Liv Constantine: The Last Mrs Parrish



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Are of to the closet full of designer clothes the fleet of cars and a private chef and estate sized mansion and expensive vacations down to the perfect powerful wealthy husband who provides it all and who is of course gorgeous and every woman wants him Mr Jackson ParrishListen Elon Musk might be able to buy himself hair but he can t make himself hot That s the balance of the universe It s realityUnderneath the opulence and money however Jackson is a controlling abusive waste of oxygen There are small hints leading up to the change in POV that there is something dark about Jackson but the shift in perspective brings it all rapidly to the forefront of the story because it is the forefront of Daphne s lifeOkay I shouldn t say rapidly First we need to get through how Daphne met Jackson their first date meeting the parents and getting married and going on a honeymoon and having a baby and like every other major milestone in a married couple s life before gasp Jackson is really a total dick punch Say it isn t soNowthis is where I start getting angryUp until this point I was willing to give this book 3 stars call it just so so and ind of Lifetime movie esue and move on with my life Except it is here in the last third of the book that the tagline really starts to reveal it s true meaning Some women get everything Some women get everything they deserve What Daphne deserves is to be free of Jackson To regain control of her life the lives of her children and move on from the prison she was living in even if she had everything Okay great Agreed You can t put a price on freedomBut in order for Daphne to escape her personal hell Amber must take her place in her abusive marriage And we as the readers are supposed to want this We re supposed to cheer this We re supposed to think it s inspiredThis is why the authors created such a one dimensional unsympathetic twat of a character in Amber So that when Daphne s clever plan succeeds and Amber becomes the new Mrs Jackson Parrish we the reader say Yes good She deserves this We re supposed to want a woman to be a victim of domestic abuse because that is a just punishmentAre you fucking Cult Science Fiction Films kidding meI could see this coming but I hoped it wasn t true Iept my fingers crossed that Daphne and Amber would find a way to join forces and destroy Jackson together I was still hoping I would end up back at a three star rating But nooooooooooI don t care how awful Amber is or how many heartless things she did in pursuit of her goal this is not a thing to wish on someone Prison time Sure that would have looked like justice But I m literally stunned that an active choice was made by the authors to convince readers that it s fun and entertaining to witness an unlikable character become a victim of domestic abuse and rapeAnyone who gave this book 4 or 5 stars really needs to examine why this twist didn t bother them I mean if you totally loved the book I m not here to judge your reviewbut just think about it Because honestly for as cheesy and boring and soap opera y as this novel is the resolution to Daphne s problems and what Amber deserves is dark and fucked up and no one should be okay with this ind of narrative device one that tells us some women deserve to be victims of abuseIt s sickIt takes a lot for me to hand out one star I save those for flaming piles of shit But I m making an exception in this case I think I ind totally hated this very strongly My reviews can also be seen at Stars I ve had a lucky streak of great books lately and I m happy to say that this was another terrific read The Last Mrs Parrish was a very compelling psychological suspense novel Some women get everything Some women get everything they deserve Amber Patterson detests the rich and privileged women she sees at the gym yet she would give anything to be one of them She is tired of being poor of feeling unimportant and invisible But Amber has a plan to change her life and it starts withDaphne ParrishDaphne has it alland Amber wants itDaphne feels like she finally has a friend who can really understand the loss she suffered Amber offers to help out with a foundation that Daphne runs and she s thrilled to have Amber s help Some of the other women aren t so sure about Amber but Daphne ignores their warnings as she grows even closer to Amber But she has no idea what Amber is up tooSpending holidays and even taking trips with the family Amber has done her research and feels like things are going perfectly However she may have charmed Daphne but there s still Jackson to win over Daphne had been easy pickings but Jackson was going to be a different matter entirely He was going to reuire all of Amber s cunning and ingenuity Amber is positive that she s finally going to have it all SHE was going to be the one everyone looked at and admired She was going to win this timeBut we don t always see what people are thinking behind their big smiles and we don t always now what goes on behind closed doors And Amber s past is full of things she doesn t want anyone to find outWill her secrets get out and ruin her big plans Will she finally get what she deservesThe book is broken up into three parts Part one is from Amber s perspective We learn about her plan to infiltrate the Parrish s world Part two is Daphne s point of view Part three was the best of all Both perspectives come together leading up to a thrilling and very satisfying conclusionAlthough there were a few things that seemed a bit over the top I didn t really dwell on it as the story was so interesting There was