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The Last Thing He Told Me – Laura Dave

Title: The Last Thing He Told Me

Author: Laura Dave

Genre: Mystery

Plot: Hannah has just received a note from a friend of her step-daughter. All it says is ‘Protect Her.’ She knows it means Bailey, her step-daughter, and that it’s from her husband, Owen. But why? Bailey comes home, clearly upset. Hannah tries to ask why, but Bailey’s not one for answers, never has been. Hannah turns on the news and is shocked. Owen’s company, The Shop, is under fire for fraud. The CEO has been arrested. Now they’re looking for Owen, as he’s the chief coder for the company. But Owen’s vanished. No one has heard from him, neither Hannah or Bailey. Then a US Marshall shows up, and the next day, the FBI. Hannah’s not sure who to trust. Everyone asks her to lie low. Instead, Hannah decides to do her own investigating. Everything starts pointing to Austin, Texas. Hannah starts asking Bailey if she remembers anything about the city. Bailey has a few faint memories. It’s not much it’s a start. They take a plane there and do some more digging. Once in Austin, Hannah starts learning about Owen’s past. What secrets was he hiding? Is Owen alright? Can Hannah find him? Or will someone else find him first?

Rating: 4.3 – a different kind of mystery

Opinion: This was a different style of mystery. Instead of following around a detective, it follows around an average person, and a woman to boot. There are more and more woman detectives now, but it’s still not the norm. It was nice to see an average person doing the digging, too. Hannah also puts her foot down and stands her ground against others. She stands by her decisions and her step-daughter’s, even though they don’t always get along. She stands by her decision to protect Bailey, even if it means going against an order from a US Marshall. It’s a nice change to see. The ending wasn’t your typical happy ending, either. I was kind of sad about that, but I understood why the ending had to be like that. Overall, this was a great book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. It was a good mystery and it kept me guessing. I highly recommend this book for those who love mysteries and love a different style of mystery.

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