The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Thank you to Viper Books for an advance copy of this book. All views my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What if the person you love disappears one day, leaving you behind with only a note? A note in which he doesn’t even justify his actions, but instead leaves you with only two words.

Protect her.

From the very first page, The Last Thing He Told Me jumps out of the page. The voice that Laura Dave has channeled and managed to imprint in the pages of this book is clear and strong although filled with sorrow, frustration and an adventure guided by the need to understand who the person that you thought you knew, was.

Told from the point of view of the protagonist of this story, Hannah, the story begins as harmless as the title is. We learn fairly on in the story that Hannah has been raised by her Grandfather and has left New York for the comfort of Sausalito, California where she lives with her husband, Owen and her step daughter, Bailey.

With a voice that gets tattooed into your mind, The Last Thing He Told Me is the most un-put-down-able book you will read this Spring.

Hannah embarks on a journey of discovery that takes her to Austin Texas after her husband Owen is caught in a scandal of fraud at his workplace called The Shop. Nevermind getting through such news, but having to learn the news from a strange girl that shows up at her door leaving Hannah with a note from her husband, is such a heart wrenching moment that I couldn’t even imagine what she goes through.

The message from her husband doesn’t offer Hannah any explication. Just a simple instruction. Protect her. So Hannah embarks on this unknown journey as best as she can. In a whirlwind of events, Hannah finds herself being visited by Grady, a US Marshal from Austin, Texas that tells her that the best thing she can do is lay low and get a lawyer. Shortly after the US Marshal pays her the visit, FBI visit her at her office.

Feeling unable to answer the questions that Hannah feels everyone wants her to answer (Where is your husband?) and left with only her memories with Owen to pick at to find clues, Hannah takes Bailey and make a trip to Austin, Texas in the hopes that the city will give them some answers. Once there, Hannah learns something about her husband that she never thought she was going to have to deal with: her husband, Owen Michaels, doesn’t exist and has never existed since the moment he arrived in Sausalitos.

Why would he lie to her? Why did Owen disappear without a trace and no explanation? And who is Owen actually?

Filled with an intricate plot line and a strong voice, The Last Thing He Told Me is one of my favorite reads in a while. Refreshingly unique but also filled with moments that made me second guess what I was reading, this book is excellent for anyone who is looking for a book that will not allow you to rest until you finished it.

The Last Thing He Told Me is out now everywhere where good books are sold. I think that Viper has done a brilliant job this year to bring to the forefront interesting and unique stories having had published in the span of a few months two of my new instant favourite books (I’m talking of course about The Last House On Needless Street being the other one).

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