also a bit of repetition in part two However I think it was probably necessary in order to see Daphne s view and get the full effect of what was going onI really enjoyed this novel Amber was the perfect villain someone readers will love to hate Manipulative and calculating you never new what she was going to do next Jackson Parrish the high powered real estate tycoon with the world at his fingertips And then we have the beautiful and Attentions Throbbing kind Daphne Parrish loving wife and motherI had a bit of an idea of what might be going on early on But it may have been written that way intentionally At any rate it really didn t interfere with my enjoyment of the story as I was curious to see if I was right and if I wasn t I was still excited to see where the story was going to goAnd the story didn t let me down There were plenty of twists that I did not see coming I was completely absorbed in the story and found it hard to put down This book was a bit longer than most suspense novels at almost 400 pages But I didn t feel like it was too much it felt just right The Last Mrs Parrish was an engrossing and addictive read with a great plot and well developed diabolical characters This really was a very impressive debut novel A delicious story of jealousy betrayal and revengeThe author Liv Constantine is actually the pen name of two sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine Lynne and Valerie wrote this novel while living in different states using both Skype and email I m excited to see what they come up with nextThank you HarperCollins for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review. Rs 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 willeep you guessing until the very end The Last Mrs Parrish is a fresh juicy and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.

The first half of the book we get an up close continuous description of how the one percent lives and that starts to get tiringOk we get it Jackson Parrish is super duper rich and buys very expensive clothes shoes and jewelry for Mrs Parrish If you re into designer brand names etc you will enjoy reading about the trappings and joys of wealth And that s not a bad thing But if you tire of this part persevere until the second half where the plot really picks upAside from not really feeling a connection to the characters there is also not any suspense in this book There is a mild twist but you will probably not be that surprisedAll of these negatives are only because my expectations were that this would be a twisted psychological thriller I mean it says it right there on the book jacketIt s my opinion that this book is mis categorized I would call it women s fiction I hate chick lit It is V This is the first book in a long time that I ve actually HATED There are a number of reasons why and some are hard to talk about without giving important things away I ll start with what I can safely say All spoilers have been hiddenFirstly this book is so slow and boring Especially in the first half where we stay inside the mind of the despicable con artist Amber Patterson as she plants herself into the life of Daphne Parrish and tries to steal her rich husband There are a good two hundred pages of lunch dates designer dresses charity events and Amber hating every single person around herLook I love complex selfish unlikable characters I don t believe in general that anyone is merely good or bad Most people are screwed up flawed and jealous at times It s a shitty world out there and I truly believe most personalities are made through socialization and nurture not born BUT Amber is insufferable She is horrible to literally everyone and for no reason She has to make snide comments mentally about the weight of her coworker and think to herself how much easier it was for Daphne s sister who grew up with and eventually died from cystic fibrosisI only continued reading the slow boring narrative because I Dark Reflections (Dark Reflections, knew something had to be coming I also have a theory as to why the authors made her so one dimensional and horrible but that will have to come later under the spoiler tagAnd sure enough we reach the halfway point and the book shifts The blurb already tells us to expect shocking turns and dark secrets though I don t personally think it was that shocking For one thing the book s tagline Some women get everything Some women get everything they deserve tells us that someone is going to get what they deserve so come on is it really that hard to imagine where it s going Maybe it also doesn t help that I recently read view spoiler The Wife Between Us hide spoiler The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine is a 2017 Harperluxe publication Slick shrewd and wickedly devious Daphne meets Amber at the gym where they discover they share a terrible tragedy in common the death of a beloved sister due to Cystic Fibrosis The women though from very different worlds form a close bond Before long Amber has become Daphne s confidante while also working for her CF foundation and even helps Mr Parrish went he needs an assistant But Amber has plans big plans and in order to achieve her goals she will walk over and step on anyone in her path even Daphne This story was chilling clever and sinfully entertaining Amber gets to set the pace in the first half of the book as she describes her cunning and very manipulative nature She s not the timid sweet impressionable woman she appears to be Once she has clued us in on her diabolic plans and once she My book ish Blog Insta What we ve got here is a failure to communicate This uote from the 1967 film COOL HAND LUKE