Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel, The

Liv Constantine
“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)The mesmerizing debut about a coolly manipulative woman and a wealthy "golden couple," from a stunning new voice in psychological suspense.Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve.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. 

Reviews

Reviewed: 2019-03-25

I'm reviewing this book several years after I read it, so my review might be a little less than accurate, but here goes.

I read this book when I was stuck in a hotel room in Rochester, MN when Delaney was having her "independent weekend".  I remember this book being a fast read with some good twists & turns and definitely an ending I wasn't predicting.

This was a thriller, but also had some humor & finese as Daphne outsmarted Amber & Jackson.  This really was the best twist of them all.

Spoiler Alert #1 - I liked that Daphne (Wife #1) outsmarted Amber (Wife #2), even though Amber thought she was playing the puppetmaster of everything.

Spoiler Alert #2 - I was also surprised when Jackson turned out to be a psychopath.  I took him for a cliched middle aged man looking for a younger & more beautiful upgraded wife.  I didn't see the whole controlling, terrifying behind closed doors part of his personality.

I figured Reese Witherspoon picked this as a Book of the Month choice because she already owns the book rights and will be making it into a movie.  She's smart like that.

I would recommend this as a good beach read.  

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