

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