“The Last Thing He Told Me” trailer begins with a perfectly normal marriage interaction where Hannah and Owen ask each other, “What defines you?” We also hear the line, “Your husband is not who he thinks he is,” which could probably define a whole sub-genre of thrillers, the kind of movies parodied last year in Netflix’s “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window.”
You can read an excerpt of Laura Dave’s novel on the Simon & Schuster website, which also contains a lengthier synopsis with more details about the book plot. The trailer hits some of the same beats, with Hannah unfolding a parting note from Owen that reads, “Protect her.” Here’s the full book 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 U.S. 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.
“The Last Thing He Told Me” premieres on Apple TV+ on Friday, April 14, 2023.