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The Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel Hardcover – October 17, 2017
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“[A] wicked debut thriller… you’ll relish every diabolical turn.” (People)
“‘The Last Mrs. Parrish’ by Liv Constantine will keep you up. In a ‘can’t put it down’ way. It’s ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ with XX chromosomes.” (The Skimm)
“[A] haunting psychological thriller. . . . Engrossing.” (Real Simple)
“A scheming young woman determined to be the ‘next Mrs. Parrish’ insinuates herself into the lives of golden Connecticut couple Jackson and Daphne Parrish.” (USA Today, “Five Books Not to Miss This Week”)
“If you like your thrillers with an unexpected twist, this one’s for you.” (New York Post)
“‘The Last Mrs. Parrish’ Should Be the Very Next Book You Read.” (Huffington Post)
“Fabulous. . . . I read this book in a flash, devouring every twisty delicious detail.” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
“This deliciously naughty novel of psychological suspense is perfect for fans of Daphne du Maurier, L.S. Hinton and Jessica Knoll.” (LitHub, “5 Crime Must-Reads Coming in October”)
“One compulsive read. . . . It’s a terrific debut, and I look forward to seeing what the Constantine sisters do next!” (Book Reporter)
“The Last Mrs. Parrish is an addictive and twisty debut.” (Karin Slaughter, New York Times and international bestselling author)
About the Author
Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Separated by three states, they spend hours plotting via FaceTime 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. THE LAST MRS. PARRISH is their debut thriller.
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"The Last Mrs. Parrish", is what I like to call "Wealth Porn". Part of its appeal derives from the meticulously detailed descriptions of the lives and luxuries of the Very Very Wealthy: private jets, opulent homes, designer clothes/shoes/handbags/lingerie, jewelry, et. Now, this might not appeal to every reader, but I'm happy with my Never-in-Business-Class lot in life, so I'm not crushed with envy, instead it's fun to imagine how the other 1% lives while eating my home-made lunch at my desk. Throw in a suspenseful and just-complicated-enough plot, plus a dash of twists, and I'm having a grand ole time.
Amber Patterson is a completely amoral young woman who has designed a detailed and diabolical plan to acquire wealthy entrepreneur, Jackson Parrish, via a fake-friendship with his wife, Daphne. You don't really need to know more than that! Who need Major Themes, Symbolism, and Life Lessons? Is the villain TOO villainous? Yep. Will you anticipate some of the twists? Sure! So what?! Just jump in and enjoy!
She is still reading it and stated that so far it is good.
We first encounter Amber, an extremely avaricious young woman (who is also a consummate con artist). She is determined to “steal” and marry Daphne’s handsome and obscenely rich husband, Jackson Parrish. Having been born poor, and failed in her first vicious attempt to snag a rich husband, Amber has fled town, reinvented herself, and wormed her way into the Parrish’s lives by pretending to relate to Daphne. whose sister Julia died of CF. Amber pretends that she, too, has lost a sister to this disease, and volunteers at the charitable foundation “Julie’s Smile” organized by Daphne.
At first, Daphne accepts Amber at face value and considers her a cherished friend, actually persuading Jackson to hire her as his administrative assistant. As the plot thickens, though, it becomes obvious that the real situation is very different from the “ideal marriage” Amber is seeking to destroy; the second half of the narrative, voiced by Daphne, lets us see the reality of the “perfect life” which Amber has fantasized and plans to pirate from the woman she so envies. The culmination of the plot is extremely satisfying “poetic justice”, and just what one would hope for. I found this book a very good story, as well as an effective morality play.
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