The Last Mrs. Parrish was Reese Witherspoon’s December pick for her book club (@reesesbookclubxhellosunshine on Insta) and luckily, I got it on sale for $1.99 on Amazon sooo…obviously I was pretty stoked to read this one. It gave off a thriller vibe, which y’all know I usually let Kaylie take charge of, but this book generated a lot of hype, (and it was cheap) I had to jump on the bandwagon.
The GoodReads blurb:
A mesmerizing debut psychological thriller full of delicious twists about a coolly manipulative woman who worms her way into the lives of a wealthy “golden couple” from Connecticut to achieve the privileged life she wants.
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 and her husband, Jackson—the beautiful philanthropist and the confident real estate mogul—are a golden couple straight out of a fairytale, blessed with two lovely young daughters.
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 Parrish family, 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.
Liv Constantine is the pen name of bestselling authors and sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Separated by three states, they spend hours plotting via skype 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. Visit them at www.livconstantine.com
So I’ll start with: this is a debut novel. In my opinion, those usually get a little more leeway when being reviewed..this might not be fair, but it’s my blog soo………
The Last Mrs. Parrish is a psychological thriller so trigger warnings for sexual and emotional abuse.
I thought the story line was interesting BUT I was reading under the assumption the writing was putting forth a juvenile tone because the main character, Amber, was an immature bitch. Halfway through the book, it switched to a different point of view, Daphne, (aka Mrs. Parrish) and the childish writing continued. It felt very disjointed, almost factual, like a police statement or something, instead of telling a story. For lack of a better description, it didn’t flow.
HOWEVER, I kept reading. I don’t know if it went so quickly because it was a slow day at work or if it was because I had to know what happened…but I finished it in 2 days. By the end of the first half of the book, I was getting a bit bored with Amber. We get it, you’re crazy and want to rule the world, been there-done that, (maybe this is why I don’t read thrillers?!) your life is so hard and it’s not fair that you aren’t rich and draped in furs and jewels, blah blah blah. Thankfully, the second half of the book starts over with Daphne’s story. This is the part where I was hooked-because it’s a “thriller”, you can probably guess this is where the story takes a twist! I will say it wasn’t quite the thrill-ride I was expected for a book that was so highly publicized, I certainly don’t think it qualifies as a “suspenseful thriller” as I didn’t experience many feelings of suspense.
I won’t spill any other details because I’m no snitch BUT I flew through the rest of the book once I got halfway through-which took way too long; this is a 400 page book that could stand to lose 100 pages of fat. It’s definitely not a hard read to follow-there are really only three characters to keep up with.
Overall, I rated The Last Mrs. Parrish 3 stars. The writing was sub-par, which was disappointing but also not completely surprising since it is a debut novel. It begs the question, what makes a good novel? There was minimal suspense. I read it really quickly. I was 40% surprised. I didn’t hate it but I wouldn’t read it again and I’m not going to tell all my friends OH WOW YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK! So, it’s just a “meh” for me. Which I think may be an unpopular opinion. Oof. I have heard that The Wife Between Us is very similar in premise (apparently better), but I haven’t read that one yet, so you’ll have to take Goodreads’ word for it!