What would you do if one day you woke up and your husband was missing, and he left you one instruction, to protect his daughter?! Find out my thoughts on The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave.

The Last Thing He Told Me starts as the worst day in Hannah Hall’s life is unfolding. Not only has her husband Owen vanished, he’s left her with only one directive: protect his daughter Bailey. As Hannah and Bailey work together, they quickly begin to realize Owen may not be “Owen” at all; if they have any hope of locating him, they have to find out who he really is.

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I want to start with the positive, so overall let me just say I loved the idea of the story. The narrator’s perspective felt fresh, and as a result I was hooked very quickly. This was the first time I read a novel by Laura Dave and I enjoyed her easy writing style, I would definitely give the author another chance.

I really did enjoy the first half of the novel, but as the book continued, I started to wonder if the author had an actual end-game in mind. By the last third, the story began to feel muddled and rushed, and, as a result, my only goal was to finish the book. The more that was revealed, the less I cared; and every big ‘reveal’ felt like a let-down. I’ll be very interested to see how the upcoming Apple+ series handles the back half of the story, because the overall plot would make for a great page to screen adaptation, especially starring Julia Roberts!

The Last Thing He Told Me started out really strong and as I mentioned, I loved the overall idea of the book. I liked enough of it to say that you should do a bit of research and decide for yourself if this book is worth reading, but, in the end it definitely wasn’t one of my favorites.

With its breakneck pacing, dazzling plot twists and unforgettable characters, The Last Thing He Told Me is bestselling author Laura Dave’s finest novel yet, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.

Author Laura Dave discusses the book below:

Laura Dave joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about her first domestic suspense novel, THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME, which was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, and is a Reese Witherspoon Book Pick and a Bookreporter Bets On selection. The idea for this book is one that Laura had for a while; she started writing notes for it back in 2012, even as she was writing other books. This includes EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES, which Carol jokes that she thinks of whenever she opens a bottle of wine.