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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 of the characters, or at the very least my apathy towards them Amber is despicable, but her bad personality is written so overtly there is no mystery, no build up of atmosphere to give the story some tension The author tells us all about Amber s sneakiness, instead of just showing it,which ruins the suspense in my opinion I could even get on board when the protagonist is unlikable, as long as there is some ambiguity, yet there was none of that here Added to that, Amber s goal is really just to be rich, which is too superficial and not interesting enough to make her a compelling character I did feel for Daphne, however I also felt her character was fairly bland and her part in the story quite easy to guess as well.The mystery itself was so predictable that I kept thinking, Is this it The book is also just shy of 400 pages, which is too long given the rather minimal amount of actual plot Though, as I say, the writing is easy and makes the book very readable, the author does make use of many a clich and in several cases I thought, do people really talk think like this She loved the feel of this singularly superior vehicle is just one example of awkward, unrealistic language, which I found to be a little irritating.I know I am being hard on this book and maybe unfairly since so many readers loved it, but after all the attention it received, I had hoped for something exciting and inventive than I got All that being said, it s probably a decent vacation read, or even a book club read, because I imagine people could have a lot to say about this book Unfortunately, it just wasn t for me.Find reviews and bookish fun at 4.5 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 it I 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 much.Amber 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 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 wild PS And for those of you who have read this already that ending Perfection FULL REVIEW POSTED 3.5 Stars Hide ya wife Hide ya kids 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, Jackson.I 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 karma 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 EnjoyTraveling Friends ReadBook Stats Genre Category Psychological Thriller Mystery Suspense 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 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 wicked.First, what I love about this book The story is entertaining and addictive I couldn t put it down.The writing is effortless, easy and flows at a naturally fast pace.The 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 time What I don t like This 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 the first half of the book, we get an up close, continuous description of how the one percent lives and that starts to get tiring.Ok, 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 up.Aside 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 surprised.All 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 jacket.It s my opinion that this book is mis categorized I would call it women s fiction I hate chick lit It is VERY light on the psychological suspense and there is not a thriller vibe or shocking mystery to solve.Overall, this is a very fun book to read, most people will love it and I m betting it is going to be very popular.The strange thing is.it is almost the exact same plot line from THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks, which is the book I read just before this one Caaaarazzzzy.In contrast, THE WIFE BETWEEN US is a much darker, tighter, twisted story and I did give it all the stars That book doesn t come out until January 2018 I will post a review on closer to publication.THE LAST MRS PARRISH is scheduled for US publication today, October 17 It has a gorgeous cover and I want to thank the lovely Chelsea Humphrey from for gifting it to me as part of a giveaway.Available TODAY on sale at The Last Mrs Parrish A Novel 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 has seemingly gotten what she came for, the story shifts gears, and Daphne takes control of the wheel It s at this point, things really get interesting There are many breadcrumbs left on the trail, and if you follow them you probably won t be all that surprised when you learn all that glitters, isn t gold But, that s only part of the picture Those who appear na ve, those appear in control, those who seem like innocent bystanders may not be as na ve, innocent or as in control as they appear By the time we get to the last section in the book, that old phrase about what goes around comes around came to mind, along with a few other books or movies in which the tables are turned in spectacular fashion, and revenge is carried out with carefully constructed scheming The book is not too big on shock and awe, instead opting for a stylish noir type atmosphere, which is understated than many novels that land in this sub genre, but it gets the job done, just the same, without going off the rails with unnecessary plot twists The characters were not overly developed, as we only see them in certain contexts, with was key to the story, nor did they evoke deep feelings or emotions, other than disdain or dislike, but by the time all is said and done, I had an enormous amount of respect for some of them.What makes the novel work is the careful arrangement and pacing The twists weren t really all that surprising, but they are still delectable and immensely entertaining The story is a bit of a cautionary tale, a warning to beware of what appears on the surface, to never judge a book by its cover, or blindly trust people But, it was also a story of escape and empowerment albeit, one with an unconventional approach, as well as a tale of retribution which was the most satisfying part of this enjoyable parable Overall, this is an impressive debut novel, and I look forward to seeing what else these talented sisters will entertain us with in the future. My book ish Blog InstaWhat we ve got here is a failure to communicate This quote 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 quote just came to me, as a thing I know somehow, deep from within the pop culture recesses of my mind There s a lot of useless information in there.I might also go within the galaxy of This Sucks Camel Dicks Stepbrothers, 2008.What 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 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 message.It s not a thriller I m sorry, but no I am not thrilled.Had I known 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 basic.Not to mention, the internal misogyny that permeates the entire theme gets my feminist hackles up.Anyway.I didn t 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, bitchesThis 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 on First 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 on For 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 better and the only way to get better is with buttloads of money.She has zero redeeming qualities, 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 some kind of virtue in aspiring to be the absolute worst.Amber teaches herself about everything that a cultured person would apparently 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 the kind of superficial world this book takes place in Yawnnnn.She 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 kids the nanny takes care 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 Parrish.Listen, 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 reality.Underneath 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 life.Okay, 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 gaspJackson is really a total dick punch Say it isn t so.Now this is where I start getting angry.Up until this point, I was willing to give this book 3 stars, call it just so so and kind of Lifetime movie esque, 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 meaningSome women get everything Some women get everything they deserveWhat 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 freedom.But 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 inspired This 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 punishment.Are you fucking kidding me I could see this coming, but I hoped it wasn t true I kept 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 noooooooooo.I 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 rape.Anyone 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 review but, 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 kind of narrative device one that tells us some women deserve to be victims of abuse.It s sick.It 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 kind totally hated this very strongly. 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 know exactly how this craziness would end, but now I m 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 a kinship As she becomes closer and closer to Daphne, she starts to become a bit disheartened by her relationship with her husband They seem happy and most importantly, Jackson only seems to have eyes for his beautiful wife However, Amber is just not the type that gives up easily She s in it for the long game those designer clothes, that private plane, those dream vacations but not necessarily his two children.Over the day I read this book, I was obsessed with it I loved reading about the crazy amount of wealth the Parrishes have, Amber s manipulation, the relationship between husband and wife, and even laughing over the antics of the two little girls The perspective shift in part two really added something extra to the book I thought I would get bored rehashing certain things from a different point of view, but it was actually fascinating I m giving this one 4.5 couldn t put it down stars 4.5 Careful 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 reality Daphne 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 here Amber is busy embedding herself into Daphne s life under false pretenses, with her eye squarely 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 in.A fast paced, domestic psychological thriller that will keep 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 fun This was my first read by this author and I will certainly be looking for her next release I would recommend As always a fabulous reading experience with My Traveling Sisters 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 Parrish.Daphne has it all.and Amber wants it.Daphne 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 too.Spending 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 require 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 time.But we don t always see what people are thinking behind their big smiles and we don t always know what goes on behind closed doors And Amber s past is full of things she doesn t want anyone to find out.Will her secrets get out and ruin her big plans Will she finally get what she deserves The 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 conclusion.Although 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 on.I really enjoyed this novel Amber was the perfect villain, someone readers will love to hate Manipulative and calculating, you never knew 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 kind, Daphne Parrish, loving wife and mother.I 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 go.And 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 revenge.The 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 next Thank you HarperCollins for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review. `DOWNLOAD EPUB ☚ The Last Mrs. Parrish ☜ 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, Jackson, 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 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 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