Book Title and Author: The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
Publication date and Publisher: October 17, 2017 by HarperCollins
Pages: 400 pages
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Date Read: September 20, 2017 (e-ARC)
A mesmerizing debut psychological thriller full of delicious twists about a coolly manipulative woman who worms her way into the lives of a wealthy “golden couple” from Connecticut, befriending the wife and seducing the husband to achieve the privileged life she wants
Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne and her husband, Jackson—the beautiful philanthropist and the confident real estate mogul—are a golden couple straight out of a fairytale, blessed with two lovely young daughters.
Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn’t have a plan. Determined to become the next Mrs. Parrish, Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrish family, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.
With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.
The Last Mrs. Parrish is the fast-paced, binge-worthy, debut novel by Liv Constantine, the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine and while I wouldn’t call it a twisted psychological thriller, or even a thriller at all, although it’s being marketed as one, there are A LOT of manipulations and a couple of twists happening in the book that make it well-worth the read.
Manipulative. Cunning. Wicked. A homewrecker. A villain. Amber Patterson is a woman you cannot help but thoroughly dislike, but she is so fun to read about! She’s set her sights on the wealthy, handsome, and powerful Jackson Parrish, and she is determined to get him at all costs even if it means destroying a beautiful family and a woman who has become like a sister to her… at least to the outside observer.
And you really cannot help but feel sorry for beautiful, kind, loving Daphne Parrish when you realize that Amber, the woman she befriends and takes into her home, takes on vacations, gives gifts, and treats like family, has been planning from the beginning to steal not only her husband but take over her life. After all, there can be only one Mrs. Parrish. In the end, who will it be? And will it be worth it in the end to have Jackson Parrish? The book is full of secrets, lies, betrayals, and manipulations!
The writing style is smart, sexy, and sleek and if you are looking for a highly entertaining read, then The Mrs. Last Parrish, is the perfect choice even though the big, suspenseful “twist” in the story was not too hard to figure out, which again this really should not have been marketed as suspense since it reads like women’s fiction or just domestic drama. And while I thoroughly enjoyed the book, that is my biggest issue with the book-I completely expected it to be a dark, shocking, suspenseful thriller when it fell flat as such. With that said, the plot twist is still fantastic and crazy, and I would recommend The Last Mrs. Parrish based on that part of the book alone since I could not turn the pages fast enough once I hit Part II! The book is divided up into three parts: Part I is told from Amber’s POV, so we get to learn all about her devious plans, Part II is told from Daphne’s POV and in my opinion it is the best part of the book since it is where the plot twist occurs (and we find out that Daphne is not all that she appears to be either!!), and Part III combines the two and gives a very, very gratifying conclusion to the story!
While The Last Mrs. Parrish is not the suspenseful read that I expected, it is exhilarating fun! I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a wicked, fast-paced, well-written drama that will keep you entertained and quickly flipping pages! If you are looking for something darker, twisted, intense, and much more suspenseful, then this will likely not be what you are looking to read.
**Thank you Edelweiss, HarperCollins, and Liv Constantine for an ARC copy in exchange for my honest and fair review.**