TITLE/AUTHOR: The Last Thing He Told Me; Laura Dave
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2021
GENRE: Fiction / Domestic Suspense
FORMAT: eGalley / LENGTH: 320 pp
SETTING(s): CA and TX
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A suspenseful family drama that kept me quickly turning the pages.
BRIEF REVIEW: Hannah Hall has been married to Owen Michaels for one year. She loves her husband and is trying to be the best possible step-mom to his sixteen year old daughter Bailey, whose mother has died. Hannah knows the pain of growing up without a mother - hers didn't die but, she wasn't interested in mothering. Fortunately, Hannah had an amazing grandfather who showed her plenty of love. He also taught her the fine art of woodturning, which results in unique pieces of very expensive furniture that she now creates and sells to wealthy clientele. The couple along with Bailey live on a lovely houseboat in Sausalito, CA.
One day Hannah is given a note which says: "protect her." Little does she realize it just might be the last communication from Owen. The same day Bailey comes home from school with a duffle bag and $600,000 cash that she claims she found in her locker. Calls to Owen's cellphone go unanswered and the FBI has arrested the head of the big software start up company where Owen worked as a coder. Where is Owen and why has he seemed to disappear off the face of the earth?
As Hannah tries to "protect" Bailey she also determined not to sit and just wait for Owen to surface. She needs answers and soon begins to get some tips which lead her to believe Owen has not been completely honest with her and that she and Bailey may be in danger.
The story is told from the POV of Hannah past and present. I loved her character and the way tried to gain Bailey's trust. She stepped up to the plate and did everything to protect her even though Bailey proved challenging at times. I also liked that even though Owen disappears from the story early on, you really felt like you knew him and what his past was all about. A tender, suspenseful character driven novel with some tense moments. I found the ending satisfying even though I was hoping for a bit more. I love the way Laura Dave writes and I've enjoyed several of her earlier books as well. BTW - I read Julia Roberts will be starring and producing a limited series by the same title for Apple TV.