The Last Mrs. Parrish

Oh my goodness! I just finished reading The Last Mrs. Parrish yesterday. I finished just in time to gather my car keys and fruit salad and travel to a friend's house for dinner and discussion.

What all can I say about this book without giving too much away? Let's start the synopsis from Goodreads:

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 fairy tale, 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

A few days ago before I finished the book, I was with a couple of my friends from book club and I expressed that I hated Amber and just couldn't see where this would go.  They informed me that I wasn't looking closely enough at the story. "There's more to it," they said. Of course, that caused me to look at the storyline with new eyes and I was much more excited than I had been up to that point. 

This story seems pretty predictable for awhile but then it has its twists that did catch me by surprise. I've seen comparisons to Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. If you read those or saw the movies, this one did have some similarities but it is different too. Thankfully, The Last Mrs. Parrish is not bloody like the other two books but it is filled with aberrant, violent, abusive, sneaky behavior that made me very uncomfortable. Mr. Parrish is definitely not a nice person. In fact, he's about as bad as it gets! Amber is almost his equal. Daphne is the one full of surprises.

The best part of being in a book club is that you read books you might not have chosen on your own. This book is not one I would have chosen but I guess I'm glad I read it. Not much conviction there, huh?  Let me just say that some of the things that happen in the story aren't necessarily the kinds of things I want to read or see. I can be a nerd that way! If you love suspense, sneaky spouses, twisty tales, and stories about the very wealthy then this might be for you.

If you have read The Last Mrs. Parrish, I'd love to know what you thought. On the internet, there is a little talk here and there that this could be a movie. I think it's a good possibility.

Now I'm going to get back to some light-hearted Southern fiction. That's more my speed!

Have you made your summer reading list yet? I can't wait to do that. :)


  1. I must get back to my reading. This book sounds very interesting.

  2. Daphne was one smart cookie wasn’t she! I really liked this one and love when book twists take me by surprise. Enjoy your Monday!

  3. I love this book, and have heard it will be made into a movie. I also read the Wife Between Us, which would have been good if I had not already read this one. The two books are so similar that it took the fun out of reading the second one.

  4. This sounds like a good one to try. I loved Gone Girl, but hated The Girl on the Train. I'm rather picky when it comes to books, I guess. I just found another series I like by one of my favorite authors, J.A. Whiting. It's called the Lin Coffin mysteries. I also read the Sweet Cove Mysteries by the same author and those are a favorite too.

  5. Good morning, Stacey... I loved that book. I really thought it was so cleverly written. The best part of book club is hearing what other people thought about it. Have a wonderful week!!

  6. I left book club long ago, but I do miss reading and chatting. I just enjoy choosing my own books. I’ve spent too much time on stories I didn’t like at all.

  7. I searched for this book on our library system some months ago - I guess I will just have to bite the bullet and buy it!

  8. I haven't read this yet, but I've heard great things about it on Litsy. Did you feel like you were totally out of your comfort zone with this one?

    We're reading a short memoir for our book club this month entitled Heart Berries, and I'm glad it's short because we've been outside doing fun activities, and I've been tired at night, so I haven't been reading as much!!!

  9. I have trouble with violent, aversion, sneaky behavior! Makes me creepy crawly when I'm reading about it or as RJ said, out of the comfort zone. But I did finish a good one called "The Child" that is good mystery without that (told in several voices). Yes, book club will do that to you -- bring things into your life you might not otherwise pick up!


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