I had a strong feeling that this was going to be that book. You know the one. Right from the start, the narrator has a rhythm that pulls you in, the words flow so smoothly that you almost forget you’re reading. It’s like someone is reading to you. While you’re not sure if the storyteller is reliable or where the story is going, that’s all part of the intrigue. On the surface, things seem sweet. But there is an air of mystery. Now you’re hooked.
Hannah is in love. With Owen. She picked up her life and moved across the country from Manhattan to Sausalito to be with him, where he is settled in with his now teenage daughter, Bailey, who is not looking to replace her deceased mother. Cue the snarky comments and eye rolls that only a 16-year-old can deliver with aplomb to the awaiting stepmother. But Hannah is not rattled. She is patient, having lost her own mother, albeit in a different way.
Dependable Owen doesn’t come home from his job as an engineer at a software startup. Instead, he sends a young girl to his house to hand deliver a cryptic two-word message to his wife. Baffled, frightened and unsure of what to do, Hannah is determined to find out where her husband is, after word is out that the company is being charged with securities fraud, which leads her to take matters into her own hands on the streets of Austin.
I especially liked this thriller for its well-paced plot, well-developed not too far-fetched with just the right amount of intrigue characters, each of whom is faced with a decision about which treacherous path to take. THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME is an engrossing tale of suspense and family drama with female characters who are doing it for themselves.