The Last Mrs Parrish is a gripping psychological thriller debut from Liv Constantine, which has plenty of twists to keep the pages turning.
Liv Constantine is actually 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. What a way to write books!
Amber Patterson is fed up. She is 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 Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To others in in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbour, Daphne and her husband Jackson, are a golden couple straight out of a fairy-tale and blessed with two young daughters.
Amber’s envy could eat her alive – if she didn’t have a plan in mind. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring nature to insinuate herself into the family’s life. This is the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest friend and confidante, travelling 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.
“Appearances can be deceiving” comes to mind for The Last Mrs Parrish and that whole notion really stuck with me throughout the book.
The way the story of the three main characters in the book – Amber, Daphne and Jackson – unfolds got me wondering if you ever really know someone? What can you, or should you, believe? Who can we trust in life?
For me, The Last Mrs Parrish is a grower. It starts out slowly but gained steady steam until I couldn’t put the book down. I didn’t realise how much I’d been drawn in until my husband asked why I was carrying the book around all of the time! I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next.
I bet lots of you have read this already and I’d love to know what YOU thought.
If you haven’t read it, do!
The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine (€11.19) from Easons.
Jennie Scanlan, Mother of Dragons (well actually, 1 teen, 1 tween and a Ronaldo wannabe), rugby coach and eternal dreamer. Jennie loves nothing more than being lost down the rabbit hole of her books and her Kindle. With a pinch of empowerment, a teaspoon of solitude and the odd G&T she is not shy of an opinion or a or letting you know what passions stir her body and mind.
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