The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel

Written by:
Laura Dave
Narrated by:
Rebecca Lowman

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
1772
Narrator
392
Release Date
May 2021
Duration
8 hours 49 minutes
Summary
A 2022 Audie Award Finalist

Don’t miss the #1 New York Times bestselling blockbuster and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick that’s sold 3 million copies strong—now an Apple TV+ limited series starring Jennifer Garner!

The “page-turning, exhilarating” (PopSugar) and “heartfelt thriller” (Real Simple) about a woman who thinks she’s found the love of her life—until he disappears.

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles 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 federal 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. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future—one neither of them could have anticipated.

With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a “page-turning, exhilarating, and unforgettable” (PopSugar) suspense novel.
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Julie T.

too repetitive and not enough happening. Slow and many good leads missed and left hanging. Naration was too too slow. Style of writing very repetitive and preachy.

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Joseph S.

It’s a good enough story and keeps you engaged. The main issue I had was how melodramatic it could be.

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Teri F.

I tried so hard to like this book, too understand the race reviews, but I couldn't do it. It preaches, it is oversimplified, repetitious, and moves at a pace so slow it is infuriatingly frustrating. It has no originality and depends on name dropping of fancy places to create a hollow environment. The narrator uses the same three notes in the same order for every sentence for the entire book. The whole thing was excruciatingly, monotonously boring.

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Anonymous

It was an okay story. Wasn’t as good as the hype but still an ok listen.

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Ari E.

the strained voice of the narrator makes it a little difficult to enjoy. the story was good. full of drama.

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Anonymous

Simple minded. Slow going.

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Rene R.

Great story. This would make a fun movie!

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Anonymous

Characters were annoying and the ending was boring and drawn out

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ANALISA A.

This novel is amazing, I have the book at home but yet have not read it. The narrator does not sound that bad such asa robot voice I mean that would not be the best.

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Jessica H.

The book seemed more like a mystery story than a thriller, but it was enough to keep me engaged and I finished it quickly. It is probably better suited for a teen/young adult. Narration was just okay, the accents of some of the characters seemed to come and go randomly and I found the way she read for male character lines to be a bit annoying. Overall, it was a quick read that kept me engaged, but it did not live up to the hype.

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Gina M.

Great story! Hannah’s wisdom, tenacity, acceptance and self-sacrifice took my breath away. Very Christ-like.

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Cindy Lou

It begins with a lot of promise, then gets somewhat overemotional. I guess I just kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. The author’s voice is a bit too much as well.

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Anonymous

Sucks sucks sucks sucks aweful bad bad bad

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Anonymous

Loved listening to this book, loved the story- has a little bit of everything romance, drama, mystery, and a few surprises.

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Anonymous

An entertaining listen while driving on vacation. The plot was good and the two main characters were believable. I would have liked a little more suspense in the storyline. All in all, though, a good listen!

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Amy F.

Had watched tv limited series before reading. Usually books add things movies cut out. Not the case. Didn't enjoy the narrator. Agree with others -very slow moving.

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Shelby G.

Loved it! Good storyline. Narrator was easy to understand. Good ending too.

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Polly M.

Boring, predictable and slow.

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Natalie M.

The book was OK, the plot was a little bit blah. Not the exciting read as I was hoping for.

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Julie G.

Very catchy plot, I couldn’t stop listening until finished it. And there is a surprising ending. Never expected that, that’s why I like it, as it’s unpredictable

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Slrossman

I liked this book, didn't love it. It was slow and items were left hanging in a weird way. Some of the drama was forced. Interested to see what they do with the movie version.

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Anonymous

Interesting story. A little slow in the middle.

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Talita A.

Loved this book so much. With an unexpected ending. Love the narrator and her voice was so pleasant. You should definitely listen to it!

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Daniel J.

Starts promising but quickly derails, the slight “plot-twist” which is pretty tame and predictable happens half way through the book so then you get pages of filler.

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Lionel H.

Good story. Well done!

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Anonymous

Loved this

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Anonymous

I loved the book. Kept me guessing.

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Dominique P.

I was very excited to listen to this book at first, but than it was slow starting, not very much going on and slowly lost interest.

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Emma S.

Very good! but the ending was not at all what i was expecting

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Anonymous

Fantastic

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Athenasw

Really enjoyed this book; love historical novels and this one exceeded expectations… I read the book and then listened to the audiobook. Beautifully written and narrated.

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EmilyElisabeth W.

Would recommend, good narrator, definitely kept my interest.

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Susan

Loved it! Watched the series on Apple+ after!

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Anonymous

nice book

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Savannah H.

Loved this read. I also had the physical book and ended up finishing it like that, but the audio book was amazing. Loved the narrator and truly felt like I was standing right there watching the whole mystery go down in front of me. The contemporary feel of the book also made it really enjoyable and relatable. Only thing I didn’t love was how slow it was in the beginning. I still loved the book! Just wish some parts weren’t as slow. Overall 4/5

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Ms E.

Lightweight and overrated

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Anonymous

It was ok

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Anonymous

Loved this book, wasn’t sure how it was going but it kept me very interested! The woman was strong, smart, kind and I really enjoyed her!

