The Last Mrs. Parrish
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Contributors: Liv Constantine
Genre: domestic thriller, psychological thriller, suspense, women's fiction
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A national bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, a People Magazine Best Pick, a New York Post Must Reads, a “Best Of Skimm Reads 2017” selection, and a Library Reads selection. Recipient of starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal. The Last Mrs. Parrish is a mesmerizing debut psychological thriller full of delicious twists about a coolly manipulative woman who worms her way into the lives of a wealthy “golden couple” from Connecticut to achieve the privileged life she wants.
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.
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.
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“[A] wicked debut thriller… you’ll relish every diabolical turn.”
“A fun and fast-paced psychological thriller about two determined women who play a high stakes game of deception that only one can win.”
- Reese Witherspoon
“‘The Last Mrs. Parrish’ by Liv Constantine will keep you up. In a ‘can’t put it down’ way. It’s ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ with XX chromosomes.”
- The Skimm
“[A] haunting psychological thriller. . . . Engrossing.”
- Real Simple
“Utterly irresistible. . . . The Last Mrs. Parrish pivots on an enormous and satisfying twist. . . . the pages keep flying, flying, flying by.”
- USA Today
“If you like your thrillers with an unexpected twist, this one’s for you.”
- New York Post
“A bravura performance.”
- The Sunday Times (UK)
“‘The Last Mrs. Parrish’ Should Be the Very Next Book You Read.”
- Huffington Post
“Fabulous. . . . I read this book in a flash, devouring every twisty delicious detail.”
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
“This deliciously naughty novel of psychological suspense is perfect for fans of Daphne du Maurier, L.S. Hinton and Jessica Knoll.”
- LitHub, “5 Crime Must-Reads Coming in October”
“One compulsive read. . . . It’s a terrific debut, and I look forward to seeing what the Constantine sisters do next!”
- Book Reporter
“Think: a female Tom Ripley. . . . sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine, writing as Liv Constantine, build momentum with short, cliffhanger chapters racing toward a satisfying denouement.”
- Shelf Awareness
“The Last Mrs. Parrish is an addictive and twisty debut.”
- Karin Slaughter, New York Times and international bestselling author
“Captivating. . . a deliciously duplicitous psychological thriller that will lure readers until the wee hours and beyond. With a plot equally as twisty, spellbinding, and addictive as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, this is sure to be a hit with suspense fans.”
- Library Journal (starred review)
“Constantine’s debut novel is the work of two sisters in collaboration, and these ladies definitely know the formula. A Gone Girl-esque confection with villainy and melodrama galore.”
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“To the pantheon of Gone Girl–type bad girls you can now add Amber Patterson, the heroine of this devilishly ingenious debut thriller. . . . The reader watches with shock and delight as Amber cold-bloodedly manipulates Daphne and Jackson and lays waste to anyone else who stands in her way. . . . To say any more would spoil all the twists that Constantine (the pseudonym of sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine) has in store along the way to a surprising and entirely satisfying ending. Suffice it to say that readers would have to go back to the likes of Ira Levin’s A Kiss Before Dying or Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley to find as entertaining a depiction of a sociopathic monster.”
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The twists keep coming in this psychological roller coaster from debut author Constantine, the pen name of sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine…this is a satisfying thriller that offers a window into the darker side of glamorous lives and powerful men.”
"The Last Mrs. Parrish sharts as a classic other-woman tale, with an appearances-are-deceiving thread several shades darker than The Girl on the Train. The story takes an unexpected turn when the perspective shifts to Daphne's chilling first-person narration. Liv Constantine—the pen name of a pair of sisters who write thrillers together online—had us hooked and settled from start to finish."
“Wonderfully plausible, hypnotically compelling, and deliciously chilling and creepy—some of the best psychological suspense you’ll read this year.”
- Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Quite aside from the brilliant narrative technique, this is a captivating book. I loved it.”
- marie claire
“A wonderfully clever story, filled with suspense and a shocking twist, that kept me turning the pages.”
- Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters
“The Last Mrs. Parrish is an extraordinary debut and gripping psychological thriller that is full of unexpected twists. Readers will become obsessed with these chilling characters who pull you in and refuse to let go.”
- Sara Blaedel, Denmark's award-winning internationally bestselling "Queen of Crime"
“Liv Constantine’s The Last Mrs. Parrish is a beautifully constructed set piece, an intricate narrative that doubles back and folds in on itself like a Mobius strip, revealing secret upon secret, and layer upon layer, with a seductive ‘just one more chapter’ urgency that will keep readers up all night. Giving new meaning to the adage ‘be careful what you wish for,’ The Last Mrs. Parrish proves that the worst that can happen just might be when you get what you want. Addictive!”
- Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter
“Gillian Flynn meets Joy Fielding in Liv Constantine’s The Last Mrs. Parrish. In an age of great anti-heroines, comes the most unlikeable one yet, the coldly devilish Amber Patterson. This thriller delivers the most satisfying ending since B.A. Paris’ smash hit Behind Closed Doors—and a victorious romp of revenge.”
- Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling author of Cover of Snow, Ruin Falls, and As Night Falls