The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave #ReesesBookClub #AppleTV #BookReview

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle 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 FBI 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, together. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they are also building a new future. One neither Hannah nor Bailey could have anticipated.

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I was watching CBS Sunday Morning a few weeks ago when I saw a feature about The Last Thing He Told Me being made into an Apple TV series starring Jennifer Garner. I knew the book title sounded familiar and discovered that I’d listened to the book not long after it came out but never reviewed it. Since I read and listen to so many books, I couldn’t remember the story and decided to listen to the audiobook again.

How many times do we have to read about women who have no clue about a husband’s past, especially when it involves children? It makes for good storytelling, as is the case for The Last Thing He Told Me. Hannah has no clue who she really married after he disappears and leaves a cryptic note to take care of his daughter. Problem is, Hannah and her step-daughter don’t really get along.

As Hannah unravels the mystery of her husband’s past, she has to do it with the help and hindrance of his daughter, Bailey. The story of his past leads them to Austin, Texas, a place Bailey has vague memories of but nothing concrete. As Hannah gets closer to the truth, it is clear that there are plenty of people who want history to be left in the past and would do anything to make sure Hannah doesn’t find what she’s looking for.

I really liked this book, as I’ve found with most of Reese’s Book Club picks. And while I haven’t seen the Apple TV series yet, I’ll be sure to check it out!

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