The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave is a Suspense/Mystery novel released in May 2021. Narrated by Rebecca Lowman for audio; and a Reese’s Book Club choice – it’s worth a read!
When it comes to book clubs, Reese is the new Oprah, and she put her stamp on this book. It checks Reese’s boxes: a large part of the story takes place in the south, a man leaves a woman to handle his mess, and there is a mystery to solve. Don’t leave Oprah for Reese, however. Read all the books. In fact, join Roxane Gay’s book club over at Literati while you’re at it.
The book description from the publisher
We all have stories we never tell.
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
Worth Reading on a Breezy Afternoon?
YES. This is the perfect type of book to read when you want to relax and not take life too seriously. The imagery and description of Austin and Sixth Street ring true (my bachelorette party was held on 6th Street in Austin and it was EPIC) and there is enough danger and suspense to keep you turning the pages.
This book did not strike me as impossible to put down – making it a good read for me because lately I just haven’t had the time to stay up all night with a book. What I’m saying is, check this book out from the library if you see it or download it on your kindle for a light read that you can get lost in without thinking too much.
If you enjoy this book, I recommend reading The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins or You are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.
Audiobook Performance Review
I downloaded this book and listened to it throughout the week while I exercised, did housework and played video games on my phone at night. The narrator is named Rebecca Lowman. I recognized her voice from past audiobooks. She has 130 titles available in Audible right now so she’s very good at her craft. There are some narrators I look for when I can’t decide to read. If I’m on the fence about listening to a book, the right narrator can convince me. Rebecca Lowman is one of those narrators.
Lowman does an excellent job of establishing unique voices for each character so you can lose yourself in the audiobook. It is not easy to convincingly speak as several different characters of the opposite sex. There are at least four male voices in this book that are featured throughout and they’re all different enough in her performance to where they’re distinct and you can tell who is speaking before the author identifies the speaker.
When a publisher gets behind a book like this, “Booktubers” usually get some good interviews out of it. Here are the promotional appearances Laura Dave put together, in case you’d like to know more about this book before you decide to read it.