ALERT: SPOILERS AHEAD
I can honestly say I didn’t like The Last Mrs. Parrish, not one bit. It got two stars because I finished it. I’m disappointed, it was on Reese’s Book Club, and had raving reviews. But, I honestly can’t say it had many redeeming qualities. My review can’t be done without some spoilers. Please do NOT read this if you do not want to know what the twist of this book is.
I liked the idea of Amber; I thought she was cunning, manipulative, and deliciously evil. That is, until she called guacamole “green goo” and said she hated avocados. I mean, what kind of person….anyway. The other thing that bothered me is that the author’s didn’t let Amber be all the way evil. She would do something horrible, unforgivable, and then admit she felt a “little guilty”, and justify her behavior. In my opinion, if you’re going to make a evil character, especially if you are taking the readers along by that character’s perspective, really go for it.
Then, the “twist” was awfully predictable. Maybe because I had just read The Wife Between Us, which had a similar story line, but was executed much better, in my opinion. The tagline of the book is “Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve.” Amber was a horrible person, yes. But, Daphne ended up taking the cake in my opinion. Amber went after her husband, lied about who she was, tricked her, deceived her. But, Daphne found out, and tricked Amber into seducing her abusive husband away from her. Please, explain to me how a woman could ever deserve a life filled with domestic abuse? I don’t care how evil Amber is, she did not deserve to be married to a man as horrible as Jackson. To have the entire tagline of your book rely on the fact that a women deserves to be emotionally and physically abused the rest of her life just doesn’t sit well with me. Women are supposed to lift each other up and stick together. Amber broke that, yes, but Daphne destroyed it as well.
I rated it more than one star because the writing was really good. I find it absolutely amazing that Liv Constantine is the pen name for two sisters that don’t even live in the same state! How they managed to write a seamless book is beyond me!