The Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel by Liv ConstantineThe Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel by Liv Constantine

The Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel

byLiv Constantine

Hardcover | October 17, 2017

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"Filled with envy, deception, and power, it’s a great reading escape. And there is a thrilling twist at the end!!" —Reese Witherspoon

“Will keep you up. In a ‘can’t put it down’ way. It’s ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ with XX chromosomes.”—The Skimm

“Deliciously duplicitous. . . . equally as twisty, spellbinding, and addictive as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.”—Library Journal (starred review)

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—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

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 Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, 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.

Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Separated by three states, they spend hours plotting via Skype and burning up each other’s emails. They attribute their ability to concoct dark story lines to the hours they spent listening to tales handed down by their Greek grandmother. They live in...
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Title:The Last Mrs. Parrish: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:October 17, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner Great book, if you love suspense this the book for you.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it, Didn't Love it I liked the book. It kept me engaged to find out what was going to happen next. I had a feeling that things were likely not all they were cracked up to be for Daphne but was not expecting such a major change in perspective part-way through the book. Definitely an entertaining read, and look forward to seeing what Liv Constantine comes up with next.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mysterious and Conniving A very addictive novel that sucks you in. The first part of the book leaves the reader feeling conflicted as to their loyalty to the main character, but the story unfolds in a very calculated way. Great plot but the dialogue often felt slightly contrived and forced, which sometimes made it hard to connect with the story. The ending/big reveal at the end of the story also felt very rushed.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice twist The beginning was a little bit hard to read - too many little details on clothing, and the main character Amber was hard to like. I almost gave up reading but I'm glad I didn't. Maybe 1/3 into the book, the perspective changes and there is a big twist to the plot! Quite an original storyline, I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Devilishly addictive Wow, The Last Mrs. Parish was a thoroughly addictive Psychological thriller told from 2 unique female perspectives, the spoiled-beautiful wife & the deviant small town home wrecker. Plus there's an extremely wealthy psychotic husband tossed in to the mix. None of these characters have any redeeming qualities as they're all equally hideous, vapid & damaged creatures that you'll soon come to despise but feel utterly compelled to follow. The ending fell a bit flat for me as I would have preferred a different turn of events for our 2 female leads but since this was a debut novel I can overlook this shortcoming . All in all it was a thoroughly engaging, twisty read that did not fail to entertain. I look forward to reading future novels by the Constantine sisters as they seem to be gifted wordsmiths. 4 stars for such deviant characters!
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Calculating and Captivating This story is told in three parts. The first part is Amber. She is a con woman. She detests the wealthy, but wants to join their privileged lifestyle more than anything. Her latest target are Daphne and Jackson Parrish. She wants to be the next Mrs. Parrish. Amber studies on art and real estate and joins the same gym as Daphne to learn more about the community she wants to join. She “accidentally” bumps into Daphne at the gym and talks about her sister Charlene who died of CF. Daphne runs a foundation named Julie’s Smile, after her sister Julie who died of CF. Amber did her homework. Soon Amber and Daphne become close friends. 
Amber says she wants to help be part of Julie’s Smile and Daphne accepts, thinking she’s finally found someone who can relate to the pain she’s gone through. Amber meets the other women of the foundation the next day at Daphne’s house. She recognizes most of them from the gym, but none of them remember her. She uses this information to her advantage. She always thinks steps ahead. First, Amber takes pictures of the co-chair - who always talks about the men she cheats on her husband with - and sends to her husband. This leads Amber to being the next co-chair. Daphne’s closest friend Meredith warns Daphne about Amber’s true intentions, but Daphne shrugs it off. Amber lies about her father sexually abusing her. The more time Amber spends with Daphne, the more she sees what Daphne has and become more envious. Amber is manipulative, calculating, probably a sociopath and only looks out for herself. She is a true villain. One readers will hate. She believes she deserves the life Daphne has, she would never take it for granted - the designer dresses, the big house with the lovely view, the handsome husband, the ease of having maids, drivers and travelling to New York on a whim. Amber wants the perfect life Daphne has and is willing to do anything to get it. Amber makes her appearance mousy and unassuming. As we read more about Amber, we learn she tried to do something like this a few years ago, but failed. She soon lies about her boss making a pass at her and Daphne gets her a job at Parrish International working with Jackson Parrish. Slowly she poisons Jackson’s first assistant and soon takes her position. She becomes indispensable to Jackson. There’s one problem, he is in love with his wife. So Amber tries harder to get close to Daphne and soon buys the perfume Daphne become allergic to, she comments on their marriage and learns that one strain is Daphne’s inability to give Jackson a son. Soon Amber spends the night in the apartment in New York owned by Jackson, going to plays with him and lying about her conversations with Daphne to make her seem more desirable. When Daphne starts to suspect an affair (and tells Amber Jackson cheated in the past, Amber uses it). Soon Daphne becomes stressed and puts on weight. Amber is there to help with Daphne’s mother. Daphne later sets up Amber with Greg and Amber uses him to make Jackson jealous and soon enough Amber starts an affair with Jackson. She gets pregnant, with a son and manipulates Jackson to divorce Daphne, distance himself from his daughters Talulah and Bella and soon she lives in the Parrish house and starts living her best life. 
