The Last Thing He Told Me

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave Book Summary


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.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave Book Reviews

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- The Last Thing He Told Me5 star

Spellbinding. Characters fully developed - whether you like them or not. Plot was not predictable. loved it.

- Ummm3 star

Good, fine. Not great by any means.

- Super5 star

Great read

- Ummm3 star

Good, fine. Not great by any means.

- Simply well written.4 star

I could not putting it down. A gripping human story. I loved it.

- Nothing is what it seems…5 star

Took a while to get into it but once you do it’s excellent.

- The last thing he told me5 star

Excellent writing, I couldn’t put it down! Kept the reader engaged, caring about the characters, wanting to know more. It was very interesting to follow Hannah’s sharp intelligence and deductive process, as well as her motivations, love, and courage! A+!

- Not real, believable.3 star

Teen dog walkers with 15 dogs? Lake Washington adjoining Seattle does not freeze over, there is no ice fishing there, just too many of these fact less actuals. It has to be real to be believed.

- The Last Thing He Told Me5 star

Great suspense novel and an involving narrative. I liked the main character a lot and empathized with her frightening dilemmas as the book progressed

- This is a book that should’ve been a Movie!2 star

Fantastic story line, i just wish there was more of an intense plot and i really feel this book would have been better displayed as a film!

- Good read4 star

This book was so good at pulling you in and tagging you along. Easy read. However, the ended was just my what I was hoping for..

- Spellbinder5 star

Ferocious love makes people do the unthinkable

- Great Read5 star

Couldn’t put it down

- Page turner5 star

I could not put this book down. Thrilling, suspenseful and wonderfully written. I loved the whole book!

- Great book5 star

Slow start but eventually couldn’t put it down!

- Started off strong..3 star

This book started off really solid but by halfway through I was struggling to finish. Was hoping for a more exciting ending. Not sure how this book is #1 right now.

- Amazing5 star

What an amazing book!

- Page turner5 star

Wonderful, sophisticated and well developed characters.

- Not a good read1 star

Don’t waste your time !

- The last thing he told me5 star

Amazing book I finished it in two days! I couldn’t put it down. I was a bit disappointed in the ending but the suspense was amazing. I wish the author would write a sequel of Owens point of view!

- Couldn’t put it down!5 star

Great book!! I finished it in two days!

- I rarely give a novel 5 stars.5 star

Most mysteries I figure out pretty quickly, but this one had so may twists and surprises that I finished it in 3 days, and I’m a full time working nurse. Spend the money, it’s really good.

- Captivating5 star

Could not put it down. It ranks a”10”

- Good book4 star

A good quick read

- Instant page turner…5 star

This books is full of twists and turns that keeps you up at night reading more. It’s well-written and references to San Francisco, Sausalito and Austin are accurate and relevant. Loved it !

- Good book to read 👍🏼4 star

I wasn’t satisfied with the ending but it was a good story 💕

- Protect Her5 star

I loved this book. Couldn’t put it down. Full of twists and turns. It really made me wonder, if we ever really know someone.

- Enjoyed the uniqueness of the story.5 star

It was captivating from the start to finish.

- I couldn’t put it down!5 star

Quick and easy read.

- A New Favorite5 star

Wow. This book left me stunned. It was romantic, relatable and most of all incredibly mysterious from start to finish. This story examines the true definitions of both identity and love in all it’s forms. I was left in awe, and wishing that the story could somehow continue on for longer. I was happy to be wrapped up in Hannah’s confusing life for however long the window into her world remained open to me. I highly recommend this book!

- Incredible5 star

What a beautiful story and while there were so many unexpected and unpredictable twists turns deceiving truths that surfaced I was absolutely taken with the story overall.

- Great book.5 star

I’m so glad I read this book. I read reviews that people said it was predictable but I did not predict that ending at all. 10/10 recommend. I seriously could not put it down

- Couldn’t put the book down5 star

I truly did love reading this book. I appreciated that the storyline wasn’t a love story since I don’t particularly care for rom-com type of books. I finished the last 2/3 of the book in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down.

- Great5 star

Loved this book. Easy read

- Great read5 star

Did not want to put this one down!

- Ok2 star

I didn’t think the story line was captivating or anything original. Predictable and uneventful

- Bleh.2 star

Shocked by all the five star reviews on here. I love a good mystery and this was not it. I had to force myself to finish it. The main character was annoying, the style of constant incomplete sentences got old quickly.

- One of my new favs5 star

Great book! Finished it in less than two days! Nicely written, and kept my interest the entire time.

- LOVE!5 star

The ending was so unexpected. I love a book that is unpredictable and it was such a good one. Definitely a favorite. Highly recommend.