basically sums up how I m feeling after reading this book And I ve never even seen the movie The uote just came to me as a thing Inow somehow deep from within the pop culture recesses of my mind There s a lot of useless information in thereI might also go with in the galaxy of This Sucks Camel Dicks Stepbrothers 2008What I mean to say is I wish the publishers hadn t stuffed this novel into the psychological thriller genre just because that s where all the cool Spinetinglers Anthology 2008 kids are and had instead been honest about what this book is a dark romance meets women s fiction meets soap opera intrigue with a terrible TERRIBLE messageIt s not a thriller I m sorry but no I am not thrilledHad Inown this from the start I would have passed on reading it because this level of dramatic soap opera nutty ness is just not my thing It lacks humour and humanity and is overpopulated with terrible one liners cliches and silly dialogue and tropes that feel like a reenactment And the writing is derivative and basicNot to mention the internal misogyny that permeates the entire theme gets my feminist hackles upAnywayI didn t Angélique à Québec (Angelique: Original version know I shouldn t read this so I did and now I have library late fees and a shitty review to write so buckle in bitches This could get mildly spoiler y because I m going to rant so if you re super excited to read this here s my takeaway Don t waste your time with this unless you re cool with domestic abuse Otherwise read onFirst of all this is boring That s the most concise way to describe it It s slow with dull scenes and so overtly dramatic in its boring elements that it becomes comical and cheesy Ohhhhhh rich people events with wildly cliche conversation More descriptions of fancy clothes and designer labels and expensive underwear and boats and bikinis and hot bodies Please please tell me again what else these people are spending their excessive amounts of money onFor the first third of the book we follow Amber Patterson as she enacts her plan to steal someone s rich powerful husband Amber is a one dimensional douchecanoe who is absolutely agonizing to read She s a hateful conniving con artist for seemingly no real reason other than she grew up poor and believes she deserves betterand the only way to get better is with buttloads of moneyShe has zero redeeming ualities not even a modicum of a sympathetic trait She s absolutely spiteful in her self righteous belief that she could be a better rich asshole than all the other rich assholes Like there s someind of virtue in aspiring to be the absolute worstAmber teaches herself about everything that a cultured person would apparently Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity know She reads The Odyssey and becomes an amateur sommelier and learns about real estate and art and hedge funds You d think that someone who is that driven and smart would want to go to University and aspire to be a CEO in charge of her own money with her own power But no Amber just wants to be a rich wife because that s theind of superficial world this book takes place in YawnnnnShe s a completely insufferable character and you truly start to wonder what the authors were thinking in their creation of her until the book switches over to the POV of Daphne Parrish the woman who s husband Amber is intent on stealing I was honestly so relieved when I left Amber behind I wasn t sure how much of her I could take Daphne from Amber s perspective has it all From the beautiful ids the nanny takes On are a couple straight out of a fairy taleAmber’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 daughte.

I devoured this entire book over a lazy Sunday It is extremely addictive The writing flows beautifully and the story grabs you and won t let go I was dying to now exactly how this craziness would end but now I m 魔法使いの涙 [Mahou Tsukai no Namida] kind of disappointed that it s over I m already planning on encouraging friends to give it a read so we can discuss it It s pure scandalous fun Amber Patterson isn t happy with her life She s moved up in her job but can still only afford a small apartment in a good area She can t buy herself the luxurious things that she wants the things that will undoubtedly make life better That s why she has a plan and her plan involves the unlucky Daphne and Jackson Parrish Earn the trust of the wife become a fixture in her inner circle and then take her husband Rich enough to buy anything Amber s little heart desires and movie star handsome he s an obvious choice Eager to become indispensable to Daphne she stacks up lie after lie about her past in order to make her think they have ainship As she becomes closer and closer to Daphne she starts to become a bit disheartened by her relationship with he 45 superb stars 5 WOW What a fun ride that was The only reason this book is not getting the full five stars is it was a bit slow to start but once it hit about 40% WOWZA things went sideways and I loved itI just read and reviewed The Wife Between Us and really enjoyed it however it is very similar to this book so I can t help but compare and I d have to say I enjoyed this book and the reason for this is I adored and hated these characters so muchAmber was the perfect girl you had to hate although I have to admit up until that first Twist I was rooting for her a tiny bit don t judge then we have Daphne I can t even tell you how I feel about Daphne because that would ruin things but such a well developed character my feelings for her were all over the place throughout this book I so much want to say something right now but I can t Ugh I am so jealous of you who