Thursday, May 13, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings


It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.


The Last Thing He Told Me

Beginning: Prologue

Owen used to like to tease me about how I lost everything, about how, in my own way, I have raised losing things to an art form.


Part I

If You Answer the Door for Strangers . . .

You see it all the time on television. There's a knock at the front door. And, on the other side, someone is waiting to tell you the news that changes everything.


Page 56:  I need to make a stop first though at Owen's friend's house. It's a stop that I'm not particularly eager to make, but if anyone will have insight into what Owen is thinking, into what I might be missing, it's Carl.


My thoughts:  There's buzz everywhere about this novel, which will probably be my next read. Hopefully, it lives up to all the hype. One thing I know for sure, I'll enjoy visiting the story's setting, Sausalto, which is one of my all-time favorite California locations.


From GoodReads:  We all have stories we never tell. Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle 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 FBI 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, together. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they are also building a new future. One neither Hannah nor Bailey could have anticipated.


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  1. I saw this one on Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine book club too and it does seem to be really good! I hope you enjoy it so that you can tell us all about it.

    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your book!

    Elza Reads

  2. I have indeed heard about this book everywhere as well and your quotes definitely intrigue me! I'm always hesitant about reading books while the hype is ongoing as it tends to raise my expectations through the rood. I hope you enjoy this one though and then I'll read it in a year or so xD I hope you have a lovely weekend and do drop by my Friday post if you have the time! - Juli @ A Universe in Words

  3. I'm intrigued for more! Happy weekend!

  4. This does sound like a great story. I'll have to add it to my TBR even though I don't tend to read a book "everyone is reading." This week I am spotlighting Amaryllis by Jayne Castle which is a "paranormal romantic suspense." Happy reading!

  5. I hope this will be a great read for you, Catherine. I really like that opening and the other excerpts you shared. I can't help but wonder what Owen was hiding. I hope you have a great weekend!

  6. This sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is my next read! It's sitting on my desk, waiting for me to finish my current read. I'm super excited! Love that beginning!