Today’s review is on The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave.
Before I get started, I just want to give a warning that there will probably be some spoilers in my review, so proceed with caution if you are wanting to read The Last Thing He Told Me.
The Last Thing He Told Me opens with Hannah Hall receiving a note from her husband that says: “Protect Her.” Confused by the message, Hannah can only think that Owen was referring to her 16 year old stepdaughter, Bailey, but hopes that he will explain when he gets home. However, soon after she hears the news that Owen’s boss has been arrested and his company is under investigation for embezzlement and fraud. When her husband doesn’t return home, and she encounters a U.S. marshal, she starts to realize the gravity of the note that Owen sent her, as well as the fact that he might have been hiding details about his past from her. She sets out with Bailey, to discover what Owen was afraid of and hopefully find him. She’ll follow any leads she can, even if it leads her on a wild goose chase.
The Last Thing He Told Me is not a typical book that I would pick up, but lately I have been really interested in thrillers, more specifically domestic thrillers, which I think this classifies as one. I also was intrigued by the fact that it was a Reese’s Book Club pick, and it also made Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2021 Summer Reading Guide, and I can see why!
I enjoyed The Last Thing He Told Me, it was interesting, gripping and page-turning. I found myself wanting to find out the secrets that Hannah is finding out, as well as hoping that her and Bailey would be reunited with Owen. I also really liked how interspersed with the present day we get glimpses of the past, mainly different points of Owen and Hannah’s relationship, and just how they might contain clues to the truth.
I liked getting to know Hannah and could relate to her in some ways. Throughout the novel we see her trying to seek acceptance from Bailey, as well as doing what she can to take care of her while Owen is gone. I also appreciated that her motive to keep trying to have a relationship with Bailey is the influence of her grandfather, who took care of her when her own parents didn’t want to, and how she wants to be that figure in Bailey’s life.
I really don’t want to say too much else about this book because I really want others to read it. i will say that I really liked it and I plan on reading some more of Laura Dave’s work in the future. i highly recommend this if you liked Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, and if you are looking for a thriller that is not big on the creep factor.
Janelle L. C.