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The Last Mrs Parrish

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You won't want to miss this mesmerising debut from a fresh new voice in psychological suspense.

Perfect for fans of B. A. Paris, Shari Lapena and Liane Moriarty.

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....

©2017 Lynne Constantine and Valerie (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

" The Last Mrs Parrish is an addictive and twisty debut." (Karin Slaughter)
"Wonderfully plausible, hypnotically compelling, and deliciously chilling and creepy - some of the best psychological suspense you'll read this year." (Lee Child)
"A wonderfully clever story, filled with suspense and a shocking twist, that kept me turning the pages." (Jane Green, best-selling author of Summer Secrets)

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Nothing Meets the Eye

What started out as a typical husband stealing tirade. There came another side to be told.

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Couldn’t stop listening!

The story was a little slow in the beginning.
I was intrigued though. I did find it a little predictable. There were no real surprises in my opinion. But it was still a fun easy read that I enjoyed.

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  • AnnieJuly
  • 01-05-18

Predictable and corny...but very enjoyable :)

Okay, first let's be blunt about what this book is - this is corny, predictable and nothing more than an off the peg "psychological thriller". The long arm of coincidence and entirely incredible turns of events are employed with abandon. The old dual narrator device, with its inevitability that "everything you thought you knew is not what it seems" is getting as stale as last year's scones. But then this did not claim to be a great work of literary fiction. I bought it for a long car journey where all I wanted was to be kept entertained, not challenged intellectually, and this completely delivered. I killed 6 of the 12 hours on the return journey alone, and soon listened to the rest at home. It is actually quite well-written in terms of the prose, with a nice line in vinegary human observations. Many of these types of books are not only hackneyed but direly written - not this. So, this is a really entertaining audio version of pool reading. It does what it says on the tin and you probably will not get bored! I thought it was really well narrated also, which goes a long way. Worse ways to spend a free credit.

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  • Marj
  • 06-09-18

Best book for a long time !

I don't usually write reviews but this was a definite winner, couldn't put it down....brilliant story and very well read ....bravo !

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  • Donna Holmes
  • 03-09-18

great!

a really good book! split down into 3 parts, each part told so very well.
part 1 Amber, young, forceful, determined, going after what she wants without a care to anyone around. you get a real sense of desire from her. she wants Jackson and will stop at nothing to get him.
part 2 Daphne, the wife, the real story, the sense of betrayal, the abuse, the life with Jackson.
part 3. summation. the coming together of all elements. this is such a good psychological thriller. an awful story of abuse, of mistrust and betrayal. yet it's told so.well, sympathetically and caring. the ending whilst not unexpected was different enough to be exciting.

overall I loved this book. the audio was very well done. the narrator's voices were definitely a contribution to the telling of the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-20-18

Fantistic

Good if not better than Gone Girl.
My favourite book in ages i loved it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-23-18

Just terrible!

Firstly the narrators were monotonous and bland throughout. The story line was OK and had potential BUT I don’t think there was a single believable conversation in the whole book. So superficial! And the ending! It just went on and on forever and was far too sickly sweet to be believable. Awful! Please don’t waste your time.

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  • Book Addict
  • 04-01-18

I do NOT recommend this book

It was predictable, slow, and just plain disturbing on a number of levels. And not in a good way. I finished it, hoping for something redeeming and a surprise twist to make it worthwhile... which never happened. I don’t like leaving a bad review, but I really did not like this one.

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  • MMac
  • 04-19-19

Enjoyable but a little repetitive

An enjoyable plot that kept me entertained during my commute to work for a couple of days. None of the characters were likable, and the repetition of some plot points became quite irritating, but overall it was a fun listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-23-19

Unputdownable

Suspenseful and exciting. Very well written and I loved the two viewpoints. one of the nastiest characters I've read.

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  • Deirdre Murray
  • 03-22-19

cannot understand why this book is recommended

This was by far the dullest of my audible listens so far. Shallow unidimensional characters, far fetched plot, everything dragged out far too long. Why???

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  • Lozenger_85
  • 02-17-19

Cleverly Crafted Story

A very well written psychological thriller. I don't want to give anything away but I guarantee you'll finish this book with a strong sense of satisfaction! I'll be eagerly awaiting further books from Liv Constantine. Just one slight criticism - I found the narrator voicing Amber very robotic to begin with, I was debating giving up but I found I got used to it and I think the narration improved throughout the book - so don't let it put you off.

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  • Christina
  • 02-18-18

Written by a 12 year old?

What disappointed you about The Last Mrs Parrish?

The story started out slow and childish. It bored me to death but someone had recommended the book to me so I kept at it. Then the "twist" happened, it got a fraction better for a little while then was back to slow and boring. All the "drama" that happened in the book was so petty and ridiculous. It was painful to listen to this book all the way to the end. I want to say that maybe it would captivate younger ears but I read the Twilight books, which were meant for a younger age audience and I loved those. This, unfortunately, cannot possibly entertain any age reader. I'm sorry to the person that recommended this to me but in this case, sooo not for me.