have not already read this you have such a wonderful treat ahead of you so just pick this book up sit back relax and enjoy the crazy ride And Futurity keep in mind good things come to those who wait Think of the beginning of this book as that huge hill you go up on a roller coaster before things start going sideways and crazy it isn t necessarily the best part of the ride but it s necessary to get you to that place where things go wildPSAnd for those of you who have read this already that ending Perfection FULL REVIEW POSTED35 StarsHide ya wife Hide yaids And hide ya husband Cause Amber Patterson is on the prowl and liable to steal your entire life right out from under your nose And this time her envious glare is set upon the beautiful and unsuspecting Daphne and her filthy rich disgustingly successful husband JacksonI ll be the first to admit that I love a good cast of whack job characters but there s certain criteria I feel necessary for their levels of insanity to work The characters must feel fleshed out and human They should have layers and appear altered when viewed from different angles No one is all one thing They have to be convincing enough to make even the unbelievable seem believable No matter how absurd a theory may seem good writing will make me a believer While the characters here certainly nailed psychopathy I felt they lacked the depth and dimension needed for me to buy what they were selling although I m not saying the ride wasn t fun It just felt a bit put on and inauthentic at times This plot is divided into three parts with alternating focus which I thought worked well The first section felt slightly repetitive and was my least enjoyable but the rest of the book had me flipping eagerly through its pages anxiously awaiting reveals As for the twists they seemed edgy than surprising which isn t a bad thing The ending left me a little divided for reasons that are too spoilery to mention but since this is fiction I can stand to give a high five to good ol book arma for doing her job with efficiency and vigor and a sweet twist of irony as a cherry topper Overall a stellar concept that with a tighter execution I could have easily 5 starred I can definitely see this becoming a movie it certainly reads like one I do think many readers will enjoy the compulsive nature of this one and easily soar through this story Enjoy Traveling Friends Read Book Stats GenreCategory Psychological ThrillerMysterySuspense Characters Deliciously Unhinged but largely one dimensional Plot An envious woman greedily sets out to steal the life and husband of a new friend Writing Straightforward Fluid POV 1st 3rd Person Perspectives Alternating Heroines Cliffhanger None Standalone 45Careful what you wish for Amber has a dream a big one She wants to be rich beyond her wildest imagination marry a gorgeous man and live in a stately mansion That s all And she s willing do whatever it takes to make that dream a realityDaphne did marry the man of her dreams is rich beyond her wildest dreams and currently living in an incredible mansion So whose dreams really did come true Just who s the lucky one hereAmber is busy embedding herself into Daphne s life under false pretenses with her eye suarely on the brass ring To have everything lucky Daphne hasno matter the cost Unsuspecting and maybe a bit na ve Daphne believes she s found a new best friend Someone she can share a close bond with Someone to totally trust and confide inA fast paced domestic psychological thriller that will eep you up late into the night flying through the pages Told from both Ambers and Daphne s POV Even though I guessed the ending fairly early the ride was still great funThis was my first read by this author and I will certainly be looking for her next release I would recommendAs alwaysa fabulous reading experience with My Traveling Sisters To be honest I almost feel I am being generous with two stars but then I did finish it so I wouldn t think it right to give it an even lower rating There was something about The Last Mrs Parrish that made it a very easy read but that just wasn t enough My disappointment in the book really comes from my dislike for the charac This is a fantastic book with only three characters Husband wife and home wrecker It s no spoiler to tell you that Amber Patterson is the home wrecker and a self avowed woman on a mission Motivated mostly by her wish to be tremendously wealthy Amber is determined to OUTRIGHT steal Jackson Parrish away from his sweet beautiful wife Daphne What ensues is unbelievably fun to read about Deliciously wickedFirst what I love about this bookThe story is entertaining and addictive I couldn t put it downThe writing is effortless easy and flows at a naturally fast paceThe structure of the book is perfect The first third is Amber s POV the second is Daphne s and the third part is a bit of a combination conclusion I enjoyed Daphne s section so much than Amber s And the best part THE LAST MRS PARRISH has one of the most satisfying endings to a story I ve read in a long timeWhat I don t likeThis book is too long Even though it reads fast for a 400 page book there is too much fat Where are those editors when you need one For. Amber Patterson is fed up She’s tired of being a nobody a plain invisible woman who blends into the background She deserves a life of money and power like the one blond haired blue eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for grantedTo everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor Connecticut Daphne a socialite and philanthropist and her real estate mogul husband Jacks.

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