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Anonymous

good book just very slow and hard to follow.

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Sharon H.

I found this book to be annoying,...

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Anonymous

This was agonizingly boring. I tried it since I loved the last book I read from Reese’s Book Club. I wish I would’ve read more reviews before wasting a credit and so much time waiting for it to get better.

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Denise W.

This is the story about Hannah and 16 year old Bailey trying to find out why Owen, husband and father, disappeared over night. Only things he left were a note to Hannah stating "protect her" and a bag of cash for Bailey. While the two women try to find answers, they get deeper and deeper into Owen's past and into secrets no one could have ever believed a loving father and husband to have. I devoured this book, listening to it in just a couple of days. The narrator has done a superb job, capturing the character's emotions, bringing them to life, while the storyline itself is a spectacular roadmap of twists and turns and unexpected secrets.

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Jenna M.

Loved this one! Even if it’s now how I anticipated it ending, I enjoyed the change!

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Joanna K.

I enjoyed this book. it was really good and kept me engaged. I could have done with out the multiple "he said" "she said" that became repetitive.

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Leah J.

I don’t know why there’s so many good reviews. It kept me interested, but a lot of suspense for nothing really. The ending wasn’t that great.

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Anonymous

Page turner from the start! So good

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GUZ

Excellent Completely enjoyed it

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Zoe M.

Not terrible but very anticlimactic.

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Nancy C.

I was not expecting it to be a detective story where the main character is the detective. I enjoyed her and I enjoyed her stepdaughter. The main character was more together and responsible than I think the majority of us would be in her circumstance. It was very easy to listen to and I found myself constantly looking for time to continue listening to it. I enjoyed the narrator - I thought she did a terrific job.

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Lauren E

A great listen! A bit repetitive sometimes, but most books are. A lot of twist and turns in the plot to keep me engaged. Great narration as well. Worth the credit!

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MellyMW

Loved the book/writing and the narrator’s voice was great too!

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Amy C.

Worth the read but I didn’t find it overly exciting. I enjoyed it though.

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Anonymous

Although I liked the premise of the story very much, I thought the writing wasn't very good at all. The rephrasing and restating of the same sentences became so predictable, so boringly predictable, so predictably boring (!) As if she was getting paid by the word or worse, her audience wasn't capable of grasping what she said the first time.

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Jacklyn V.

A page turner , hard to put a pause on it !! I enjoyed it !

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Vanesa T.

I like this story very much. I like the plot and the characters, maybe is not the deepest story ever made, but it was good company for my walks and to help me practice my English. I really like the narrator.

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Dena Knight

This was a book that kept me interested for the entire story. And the narrator did a fabulous job.

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Lhunny

The narration was great in this book, I enjoyed the storyline just felt it was a bit rushed at the end.

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Carol C.

I thought this book was just suspenseful enough and I appreciated the ending that deviated from the typical expected.

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Anonymous

The plot was well thought-through but I found the repetitiveness of set statements too much - and if I heard the name "Bailey" again, I was going to scream. It was all too "heartfelt" for its content. I wondered how on earth the step-mother could care SO MUCH for what was a shallow, angry young woman. One could understand why she was so unpleasant but not why helping her would be such a heartfelt wish of the narrator. Just not real. I felt that the narrator did what she could with the material - "my wrenching heart was torn asunder" - what else could she do with that but plead?

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Ebonique D.

Really enjoy listening

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Scott S.

Good suspense, good throughout, but great at the end.

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Anonymous

The story line seemed to drag on, and was somewhat unrealistic. I struggled to get through this.

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ASHLEY B.

great storyline. kept me guessing and never got boring.

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Veronica J.

Fantastic story! A must read or listen.

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Anonymous

good book

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Joan E.

This character-driven narrative speaks about the relationship between Hannah and Bailey as well as the relationship between Hannah and Owen. The plot is straightforward; the mystery surrounds Owen’s disappearance and the reason for it. At its heart, this is a story about family, about love, about truth.\r\n\r\nNuanced characters, a suspenseful mystery, and a search for the truth make this a compelling narrative. Forced to make some difficult decisions, Hannah struggles as she seeks answers. But, as the unfolding narrative documents the search for the truth, it’s obvious that whatever Owen is hiding is more than the trouble at The Shop.\r\n\r\nThe short chapters in the telling of the tale keep the underlying tension steadily building while twists and turns ultimately lead to the surprising, selfless denouement. Readers learn early on that Bailey is antagonistic toward Hannah, even after they’ve spent more than a year together as a family. And, although the girl’s attitude begins to change, readers are certain to wonder if Hannah’s decision would also be Bailey’s decision. But Hannah, positive that she knows what Owen tried so hard to provide for his daughter, chooses what she believes he would choose, chooses what she believes is honoring Owen’s request to “protect her,” no matter what the personal cost.\r\n\r\nRebecca Lowman’s reading voice is pleasant. The story flows easily, keeping the listener involved in the telling of the tale. The character voices remain consistent; the pace comfortable and appropriate. The book is well-narrated.\r\n\r\nRecommended.

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Claire M.

Blasted through this book. Hard to put down. A page turner for sure with drama and intrigue. Loved it.

