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  • The Last Thing He Told Me

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Laura Dave
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,452 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2021 Laura Dave. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

What the critics say

"Rebecca Lowman's methodical performance will hook listeners until the very end of this contemporary mystery. Hannah wakes up one day to find her husband of one year, Owen, has vanished, leaving her a puzzling note: 'Protect her.' Hannah assumes that 'her' refers to Owen's teenage daughter, Bailey, who has despised Hannah from day one. While this is a typical story of two individuals who are at odds being forced to work together, Lowman's portrayals of the characters and the mystery surrounding Owen's secret life will intrigue listeners." (AudioFile Magazine)

What listeners say about The Last Thing He Told Me

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Not my thing

The main character was completely un-relatable. She is the step mum of a stroppy teen but never thinks a bad thought, or feels irritation or impatience, is totally zen regardless of the circumstances. Her sanctimonious character combined with the narrator’s equally sanctimonious tone (also zen perfection) made me want to throw my iPhone across the room. Hollow characters and the story wasn’t exactly a suspenseful page turner. I didn’t care about the characters and the story didn’t grab me.

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Waited for it to become interesting but it never did

I would pass on this book. I can’t believe it’s a best seller. I’m suppose to write three more words and I can’t think of anything further to say.

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HOOKED

I was instantly hooked from the first ten minutes!!! Absolutely amazing book, could not put it down!

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A nice easy listen

This is the first book I have read written by Laura Dave. I enjoyed it. It was a nice reprieve from the psychological thrillers I usually read which always has someone dark and sinister. The story kept me engaged and I liked the narrator. I would recommend this if you enjoy a mystery that keeps you guessing a bit along the way.

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Not as good as I hoped.

Maybe this book is better when reading yourself, but I ended up just barely making it through without quitting. Just as things things are starting to come together, it feels like it grinds to a halt and becomes painfully slow moving. I would say skip this one.

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Didn't like narration

Struggled through beginning, but it got better halfway through. It was ok... It's not what I expected.

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NOPE... Snoozer

I read the reviews on this book and decided last second to give it a whirl! Has to be a good book to keep me from drifting off ... ALL I DID WAS DRIFT OFF!!! Some books take a bit to get into, so I patiently waited.... TURNS OUT, I drifted through the last chapter too. Not sure I know what happened. Snooze fest.

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just ok

THis book began as mildly engaging. I could relate to the main character, Hanna , as an artisan living in NY who moved to the houseboat enclave in Salsalito which I have visited. The intrigue about Owen's motive for disappearing was enough to keep me interested but the story finale was ho-hum. THis is an ode to motherhood and grand fatherhood wrapped in a recycled mystery plot.
Another story that doesnt know what it wants to be. I had trouble with the narrator's male voices and I hope I dont hear the name 'Bailey' for a very long time. (sorry:()

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Let down

I’m not usually one to write a bad review, but this book was seriously lacking and I was definitely let down by the story. Wouldn’t really recommend it!

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great

It's been a long time since I have enjoyed a book this much
Great ending

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  • 2021-05-05

Confused

I don't underetand all the high ratings for this one. The narrator did an excellent job, but the story was preposterous. There were too many plot holes, unexplained threads, and convenient revelations that seemed forced on the listener rather than developing organically.

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  • 2021-05-14

The worst book I have ever heard

I have read and listened to some pretty terrible books. This was by far the worst book I’ve ever listened to in my logs. Legitimately so bad. The plot holes, the terrible characters, the fact that the whole story and the ending did not make a bit of sense? Why are there so many good reviews? Did everyone listen to a different book?? I cannot wrap my mind around how bad this book is.

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  • Max
  • 2021-05-13

It was going so good....

First 1/3 of the novel = “This is so good, I’m glad I tried it!” Second 1/3 of the novel = “Ok, this sounds like the author had to create an abrupt plot twist because she realized her deadline was looking, but I’d still recommend the book.” Last 1/3 of the novel = “This is utterly ridiculous and annoying and honestly, don’t waste the credit.”

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  • Felicity
  • 2021-05-11

Grating writing style

First Laura Dave novel I’ve read/listened to. Don’t like the writing style that seems to be popular and “critically-acclaimed” for this genre. Saying everything in multiple different ways to prolong the story - for example, “then I did it. I did the one thing I knew I had to do all along. The one thing that ....” making the reader wait through a few more sentences or paragraphs until making the point. It’s almost as if the author has to reach a certain word count or something. I find Marisa De Los Santos’ novels are like that too. May be fine as a quick actual book read, but listening to this writing style got grating.

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  • Tawny
  • 2021-05-09

She Wasn’t Wrong...

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“She wasn’t wrong” is certainly the favorite line for the first 2 chapters. Sister loves using using repetition. “She called me a hypocrite. She called me a hypocrite, and she wasn’t wrong.” “A chair, a deep leather chair.” “I am alone. So very alone.” “I put my drink down. Very gently, I put my drink down.” So much repetition throughout. So much repetition. So so much.

I am honestly surprised the reviews aren’t more mixed. It’s not that I didn’t like it. This book is pretty good, interesting, unique, mildly entertaining, but I’ve heard better. I really enjoyed the last few chapters, but I’m not sure if that makes it worth it for me.

I’m thinking Lowman tells a mean bedtime story, because I liked this most right before bed. She just makes me feel so relaxed and sleepy, which isn’t what I’m going for while doing chores and listening to entertainment. I would suggest speeding up to 1.1. The book probably would have been about 2 hours shorter if it weren’t for the looooong sleepy passion-free narration and all the repetition.

I’m also confused about why books like this keep showing up in the psychological thriller section. My reviews would probably be better if the expectations were appropriate.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-07

good story, great narration, poor writing

Really enjoyed this narrator, and the book is easy to get through. It's a good thing it's fast paced and plot driven, because the writing isn't great. Most overused phrase - "that stopped me". It became comedic to hear it again and again. Overall, entertaining but nothing particularly special.

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  • L. Haddock
  • 2021-05-06

Well performed!

The story itself was very similar to a John Grisham novel. It’s very simply written. With that said I couldn’t stop listening. It definitely held my attention and kept moving.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-08

A gripping novel

I enjoyed listening to it. The story is filled with unexpected turns that make you want to keep listening.

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  • Dianne Connors
  • 2021-05-08

A MUST READ

I just Couldn’t stop listening ~ it’s an amazing story ... I didn’t want it to end ~

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  • Kerrie Johnson
  • 2021-05-08

I finished it in two days.

I enjoyed the book. it has some twists and turns that I was expecting and some that I wasn't.

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