- Great read5 star

Could not put this down! This book is so captivating I couldn’t stop reading it.

- NICE BOOK5 star

Enjoyed very much. great story.i love the book...

- Must read!5 star

This one is definitely a page turner! Loved the suspense

- The Last Thing He Told Me5 star

Easy, fast read. Good story line .

- Page turner5 star

Kept me interested from the first page to the last. So good!

- The last thing he said4 star

Enjoyed it but the ending was very abrupt

- amazing5 star

such a good book. grabbed my attention from the first page

- Great page- turner4 star

Excellent read!

- So good5 star

Really good story.

- The last thing he said ….5 star

Such a great read.. I’d recommend highly! Love a nail bitter….

- Book is great5 star

I loved it An awesome start to ever day before I go to work Kingkongding223

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mandym90 - The Last Thing He Told Me5 star

I absolutely loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. Enjoy!

Where,s the mouse? - The last thing he told me1 star

Laura Dave writes like an immature 7th grader in English class.The positive reviews should not be believed.The 1- star ratings reviews can be believed.Do not waste your time or money on this insipid nonsense.Only a desperate publisher would consider publishing this awful book.

evboevboevev - Excellent read5 star

Couldn’t put it down!

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dana326! - 10/105 star

Great read! Did nit want to put it down

TT128 - I enjoyed this4 star

Great book. Well written. Easy to read and follow along.

Reader759332 - Great Read.5 star

This is an amazing book that’s all I have to say.

WendyM10 - Great book!5 star

Fast read, interesting characters that made me want to keep reading. Loved it!

hannadomit - Such a good book!!!!!!5 star

Couldn’t put it down for one second!!!!

txylor96 - 8.9/10🦦5 star

I finished this book in a day, the writing is so beautiful that you attach yourself to the characters and fly through the pages. Captivating, thrilling, sad and a bit twisted. Highly recommend

Jmoneytyu - Meh2 star

The most boring book I have read this year.

SchuetzeK - Page turner5 star

I loved this book! 10/10 recommend.

Cgnuimhf - Boring1 star

Not sure what to like about this book. A few times I almost just stopped reading it. What a disappointment. The ending …….so predictable.

Henrik Lynn - Very linear and predictable2 star

While the ending is wholesome, the plot itself is very plain and lacking . The twist is probably the most underwhelming one I’ve ever read in a book . I think the author wanted emotional payoff more than the actual shocking plot point . Disappointed!

Jezig - Me encanto5 star

Es una lectura que te entretiene y te deja con intriga!! Te transporta a los escenarios donde se desarrolla la historia!!

joohara - Great read5 star

Loved it! Read it often until I couldn’t keep my eyes open.

bobbyseagrams - Boring and predictable1 star

Short and easy read only 200 pages. Very predictable ending and the plot is very one- noted. I regret reading this book.

[email protected] - I thought I knew5 star

Great book, I read it in one weekend. I thought I had it figured out but it surprised me. Easy read, I will read more from this author.

jbahr21 - Amazing5 star

Couldn’t put this down! It was amazing.

STompkins66 - Protect her5 star

Loved this book. She did what he asked her to do… protect her! So good

eem24242 - Great quick read5 star

This is such an enjoyable read. It’s nothing crazy but it kept me hooked and interested from page one which has not been happening easily lately. Would def recommend!

Alex-cornell - wow.5 star

Some people in the reviews have been off put by the ending saying that it just kind of ends leaving you unsatisfied. Although this is kind of true, it’s also so beautifully true to the situation. MUST READ!

emilylauren818 - Interesting but not exceptional3 star

Interesting read, writing style can be wordy and hard to follow at times. Some good twists that will keep you interested

Dullam - Wow5 star

Simply a great read. Hard to put down.

TaylorAce2012 - Potential but falls flat3 star

Heartwarming dynamic and storyline around the relationship between a stepmother and her stepdaughter. Hooked me from the start but then took a very random left turn halfway through that left me feeling like wow, ok, that’s lazy writing and feels completely unrealistic. It’ll hook you but won’t keep you.

glendaveiga - the last thing he told me5 star

just read it, it’s amazing

Mrsberry100 - Fabulous!5 star

I couldn’t put it down!!

Kimo_AK - Dissapointing1 star

Started out great. Started fizzling out about halfway through. Got worse and worse and had a terrible ending.

Bvb430 - Just okay3 star

I had high hopes but they fell short.

shannon-66 - Good, easy read5 star

The book was good, many people commented that they didn’t like the ending but I disagree. The ending is authentic... the only way for it to end was how it did. It was a good, fast paced, engaging read.

