THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME – Review by Susan Granger

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Adapted from Laura Dave’s 2001 best-seller, the limited series The Last Thing He Told Me finds relatively newly married Hannah (Jennifer Garner) teaming up with her 16 year-old step-daughter Bailey (Angourie Rice) to track down her husband Owen Michaels (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who has gone missing.

Hannah’s a wood-working artist. She and widower Owen live with truculent Bailey in scenic Sausalito, California, in an expensive floating home that looks straight out of Architectural Digest.

“There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my daughter,” Owen tells Hannah, perhaps foreshadowing his mysterious disappearance when the tech firm he works for is suddenly under FBI investigation.

Then Hannah finds a cryptic note instructing, “Protect her” – along with a duffle bag stuffed with cash. And lurking around their home is a suspicious man named Grady (Augusto Aguilera), who claims to be a U.S. Marshal, insisting that he just wants to protect Owen.

So where has Owen gone? And why did he suddenly vanish?

Slowly, very slowly, Hannah and Bailey begin to unravel the secrets of Owen’s – and Bailey’s past – a search that leads them to a football stadium, in Austin, Texas, where Bailey has some vaguely repressed memories from her childhood.

Adapted by author Laura Dave and Josh Singer (Spotlight), it’s an interesting premise but lacks the kind of edgy urgency that would make it into a compelling thriller.

FYI: Julia Roberts was originally intended to star in this series – produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine – but she had scheduling conflicts.

On the Granger Gauge of 1 to 10, The Last Thing He Told Me is an escapist 6 – with all seven episodes streaming on Apple TV+.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.