The second part of the story is Daphne. This is a tough read and for anyone suffering or previously suffered from domestic abuse and rape. Daphne was in her mid twenties when she met Jackson Parrish. She was taken with him right away. When Daphne’s father had a heart attack and later passed away, Jackson was there for her. He helped find the best doctors and even helped at her mother’s B&B. She fell fast and got married fast because she wanted her father to walk down the aisle. As soon last he honeymoon begins, we learn about Jackson’s controlling nature. He is handsome, charming, but wants things to be a certain way and is temperamental and quickly becomes furious if things don’t go his way. He immediately wants to try for a son. When he finds out Daphne is pregnant with a daughter, he walks about of the doctor’s office. He blames Daphne. He buys her clothes for her, tells her what to do (go to the gym to stay in shape), plans her schedule and how he wants the house to look. Jackson wants a certain kind of wife. He tells Daphne what to wear, he limits the time she spends with her friends and asks her to keep a food journal to track what she eats so she doesn’t get fat. Daphne tries to get away after her first daughter is born, but Jackson pays off doctors to tell judges that Daphne tried to hurt their daughter - something Jackson tried to do - and even sends Daphne to a hospital. She says she’ll do anything he wants to save her daughter. When Bella comes along, things only get worse. Jackson berates Daphne for her inability to provide a son. He is very abusive to Daphne and threatens her with a gun and rapes her multiple times. After reading Amber’s interactions with Daphne, we learn why everything looks perfect and why Daphne never eats. Jackson has a grip on her. He measures the house on random inspections to make sure everything is where it should be. He appears to be the perfect husband, but he uses her insecurities against Daphne and teases her for not having gotten over Julie’s death. He says “You don’t want a stupid Mommy, do you?” or “a fat Mommy” in front of their children and has Daphne take French classes, read certain books, watch movies to carry intelligent conversations. He buys her gifts to show his wealth, but its all for show. He even refuses to get Bella tested because she has trouble reading and calls her stupid. Daphne eventually devises a plan. She takes more classes at the university under an assumed name and starts secretly selling her things to save money to get away. She starts suspecting Amber and when she finds out Amber’s real name is Lana and she’s a con woman she plans her escape. She makes up stories to make Amber the perfect woman for Jackson. She uses Amber’s real identity against Jackson once Amber’s son is born to get Jackson to sign away his rights. She uses the money from her divorce to save a trust for the girls. Daphne moves to California with her mother - after telling her the truth - to start a new, happier life. She also has a friend help expose Jackson’s illegal dealings and soon he is arrested by the FBI. The third part of this book is told in differing perspectives. This is where the story became a challenge because Amber is left with Jackson. She gets everything she wants and soon she is the target of Jackson’s abuse. As much of a terrible person Amber is, how heartless, being left to Jackson was not something she deserved. The story is well written. It is captivating, the characters are well written and well developed. The author is a pseudonym for two sister authors, so the different perspectives in the book are distinct.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This book took me a little while to get into, but it was definitely a page turner! I read it on the advice of a friend and I couldn't put it down because I just had to find out where it was going. If you're looking for a book with characters you love to hate, then this is absolutely the one for you.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! This was a page turner fo sure. Great read highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Diabolical If you are looking for spellbinding suspense, page turning psychological twists and complex and riveting characters - then you need to read this book.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting page turner The Last Mrs. Parish is the latest novel from two sisters writing as Liv Constantine. And for those of you who like psychological suspense - you're going to want to read this one! Amber has set her sights set on having Daphne Parrish's fairy tale life. Not just a life like Daphne's - she literally wants her husband Jackson, her house, her money and her social standing. And why shouldn't she have it she thinks? She's smart, beautiful and just as good as these society women. So, she reinvents herself, begins ingratiating herself with Daphne and slowly insinuates her way into the Parrish family life...... Oh, Amber is one of the best 'worst' characters I've read in a long time. She's callous, cold and calculating. Constantine's depiction of her scheming is impossible to put down. The reader is aware of Amber's plan and I wanted to shout at Daphne - to wake her up to what is happening right under her nose. Surely she can't be that oblivious? There are three parts to The Last Mrs. Parrish. Part Two comes from a different viewpoint - and is no less addictive. You might have an idea whose viewpoint part two belongs to - and yes, you're going to race through it as well. Part three? Well, it's just perfect. And just deserts. Constantine does a wonderful job of manipulating her characters - and the reader. Although the twist is telegraphed ahead, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. The Last Mrs. Parrish was a five star read for me - twisty, addicting and just plain fun to read. I wouldn't be surprised to see film rights for this book being snapped up. I look forward to the next thriller from these two sisters.
Date published: 2017-10-23

Editorial Reviews

“Gillian Flynn meets Joy Fielding in Liv Constantine’s The Last Mrs. Parrish. In an age of great anti-heroines, comes the most unlikeable one yet, the coldly devilish Amber Patterson. This thriller delivers the most satisfying ending since B.A. Paris’ smash hit Behind Closed Doors—and a victorious romp of revenge.”