The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel
by Laura Dave
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Enjoyed hearing about places in Austin I have personally visited. I liked that connection. It had an ending that wasn’t happily ever “afterish” but was real to me. I really liked the story and wouldn’t mind a follow up!!

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"A page turner!" by thewanderingjew (see profile) 10/18/21

The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel. Laura Dave, author; Rebecca Lowman, narrator
This book is a page turner. Hannah and Owen were recently married. He is a widower with a teen-aged daughter, Bailey, who has recently turned 16. She is a bit of a rebel with purple streaked hair. She is not enamored with her stepmother, but Hannah is determined to win her over. Hannah is a wood turner. She designs furniture. Owen works for a company that is designing software meant to protect one’s privacy. Recently the company went public. Someone informed the authorities that the IPO was not conducted properly. The company was raided and the CEO was arrested.
On the day of the raid, Hannah receives a cryptic notes from Owen. He asks Hannah to protect Bailey. Bailey discovers a note from her father in a duffle bag in her locker. The bag is filled with rolls of money. Why did her father leave her a bag of money? When Owen does not come home that night or the next, Hannah and Bailey are besides themselves. Owen has disappeared without any explanation. What has he done? Why hasn’t he come home? Did he know about the problems at The Shop? Was he guilty? Where could he be?
Together, Hannah and Bailey try to find Owen. They think of possible clues to his whereabouts which lead them to Austin, Texas. Bailey had been there with him, as a child, and as her memories come back, Owen’s secret life is revealed. Does Hannah really know him? Does Bailey? Did he lie about his past? Why has he kept so much from Hannah? Is he safe? The larger question is really not where he is, but who he is. What is Owen’s real identity?
The authorities suspect Hannah of knowing about what Owen has done, since they believe that the wife always knows, and yet, she discovers that she is not only ignorant of his possible crimes, she is also completely unaware of his past life. It all seems to have been made up out of whole cloth. Somehow, he has erased it, and as she and Bailey uncover it, they find themselves in great danger. There are people after Owen, people who are not connected with the crimes Owen is suspected of committing at The Shop. They might even be after Bailey. These people are powerful, and Bailey and Hannah need protection. Can Hannah protect Bailey from whatever Owen is afraid of, from those who are after him? The twists and turns lead the reader in several different directions. In the end, did Hannah make the correct choice to protect Bailey? Only time would tell. Would they ever see Owen again? They thought it was highly unlikely.

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Started strong then fizzled

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Disappointed in the ending but intriguing along the way.

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"Enjoyed until the end..." by [email protected] (see profile) 02/14/22

A quick read and read it 2 days. I enjoyed the beginning of the book where she met Owen in New York and eventually married him and moved to N. California. The book focuses on the struggles of her being a stepmom to his teenage daughter. It then gets to be far-fetched with Owen disappearing and not being who he says he is. The ending is not particularly believable when they traveled to Austin to find out the truth and when she made “the deal” with Nicholas.

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This book was absolutely silly! I had to force myself to finish it.

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Enjoyed it but thought the ending could have been better? Good read though.

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Kind of a fun book to read, it did get a little slow at times. Also, it was kind of confusing following who some of the characters were during part 3.

"The Last Thing He Told Me" by laureensa (see profile) 07/15/22

I'm not sure what kind of discussion it will generate for book clubs, but it was a quick fun read

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"Protect Her" by lpollinger (see profile) 01/11/23

This is the note that Hannah receives from her husband of one year just as he disappears. The note refers to his 16 year old daughter, Bailey, who really does not like or trust Hannah. Together the two embark on a journey to find out what happened to Owen and why he disappeared. More secrets than either of them could have ever imagined come to the surface. Is it possible to ever really know someone?
This was an interesting story and a quick read. My bookclub will be reading it in February.

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Page turner. Quick read that I couldn’t put down.

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