Laura Dave, in conversation with Lauren Levy Neustadter, discusses The Last Thing He Told Me

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. (Simon & Schuster)


Laura Dave is the national and international bestselling author of several critically acclaimed novels including Eight Hundred Grapes and The First Husband. Her work has been published in eighteen countries and five of her novels, including The Last Thing She Told Me, have been optioned for film and television. She resides in Santa Monica, California.

Lauren Levy Neustadter is President of Film and Television at Hello Sunshine. Since joining the company in 2017 as Head of Film and Television, she has executive produced numerous television projects for Hello Sunshine including the Emmy award-winning series The Morning Show (Apple) and the NAACP award-winning series Truth Be Told (Apple), both of which are currently in production on their second seasons, as well as the five-time Emmy nominated limited series Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu). She also served as a Supervising Producer on Season 2 of HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning series Big Little Lies. Her work largely contributed to the impressive 18 Emmy nominations Hello Sunshine garnered in 2020 for the company’s produced series.

Neustadter is executive producing upcoming Hello Sunshine projects including the limited series adaptations of The New York Times Bestsellers and Reese’s Book Club picks From Scratch, starring Zoe Saldana (Netflix), and Daisy Jones and the Six, starring Riley Keough and Sam Claflin (Amazon) as well as the limited series adaptation of the upcoming novel The Last Thing He Told Me, starring Oscar winner Julia Roberts (Apple TV+) and My Kind of Country, Apple TV+’s first music competition series. On the film side, Neustadter is also producing the highly anticipated film adaptation of one of Reese’s Book Club’s most beloved selections, the chart-topping New York Times Bestselling novel WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING (3000 Pictures/Sony), starring Daisy Edgar Jones, as well as Aline Brosh McKenna’s feature directorial debut, YOUR PLACE OR MINE (Netflix).

Before joining the team at Hello Sunshine, Neustadter spent over a decade working in film as an executive at Miramax, then at Twentieth Century Fox (with a producing stint in-between). In 2011, she left the feature world to become an executive at FOX network, where she oversaw shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project, Lethal Weapon, and 24, among others.



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ISBN: 9781501171345
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 4th, 2021