Saturday, March 16, 2024

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW - The Last Mrs. Parrish

Title:    The Last Mrs. Parrish
Author Liv Constantine
Series:   Mrs. Parrish #1
Publisher:  Harper Paperbacks
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers    
Format:  Audiobook
No. of Pages:   416
Length:  12 Hrs
Narrators:  Suzanne Elise Freeman; Meghan Wolf
Date of Publication:   October 17, 2017
My Rating:   5 Stars

Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve.

Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To 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 tale.

Amber’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 diabolically imaginative talent.


Envy is the name of the game in a book that definitely proves that I just don't have the time to read all the things. Where have I been when it comes to Liv Constantine and this Reese Witherspoon Sunshine Book Club Pick?! No worries, I already read the upcoming book, The Next Mrs. Parrish, set for release in June. No way was I missing the boat on that one.

Oh, the review...

This absolutely incredible debut was a captivating read from start to finish. Amber Patterson comes across as selfish, manipulative and even cruel - and that is exactly what one learns to expect when reading this book. From the outside looking in, Daphne and Jackson Parrish are the couple who have it all. Well, Amber wants a piece of that pie. No, she wants the whole pie, and that means that she wants to become Mrs. Jackson Parrish and nothing will stop her from getting what she wants. Amber sets a plan in motion in order to get exactly what she wants. What she believes she deserves.

If you want to read a book where you take an instant dislike to a major protagonist, look no further than this book, because Amber fits the bill. There is honestly not much more that can be said about a book that has sold over one million copies. This certainly goes a long way to show that thousands upon thousands of other readers were just as captivated as I was. I couldn't even imagine where this story could go further, and since I had an early reader copy of The Next Mrs. Parrish I was able to find out, and find out I did. 

Since I was very late to the game, I had the delicious benefit of getting this compelling read, The Last Mrs. Parrish, as an audiobook from my library, which was expertly performed by two skilled narrators. Being able to listen to this book brought an already addictive read to life in such a way as I felt as if I was watching an excellently written and well-directed movie. 


About Liv

Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Lynne and Valerie are Wall Street Journal and USA Today international bestselling authors with over one and a half million copies sold worldwide. They are Library Reads Hall of Fame authors.  Their books have been translated into 29 languages, are available in 34 countries, and are in development for both television and film.  Their books have been praised by The Washington Post, USA Today, The Sunday Times, People Magazine, and Good Morning America, among many others. Their debut novel, THE LAST MRS. PARRISH, is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection.

Lynne is a former marketing executive with a master’s degree  from Johns Hopkins University. She has explored coral reefs all over the world, sunken wrecks in the South Pacific, and fallen in love with angelfish in the Caribbean. When Lynne’s not writing, you can find her curled up with her Labrador and Golden Retrievers reading a good book or walking the beach thinking up devious plans for her characters.

Lynne also writes The Jack Logan series under the pen name L.C. Shaw. To learn more about her other books, visit or connect with her on Instagram or Twitter @LCShawAuthor.

Lynne serves as the Vice President, Education and Members Services of International Thriller Writers.

Valerie has always loved books and spent many nights reading by the light of her bedside lamp until 3 a.m. She lives with her husband and their brilliant Cavalier King Charles DaVinci.

Early in her career she served as a White House Assistant in the President’s Scheduling and Advance Office planning presidential trips and travel and has visited over forty foreign countries. When she’s not writing, you won’t find her, as she and her husband will be traveling to some faraway destination. Valerie has a degree in English Literature from University of Maryland where she graduated summa cum laude.

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