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Thursday, March 8, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (Thriller)


Greetings Friends!

My book club is back with a new year of reading and we really hit it out of the park with this one!

In January, we selected THE LAST MRS. PARRISH, which also happened to be a recent pick for Reese Witherspoon's book club, Hello Sunshine.



RATING:


Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Publication Date: October 2017


SYNOPSIS:


 “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. 
Order your copy on Amazon HERE.



REVIEW:


This was by no means a perfect story. I spent a lot of the time frustrated by the unlikeability of the characters, the constant observations on wealth and privilege, and the use of children as pawns in vindictive adult games; however, and I say this with an incredibly big sigh, it was an entertaining, interesting, and page-turning read that will give you a lot to think about! The pacing can be quite frustratingly slow in the beginning, but there comes a shift in the story, which you'll definitely know when that happens, and then it was certainly hard to put down after that.

The story is told from Amber's and Daphne's perspectives. Unfortunately, Amber is the focus of almost the first half and it's actually quite boring and tedious. There is this sense that you're supposed to feel for her because the majority of her life has been filled with one hardship and struggle after another, but the fact that she feels that she is owed a relationship with Jackson because of all that is simply ridiculous. She purposefully seeks out this couple and manipulates her way into the family, making her completely unsympathetic to readers. Personally, none of these characters were at all redeemable, and the more secrets that come out, the more there is to despise about all of them. And while I understand all the setup builds to me supporting the decisions and actions of one character, it's shaky at best. There were also some terribly despicable scenes that gave me reason to fear the ending; however, it was ultimately anticlimactic and incredibly uninventive! Many have and will like this cold plate of revenge, but mine was served just a little too lukewarm.

Overall, this does make a good choice to get a conversation going about all of life's shades of gray. especially in this #MeToo era as we ask ourselves and each other what exactly does a woman deserve?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


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Liv Constantine is the pen name of USA Today and WSJ 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. 

You can connect with them through:

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I have a feeling this one will be adapted into a movie soon, so give it a read before that happens!

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