The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

The Last Mrs. Parrish

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 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...

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The Last Mrs. Parrish Reviews

  • Julie

    The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine is a 2017 Harperluxe publication.

    Slick, shrewd, and wickedly devious-

    Daphne meets Amber at the gym, where they discover they share a terrible tragedy in common- the death of a beloved sister due to Cystic Fibrosis. The women, though from very different worlds, form a close bond.

    Before long, Amber has become Daphne’s confidante, while also working for her CF foundation, and even helps Mr. Parrish went he needs an assistant.

    But, Amber has plans, big plan

    The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine is a 2017 Harperluxe publication.

    Slick, shrewd, and wickedly devious-

    Daphne meets Amber at the gym, where they discover they share a terrible tragedy in common- the death of a beloved sister due to Cystic Fibrosis. The women, though from very different worlds, form a close bond.

    Before long, Amber has become Daphne’s confidante, while also working for her CF foundation, and even helps Mr. Parrish went he needs an assistant.

    But, Amber has plans, big plans, and in order to achieve her goals, she will walk over and step on anyone in her path- even Daphne-

    This story was chilling, clever, and sinfully entertaining. Amber gets to set the pace in the first half of the book as she describes her cunning, and very manipulative nature. She’s not the timid, sweet, impressionable woman she appears to be.

    Once she has clued us in on her diabolic plans, and once she has seemingly gotten what she came for, the story shifts gears, and Daphne takes control of the wheel.

    It’s at this point, things really get interesting-

    There are many breadcrumbs left on the trail, and if you follow them you probably won’t be all that surprised when you learn all that glitters, isn’t gold. But, that’s only part of the picture. Those who appear naïve, those appear in control, those who seem like innocent bystanders may not be as naïve, innocent or as in control as they appear.

    By the time we get to the last section in the book, that old phrase about

    came to mind, along with a few other books or movies in which the tables are turned in spectacular fashion, and revenge is carried out with carefully constructed scheming.

    The book is not too big on shock and awe, instead opting for a stylish noir type atmosphere, which is more understated than many novels that land in this sub-genre, but it gets the job done, just the same, without going off the rails with unnecessary plot twists.

    The characters were not overly developed, as we only see them in certain contexts, with was key to the story, nor did they evoke deep feelings or emotions, other than disdain or dislike, but by the time all is said and done, I had an enormous amount of respect for some of them.

    What makes the novel work is the careful arrangement and pacing. The twists weren’t really all that surprising, but they are still delectable and immensely entertaining. The story is a bit of a cautionary tale, a warning to beware of what appears on the surface, to never judge a book by its cover, or blindly trust people. But, it was also a story of escape and empowerment- albeit, one with an unconventional approach, as well as a tale of retribution- which was the most satisfying part of this enjoyable parable.

    Overall, this is an impressive debut novel, and I look forward to seeing what else these talented sisters will entertain us with in the future.

  • Linda

    "I struggled to get a deep breath, to come up with something, anything, that would help me to believe there was a way out."

    Envy is a green-eyed monster that sits behind the wheel of someone else's vehicle.....in someone else's lane, in someone else's life.

    Amber Patterson is trying to jam her irregular foot into the dainty shoes of another while leaving her own tainted footprints behind. A kind of a Cinderella story with no fairy godmother. This girl has brought evil by the bulk and doles it out

    "I struggled to get a deep breath, to come up with something, anything, that would help me to believe there was a way out."

    Envy is a green-eyed monster that sits behind the wheel of someone else's vehicle.....in someone else's lane, in someone else's life.

    Amber Patterson is trying to jam her irregular foot into the dainty shoes of another while leaving her own tainted footprints behind. A kind of a Cinderella story with no fairy godmother. This girl has brought evil by the bulk and doles it out on a daily basis.

    Amber arrives in Bishops Harbor, Connecticut with a well-calculated plan. She weaves her way into the lives of Jackson and Daphne Parrish, wealthy socialites, through an unseemingly cruel means. Daphne recently lost her sister, Julie, to Cystic Fibrosis. She has even established her own foundation called Julie's Smile. Our girl, Amber, just so happens to have had a cherished sister as well who succumbed to CF. Not so sure about that, Amber.

    With one foot in the door, Amber squirms through the tiniest openings in order to get into the very private stronghold of the Parrish household. She switches around her background story on demand and taps into the compassionate chambers of Daphne's heart. Oh, what this devious vamp won't do to bring her plans into fruition.

    Liv Constantine is the pen name for two creative sisters, Lynne and Valerie. They've put their heads together to brew a very dark storyline here. I ratcheted my review up to 4 stars for that very reason. Although this has been termed as a psychological thriller, I didn't find it as such. There was plenty of bad people behaving badly for sure who needed to be housed in a psych ward. But the "thriller" element was lacking. The majority of the crazy occured in private pockets without the screeching fear of getting caught. Everything was pre-calculated with master plans......not off-the-grid dangerous, heart-pumping, driving-off-the-cliff thrill of a thriller.

    But, hear me out. The Last Mrs. Parrish is a satisfying read. I just like my thriller sandwich heavy on the secret sauce and jalapenos. Perhaps the next offering by these two talented sisters will contain a side order of eye-watering salsa.

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    This is a fantastic book with only three characters. Husband, wife, and home-wrecker. It’s no spoiler to tell you that Amber Patterson is the home wrecker and a self-avowed woman on a mission. Motivated mostly by her wish to be tremendously wealthy, Amber is determined to OUTRIGHT steal Jackson Parrish away from his sweet, beautiful wife, Daphne. What ensues is unbelievably fun to read about. Deliciously wicked.

    The story is entertaining and addictive! I couldn’

    This is a fantastic book with only three characters. Husband, wife, and home-wrecker. It’s no spoiler to tell you that Amber Patterson is the home wrecker and a self-avowed woman on a mission. Motivated mostly by her wish to be tremendously wealthy, Amber is determined to OUTRIGHT steal Jackson Parrish away from his sweet, beautiful wife, Daphne. What ensues is unbelievably fun to read about. Deliciously wicked.

    The story is entertaining and addictive! I couldn’t put it down.

    The writing is effortless, easy and flows at a naturally fast pace.

    The structure of the book is perfect. The first third is Amber’s POV, the second is Daphne’s and the third part is a bit of a combination conclusion. (I enjoyed Daphne’s section so much more than Amber’s!)

    This book is too long. Even though it reads fast for a 400 page book, there is too much fat. Where are those editors when you need one? For the first half of the book, we get an up close, continuous description of how the “one percent” lives and that starts to get tiring.

    Ok, we get it, Jackson Parrish is super duper rich and buys very expensive clothes, shoes, and jewelry for Mrs. Parrish. If you’re into designer brand names, etc. you will enjoy reading about the trappings and joys of wealth. And that’s not a bad thing! But, if you tire of this part, persevere until the second half where the plot really picks up.

    Aside from not really feeling a connection to the characters, there is also not any suspense in this book. There is a mild twist, but you will probably not be that surprised.

    All of these negatives are only because my expectations were that this would be a “twisted, psychological thriller”. I mean, it says it right there on the book jacket.

    It’s my opinion that this book is mis-categorized. I would call it women’s fiction (I hate “chick-lit”). It is VERY light on the psychological suspense and there is not a thriller vibe or shocking mystery to solve.

    Overall, this is a very fun book to read, most people will love it and I’m betting it is going to be very popular.

    The strange thing is….it is almost the exact same plot line from THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks, which is the book I read just before this one. Caaaarazzzzy.

    In contrast, THE WIFE BETWEEN US is a much darker, tighter, twisted story and I did give it all the stars. That book doesn’t come out until January 2018. I will post a review on

    closer to publication.

    THE LAST MRS. PARRISH is scheduled for US publication today, October 17. It has a gorgeous cover and I want to thank the lovely Chelsea Humphrey from

    for gifting it to me as part of a giveaway.

    Available TODAY on sale at Amazon

  • BIBLIOMANIAC MJ

    A tale of envy, greed, psychological manipulation, betrayal and revenge, this one has all the tantalising ingredients for a mouth watering, delicious read!

    Exquisitely entertaining and oh so addictive, I finished this one in record time... I just couldn't put it down, with writing that was fast paced and flowed easily.

    The book was well structured, broken up into 3 parts. In part one we learn about Amber and her meticulous plan to con and weasel her way into the Parrish family, in order to get th

    A tale of envy, greed, psychological manipulation, betrayal and revenge, this one has all the tantalising ingredients for a mouth watering, delicious read!

    Exquisitely entertaining and oh so addictive, I finished this one in record time... I just couldn't put it down, with writing that was fast paced and flowed easily.

    The book was well structured, broken up into 3 parts. In part one we learn about Amber and her meticulous plan to con and weasel her way into the Parrish family, in order to get the life she thinks she deserves. In part two, we discover Daphne Parrish's perspective from when she first met her doting husband Jackson and how her life has changed since marriage, children, and since Amber came into her life. Part three then becomes a combination of both Amber and Daphne's perspectives, leading up to the books delightful conclusion.

    The incorrigible characters had my jaw dropping on several occasions, and my blood boiling to new highs in others. First prize goes to Amber for the woman you love to hate, for being a master of duplicity and manipulation. Will she get the life she deserves?

    All I'll say is that the authors have gifted us with the créme de la créme of endings!!! This is how it should be done! I've got a feeling I'll be having quite the book hangover now that I've sadly reached the final page.

    BRAVO and congratulations to the authors on a very impressive debut novel. It was my absolute pleasure to have read an ARC supplied by Netgalley and Harper Collins UK, HarperFiction, in exchange for my unbiased opinion. I will be eagerly awaiting the next read from the Constantine sisters.

  • Deanna

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    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.

    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 unimp

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Sarah Joint

    The writing flows beautifully, and the story grabs you and won't let go. I was dying to know exactly how this craziness would end, but now I'm kind of disappointed that it's over! I'm already planning on encouraging friends to give it a read so we can discuss it. It's pure scandalous fun.

    isn't happy with her life. She's moved up in her job, but can still only afford a small apartment in a good area. She c

    The writing flows beautifully, and the story grabs you and won't let go. I was dying to know exactly how this craziness would end, but now I'm kind of disappointed that it's over! I'm already planning on encouraging friends to give it a read so we can discuss it. It's pure scandalous fun.

    isn't happy with her life. She's moved up in her job, but can still only afford a small apartment in a good area. She can't buy herself the luxurious things that she wants... the things that will undoubtedly make life better. That's why she has a plan... and her plan involves the unlucky

    . Earn the trust of the wife, become a fixture in her inner circle, and then take her husband. Rich enough to buy anything Amber's little heart desires and movie-star handsome, he's an obvious choice.

    As she becomes closer and closer to Daphne, she starts to become a bit disheartened by her relationship with her husband. They seem happy... and most importantly, Jackson only seems to have eyes for his beautiful wife. However, Amber is just not the type that gives up easily.

    Over the day I read this book, I was obsessed with it. I loved reading about the crazy amount of wealth the Parrishes have, Amber's manipulation, the relationship between husband and wife, and even laughing over the antics of the two little girls. The perspective shift in part two really added something extra to the book. I thought I would get bored rehashing certain things from a different point of view, but it was actually fascinating. I'm giving this one 4.5 "couldn't put it down" stars.".

  • Berit☀️✨

    WOW! What a fun ride that was! Review to come ....

    And for those of you who have read this already that ending! Perfection🐢

  • Suzanne Leopold

    Amber Patterson is envious of Daphne Parrish who is a rich socialite living in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The two women have never met but Amber develops an obsession with her wonderful lifestyle. Daphne has a rich and handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, full time staff, interesting acquaintances and is president of her own foundation. Amber has few of these attributes and is jealous that someone else gets to live such a great lifestyle. She is fed up with her current environment and

    Amber Patterson is envious of Daphne Parrish who is a rich socialite living in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The two women have never met but Amber develops an obsession with her wonderful lifestyle. Daphne has a rich and handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, full time staff, interesting acquaintances and is president of her own foundation. Amber has few of these attributes and is jealous that someone else gets to live such a great lifestyle. She is fed up with her current environment and decides to make drastic changes. She extensively researches the Parrish family so that she can find a way to befriend them and enter their lives.

    Amber moves from Missouri to Connecticut and creates a new identity. She helps Daphne with her foundation’s fundraiser and the two ladies become friends. She becomes a fixture at their dinners and they spend their weekends and holidays together. Amber’s plan seems to be working and she starts her scheme to become the new Mrs. Parrish.

    The story is told from both Amber’s and Daphne’s points of view. The book has many twists and turns as each secret is revealed. It's a fun read that is difficult to put down. This novel was written by a team of sisters (Lynne and Valerie) under the name Liv Constantine.

  • Vanessa

    The characters in this book are vile, horrid and ghastly, a pleasant reading experience it was not, I was wondering what all the fuss was about for this book, having zero empathy for the main character Amber who plays the perfect villain. It’s not til the second part of the book that I was hooked and started to get it. I did spend a sleepless night tearing through it and the ending was throughly satisfying. I left with a better taste in my mouth than I did going in.

    4.5 stars for keeping me up a

    The characters in this book are vile, horrid and ghastly, a pleasant reading experience it was not, I was wondering what all the fuss was about for this book, having zero empathy for the main character Amber who plays the perfect villain. It’s not til the second part of the book that I was hooked and started to get it. I did spend a sleepless night tearing through it and the ending was throughly satisfying. I left with a better taste in my mouth than I did going in.

    4.5 stars for keeping me up all damn night 😴

  • Dem

    A clever psychological thriller with a gripping plot that will keep you turning the pages. But will I remember it is a years time from now ...... Probably not!, but I sure enjoyed the read and couldn't put it down.

    This is my type of

    book when I want something that isn't too taxing, but a book that will kept me engaged and guessing.

    The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine tells the story of a coolly manipulative young woman who befriends a wealthy and successful couple, The wo

    A clever psychological thriller with a gripping plot that will keep you turning the pages. But will I remember it is a years time from now ...... Probably not!, but I sure enjoyed the read and couldn't put it down.

    This is my type of

    book when I want something that isn't too taxing, but a book that will kept me engaged and guessing.

    The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine tells the story of a coolly manipulative young woman who befriends a wealthy and successful couple, The women appear appear to have nothing in common and yet they become entwined in each others lives after finding a common bond that ties them together.

    The story is told from both Amber’s and Daphne’s points of view and has many twists and turns which I figured early on in the novel but it didn't take a way from my overall enjoyment of the book

    An entertaining and page turning read for those who enjoy mystery/thrillers.

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