Just Read: “The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Liv Constantine

Read July 12, 2020 – July 15, 2020

Another double author novel this month! I didn’t realize Liv Constantine is just a pen name; two sisters got together – via email and video chat – to write this novel. How cool is that? I chose this book based on a recommendation by one of my friends on Instagram. This has been on my TBR list but her excitement over the novel made me push it up to top priority. 

What is it about? 

Obsessions. Is this the month of obsessed females? I swear, LOL. Mrs. Parrish is married to a very rich Mr. Parrish and becomes friends with Amber Patterson. They bond over both having deceased sisters who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis and passed very young. Amber uses this shared trauma to manipulate Mrs. Parrish, or Daphne, to invite her to take part in philanthropic efforts to raise funds in the name of CF. Daphne and Amber form a very close friendship, almost like sisters, but the women in Daphne’s circle become suspicious of this newcomer in town.

Amber uses her connections with Daphne to get close to her husband, Jackson. It’s not hard to see Amber has a serious thing for him and lusts after him to a disgusting degree. Daphne is suspicious that Jackson may sway but she has no doubt that Amber is watching out for her. Everyone is hiding something in this Connecticut waterfront town and you’re making assumptions along the way.

What does it have?

  • Obsessions
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Deceitful Female Friendships
  • Manipulation All Around

The novel has a bit of commentary on wealth throughout and it is apparent that anything can be accomplished if you have a ton of money. Amber starts considering the house that Daphne and Jackson live in and the status the house alone affords them. She thinks, of wealth, “It gives you the means and the power to remain concealed from the world if you choose to—or if you need to”(The Last Mrs. Parrish). Amber has a secret she needs concealed but she isn’t the only one.

Is it worth reading?

I think so! This book, although longer than I normally read, starts laying the deception from the beginning and you’re immediately drawn in to the story Amber creates for Daphne. If you have an e-reader, you may want to download it instead of purchase a physical copy. I found the text to be uncomfortably small and on the e-reader you can easily increase the font size! 

Do you normally read physical books or e-books? What’s your favorite medium to read?

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