The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
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 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. 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.
Thoughts: I must say, I am closing 2017 out with a BANG as far as books go. Liv Constantine FOR THE WIN book people!! The Last Mrs. Parrish is a twisted, manipulative train ride to crazy town and I could not get enough of it. The first half of the book is told from Amber’s perspective and you quickly learn that she’s a wretched person who has set her sights on making the husband of Daphne Parrish her own. The tone was extremely ominous and I knew something horrible was in the making, but I wasn’t quite sure what.
I wanted to like Daphne’s character, but she was such a door mat and I kept shaking my head at her naivete and then BAM!! The second half of the book is her story and I. Was. Floored. It was awesome. I may have fist pumped in the air a time or two and if I owned a mic, I would have dropped it when Daphne’s story came to a close. I found this book to be much more of a slow burning character study of Amber and Daphne than a true psychological thriller, but don’t let that deter you from picking this one up. The perception vs. reality plot is skillfully done (my mouth hit the floor when I discovered this is a debut) and NOTHING is as it seems. 4.5 manipulative stars.