True crime, thrillers, and murder mysteries are my absolute favorite genres. The Last Mrs. Parrish, although it’s a psychological thriller, in my opinion is not. I would say this book incorporates more drama than thrill or maybe even a slight concept of dark humor or just plain fiction. However, that doesn’t go to say that it won’t disappoint. With a different secret coming to light on almost every page, you can’t help but keep reading. So what makes this book such a page turner?
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine tells the story of Amber Patterson, a Woman who is tired of always coming in last place and getting the short end of the stick in life. She admires the life of Daphne Parrish who seems to have it altogether. The perfect home, husband, children, and life in general. Amber isn’t going to sit back and watch someone else have the marvelous world that she feels she deserves. So she comes up with a plan that only a true con artist can commit to, to tap into the fabulous life of Mrs. Parrish.
Amber becomes Daphne’s most trusted friend. From helping with her charity foundation to traveling with the family, she starts to find her way into the hearts of the children and Jackson Parrish, Daphne’s husband. If she can just play her cards right and assume this role for a bit longer, everything will fall into place exactly as she had intended. That is until we reach the unexpected twist. Will she become the last Mrs. Parrish or will she be exposed for who she truly is? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out.
This book overall is easy to get through. It moves fast and keeps you engaged with the drama and constant need to learn more about Amber’s intentions. We also see hints of her dark humor which I find to be quite amusing. Sure, she’s the “bad guy” but a little humor can make a difference. I think if you’re into the glitz and glamour of things, this will keep your interest. For Part I of the book at least. There is no shortage of the glam life descriptions that only reminds us all of what we’re missing. However, this can also be a turn off. Reading so much “fluff” can easily contribute to losing interest. Try not to get caught up in this because things do change direction.
I think that the author did a really good job at setting the stage for the ending of this book. We get a glimpse into the daily lives of the Parrish’s and Amber in Part I so much that by the time we get to the twist in Part II we are truly in for a surprise. Being a crime and mystery lover, I’m always anticipating the ending and trying to guess what will happen. I’d say for this book, as much as you try to guess what will happen, you won’t be prepared for the extent that it goes to.
With that said, if you’re looking for crime or a thriller, this may not be the book for you. But if you’re looking for a good mindless fiction read with some juicy drama, then I would definitely recommend The Last Mrs. Parrish.