Updated: Aug 3
By Laura Dave
Enjoyable and Easy to Read Domestic Drama
Owen Michael’s has disappeared. Before he left, he managed to smuggle a single note with two words to his wife, Hannah. The note reads ‘protect her.’ Despite Hannah’s confusion about his disappearance, she knows exactly who Owen was referring to in the note. It’s His sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey, who had tragically lost her mother as a child. On the day of Owen's disappearance, Bailey finds a large duffel bag full of money in her school locker.
As the reality that Owen has left them sets in, Hannah doesn’t know exactly what that note means. Protect Bailey from whom and why does she even need protection. Where did that money come from, and where is Owen? When Owen’s boss is arrested for securities fraud and the FBI and US Marshalls show up on Hannah’s doorstep in Sausalito, she realizes that Owen isn’t who he says he was. Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth about Owen’s past.
THE LAST THING HE TOLD HER is an enjoyable and easy-to-read domestic drama. The writing by Author Laura Dave is nicely plotted and full of shifts back and forth in time. Hannah narrates the story, much of which is derived either from her thought process or her strained relationship with her snarky stepdaughter.
I’m sure we all remember when we were sixteen and we thought our parents were total losers. Dave nailed Hannah’s frustrating relationship with Bailey to the wall. Hannah, the ‘evil’ stepmom cannot do anything right. You may initially want to reach through the pages and give Bailey a good shake for her endless litany of snarky comments.
Hannah’s character is strong, intelligent, and brave. When the worst thing in her life happens, she doesn’t sit still and worry; she does something. She goes in search of the truth.
I listened to the audiobook for THE LAST THING HE TOLD HER narrated by Rebecca Lowman. Her voice fits the book perfectly and easily transports us into the story from the houseboat in Sausalito to Hannah and Bailey’s travel to Austin, Texas.
Publisher Simon Schuster Audio
Published May 4, 2021
Narrated Rebecca Lowman