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May 26, 2021

Laura Dave joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about her first domestic suspense novel, The Last Thing He Told Me, which was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, and is a Reese Witherspoon Book Pick and a Bookreporter Bets On selection. The idea for this book is one that Laura had for a while; she started writing notes for it back in 2012, even as she was writing other books. This includes Eight Hundred Grapes, which Carol jokes that she thinks of whenever she opens a bottle of wine.

In The Last Thing He Told Me, Hannah Hall learns that her husband of one year has disappeared. Before he goes missing, he's able to get a note to her that reads, "Protect her." Hannah knows that he wants her to protect his daughter Bailey, her stepdaughter who wants nothing to do with her. As Hannah attempts to find Owen, she realizes that her husband isn't who he said he is. Hannah and Bailey must team up and go on the road to uncover what he was really up to, learning about each other along the way.

In addition to discussing her inspiration for the book, Laura talks about the screenplay that she and her husband are writing to adapt. This is an adaptation of Hello Sunshine for Apple TV, which will star Julia Roberts. And they also talk about their mutual love of cooking!

Book discussed in this episode:

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

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