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The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel af Laura…

The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel (original 2021; udgave 2021)

af Laura Dave (Forfatter)

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Titel:The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel
Forfattere:Laura Dave (Forfatter)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2021), Edition: Book Club, 320 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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The Last Thing He Told Me af Laura Dave (2021)

Nyligt tilføjet afPaperbackPirate, ruthiekro, Leah422, FSPL2020, privat bibliotek, Rennie90, jeanonam, tmrps, skyrad43

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Missing persons, mystery, audiobook, stepdaughter ( )
  midwestms | Nov 23, 2021 |
Not gripping enough to qualify as a thriller or suspense novel but a serviceable story about a woman whose husband does a runner when the software company he works for is found guilty of fraud, telling her only to "protect" his taciturn teenage daughter. The plot avoids unbelievable twists but still manages to take unexpected, clever turns. ( )
  bookappeal | Nov 15, 2021 |
Let’s Move Real Slow

This novel by Laura Dave is of two minds. It wants to be a suspense novel about a woman uncovering the reasons for her husband’s sudden disappearance. It also wants to be a novel about a stepmom trying to build a relationship with her stepdaughter that until the disappearance hasn’t been successful, the disappearance being the catalyst that finally brings the two together. Dave makes a valiant effort to merge these two things together into one novel that will hold a reader’s interest for 300 pages. Unfortunately, the effort doesn’t work very well, because the novel moves real slow, and because the mystery of Owen’s vanishing just isn’t very riveting. Add to that endless repetition and an unsatisfying ending, and it adds up to something like: read it only if you are desperate to something to do.

Hannah married Owen at the end of a whirlwind romance. She accepted the fact that he had lost his first wife in an accident and she would be a stepmom to teenage Bailey. That doesn’t go well, though Hannah does her best, and Owen encourages and supports her. Then one day, poof, Owen vanishes, leaving her with a bag of money and one direction: Protect her. Protect her serves two purposes in the novel, to intrigue the reader as to why Bailey needs protection, and as a device allowing stepmom and stepdaughter to bond over the issue of trust. So, as Hannah launches a dogged campaign to figure out what happened to Owen, she constantly works at winning Bailey’s trust, and respect, and maybe, eventually, love.

Owen, whom readers get to know in flashbacks, works as a coder and important cog at a software company developing a privacy program. His boss, Avett and his wife live high and fast. He’s one of those people for whom the rules don’t seem to apply, until he tries bringing his company public promoting a revolutionary program that has yet to work. The government doesn’t take too kindly to this, the whole fraud thing, you know. But, nobody really believes that Owen was materially part of the fraud, so why did he disappear? Unless, maybe, he didn’t want to be found by somebodies from his past. And it’s this that Hannah, with Bailey by her side, has to work out.

If that, along with the relationship building plot, sounds interesting to you, then you might enjoy the novel. Otherwise, for suspense, you probably want to look elsewhere. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel. Laura Dave, author; Rebecca Lowman, narrator
This book is a page turner. Hannah and Owen were recently married. He is a widower with a teen-aged daughter, Bailey, who has recently turned 16. She is a bit of a rebel with purple streaked hair. She is not enamored with her stepmother, but Hannah is determined to win her over. Hannah is a wood turner. She designs furniture. Owen works for a company that is designing software meant to protect one’s privacy. Recently the company went public. Someone informed the authorities that the IPO was not conducted properly. The company was raided and the CEO was arrested.
On the day of the raid, Hannah receives a cryptic notes from Owen. He asks Hannah to protect Bailey. Bailey discovers a note from her father in a duffle bag in her locker. The bag is filled with rolls of money. Why did her father leave her a bag of money? When Owen does not come home that night or the next, Hannah and Bailey are besides themselves. Owen has disappeared without any explanation. What has he done? Why hasn’t he come home? Did he know about the problems at The Shop? Was he guilty? Where could he be?
Together, Hannah and Bailey try to find Owen. They think of possible clues to his whereabouts which lead them to Austin, Texas. Bailey had been there with him, as a child, and as her memories come back, Owen’s secret life is revealed. Does Hannah really know him? Does Bailey? Did he lie about his past? Why has he kept so much from Hannah? Is he safe? The larger question is really not where he is, but who he is. What is Owen’s real identity?
The authorities suspect Hannah of knowing about what Owen has done, since they believe that the wife always knows, and yet, she discovers that she is not only ignorant of his possible crimes, she is also completely unaware of his past life. It all seems to have been made up out of whole cloth. Somehow, he has erased it, and as she and Bailey uncover it, they find themselves in great danger. There are people after Owen, people who are not connected with the crimes Owen is suspected of committing at The Shop. They might even be after Bailey. These people are powerful, and Bailey and Hannah need protection. Can Hannah protect Bailey from whatever Owen is afraid of, from those who are after him? The twists and turns lead the reader in several different directions. In the end, did Hannah make the correct choice to protect Bailey? Only time would tell. Would they ever see Owen again? They thought it was highly unlikely. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Oct 18, 2021 |
3+ I was afraid to start my second book by this author in less than a week. Luckily, this one had a more likeable main character and a much better mystery. Read my full review here. ( )
  joyblue | Oct 16, 2021 |
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