Book Review: The Last Mrs. Parrish


Book Title and Author: The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
Publication date and Publisher: October 17, 2017 by HarperCollins
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 400 pages
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Date Read: September 20, 2017 (e-ARC)


4 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis: 

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.

My Review:

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.**








29 thoughts on “Book Review: The Last Mrs. Parrish

  1. Yay!! Brilliant review, Stephanie ❤ As always, you brought out the big guns in this review… I love how you weave your thoughts with your words! Reading how you described the synopsis, I expected a dark, thrilling suspense/thrillers but it sounds like that's not the case… YET it still sounds interesting. Thank you for the review 🙂

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    1. Thank you, sweetie!! I’m trying to catch up on reviews from when I was on hiatus back in Oct, and this is one of the books! I’ve been working on this review in bits and pieces for months, lol. I thought I would forget the book hahaha! But thank you so much! I really appreciate your compliment! I really thought this would be a suspenseful one too when I picked it up! It is really like a soap opera almost, but not in a bad way! If you could just review the last half-Part 2 and 3, it would ALMOST be suspenseful, lol. It’s really good though 🙂

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      1. Wow, I admire you can sustain your memory as long as for months! I can’t lol Once I pick up another book, I totally forget everything lol
        So no matter how hard it may be, I need to tackle writing my review as soon as I’ve finished the book lol

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      2. I admit I took some notes since I was on that long hiatus and wasn’t sure when I’d be back, so I can’t take all the credit for having a great memory!! 😉 I normally don’t take notes, but I found that helped. But I need to try to write my reviews as soon as I can. Either I don’t have time or I’m a procrastinator lol. This wasn’t the book I meant to review today lol!! But I’d been putting it read…I’ve got 2 being published on Tues I need to review but have only read 1! 🤔 I’m so into reading Christmas things right now, I don’t want to read ARCs 😂

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  2. Great review, Stephanie! This one sounds pretty good. I might take a break from thrillers for the remainder of the year, but I’ll definitely add this one for later though. The cover looks pretty wicked! ❤🎄🎅

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! It is good…the plot is a lot like The Wife Between Us, which I know you didn’t love like I did lol. But, this one is light and almost fluffy…if that makes sense. Only one major twist, and it’s not a thriller to be honest. I’m seriously surprised it was marketed like that. I saw it listed in a magazine as literay fiction, and I guess that’s a better fit although I really thinks it’s a soapy, domestic drama!! The cover is wicked! 💕💕💕🎅🎅🎅

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      1. I’ll still try it out. True, I wasn’t thrilled with The Wife Between Us, but I’m the odd one out there! 😂❤ I always expect thrillers to grab me and keep me on the edge.

        Yeah, the cover seems perfect with what the narrative sounds like! 🎄

        Chat soon!

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    1. HI!!! 🙂 ❤ I'm so glad to see you!! And I did get your email, but it's been one crazy week…you wouldn't believe it except that you know me LOL! Kayley and I have strep right now, ick! So she feels awful, much worse than I do! I'll have to tell you about it; it was a scary experience! But I fell face first in a parking lot Fri evening, and I busted both knees, an elbow, my wrist, and I'm lucky I didn't hit my face or head! Anyway, I'm a klutz, and I'm all banged up and had to go to the Dr for an Xray of my knee. ugh! I look like a mess! Just resting and trying to get better…both me and my baby girl by Christmas!

      I'm so glad to hear your doing better!! I've missed you! I'll chat with you soon-off to put her to bed 🙂

      Thank you! It was a great book, and I think you would enjoy it. The twist was fantastic 😉 ❤

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      1. Ohhhhhhh…Stephanie!!!! I feel so bad for you and Kayley! Strep is so miserable…painful, too! But, what do you mean by scary experience? Yikes!

        Your poor knees and arm! Oh, gosh. Rest up and take care of yourself and your little one!


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      2. Thanks, love!! This is the 2nd time we’ve had strep in 4 weeks, well she got it and gave it to me around thanksgiving, and here we go again! Either it didn’t clear up the 1st time she had it, or there’s a carrier in her classroom. She’s pretty miserable, but that’s more because she has a fever than anything. She never really complained of a sore throat! It was crazy.

        It was scary because she woke up with a fever of 102, crying that she had a horrible headache, and saying her neck hurt to move, so I automatically thought meningitis and so did her pediatrician who sent us straight to the ER. Thank God it was just strep, but I was a mess just thinking about it! They knew almost immediately it was strep because her throat looked wickedly awful. Then I had them swab me, and that was that! I don’t ever want to go through that again 😢

        Thanks! I feel like I need to be wrapped in bubble wrap, lol. I’ll be resting as much as I can! I wanted to rest while on holiday break, but I wanted to enjoy it too! Maybe next week will be better 😉🤗💕

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      3. Holy…that is scary, Stephanie! Poor Kayley, that breaks my heart she was so miserable! I had strep in high school and it was painful as hell, but after 2 weeks of it not being treated properly, it actually wasn’t painful any longer, though my throat was raw red.

