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The Last Thing He Told Me (2021)

by Laura Dave

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SELECTION OF THE REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, BEST BOOK OF SUMMER SELECTED BY * VOGUE * USA TODAY * ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY * CNN * TOWN & COUNTRY * PARADE * BUSTLE * AND MORE! A "gripping" (Entertainment Weekly) mystery about a woman who thinks she's found the love of her life--until he disappears. 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.… (more)
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Fast moving mystery about the reason a step mom is left to protect her missing husband's daughter from something monstrous, but what? ( )
  WiserWisegirl | Dec 2, 2022 |
Fast moving mystery about the reason a step mom is left to protect her missing husband's daughter from something monstrous, but what? ( )
  WiserWisegirl | Dec 2, 2022 |
When Owen disappears, he leaves behind a sackful of money and a cryptic note, "Protect her." The her, is her stepdaughter, Bailey, who hasn't really taken to her stepmom Hannah in the year she has been married to her dad. Hannah knows he wouldn't have abandoned them without good reason. A U.S. Marshal from Austin, TX asking questions about Owen's whereabouts has Hannah wondering about the jurisdictions involved, so she and Bailey fly to Austin to see if they can find a connection. What they do find is some very hazy memories that Bailey has of visiting the UT football stadium and attending a wedding. They soon discover that Owen isn't really who they think he is. ( )
  mojomomma | Nov 6, 2022 |
Hannah’s beloved husband disappears and the novel reveals what she discovers about his past as she strives to protect his teen age daughter Hannah ( )
  pennykaplan | Nov 2, 2022 |
When her husband of a year disappears, Hannah quickly learns he is not who he said he was and is left to sort out the truth with just one ally- her husband's teenage daughter, who hates her.

The story was interesting enough to keep me reading but not enough to really draw me in. Hannah’s reasons for her actions were not convincing to me to really care. The daughter always had a rude and dismissive attitude, which might be normal for a 16 year old, but it annoyed me. Just a so-so read. ( )
2 vote gaylebutz | Aug 24, 2022 |
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(let’s go said he
not too far said she
what’s too far said he
where you are said she)

              —-e. e. cummings
I have little patience with scientists who take a board of wood, look for it’s thinnest part, and drill a great number of holes where drilling is easy.

              —-Albert Einstein
Each species of wood has its own distinctive patterns and colors, which are revealed when the bowl is turned.

                —-Philip Moulthrop
Rotten wood cannot be carved.

                   —-Confucius
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To Josh and Jacob,
my sweetest miracles

             and

Rochelle and Andrew Dave,
     For every single thing
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Owen used to like to tease me about how I lose everything, about how, in my own way, I have raised losing things to an art form.
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This is the thing about good and evil. They aren’t so far apart—-and they often start from the same valiant place of wanting something to be different.
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SELECTION OF THE REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, BEST BOOK OF SUMMER SELECTED BY * VOGUE * USA TODAY * ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY * CNN * TOWN & COUNTRY * PARADE * BUSTLE * AND MORE! A "gripping" (Entertainment Weekly) mystery about a woman who thinks she's found the love of her life--until he disappears. 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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