Review The Last Mrs. Parrish: A novel by Liv Constantine


“Filled with envy, deception, and power, it’s a great reading escape. And there is a thrilling twist at the end!!” —Reese Witherspoon

“Will keep you up. In a ‘can’t put it down’ way. It’s ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ with XX chromosomes.”—The Skimm

“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)

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.


Editorial Reviews


“[A] wicked debut thriller… you’ll relish every diabolical turn.” (People)

“‘The Last Mrs. Parrish’ by Liv Constantine will keep you up. In a ‘can’t put it down’ way. It’s ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ with XX chromosomes.” (The Skimm)

“[A] haunting psychological thriller. . . . Engrossing.” (Real Simple)

“Utterly irresistible. . . . The Last Mrs. Parrish pivots on an enormous and satisfying twist. . . . the pages keep flying, flying, flying by.” (USA Today)

“If you like your thrillers with an unexpected twist, this one’s for you.” (New York Post)

“A bravura performance.” (The Sunday Times (UK))

“‘The Last Mrs. Parrish’ Should Be the Very Next Book You Read.” (Huffington Post)

“Fabulous. . . . I read this book in a flash, devouring every twisty delicious detail.” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

“This deliciously naughty novel of psychological suspense is perfect for fans of Daphne du Maurier, L.S. Hinton and Jessica Knoll.”  (LitHub, “5 Crime Must-Reads Coming in October”)

“One compulsive read. . . . It’s a terrific debut, and I look forward to seeing what the Constantine sisters do next!”   (Book Reporter)

Top customer reviews

Mary Lins

Let’s hear it for escapism! Not everything I read and enjoy has to be “literature”, sometimes I need to follow a long literary tome with something frivolous and deliciously fun. “The Last Mrs. Parrish”, by two sisters who write under the name, Liv Constantine, is exactly the transition novel I needed this week (it will make an excellent travel/holiday novel and eventually a film)!

“The Last Mrs. Parrish”, is what I like to call “Wealth Porn”. Part of its appeal derives from the meticulously detailed descriptions of the lives and luxuries of the Very Very Wealthy: private jets, opulent homes, designer clothes/shoes/handbags/lingerie, jewelry, et. Now, this might not appeal to every reader, but I’m happy with my Never-in-Business-Class lot in life, so I’m not crushed with envy, instead it’s fun to imagine how the other 1% lives while eating my home-made lunch at my desk. Throw in a suspenseful and just-complicated-enough plot, plus a dash of twists, and I’m having a grand ole time.

Amber Patterson is a completely amoral young woman who has designed a detailed and diabolical plan to acquire wealthy entrepreneur, Jackson Parrish, via a fake-friendship with his wife, Daphne. You don’t really need to know more than that! Who need Major Themes, Symbolism, and Life Lessons? Is the villain TOO villainous? Yep. Will you anticipate some of the twists? Sure! So what?! Just jump in and enjoy!

Georgeta Silaghi
Part I & Part II are awesome!! All I could think about while reading was getting to the end and see how it goes! I loved every minute of it… until Part III was predictable.. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it was one the best books I’ve ever read. I just wish the ending was a bit different 🙂 Still, totally recommend!!
This book stuck with me long after I finished it, but not in a wholly positive way. I was familiar with the Robert Browning poem “My Last Duchess” (presumably the inspiration for the title and plot) before beginning the novel, so I had some idea of how it was all going to turn out. The novel includes much of the same themes and images from the poem, though leaving little room for interpretation or imagination. I was surprised, however, and even a little shocked at the visceral and slightly disturbing turns the novel takes in the second half. Though not the most inspired or original plot, the characters were engaging enough that I was able to look past a lot of the story’s quite obvious flaws. The biggest problem I had with the story was the ending, as the ethical dilemma presented by the main character’s fate left me feeling confused and a bit unfulfilled. I won’t give away any spoilers, but let’s just say that karma is not always so cut-and-dry. All in all, it is a worthy piece of fiction that doesn’t live up to the subtle mystery of Browning’s poem, but still offers enough twists to keep the casual reader interested.




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