The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. This mystery about the puzzling disappearance of a woman's husband is enhanced by the characters created by Dave, in particular the two female protagonists. Hannah has been happily married for a year to Owen, and although his teenage daughter Bailey is less than enamored with her new stepmom, life is still good. Then Owen vanishes, but not before leaving Hannah a bagful of cash and a note that reads "protect her." She knows the note refers to Bailey but little else makes sense. Then the FBI arrests Owen's boss, and a US marshal arrives on her doorstep unannounced, leading Hannah to realize her husband isn't who he said he was. And it turns out Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen's true identity - and why he really disappeared. So Hannah and Bailey team up to discover the truth about a man neither of them may have really known. Their search uncovers surprises and dangers, which keeps the plot moving, but equal enjoyment comes from the evolving relationship between Hannah and Bailey. As Owen's secrets are revealed, the pair's shared need for each other leads to mutual trust and caring.

In a review for Bookpage, Carole V. Bell said, "Dave pulls off something that feels both new and familiar: a novel of domestic suspense that unnerves, then reassures. This is the antithesis of the way novels like Gone Girl or My Lovely Wife are constructed; in The Last Thing He Told Me, the surface is ugly, the situation disturbing, but almost everyone involved is basically good underneath it all. Dave has given readers what many people crave right now—a thoroughly engrossing yet comforting distraction."