How far would you go to make all your dreams come true?
Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: an invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure.
Daphne Parrish is the golden girl of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her model looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber wants.
Amber’s envy could eat her alive―if she didn’t have a plan. Before long, she has become Daphne’s closest friend, and is catching the eye of Jackson. But a skeleton from her past could destroy everything, and if discovered, Amber’s well-laid plan may end in disaster…
Just how far would you be prepared to go to snare the lifestyle of your dreams? Liv Constantine’s The Last Mrs. Parrish asks us to think about this as she seduces us into that ‘just one more chapter’ feeling that will resonate with many ‘Girl on the Train’ fans and have them reaching for this book to grab a ‘fix’ throughout the day
Please be aware that there are some scenes that involve domestic violence in this novel, so if that us something that you feel would affect you then it’s perheps one to avoid…
We begin the book by being introduced to the scheming and sly Amber, a young woman in her 20s who is on the run from a background that sounds ‘sketchy; in the extreme. On the hunt for a vacancy to become a ‘Trophy Wife’, Amber has migrated east from her Nebraskan hometown to the swanky community of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. She’s already done her homework on a suitable ‘target’ who will allow her to tick ‘Trophy Wife’ off her bucket list and we are soon introduced to Jackson and Daphne who unwittingly become her ‘life to be’
Amber is a natural born con-artist. She inveigles her way into the life of Daphne and her circle effortlessly with a seemingly bottomless instinct for weakness and endless talent for ‘grooming’ Daphne into believing whatever meets Amber’s needs. Or so Liv Constantine would have us believe. As part of her meticulous ‘research’ Amber invents a mythical sister who passed away of Cystic Fibrosis after learning that Daphne runs a charity for families suffering from Cystic Fibrosis as her sister also passed away from it many years ago. Daphne seems very warm towards Amber, as she feels a unique bond with someone who has also lost her sister to Cystic Fibrosis. This friendship blossoms as Amber turns herself into everything that she feels Daphne needs and lacks and they are soon totally inseperable.
Amber doesn’t stop her scheming at insinuating herself into Daphne’s life, but is also determined to make herself irreplacable to Jackson too. He eventually hires Amber as his assistant after she cons Daphne with a sob story about being sexually harrassed by her boss and she persuades her husband that the ever helpful Amber is just what his office needs to run perfectly. Amber transforms herself from ‘girl next door’ to a Jackson’s dream woman inch by inch and step by step – and soon they embark upon a passionate and exciting affair underneath Daphne’s very nose. Where this book really starts to gerexciting is just when Amber thinks that she’s finally got what she’s always wanted: there is a stunning plot twist with a hefty dose of ‘be careful what you wish for…’
It’s so hard to review The Last Mrs Parrish without revealing any spoilers, but rest assured you will love the way that this post takes everything you thought you knew about these three characters and the world they inhabit and turns it 100% on its head Jackson is far from the prize that Amber has dreamed of being possessed by, and Daphne is perhaps not as weak malleable and trusting as the bold Amber thought she was. This was genuinely a very entertaining read and it is sure to attract a huge number of readers who love a ‘Grip Lit’ tale and are fascinated by domestic arrangements seem though a glass darkly. If you loved ‘Pretty Little Liars’ you will absolutely love this book and will definitely be desperate to find someone else who’s read it to talk about its twists and turns.
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Thank you to HarperFiction and NetGalley for the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for The Last Mrs. Parrish.
I was really intrigued to discover that Liv Constantine is the pen name for sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine who actually wrote this book over Skype together! What a fantastic story – it’s certainly made me wish that I’d been there for some of their late night phone calls
Here is the link to their website so you can read all about it for yourselves- it’s also very exciting to read that Reese Witherspoon has nominated it as one of her book club choices which means that we definitely stand a better chance of meeting Amber on screen in the not too distant future. I’m already casting it in my head…