The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

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Hannah receives a cryptic note from her husband Owen just before he disappears, urging her to “protect her.” She soon learns that “her” refers to Owen’s estranged daughter, Bailey. As Hannah struggles to uncover Owen’s true identity, she and Bailey embark on a journey to unravel his past, leading them to discover surprising secrets that will change their futures forever.

Book review of The Last Thing He Told Me

The Last Thing He Told Me is a book that left me with mixed feelings. On one hand, I found it to be a heart-pounding, heart-wrenching, and heartbreaking story that I couldn’t put down. On the other hand, I found it lacking in finesse and depth.

The story centers around Hannah, a wood turner who marries Owen, a widower with a teenage daughter named Bailey. Everything seems perfect until a Girl Scout shows up at the door with a note from Owen that says “Protect Her”. From there, the roller coaster ride begins.

While I was eager to find out the ending and the book did hold my interest, I was underwhelmed by the basic level of writing. I didn’t feel any connection to Hannah, Bailey, or Owen. In fact, I hardly knew Hannah despite her being the main character.

The lack of character development is not the inly weak point of the book. The lack of suspense was a bit disappointing. There was no real antagonist chasing Hannah, and everything seemed to come too easily for her. Additionally, another big issue I had with the book was the lack of believability. It seemed far-fetched that the main character, who is a wood turner, also has mock detective skills that work out flawlessly in the story. The flat climax left me feeling underwhelmed and unfulfilled.

Despite its flaws, The Last Thing He Told Me was a fast-paced read that kept me engaged. The middle 30% was particularly good for a beach read. However, the last quarter of the book was more contemplative and left me wanting to think more about that section.

Final verdict

Overall, The Last Thing He Told Me wasn’t terrible, although it lacked finesse and the potential for so much more. Despite its flaws, I would recommend it as a fast-paced read that will keep you engaged, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s an amazing book that you absolutely must read.

Our Score


  • The Last Thing He Told Me is a fast-paced and gripping read that will keep you engaged until the end.
  • The author does a great job of building tension and creating a sense of mystery throughout the novel.
  • The relationship between Hannah and Bailey is complex and well-developed, making for a compelling dynamic between the two characters.


  • The lack of suspense and meaningful confrontation may leave some readers feeling underwhelmed.
  • The story’s premise, while promising, is not entirely believable, and some readers may find the plot twists to be contrived.
  • The characters, while interesting, could have been more fully developed, particularly the protagonist, Hannah.
The Last Thing He Told MePublisher ‏ : ‎ Marysue Rucci Books (March 21, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1501171356
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1501171352
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.4 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.84 x 8.38 inches

About Article Author

Marcus Wright

Marcus Wright is an avowed serializer and bibliophile. His perfect weekend plan is a series marathon followed by reading a good book. Optimistic by nature, he is always able to see the bright side of things.
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