Owen Michaels, a coder for a prominent tech company, vanishes just before his boss is arrested for corruption. He leaves two things behind: A duffle bag full of cash for his 16-year-old daughter, Bailey, and a cryptic note to Hannah, his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. Despite their complicated relationship, Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth and find some surprises along the way.
The author deftly handled Hannah’s dual timelines, which alternate between Hannah’s early days with Owen and her current hunt for him. I loved some parts of the book, but others made me roll my eyes. I wasn’t keen on the quick timeline shifts: two days before, six months before, etc., it was hard to keep the narrative straight. Some scenes were convoluted and awkwardly written, but all-in-all, it was a fast paced read with a touch of danger. Fans clearly loved The Last Thing He Told Me – it won the Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery & Thriller in 2021. 4 stars for plot, 3 stars for writing.
Published: May 2021
Genre: Suspense, thriller
Readalikes: Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown, No One Knows by J. T. Ellison, Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell