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.

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    About: The Last Mrs. Parrish is a psychological thriller written by Liv Constantine. It will be published on 10/17/17 by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, 400 pages. The genres are suspense, mystery thriller, and contemporary women’s fiction.

    My Experience: I started reading The Last Mrs. Parrish on 7/17/17 and finished it on 7/21/17. This book is a great read! It is very well executed! The build up, the actions, the dual perspectives, and the final reveal is delicious. Part 3 of the book had

    About: The Last Mrs. Parrish is a psychological thriller written by Liv Constantine. It will be published on 10/17/17 by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, 400 pages. The genres are suspense, mystery thriller, and contemporary women’s fiction.

    My Experience: I started reading The Last Mrs. Parrish on 7/17/17 and finished it on 7/21/17. This book is a great read! It is very well executed! The build up, the actions, the dual perspectives, and the final reveal is delicious. Part 3 of the book had me hooked. I could not put it down. It’s an explosive ending and I could not ask for more!

    In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Amber Patterson, a 26 years old woman with a made up identity trying to con her way into a wealthy family. The first 40% of the book is of her taking baby steps to win Daphne Parrish’s attention, her kids, and finally Daphne’s husband Jackson. The beginning portion of the book deals with a lot of Amber’s jealousy of being born with less and growing up not having much and her envy in Daphne’s extravagant wealth and lifestyles. As she weasel herself into being Daphne’s close friend, her plans begins to take shape. Part 2 of the book starts at 53% when readers will follow the point of view of Daphne Parrish. She recounts from the beginning about how she first met Jackson and how it was wonderful to be taken care of by a successful and handsome wealthy man. It’s a slow building into their courting, marriage, babies, and changes to life after marriage. The surprising turn of events had caught me off guard. Then part 3 of the book switched between Amber and Daphne’s perspectives and each person’s reaction to events taking place.

    The beginning of Amber and Daphne’s life are predictable. It’s almost repetitive when Daphne recounted her beginning with Jackson because readers already learned a bit of their beginning through Amber’s view. This book is very well written and the story flow nicely. The early events unfold are light-hearted and what you would expect. I love that Daphne is smart and can think for herself when it seems she’s left with no options such as making the most in worst situations. I don’t like to follow Amber’s thoughts because she has vile intentions. I was surprised that Amber, who seemed strong willed and not afraid to stand up for herself to actually lose the power to control her life after she got married. This book is still a great read and I do recommend it.

    Pro: great ending, suspense, an air of mystery, easy to read, a glimpse into the wealthy life, manipulation

    Con: repetition

    I rate it 4 stars!

    ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Liv Constantine, publisher HarperCollins, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

    xoxo,

    Jasmine at

    for a detailed review

  • Reading.Between.Wines

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5!!

    For me,

    was a cross between

    (there was even a "nervous Nellie" remark, how random is that?) and

    . I thought this book was fairly predictable, but it was SO good you guys.

    I didn't read the blurb again before I started reading, and this is a good book to go in without reading it (even though it doesn't give too much of anything away). What a deceitful little creature Amber is... The mix of Amber, Jackson, and Daphne was so perf

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5!!

    For me,

    was a cross between

    (there was even a "nervous Nellie" remark, how random is that?) and

    . I thought this book was fairly predictable, but it was SO good you guys.

    I didn't read the blurb again before I started reading, and this is a good book to go in without reading it (even though it doesn't give too much of anything away). What a deceitful little creature Amber is... The mix of Amber, Jackson, and Daphne was so perfect and the author had me loving Daphne and reallllly hating Amber.

    With phrases like "on the blink" an expression I happen to love, but never use, who wouldn't like this book?! Also, I was pleasantly surprised and enthralled that Tallulah was carrying a Nancy Drew book with her. Great expressions and Nancy Drew equals perfection for this girl. And the ending of this book was just so freaking perfect. So much YES, thank you

    !!

    Highly recommend this book. I gave it 4 instead of 5 only because I thought it was a little predictable, but overall it was so so good. Bonus, it’s a fast read. 😉

  • Sherri Thacker

    If I could give this book 10 stars I would!!! I could not put this book down. Talk about a crazy sociopath!! I will be thinking about this book for a long time.

    This is my 200th book I've read in 2017. Holy cow!

  • 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.

  • Stacey Camp

    **4 Goodreads Stars**

    ? This is the question that Liv Constantine's

    initially asks, but as the book progresses, we find appearances are deceiving.

    The first half of the book follows the plight of the conniving, self-absorbed Amber, a young woman in her 20s who is running from her sordid past. Seeking money and power, Amber has moved far from her Nebraska

    **4 Goodreads Stars**

    ? This is the question that Liv Constantine's

    initially asks, but as the book progresses, we find appearances are deceiving.

    The first half of the book follows the plight of the conniving, self-absorbed Amber, a young woman in her 20s who is running from her sordid past. Seeking money and power, Amber has moved far from her Nebraskan hometown to the high brow community of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. She's done investigative research to find a wealthy, attractive man to fulfill her life goals, selecting the wealthy, seemingly successful family of Jackson and Daphne as her prey.

    Amber is calculated and cold; she knows exactly how to worm her way into the family without arousing too much suspicion. Or, at least it seems that way. Amber befriends Daphne at the local upscale gym. Having done extensive research on Jackson and Daphne, Amber reveals that her sister passed away of Cystic Fibrosis. Daphne runs a charity for families suffering from Cystic Fibrosis as her sister passed away from it many years ago. Daphne immediately takes a liking to Amber, as she has yet to meet many women who know what it is like to lose a beloved sister to Cystic Fibrosis. This seemed to be a bit of a plot hole to me; isn't it somewhat odd that Daphne has yet to make good friends with other families who have suffered a loss given she runs a huge charity for Cystic Fibrosis? We later learn that Daphne has ulterior motives for befriending Amber, which resolved this plot hole.

    Amber manages to not only become a permanent fixture in Daphne's life, but also in Jackson's. Jackson hires Amber as his assistant to his assistant (yes, he's rich) after Amber tearfully tells Daphne she is being sexually harassed by her boss. Slowly, Amber transforms from a woman lacking fashion sensibilities to a woman who men desire; she changes her hairstyle, her makeup, and clothing to appeal to Jackson. Jackson starts to take note of Amber, and soon they are arranging secretive trips around the world, nights out on the town, and wild evenings in hotels and at Jackson's other properties. Amber thinks she has secured Jackson's affections and the future she envisioned, only to find out that she has simply scratched the surface of Jackson and Daphne's family dynamics and secrets.

    If it weren't for the thrilling twist in this book that happens midway through it, Amber's story would seem like another Lifetime movie plot. There is certainly no lack of novels involving scorned lovers and cunning mistresses. But this book takes it to another level, illustrating that what we thought about Daphne and Jackson's marriage is superficial at best. I suppose this should have been a red flag for me as a reader, especially considering we initially learn about Daphne and Jackson through Amber's jaded eyes.

    It's hard to write this review without revealing some major spoilers. Let's just say that besides being a cheater, Jackson is not the person he seems to be, nor is Daphne the meek, submissive, and money hungry woman Amber makes her out to be. Once I got through Amber's narrative (at about the 40% mark of the book), I could not put this book down. The ending was satisfyingly delicious.

    , so if that is a trigger for you, you probably should not read this book.

    Thank you to the authors, the publisher, HarperFiction, and NetGalley for the opportunity to review the The Last Mrs. Parrish. Note that Liv Constantine is the pen name of the sister writing team, Lynne and Valerie Constantine, who wrote the book over Skype (how neat is that?!).  

    This review and others can be found on my blog,

  • Deanna

    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 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.

  • Mandy

    I really enjoyed this.

    This is the story of two women, Amber Patterson and Daphne Parish, and one man, Jackson Parrish.

    Daphne is married to the man, and Amber wants to be married to the man. The book is split into three sections, Amber's chapters, Daphne's chapters and then the resolution of the story. I have to say, I found Daphne 's chapters a lot more gripping then Amber's chapters, and as the book went on I couldn't help feeling that each character got exactly what they deserved. By the end I

    I really enjoyed this.

    This is the story of two women, Amber Patterson and Daphne Parish, and one man, Jackson Parrish.

    Daphne is married to the man, and Amber wants to be married to the man. The book is split into three sections, Amber's chapters, Daphne's chapters and then the resolution of the story. I have to say, I found Daphne 's chapters a lot more gripping then Amber's chapters, and as the book went on I couldn't help feeling that each character got exactly what they deserved. By the end I felt a rather smug satisfaction at how everything turned out.

    I found the writing quite gripping and wanted to keep reading.

    Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read this.

  • Lia (razzle-dazzle)

    you mean ronan lynch?

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