Hannah makes handmade wood furniture. Owen is a coder for a tech firm named The Shop. The recently wed couple live on a floating home in Sausalito. After a tough childhood, Hannah is deeply in love. Her only big challenge is developing a close relationship with Owen’s teenage daughter Bailey, who has yet to warm up to her new stepmother. Their lives turn upside down when a note from Owen is delivered to her door. “Protect her” is all it says. Owen is gone. His company is under investigation for fraud. The CEO of his company has been arrested. When both a U.S. Marshall and then the FBI show up at her home, Hannah shockingly learns that Owen is not who he says he is. But they won't tell her anything more. She decides that to truly protect Bailey, she needs to uncover the secrets that have been kept from her.
The Last Thing He Told Me is an intriguing story told in the past and present. While this is a mystery and has some suspense, the core of the story is the evolving bond that starts to form between Hannah and Bailey. The premise is very strong and the book was heading towards a 5-star rating before the mystery started to be solved. I enjoyed the book but it ended up falling just a little short. I'm still glad I read it and I will certainly watch the Apple TV+ adaptation which is in the works, to star Julia Roberts as Hannah.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Domestic Suspense.
Publication Date: May 4, 2021.
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