The Last Mrs. Parrish
By Liv Constantine
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.
The Last Mrs. Parrish is’t something I would normally pick up, but I can now say it is the best psychological thriller I have read all year. I saw this was one of Reece Witherspoon’s Hello-Sunshine book club picks earlier in the year, all her picks that I have read so far have been great and this one didn’t disappoint either.
Daphne has it all, the rich husband, big mansion, designer clothes, beautiful friends, the perfect life everyone dreams of including Amber. Invisible, poor, jealous Amber really wants it all, she does her research and she slowly but surely slips into the Parrish family. First it is to help out at Daphne’s charity, then they go for lunches, dinners, drinks, Amber gets invited to family gatherings, christmas, holidays she befriends Daphne to get a taste of the rich life, but she doesn’t just want a taste, she wants everything, she wants to be the new Mrs. Parrish. But will Amber’s own lies and secrets get in her way to what she really wants with her life.
The book is set out into 3 parts.
Part 1. Amber’s point of view, you see her cunning plan unfold.
Part 2. Daphne’s point of view on her life and Amber
Part 3. Both perspectives where you find out the satisfying and thrilling ending.
I got totally absorbed in this story, Amber was a fabulous villain; cunning, manipulative and smart. Some people may think this thriller is a slow burner but I disagree, it kept me on my toes throughout and you can’t just take over someones life in a few pages of reading, it takes time, but it was unravelled slowly like peeling away layers of an onion.
I don’t think this is the kind of book where you are supposed to like the characters, if anything I felt sorry for Daphne and Amber. They both lead very different lives and both seemed unhappy in them. They both didn’t feel satisfied with what they had in their lives and I think both are incredibly lonely. Both women were powerful and independent in their own ways and although their friendship was never real, I felt at times they really did have a connection, mainly because when they were together they both felt less lonely.
The Last Mrs. Parrish is a calculated, manipulative psychological thriller full of lies, deceit and revenge, I was engrossed and curious from page 1 and the ending is a roller coaster ride of twists, turns and revealed secrets. If you want a new psychological thriller to pick up I highly recommend this one!
Have you read The Last Mrs. Parrish? What were your thoughts? Do you recommend any other books from the Hello-Sunshine book club? Get in touch, I would love to know our thoughts. Katie x