REVIEW: The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

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Published October 17th 2017

HarperCollins

4.5 Stars!!

I’ve had a lucky streak of great books lately and I’m happy to say that this was another terrific read. “The Last Mrs. Parrish” was a very compelling psychological suspense novel.

“Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve”

Amber Patterson detests the rich and privileged women she sees at the gym, yet she would give anything to be one of them. She is tired of being poor – of feeling unimportant, and invisible. But Amber has a plan to change her life and it starts with…Daphne Parrish.

Daphne has it all….and Amber wants it.

Daphne feels like she finally has a friend who can really understand the loss she suffered. Amber offers to help out with a foundation that Daphne runs and she’s thrilled to have Amber’s help. Some of the other women aren’t so sure about Amber, but Daphne ignores their warnings as she grows even closer to Amber. But she has no idea what Amber is up too.

Spending holidays and even taking trips with the family, Amber has done her research and feels like things are going perfectly. However, she may have charmed Daphne but there’s still Jackson to win over.

“Daphne had been easy pickings, but Jackson was going to be a different matter entirely. He was going to require all of Amber’s cunning and ingenuity.”

Amber is positive that she’s finally going to have it all. SHE was going to be the one everyone looked at and admired. She was going to win this time.

But we don’t always see what people are thinking behind their big smiles and we don’t always know what goes on behind closed doors. And Amber’s past is full of things she doesn’t want anyone to find out.

Will her secrets get out and ruin her big plans? Will she finally get what she deserves?

The book is broken up into three parts. Part one is from Amber’s perspective. We learn about her plan to infiltrate the Parrish’s world. Part two is Daphne’s point of view. Part three was the best of all. Both perspectives come together leading up to a thrilling and very satisfying conclusion.

Although there were a few things that seemed a bit over the top, I didn’t really dwell on it as the story was so interesting. There was also a bit of repetition in part two. However, I think it was probably necessary in order to see Daphne’s view and get the full effect of what was going on.

I really enjoyed this novel. Amber was the perfect villain, someone readers will love to hate. Manipulative and calculating, you never knew what she was going to do next. Jackson Parrish, the high-powered real estate tycoon with the world at his fingertips. And then we have the beautiful and kind, Daphne Parrish, loving wife and mother.

I had a bit of an idea of what might be going on early on. But it may have been written that way intentionally. At any rate, it really didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the story as I was curious to see if I was right and if I wasn’t, I was still excited to see where the story was going to go.

And the story didn’t let me down. There were plenty of twists that I did not see coming. I was completely absorbed in the story and found it hard to put down. This book was a bit longer than most suspense novels at almost 400 pages. But I didn’t feel like it was too much, it felt just right.

“The Last Mrs. Parrish” was an engrossing and addictive read, with a great plot and well-developed, diabolical characters. This really was a very impressive debut novel. A delicious story of jealousy, betrayal, and revenge.

The author Liv Constantine is actually the pen name of two sisters, Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Lynne and Valerie wrote this novel while living in different states, using both Skype and email. I’m excited to see what they come up with next!

Thank you HarperCollins for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.

 

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