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⏲ Read time: 3-5 minutes
Would you do anything to have the perfect life? Anything like infiltrate your ‘best friend’s marriage to snatch her husband for yourself?
In The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine, Amber Patterson is fed up with being the mousey, quiet girl from the Midwest. She envies the life that soon-confidant Daphne Parrish takes for granted each day: a socialite of Bishops Harbor married to successful real-estate mogul Jackson Parrish.
Amber devises a plan to force her way into Daphne’s family to make Jackson fall in love with her, so she can social climb into notoriety. But, Amber has her own dark past that follows her and the closer she gets to the Parrish’s, the more she risks letting the truth come out and the plan unraveling.
Although Daphne has the seemingly perfect life, she’s living in a literal hell. Her picturesque life with Jackson leaves her broken and lonely and Jackson lets his true colors show by his abusive mannerism towards her.
The more I read this story, the more it made me think of Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Parish that I just recently read. But this one left a much-better impression. Admittedly, this book is very slow to start: The way that Constantine wrote this story is to take you through both perspectives: Amber’s and Daphne’s, then blends the two together to execute the ending with a shocking bang.
While reading through Amber’s point-of-view, I resented her for wanting to ruin the Parrish’s marriage. It seemed as if she was the protagonist, and for that, I really disliked her morals as a character.
But once we heard from Daphne and the hell she was living with in Jackson, it truly made sense why Constantine did it. The plot of this story didn’t come to fruition until the near end, but it kept me enticed and wanting to read more.
Unlike some suspenseful thrillers I’ve read lately, this one actually captured my attention and completely threw me through a loop. I didn’t anticipate the true plot-twist and the several ways Jackson abused Daphne left me speechless and appalled, in fact, there were a few scenes that left me audibly disagreeing!
It’s been a while since I’ve read a story that left me this buzzed with an excitement and visibly rooting for a character. I would absolutely recommend this to someone looking for an unpredictable thriller.
(This story could be triggering to some people, so use your own discretion if these sort of things makes you uncomfortable.)
Rating: 4 out of 5