Reese’s May 2021 Book Club Pick is The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

by Heather Caliendo
Reese's May 2021 Pick
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Reese’s May 2021 book club pick is in!

I’m always keeping an eye out on upcoming releases to decide which ones to cover for Book Club Chat and already looking at fall releases! And every time, I wonder which books Reese will select for her book club.

Reese’s May 2021 Book Club Pick

Sometimes I’m way off (such as March) and other times, I’m spot on—like this month! I just had a feeling she would select The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. The book is already being prepared for a TV series with Julia Roberts in the lead role and Reese serving as executive producer. Here’s the synopsis:

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 riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.

Initial Thoughts

I selected The Last Thing He Told Me as a May 2021 book club pick and I mentioned how I really enjoy Laura Dave’s novels. She typically writes more contemporary/women’s fiction type stories but this novel sounds more like a mystery. So I’m very curious how she tackles this different genre! But I still think there will be plenty of character development and introspection.

Reese is really liking the mysteries lately—from Northern Spy to The Sanatorium. Why do you think she keeps picking mysteries?

I have an advanced reader’s copy (ARC) of the novel and will start reading it tonight! Stay tuned for a review and book club questions.

You can order the book on Amazon here.

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