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40 The Last Thing He Told Me Book Club Questions for Discussion

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These The Last Thing He Told Me book club questions will help you better discuss the #1 bestselling Reese’s Book Club pick that defies genres and has captivated readers worldwide.

In The Last Thing He Told Me, Hannah is a new wife to a man named Owen, who disappears one day, leaving behind the simple note, “Protect her,” in reference to his teenage daughter, Bailey. As Hannah panics, the situation worsens when Owen’s boss is arrested and the FBI comes looking for him.

Hannah finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about her husband, and she embarks on a quest to uncover his truths and figure out a path forward in her life. This literary journey bends genres and keeps you glued to the pages!

(For more plot details, read my full review of The Last Thing He Told Me.)

The Last Thing He Told Me was my own personal favorite book of 2021. I couldn’t put this book down and read it in one day (so it also makes a great beach read), yet I was left compulsively thinking about it afterward, wondering what I would do in the protagonist Hannah’s shoes and what would likely happen in her future.

Only a few books over the past several years of reading hundreds of books have captured my mind and my emotions this way. So, I wanted to take a deeper dive into it again with these book club questions for The Last Thing He Told Me.

Is The Last Thing He Told Me a good book club book?

The #1 bestselling Reese’s Book Club selection The Last Thing He Told Me is an excellent book club pick. The story follows a woman named Hannah, whose new husband mysteriously disappears, leaving behind only a request that she protect his teenage daughter. Book club members will love how quick and fast-paced it is, along with the surprising turns it takes, and the many discussion questions it poses, including why he left and what you would do in all the characters’ shoes.

Below are dozens of personally crafted The Last Thing He Told Me book club questions for further discussion.

The Last Thing He Told Me Book Club Questions

The Last Thing He Told Me is a unique book that could have had any number of titles. Why do you think author Laura Dave selected this one?

Do you find any significance to the family home being a boat?

What did you think Owen meant when he said, “Protect her,” both when you started reading The Last Thing He Told Me and when you finished it?

What do the two words “Protect her” reveal about Owen’s personality?

Where did you initially suspect Owen had gone and why?

What do you think Owen wanted to happen after he left?

Did Owen make the right decision in leaving as he did?

Did the flashbacks to “happier times” change your impressions of any of the characters or how they got to the present?

How would you have felt in Hannah’s shoes if Owen were your husband?

How would you have felt in Bailey’s shoes if Owen were your father?

What made Bailey dislike Hannah at first?

Discuss the questions Hannah had about her predicament and what questions you would have had.

Would you have attempted to uncover the truth as Hannah did?

Did any of the answers Hannah found surprise you?

What do these truths reveal about Owen’s character?

Hannah is a unique character in a unique predicament. How would you describe her and her motivations?

Would you have made the same decisions for the future as Hannah?

Discuss Hannah’s, Bailey’s, and Owen’s views on love.

Discuss the role of trust in The Last Thing He Told Me and the characters’ views on it.

How did Hannah change over the course of The Last Thing He Told Me?

How did Hannah’s and Bailey’s relationship change over the course of The Last Thing He Told Me?

Discuss the difficulties of stepparenting.

Discuss Hannah’s views on motherhood and parenting.

Discuss Hannah’s experience as a child of each of her parents (and step-parent).

What do you think will happen in the future for these characters?

What was your first reaction after turning the final page of The Last Thing He Told Me?

The Last Thing He Told Me is very thought-provoking. Did you find yourself thinking about it long after you read it?

What genre would you categorize The Last Thing He Told Me as — mystery, thriller, suspense, family drama, or something else?

Have you ever been surprised by discovering a secret or another side to someone you love?

Can we ever fully know someone?

The Last Thing He Told Me became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Why do you think it was so popular so fast?

Why do you think Reese Witherspoon selected The Last Thing He Told Me as a book club selection?

How do you compare The Last Thing He Told Me to other Reese Witherspoon book club picks?

The Last Thing He Told Me has “unputdownable” qualities. How quickly did you read it?

If you know anything about the adaptation of The Last Thing He Told Me, discuss it.

What is the theme of The Last Thing He Told Me?

What does the ending of The Last Thing He Told Me mean?

Author Laura Dave created an AMAZING Spotify playlist of the songs that inspired The Last Thing He Told Me.  Why do you think she selected these songs?

Of note, Dave told Variety that “[i]t took more than 13,000 plays of the Bruce Springsteen song “If I Should Fall Behind” — a live version recorded with the E Street Band at Madison Square Garden — to help [her] finish [the book].” Listen to the song and discuss how it related to the book.


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