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The Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel Hardcover – October 17, 2017
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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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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)
“Utterly irresistible. . . . The Last Mrs. Parrish pivots on an enormous and satisfying twist. . . . the pages keep flying, flying, flying by.” (USA Today)
“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)
“Think: a female Tom Ripley. . . . sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine, writing as Liv Constantine, build momentum with short, cliffhanger chapters racing toward a satisfying denouement.” (Shelf Awareness)
“The Last Mrs. Parrish is an addictive and twisty debut.” (Karin Slaughter, New York Times and international bestselling author)
“Captivating. . . a deliciously duplicitous psychological thriller that will lure readers until the wee hours and beyond. With a plot equally as twisty, spellbinding, and addictive as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, this is sure to be a hit with suspense fans.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“Constantine’s debut novel is the work of two sisters in collaboration, and these ladies definitely know the formula. A Gone Girl-esque confection with villainy and melodrama galore.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“To the pantheon of Gone Girl–type bad girls you can now add Amber Patterson, the heroine of this devilishly ingenious debut thriller. . . . The reader watches with shock and delight as Amber cold-bloodedly manipulates Daphne and Jackson and lays waste to anyone else who stands in her way. . . . To say any more would spoil all the twists that Constantine (the pseudonym of sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine) has in store along the way to a surprising and entirely satisfying ending. Suffice it to say that readers would have to go back to the likes of Ira Levin’s A Kiss Before Dying or Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley to find as entertaining a depiction of a sociopathic monster.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“The twists keep coming in this psychological roller coaster from debut author Constantine, the pen name of sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine…this is a satisfying thriller that offers a window into the darker side of glamorous lives and powerful men.”
“Wonderfully plausible, hypnotically compelling, and deliciously chilling and creepy—some of the best psychological suspense you’ll read this year.” (Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
“A wonderfully clever story, filled with suspense and a shocking twist, that kept me turning the pages.” (Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters)
“The Last Mrs. Parrish is an extraordinary debut and gripping psychological thriller that is full of unexpected twists. Readers will become obsessed with these chilling characters who pull you in and refuse to let go.” (Sara Blaedel, Denmark's award-winning internationally bestselling "Queen of Crime")
“Liv Constantine’s The Last Mrs. Parrish is a beautifully constructed set piece, an intricate narrative that doubles back and folds in on itself like a Mobius strip, revealing secret upon secret, and layer upon layer, with a seductive ‘just one more chapter’ urgency that will keep readers up all night. Giving new meaning to the adage ‘be careful what you wish for,’ The Last Mrs. Parrish proves that the worst that can happen just might be when you get what you want. Addictive!” (Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter)
“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.” (Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling author of Cover of Snow, Ruin Falls, and As Night Falls)
From the Back Cover
The mesmerizing debut about a coolly manipulative woman and a wealthy “golden couple,” from a stunning new voice in psychological suspense
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 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 destroy everything that Amber has worked toward, 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.
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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!
It was quite an experience to live in the mind of such a twisted woman. Quite an experience that I oh so enjoyed. Amber is dark and dangerous. She covets. A man. A marriage. A family. She covets and decides she will have that one day. Not her own man, or marriage, or family. Oh no, she will have the exact man, marriage, family she is coveting. So she puts a plan in motion to do whatever it takes to have that man, marriage, family. That entire life that isn't her own. What follows is such delicious and juicy deceit that I felt like I was a part of the scandal unfolding. I felt like a co-conspirator. And I oh so enjoyed it.
But I wasn't sure I wanted Amber to take that life away from Daphne. The woman who currently had the man. The marriage. The family. I really liked Daphne and the more Amber was slowly taking her life away from her, I wished I could jump into the book and tell Daphne what was going on behind her back. Tell her to watch the woman who has infiltrated her life; became her friend. Ah, but you see Daphne turns out to be way more than a pretty face who had it all. The man. The marriage. The family. Daphne turns out to be a heroine every woman could learn a few things from.
And as for Amber, well, I won't ruin anything for you but I will say that the saying "be careful what you wish for" has never ever been proven more true than in The Last Mrs. Parrish.
If you're looking for a scandalous thriller with a Hand That Rocks The Cradle/Single White Female feel, this is definitely a book you need on your TBR list!
A delightfully dark debut work that has me looking forward to more from these fabulous authors.
In THE LAST MRS. PARRISH (HarperCollins), Amber Patterson, if that’s her real name, is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: plain, invisible “Lara Crumb,” who blends into the background. She believes she deserves more— more of everything! She wants money and power. She wants a life-like the blonde-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne has and appears to take 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 is eating her alive, but she has a plan. She’s going to use Daphne’s compassion and caring to worm her way into the Parrish family’s life. The first step to becoming the next Mrs. Parrish, or so she believes. It doesn’t take long before Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson.
“Some women get everything. Some women get what they deserve.”
But a skeleton from her past may just undermine everything Amber has worked towards, and her well-laid plan may fall to pieces, like a house of cards.
I absolutely loved THE LAST MRS. PARRISH. It had me screaming at the characters, wanting to physically shake them at times, all while being sucked into this diabolical life of malicious excess and over the top drama. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. Liv Constantine (or the two sister authors, Constantine and Valerie) have a written this years first absolutely MUST-READ! I completely understand why Reece Witherspoon chose THE LAST MRS. PARRISH for her “Reece Witherspoon Bookclub” selection. Can we can expect to see it turned into a limited 10-episode HBO series, produced by Ms. Witherspoon? I hope so!