Publication Date: January 11th 2018 from Harper Collins
Source: Review Copy
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 and her husband, Jackson—the beautiful philanthropist and the confident real estate mogul—are a golden couple straight out of a fairytale, blessed with two lovely young daughters.
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 Parrish family, 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.
I LOVED “The Last Mrs Parrish” it was so totally addictive, once I started reading Amber’s story I just could not put it down – she’s one of those characters you love to hate as she slowly and insidiously starts to insert herself into another woman’s life with the express purpose of stealing that life for herself.
Be careful what you wish for, especially when what you are wishing for belongs to somebody else – still, Amber was a highly engaging, intriguing character who managed to get a few flashes of sympathy from me even during her total bitch moments of which there were many. As she plans and adjusts and reads the signs in order to capture Jackson’s attention there are cleverly placed layers that allow the reader to see things Amber does not. It makes you keep turning and turning those pages to see whether or not she succeeds in her dastardly plan.
Descriptively speaking this is a joy – the authors do a truly excellent job of describing the life of the rich and privileged and offsetting that against Amber’s less pampered existence – seeing things through Amber’s eyes allows for a truly voyeuristic vibe that is genuinely compelling. There are twists and turns along the way and a pitch perfect ending that gets the blood up – The Last Mrs Parrish is a tale of actions and karmic consequences – whether everyone in this novel eventually ends up with the life they deserve, you’ll have to read and find out. Trust me, you’ll have a lot of fun doing that.
A genuinely riveting psychological thriller. Highly Recommended.