Claire Kincaid - Quick read3 star

The storyline is unimaginative. I finished the book just to see how it ends.

AshMD14 - Great Story4 star

I really enjoyed this book. Suspenseful and a realistic view of a developing relationship between stepmother and step daughter. I didn’t want the book to end!

Whitmben - <35 star

Aww heartwarming, heartbreaking, suspenseful. If I didn’t have small children I would have finished it in a day.

Kenaicouple - The Last Thing He Told Me5 star

Very good book keeps you guessing until the end

Jkdcmd - Engaging4 star

But the ending was too simplistic.

BrittBrittLew - Suspenseful Read!5 star


cld38 - Favorite book ever5 star

Incredible book! Read it In a day it sucked me in!

jorschmorr - Great Vacation Read5 star

I read this while in Key West with the girls and couldn’t put it down. A great read with tons of twists and turns. A phenomenal tale of the story that parents face in making life altering decisions for both their children and themselves.

Nazmul Shohag - Good♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️5 star

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Reese's rec - Almost a five4 star

So great, until the ending. Just abruptly ended and fell flat.

Golf gal1 - Great book5 star

I really enjoyed reading this book. A good story and easy to follow. I would recommend!

pablo nucci - SPOILER3 star

So this book was very good...up until the ending. The ending left me wanting more. So my biggest thing was, i felt there was more to Grady than what the author gave us. I wanted to know who the leak was? Who was the primary cause of Owen and Bailey having to pack up their lives? Nonetheless though. The book was pretty decent.

gtgtydd - Ok2 star

It was ok. There were parts of it that kept me intrigued but the end fell flat for me.

MCarringtonIdaho - Absolute page turner!5 star

I couldn’t put this book down and finished it in a day! The story is fast moving, well written, and keeps the reader curious what’s going to happen next. I thoroughly joyed this book.

savannahbbelle - Great read5 star

Fast paced and gripping. Interesting, surprising twists.

jesszacc - Quick, easy read.4 star

Very easy read and suspenseful. Thought the ending would be different though.

Snowballs6978 - So, so good!!!5 star

It grabbed me right away. I read it in 4 days while on the first vacation in a year. I had a hard time putting it down. Character driven and moving.

AZWarrior - Can’t put it down5 star

Excellent book! Definitely a page turner. Keeps you guessing with some good twists and turns. Highly recommend!

CBJ Social - The lady thing he told me5 star

This book grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go. What a great story.

Schmidteg - Excellent5 star

I couldn’t put this book down. Excellent!

Mac-Chick - Exciting read5 star

This is a low-key (versus frantic) suspenseful story that kept me turning page after page. I enjoyed the characters and especially the relationship between Hannah and Bailey. Owen and Hannah were married only but a year when he doesn’t return home from work, instead she’s handed a note that says, “Protect her.” This kicks off the mystery about where Owen is, what he’s done and where that leaves Hannah and Bailey, who don’t get along, because Bailey hasn’t taken well to Hannah as a step-mom. Hannah takes us on an adventure, as she determined to find the truth about how both she and Hannah were dumped into this horrible mess. Who really is Owen? Did she really know him at all? Has their marriage been a sham from the beginning? I think you will enjoy finding answers to these questions just as Hannah and Bailey. I enjoyed the ride we get by Hanna’s detective skills, ferreting truth from fiction and how one innocent comment led to a clue and on to the next. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, it’s ups and downs and an ending in which the author didn’t rush or get sloppy with. I’ll definitely be looking at Laura Dave’s other books.

Dawnickarly - Wow5 star

I found this book on accident when I was looking for something new to read. Man I am so glad it caught my eye! This book was amazing! I will be telling everyone I know to read it!

lauries85 - Started out promising3 star

The first half of this book is compelling and interesting, you’re really curious about what happened to Owen. But then it becomes far-fetched and ridiculous, with truly unbelievable circumstances for the heroine. I finished it but kept wishing for the book to return it’s original suspense.

NCjen - Disappointed1 star

I’m sorry. I don’t like the ending of this book. This is the first time I have not liked a book I’ve read from Reese Witherspoon’s book club.

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Laura Dave (born July 18, 1977) is an American novelist. Early life Dave was born in New York City and grew up in Scarsdale, New York. Her interest in writing began when she was in elementary school. Dave graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, where she received a B.A. in English. She has an MFA from the University of Virginia's creative writing program. She was a Henry Hoyns Fellow and a recipient of the Tennessee Williams Scholarship. She received several awards for her writing including the AWP Intro Award in Short Fiction.Following graduate school, Dave worked as a freelance journalist for ESPN. Writing career Dave is the author of London Is The Best City In America (2...

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