Sunday, December 31, 2017

(108)The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine


Amber Patterson and Daphne Parrish have bonded over the fact that they both lost loved ones to Cystic Fibrosis.  Amber is the mousy little thing from Nebraska and Daphne is the glamorous wife of the uber-wealthy Jackson Parrish.  Soon the two women are inseprable and Amber becomes like a family member to Daphne, invited to holiday dinners, on vacations, and more.   Amber is envious of Daphne and her perfect life.  The money that she spends like it is water, the gorgeous husband who is so obviously devoted, and the stunning mansion are all things that Amber covets for herself.   She sets a plan into motion that will give her everything that she wants, but is she prepared for having all of her dreams come true?

Holy moly - the thing to remember as you read this heartpounding thriller is that there are two sides to every story.  The first half of the book is told from Amber's viewpoint and you watch as she inserts herself into the lives of the Parrish family.  You get to see her plot and plan to get the life that she feels that she deserves.  The second half of the book is told from Daphne's viewpoint and you realize that her life is not nearly as perfect as Amber thinks it is.  For obvious reasons Amber was a less than likable character.  But it isn't until you get to Daphne's story that you realize just how good The Last Mrs. Parrish is.  -- CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS  I was absolutely thrilled with the way the book ended, but I was sad to see it end.

Bottom line - The Last Mrs. Parrish was an absolutely brilliant way to end the 2017 year in reading.  The book was full of intrigue and suspense and had a very gothic feel to it.  What better way to spend your New Year's Eve.  Go read it now!

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1 comments:

Chris Simpson said...

Thanks for the spoiler. I'd heard there was a twist and kept reading in order to appreciate it. But I'm on page 130 and so far it's all been descriptions of dresses and purses and rooms and luxury and how it all pisses Amber off, and then we're into more descriptions of dresses by So-and-So and etcetera, etcetera, etcetera and at least Vogue magazine has pictures!

Yeah, anyway. This book may have a wonderful twist (and I have to admit, it does sound very clever) but when it takes that long of plugging through orgasms of yachts and dresses and accessories to get to it, well the best twist in the world just doesn't seem worth it.

Now I know how it ends and can move on to another book.

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