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Shannon D.

It was hard to believe the main character would be so committed to a hateful, rude teenage girl.

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Michelle S.

Loved it! This kept me interested the entire time.

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Pat C.

Great book and very well narrated

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Peggy R.

I liked it allot

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Anonymous

This book was GREAT! I could not put this one down. The characters are easy to fall for. The flow of everything was in the proper order. I can’t wait for the movie. I hope the movies does the book justice.

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Leah N.

Great book with a few true surprises! The narrator was good but used the words “he said” & “she said” far too frequently when it was obvious who had spoken. That, to me, was a bothersome distraction. She was especially good as the book picked up the suspense.

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Anonymous

It kept my attention but was predictable.

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Kristina A.

The story kept me engaged, start to finish in about 3 days.

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Anonymous

Kept my interest from the time I started the book. Loved the story and writing style. The narrator was great.

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Joell M.

Loved this book. Character development was great. Keeps your attention.

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Anonymous

Did not care for the writing style. This book said he said, I say too many times in the book.

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Anonymous

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I listened to it while traveling and it kept my interest. Lots of twists and turns which made the book a great listen.

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JoAnne D.

Enjoy the story, very easy to listen to. Narrator was fantastic!

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Anonymous

Disappointed in the story. Predictable and less than interesting. Narrators voice I found to have a bothersome inflection when speaking for characters

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J R.

Enjoyed the book and the reader.

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Anonymous

Really enjoyed this one!! Highly recommended!!

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Anonymous

Sucked you in from the very beginning!

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Kelli S.

Loved the narrators voice and the story was captivating. Lots of twists, highly recommended

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Pam W.

Great narrator and story....couldn't stop listening and finished it in two days!

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Renae Rountree

Didn’t want to put it down. Great book with good twists and unforeseen ending.

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Anonymous

It was a very Good book

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Trent J.

Excellent .

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Christine T.

Loved the book and the narrator made it come to life. Would definitely recommend it. Anxious to try another Laura Dave book

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Anonymous

Exciting, familiar since I’m from Texas. Enjoyed it.

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Anonymous

fun, difficult to predict ending appreciated the stepparent/stepchild bond, great pace

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Jimmy &.

Captivating storyline!!

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Joy M.

Great mystery. Enjoyed the twist and turns.

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Anonymous

Great read!

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Kim Ellis

I loved it. yes, the story was a little far fetched, but ot was a nice break from reality.

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Courtney C.

So boring.

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Susan Rollenhagen

It was ok. Nothing great. The narrator was not my favorite either.

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Anonymous

Loved the story. Narrators sounded like she has vocal nodels. Took me awhile not to cringe at the audio.

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Candace K

Well written and the perfect combination of mystery and family drama. I will look for more from Laura Dave

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Jennifer H.

The book was an easy listen. The story was good and it did keep me guessing plot twists/changes near the last quarter of the book. The narrator was okay, but not a favorite for sure.

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Anonymous

I enjoyed the book, especially the unpredictability. A fun read.

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Anonymous

I liked this book and found it moved along at a good pace. Not real predictable either which I like.

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Anonymous

Pretty slow paced book. The characters were unlikeable, especially the ungrateful daughter, Bailey. I had a very hard time making myself listen to it. The narrator had a very slow cadence. I needed to to up the speed to 1.25.

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Kimberly Lynn F.

Just a waste of time. There is no way she was going to give up so much for this bratty teenager.

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Eileen S.

Beautiful, a well done audio version. Totally, completely enjoyed. A vanlifer must.

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Anonymous

Great book a must read. You won’t be disappointed.

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Vonda S.

Not really a fan of the ending though the storyline was entertaining. Narrator was good.

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Nancy K.

An entertaining listen, but too slow for me. Not a thriller as I thought it might be and not enough storyline. Although there was some suspense, it wasn't scary or thrilling. The end was anticlimactic. Narration was good.

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Sabrina J.

I wanted to love this book. It kept me guessing until the end, which sadly was anticlimactic.

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Nicole C.

Not suspenseful as I expected. The narrator was good, though.

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Anonymous

Not one thing I liked about this book! It was a complete waste of time and money. To touch on so many sensitive topics and glaze over them like it’s no biggie. Pedophilia, alcoholism, abuse, assault, child death, depression just to name a few. Not one bit of love in this book, sad it got published.

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Anonymous

Very good read - kept my interest until the very end !!!

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Karen L.

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I only wish it had been longer! And, for the reviewer who complained about “offensive” language—there is none in this book.

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Jeanette F.

Enjoyed the story and the way it surprised me

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Teylor M.

Had me hooked and on the edge of my seat from start to finish, 10/10 recommend!

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Candice S.

Really enjoyed this story, had it completed same day I started it.

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Karen H.

This was an excellent book. I could not stop listening to it! Incredible twists and turns. Strong characters that have you hanging on to every twist and turn! Loved it!

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Lucia B.

Great book, keeps you engaged the whole time.

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Jill M.

I would have liked the storyline if the language wasn’t so offensive

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Nancy A.

Loved it, and the narrator is the same of FANGIRL

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