DRUNK REVIEW: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Melinda’s drunkreview od The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

What I drank prior: Date niiiiight! Two gin martinis, one 6 wine flight, one Leinenkuegel, and two beers post.

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle 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 FBI 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, together. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they are also building a new future. One neither Hannah nor Bailey could have anticipated

My Summary: When Hannah is left a cryptic note from her hisaband, she knows exactly what it means. “Protect her.” Protect her stubborn stepdaughter, Bailey. But also, she knows her beloved husband wouldn’t leave them without due cause. And Hannah is going to figure out why, even if her husband isn’t the man she thought she knew.

Spoiler-free Thoughts: This read had a lot of hype around it and I’m pleased to report it is warranted. Y’all know how much I love a quick, enjoyable read that doesn’t have too many plot holes and this delivered.

Characters: First we have Hannah, who I feel put a little too much faith in her husband but she did to have a good head on her shoulders. And she absolutely deserves a shot out for her patience when it came to her stepdaughter. Bailey… seems like she has a lot of growing up to do. But she’s is like a teen so imma get all the way off her back.I don’t think I personally got enough of Owen to rate him throughly but he must be pretty ok if my girls love him so much. I may not have gotten it all the time, but I loved Hannah’s loyalty. She’s fucking great.

Plot: The book starts off with the disappearance of Owen and getting us familiar with Hannah and his relationship in the past. Both of those help build suspicious around the sudden disappearance especially in the wake of his CEO going dark. I also enjoyed the time spent in Austin, in part because I was familiar with the area but that felt a little rushed on how they got there.

Writing Style: IF I remember correctly (and I may not) it was basically a half-and-half present and in the past, all from Hannah’s perspective.

Drink Pairing: ooooh a dark and stormy seems right.

Rating: 5/5 shots

xxxo Minda

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