THE LAST MRS. PARRISH by LIV CONSTANTINE is an entertaining, fun, suspenseful, and a twisty psychological thriller that was quite the tale of manipulation, deceit and revenge. I wasn’t immediately drawn into this story though as I found parts of the first section a little bit slow and repetitive but once I reached the next section I was flipping those pages as fast as I could.
LIV CONSTANTINE delivers an intriguing, clever, and gripping story here with quite the twisted, wicked and vindictive characters. The story is told from the points of view of our two main characters, Amber and Daphne and divided up into three parts. I really enjoyed how this story was divided up and once I reached the second part of this book it totally took a compulsive and unputdownable turn.
I wasn’t too much of a fan of Amber and her character though. I found her character to be quite off-putting and that really affected my overall enjoyment for this novel. Usually a characters behaviour and actions don’t really bother me but there were definitely some scenes that rubbed me the wrong way and made me a little unforgiving. I would say though that Amber’s delusional ways definitely made for good reading.
As for Daphne’s character, I enjoyed her perspective best and I was thoroughly intrigued.
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 unsuspectingDaphne 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” seembelievable . (No matter how absurd a theory may seem, good writing willmake 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 more 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. Enjoy!
▪ 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
Cover: I wouldn’t say I was drawn into this cover but I do think it a fitting representation to the storyline though.
Title: Piqued my interest and was curious to learn how it tied into plot.
Writing/Prose: straightforward, readable
Plot: Fascinating, great concept, and entertaining
Ending: I wasn’t totally satisfied and might have thought up my own alternate ending. LOL
Overall: Even though I had some reservations and felt it was lacking in some areas it was still a highly-entertaining, irresistible, and unputdownable read! Would recommend to anyone that enjoys a fast-paced, unputdownable, and an entertaining mystery/thriller novel.
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