        Having a sick child is the worst. And when you think it something as serious as meningitis, I would be a mess, too.

        Ha! Bubble wrap might not be a bad idea, at least until you get through the holidays!

        Take care, my friend! ❤ 🙂

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      4. It really was scary! In almost 20 yrs of being a mom that was the 1st time I’ve ever taken one of the kids to the ER! And when I thought it was something as serious as meningitis, I almost lost it.

        I’m so glad it was just strep! Funny, my throat has hurt so much more than hers. I used to get strep ALL the time when I was little and they wanted to remove them, but a 2nd opinion Dr said no. And the boys always got strep…and gave it to me until they had their tonsils out. I guess Kayley is the same way, and I’ll just keep getting it with her! My ENT has suggested that I get them out, but I have said no way! I’ve heard it is a terrible experience when you are an adult.

        I think you nailed it though; she had just finished antibiotics for strep Dec 2nd, and her throat hurt when she 1st had it then, but I think that round of antibiotics didn’t clear it up, so it’s just been brewing in there for almost 3 weeks! It was no wonder she felt so bad and had the high fever, headache, etc!! She went back to school today like the Dr said and was fever free, but she’d only been there an hour and a half before I got a call that she was complaining of not feeling well, had a headache, and a stomache. Ugh! I swear her teacher is going to flip out…

        LOL! Bubble wrap might be a good idea, lol. This has not been a very restful break… 😦

        Talk soon!! ❤ ❤


    1. Hahaha! I so thought it would be too, but I was surprised! Maybe it would be suspenseful to someone who doesn’t read suspense, thrillers, crime fiction, etc all the time like I do (or you 🙂 ), but I really think even then it’s very light on the suspense or mystery. Definitely could be classified as contemporary, but I think because it has the “twist” it has that it is supposed to be a thriller…still a great read! It was more fun than anything!!

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  3. So glad to see you enjoyed it Stephanie! I already own it and have a group read coming up! Can’t wait! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and your family too, Holly! 🎄🎄🎄 I did enjoy this one a lot once I realized it wasn’t a big suspenseful thriller and enjoyed it for the more “fluffy”, but highly entertaining and fun read it is! I really think you will enjoy it!!

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  4. Ooh I actually really like characters that are that bad- because I enjoy disliking them! And Amber Patterson sounds thoroughly hateable! This sounds thoroughly enjoyable (shame it was marketed as a thriller tbh, but thanks for the heads up there) Great review!

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    1. Thanks! 🙂 Amber is definitely one you love to dislike, and I enjoy them for the same reason! It really was enjoyable! I was a bit peeved it was marketed it that way, but what can you do! I think maybe if you don’t read almost constant suspense like I do then it might (?) be suspenseful but even then, it is very light and is not at all a thriller. I felt more like I was ready an edgy, fun soap than dramatic and wicked!

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      1. Not at all! it’s fun to hate some characters as long as they are well written, lol! It is, but it could just be me although I’ve seen several reviews complaining that it wasn’t a suspense/thriller and was marketed wrong, so I was glad to see that I was not the only one, LOL! I did almost think it was just because I’ve read too many thrillers hahaha! It’s gotten to the point where almost nothing shocks me unless it’s REALLY good…oh well!

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  5. Great review – I felt the same way! I come across this book a year ago at a bookstore in Beverly, MA. The bookstore was participating in an event to donate money in return for pre-published books. The books were wrapped in gift wrap paper and had two sentences describing the book. I chose this book without seeing the title or book cover and I could not be happier!!

    I started and finished this book in 4 days. I had been in a previous book slump (not having the time/interest to read for a few months) and this book immediately took me out of that.

    I lost a lot of sleep :/ staying up for 4 nights in a row after work to read! The story line kept me wanting to read through my blurry sleepy eyes. Reading this book – you really get infested in the character line.

    Again, great review! I couldn’t talk more highly of the book

    Wish there was more to read – let me know if you recommend any others that are similar!!!!

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    1. Thank you! And what a great story on how you got the book! You were very lucky that it was a book you enjoyed, I’ve been given books without knowing what they were, and I didn’t always enjoy them. Yes, I lost a lot of sleep with this book! It was so engrossing! I can’t wait to read their next book! If you liked this one, I would recommend The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. It has a similar storyline with wife, fiance, husband, but it is much more suspenseful. They are making it into a movie, and I’m really looking forward to seeing it. It was just published Jan 9th, so you might be able to find it at the library. I have a review about it up as well if you want to find out more and see if you’re’s back in November. Thanks for commenting!! And no worries on the phone, I do that all the time!! 🙂

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