The Last Mrs. Parrish is a suspenseful drama written by two sisters using the name “Liv Constantine.” This book follows three major characters: the scheming Amber and the rich but troubled Jackson and Daphne Parrish. Amber wants to replace Daphne as Jackson’s wife and win all of the money and accolades that comes with the title “Mrs. Parrish,” but there’s more to the Parrish family than meets the eye.
Mild spoilers ahead.
What The Last Mrs. Parrish gets right: It’s hard to predict where this book is headed at first, so I enjoyed finding out new details about the characters and the plot as I read along. You’re immediately introduced to a villainous character, so already the perspective is different than what you might be used to. The plot was slow at first, but the last third of the book really picked up and added to the excitement.
What The Last Mrs. Parrish gets wrong: This is a book about very, very bad people. It’s hard to read at times because their perspectives are so malicious. Thankfully there is some justice in the story, but it takes a long time to get there.
While there certainly was some mystery at first, I predicted one of the major plot points early on in the book, so I had to be patient in waiting for this character to reveal their motives.
The writing also wasn’t my favorite. There were several instances where the authors should have followed the rule of “show, don’t tell.”
Readers who will enjoy The Last Mrs. Parrish: Fans of complicated relationships, villainous main characters, and pure drama will enjoy this book.
Readers who won’t enjoy The Last Mrs. Parrish: Readers who dislike reading about bad things happening to good(ish) people. Readers who avoid stories about abusive relationships.
Content note: Language, violence, rape, emotional and physical abuse. Reader discretion is advised.
Book review written by Circulation Manager Olivia Chin; personal opinions are her own and not those of the library or university.