The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A 2022 Audie Award Finalist
The instant #1 New York Times bestselling mystery and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick that’s captivated more than a million readers about a woman searching for the truth about her husband’s disappearance…at any cost.
“A fast-moving, heartfelt thriller about the sacrifices we make for the people we love most.” —Real Simple
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.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 49 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 04, 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #129 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#7 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#14 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#38 in Family Life Fiction (Books)
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1. SF shuts down early. A hotel bar that's open at 3am? Most close between 11-12.
2. How did someone miss that Berkeley is not in SF? No one is driving from Marin to SF for dimsum then to Berkeley for a flea market. That's a big old zig zag of driving back and forth across the bay.
3. They live on the water and don't mention the fog? The microclimates would be super top of mind and just something that would be talked/thought about and described regularly.
4. Owen lives in Sausalito and works in Palo Alto... so he's driving at least 2.5 a day for work. Complaining about the commute is just something that would come up as a big part of their lives.
5. I'm sure that houseboat community is tightnight, but I describing Sausalito as a quaint small town feels like a misrepresentation.
Again, I enjoyed reading the book... but the sort of falsified sense of place just nagged at me the whole time. Oh well!
Hannah has been very happily married to Owen for about a year now. She moved cross country from NYC to a floating home community in Sausalito, CA to be with him. The only downside to her wedded bliss is the fact that Owen's sixteen year old daughter, Bailey, is not thrilled about adding Hannah to the family, and makes sure Hannah knows it. Hannah is a patient woman, she is willing to take things slowly and wait for Bailey to come around.
One day, Hannah turns on the news and sees her husbands company in the headlines. His boss is being arrested for fraud and is seems many employees may have been involved in the fraud. A lot of people are angry and many have lost huge sums of money. In fact, Owen's boss is even being compared to Bernie Madoff and Kenneth Lay. Upon seeing the news, Hannah begins trying to contact Owen but she cannot get in touch with him. Finally, she receives a note from Owen that simply says, "Protect her." And he leaves Bailey a large sum of money and a note saying "You know what matters about me.” It's not a lot to go on nor is any of it much comfort.
One thing Hannah knows is that Owen wouldn't run away and abandon Bailey unless there was a reason bigger than just being caught up in a scandal. There had to be more to it. Then, when a federal marshall from Texas shows up asking questions, Hannah starts to wonder if Owen may have a connection to Texas. Hannah and Bailey are forced to cooperate and work together to try to figure out what has happened to Owen. The only thing that is clear is that Owen is not who he says he is.
<b>WHAT I LOVED</b>
I loved the pace of the story. Hannah goes from being a very normal woman to being the wife of a man who is both missing and under a cloud of suspicion in the first couple chapters of the book. Then, a couple chapters later she realizes her husband is definitely not who he says he is. It all moves quickly and none of it was what I was expecting. It seemed like it was going to be a book about one thing, but ended up being about something completely different.
The whole element of Hannah and Bailey having a difficult relationship really adds to the fragility of the situation. Hannah becomes solely responsible for Bailey when they really don't have much of a rapport without Owen to help then navigate. Then, she has to continually be the one to fill Bailey in on upsetting discoveries. It's just a lot.
I love the settings. I'm now obsessed with how a floating community works. Boat life in Sausalito sounds fascinating! I also LOVE it when a book is set in Texas. There are so very few and Texas is a huge state with an enormous, diverse population. I absolutely love it when Texas gets a shout out.
<b>WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE</b>
I couldn't decide if the final resolution would have worked. There were too many variables to make me believe it would have been the best solution. A part of me didn't think it would have been even necessary and another part thought it wasn't enough.
This was fun to read and relevant due to so many scandals. I highly recommend it to my GR friends who love fast paced thrillers.
This was my first book of Ms. Daves but certainly not my last. The twists, turns and ending was soooo good I never knew which way it would go next
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1. The lack of suspense- even though the story has promise, it’s not really exciting. There’s no antagonist chasing Hannah (main character) trying to cover the truth or any meaningful confrontation
2. It didn’t seem believable- it just so happens that the main character (a wood turner) is also a mock detective with killer instincts, ALL of which work out in this book. Not one wrong turn. Recalling and deciphering a memory from months and sometimes years ago. It all happened far too easily to seem plausible, and there was no real chase. Hannah discovers everything within two days (the majority of the book taking place in 3-4 days)😕
3. The flat ‘climax’ in which we find out what happened to Hannah’s husband and his ‘sordid’ history- This was so uncreative and not really all that interesting. When I read this ‘plot twist’ I thought ‘is that it? That’s all??’
It is an easy read and it was intriguing but I kind of finished it going ‘meh’. I would never recommend this to a friend saying ‘oh my gosh this book is so amazing, you should definitely read it’.
Hannah and Owen are newly married and living, on the surface, a perfect life in Sacramento. The only fly the ointment is Owen's 16-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. Bailey is a typical teenager, whose affections Hannah is yet to gain. The girl lost her mother at the age of only 11, so Hannah knows it will take time for her to get used to Owen's new love. Besides, Hannah knows what it's like to live without parents. Her own single mother abandoned her at an early age.
When Hannah receives a cryptic note from Owen, who promptly disappears without a trace, she immediately knows what she needs to do: Protect Bailey, whether the girl wants her to or not.
But first, she needs to find out why Owen has left her alone with Bailey. When the news breaks that the CEO of the company he worked for, a software start-up, has been arrested for fraud, Hannah is even more confused. Why wouldn't her honourable husband stay and face the music to show that he wasn't involved in any criminal activity? Because, surely, he is innocent?
When she is interviewed by the FBI and a mysterious U.S. marshall pays her a visit, Hannah begins to investigate Owen's past to find clues to where he might have fled to. Her investigations lead to Austin, Texas, and to some very dangerous people. Suddenly, it becomes very clear why Owen asked her to keep Bailey safe.
The Last Thing He Told Me keeps you reading in spite of its slow pace. At first, you think the story is straightforward, but twist after twist keeps you guessing and turning the page. A great read, whether you are on the beach or enjoying a book by the fire.