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Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times Best Seller

Selection of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club

A Highly Anticipated, Best Book of Summer Selected by * Vogue * USA Today * Entertainment Weekly * CNN * Town & Country * Parade * Bustle * and more!

A “gripping” (Entertainment Weekly) mystery about a woman who thinks she’s found the love of her life - until he disappears.

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 16-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 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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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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HOOKED

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

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Don’t waste your credits

**spoiler alert***This book reminded me what a bad habit it is not to give up on books. The story is so implausible and full of glaring errors and impossibilities that it’s hard to stomach. Bailey, the teenager, is beyond harsh in the authors efforts to make her a typical teenager but it feels forced. Starting with parents and kids at a two year olds birthday on a weekday during school hours (that would never happen!) and ending with a bizarre conversation where a wood turner negotiators with a mobster against the advice of law enforcement this book is capital T terrible.

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Perfect

I loved it, the story is really addictive. I liked the writing’s style. (Sorry for my english)

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Amazing

Such an amazing book, was drawn in from start to finish! This is a Must read.

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I am on the fence!

I liked it, I didn't love it. I felt a little but bored I think, but it all came together.

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Boring

I stuck it out hoping it would surprise me. Its supposed to be good given its part of Reeses club. Oh well. i would return if I didn't finish it.

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Loved it from beginning to end

I loved the book. It was entertaining from start to finish. A terrifically entertaining read! Can’t wait for the movie version (I’m hopeful).

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SO GOOD

I really like the story so far. Even just starting so much happened. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

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  • Wendi
  • 2021-05-12

Not the Greatest Choice, Ms Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon has the Oprah Book Club power of old. Whenever she mentions a pick for her Book Club, the world awaits and then reads it due to her recommendation.

This is a fairly big responsibility. I mean, if everyone was looking to me for a choice, I'd want to make it good. In fact, I'd want to make it great because I'd want the world to know that I know how to choose quality books. I don't think Reese worries about the latter much. In fact, I don't even think Reese reads the books she recommends. They must come for some marketing campaign by publishers and corporations with monetary incentives. Otherwise, why would she choose books like 'The Last Thing He Told Me' by Laura Dave, or 'Untamed' by Glennon Doyle? (Yikes)

Ms Witherspoon, I do hope you or someone who works for you reads this review. First, before you choose a book; please listen to a chapter of the audible version. Had you read this particular selection and then listened to even one chapter, you would have discovered that this narrator sounds like the last thing she wants to be doing is.. well.. narrating. She sounds bored, lifeless and completely unamused.

The second and final thing you should do is read the book itself if you haven't already. The Last Thing He Told Me is so far-fetched, it's offensive. The ending is tied up in a far-fetched bow. It goes from a shaky second marriage with a bratty teen to a world of espionage, witness protection, and international crime. It's silly and over dramatic.

That being said, the book does have it's merits. It's so far fetched that it's original and it did make me want to listen to the end, despite the narrator. Wait for this one when it's on sale or when it's a daily deal, folks. And Ms Witherspoon... I have my eye on you, girl.

-Wendi

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  • SB
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tawny
  • 2021-05-09

She Wasn’t Wrong...

No spoilers:
“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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