Has The Last Mrs Parrish put you off other books in this genre?

No. It was just this one. I like the genre.

Would you be willing to try another one of Suzanne Elise Freeman and Meghan Wolf ’s performances?

I was hoping that reading this book myself may have helped me enjoy the book a bit more, the voices were very plain and they didn't seem to have much experience. However, I think that having to read this horrible book may have bored them enough to not put a lot of effort in. I am not one to go around writing horrible reviews on things so I will say that given the horribly awful quality of the book I cannot blame the women's performances in this case.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I guess the story had a good plot. Possibly a different author could've written a better book around the story-line.

Any additional comments?

I would NOT recommend.

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  • Janet
  • 12-31-17

Long winded

Story line was ok but the constant repetition was annoying .Ending was quite good though .

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  • Angela Henschke
  • 10-14-19

amazing

couldnt wait for the ending! flipping between the two perspectives made it an interesting story. couldn't put it down.

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  • Aussielee
  • 09-18-19

Little overrated

Liv Constantine is the pen name for two sisters who co-wrote The Last Mrs Parrish. It seems apt (or maybe even ironic) then that I enjoyed about half this book.

It was the first part I had issues with. This part is written in the third person and features Amber. Amber is basically psychopathic and a reader would never feel even the smallest amount of sympathy for her ‘plight’. Her main goal in life is to be rich and she decides to get rich by marrying well, in particular by becoming the next Mrs Parrish.

Unfortunately for Amber, there already is a current Mrs Parrish, Daphne. Apart from being married to Jackson Parrish and, therefore, wealthy, Daphne is a mother of two girls who runs a CF charity foundation named after her sister who died from the disease. Amber’s plan is to become Daphne’s best friend and then, once she’s made herself one of the family, seduce Jackson so that he divorces Daphne and marries her.

I think one of my biggest issues with the basic plot is Amber’s plan. It doesn't make sense. As in, surely there are some rich eligible bachelors in the States that she didn’t need to hone in on a married man. Maybe an older man that would have died soon after marriage and she’d clean up? It just didn’t make much sense to me why Amber pursued Jackson, knowing he was married to the gorgeous and accomplished Daphne, in the first place.

Anyway, this first part of the book, told from Amber’s point of view, drags. I actually think it goes for way too long and could have been at least half its size. As as reader, you get the point early on. I didn’t need the endless jealous rants of Amber about Daphne’s lifestyle choices, or her whining about Daphne and Jackson’s ‘bratty’ kids. The writing too was quite basic and boring and I began to relate to the low rated reviews of the book. I actually thought long and hard about tossing the book into the DNF pile around this stage. The only thing that kept me reading was my suspicion regarding Jackson and wondering if I was correct (I was).

Part two swaps to Daphne’s point of view and, as I hinted, it revealed pretty much what I’d already suspected. Although the revelations of this part came as no surprise, they did, however, escalate and I appreciated that from the writers. And, obviously, with the tension of the book suddenly amped up a notch, I became much more invested in the story and eager to turn the pages to find out how things would be resolved.

The resolution was very tidy, maybe too tidy considering some of the more sinister moments described in the second part of the book but I guess the writers were trying to give us the typical old-fashioned chance to cheer on the good girl against the baddies.

I wouldn’t say the buzz about the Constantine sisters and their brilliance is completely justified. (I actually wonder if the praise would be as forthcoming if The Last Mrs Parrish had been written conventionally by one writer.) I’m not sure if there was anything groundbreaking about the book. The second part ensured it was an enjoyable enough read though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-19

Give it away after the first part.

It starts great, but when it gets to Daphne’s part (Part II). There are dark themes that are based on revenge and are quite uncomfortable to read.

I started reading because it had a ‘surprising twist’ however it wasn’t really surprising and wasn’t really a twist. Just the usual soap opera gossip.

Very disappointed. If you want to read, finish it after Amber’s chapter.

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  • Lucinda Coble
  • 10-30-18

thought it was going nowhere, then BANG!

just when I thought the story wasn't going anywhere and it was getting stagnant I was slapped in the face. a great read

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  • Nicola
  • 05-14-18

Awesome!!

Loved this book, could not put it down!! Well written and loved the twists and turns!

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  • Bianca
  • 04-25-18

Fantastic!

Couldn’t stop listening to it. A really fantastic story, suspenseful. Highly recommend! The voice at times was a little slow for me, but maybe that’s because I was eager to hear what was about to happen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-18

So good!!

This book is amazing. So many twists and turns. Great read or listen. The ending is the best

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-18

literally the worst

seriously, so bad and ridiculous but an easy trashy listen. the characters suck and the dialogue is hilariously bad