The Last Mrs. Parrish

The Last Mrs. Parrish

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—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband,...

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The Last Mrs. Parrish Reviews

  • Sarah Joint

    The writing flows beautifully, and the story grabs you and won't let go. I was dying to know exactly how this craziness would end, but now I'm kind of disappointed that it's over! I'm already planning on encouraging friends to give it a read so we can discuss it. It's pure scandalous fun.

    isn't happy with her life. She's moved up in her job, but can still only afford a small apartment in a good area. She c

    The writing flows beautifully, and the story grabs you and won't let go. I was dying to know exactly how this craziness would end, but now I'm kind of disappointed that it's over! I'm already planning on encouraging friends to give it a read so we can discuss it. It's pure scandalous fun.

    isn't happy with her life. She's moved up in her job, but can still only afford a small apartment in a good area. She can't buy herself the luxurious things that she wants... the things that will undoubtedly make life better. That's why she has a plan... and her plan involves the unlucky

    . Earn the trust of the wife, become a fixture in her inner circle, and then take her husband. Rich enough to buy anything Amber's little heart desires and movie-star handsome, he's an obvious choice.

    As she becomes closer and closer to Daphne, she starts to become a bit disheartened by her relationship with her husband. They seem happy... and most importantly, Jackson only seems to have eyes for his beautiful wife. However, Amber is just not the type that gives up easily.

    Over the day I read this book, I was obsessed with it. I loved reading about the crazy amount of wealth the Parrishes have, Amber's manipulation, the relationship between husband and wife, and even laughing over the antics of the two little girls. The perspective shift in part two really added something extra to the book. I thought I would get bored rehashing certain things from a different point of view, but it was actually fascinating. I'm giving this one 4.5 "couldn't put it down" stars.".

  • Berit☀️✨

    WOW! What a fun ride that was! The only reason this book is not getting the full five stars is it was a bit slow to start.... but once it hit about 40% WOWZA things went sideways.... and I loved it!

    I just read and reviewed

    and really enjoyed it.... however it is very similar to this book.... so I can’t help but compare and I’d have to say I enjoyed this book more..... and the reason for this is I adored and hated these characters so much....

    Amber was

    WOW! What a fun ride that was! The only reason this book is not getting the full five stars is it was a bit slow to start.... but once it hit about 40% WOWZA things went sideways.... and I loved it!

    I just read and reviewed

    and really enjoyed it.... however it is very similar to this book.... so I can’t help but compare and I’d have to say I enjoyed this book more..... and the reason for this is I adored and hated these characters so much....

    Amber was the perfect girl you had to hate.... although I have to admit up until that first Twist I was rooting for her a tiny bit (don’t judge…😉) then we have Daphne... I can’t even tell you how I feel about Daphne because that would ruin things, but such a well developed character my feelings for her were all over the place throughout this book (I so much want to say something right now but I can’t🤫🤭)

    Ugh! I am so jealous of you who have not already read this... you have such a wonderful treat ahead of you..... so just pick this book up sit back relax and enjoy the crazy ride! And keep in mind good things come to those who wait..... Think of the beginning of this book as that huge hill you go up on a roller coaster before things start going sideways and crazy.... it isn’t necessarily the best part of the ride, but it’s necessary to get you to that place where things go wild!

    PS:And for those of you who have read this already that ending! Perfection🐢

  • Julie

    The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine is a 2017 Harperluxe publication.

    Slick, shrewd, and wickedly devious-

    Daphne meets Amber at the gym, where they discover they share a terrible tragedy in common- the death of a beloved sister due to Cystic Fibrosis. The women, though from very different worlds, form a close bond.

    Before long, Amber has become Daphne’s confidante, while also working for her CF foundation, and even helps Mr. Parrish went he needs an assistant.

    But, Amber has plans, big plan

    The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine is a 2017 Harperluxe publication.

    Slick, shrewd, and wickedly devious-

    Daphne meets Amber at the gym, where they discover they share a terrible tragedy in common- the death of a beloved sister due to Cystic Fibrosis. The women, though from very different worlds, form a close bond.

    Before long, Amber has become Daphne’s confidante, while also working for her CF foundation, and even helps Mr. Parrish went he needs an assistant.

    But, Amber has plans, big plans, and in order to achieve her goals, she will walk over and step on anyone in her path- even Daphne-

    This story was chilling, clever, and sinfully entertaining. Amber gets to set the pace in the first half of the book as she describes her cunning, and very manipulative nature. She’s not the timid, sweet, impressionable woman she appears to be.

    Once she has clued us in on her diabolic plans, and once she has seemingly gotten what she came for, the story shifts gears, and Daphne takes control of the wheel.

    It’s at this point, things really get interesting-

    There are many breadcrumbs left on the trail, and if you follow them you probably won’t be all that surprised when you learn all that glitters, isn’t gold. But, that’s only part of the picture. Those who appear naïve, those appear in control, those who seem like innocent bystanders may not be as naïve, innocent or as in control as they appear.

    By the time we get to the last section in the book, that old phrase about

    came to mind, along with a few other books or movies in which the tables are turned in spectacular fashion, and revenge is carried out with carefully constructed scheming.

    The book is not too big on shock and awe, instead opting for a stylish noir type atmosphere, which is more understated than many novels that land in this sub-genre, but it gets the job done, just the same, without going off the rails with unnecessary plot twists.

    The characters were not overly developed, as we only see them in certain contexts, with was key to the story, nor did they evoke deep feelings or emotions, other than disdain or dislike, but by the time all is said and done, I had an enormous amount of respect for some of them.

    What makes the novel work is the careful arrangement and pacing. The twists weren’t really all that surprising, but they are still delectable and immensely entertaining. The story is a bit of a cautionary tale, a warning to beware of what appears on the surface, to never judge a book by its cover, or blindly trust people. But, it was also a story of escape and empowerment- albeit, one with an unconventional approach, as well as a tale of retribution- which was the most satisfying part of this enjoyable parable.

    Overall, this is an impressive debut novel, and I look forward to seeing what else these talented sisters will entertain us with in the future.

  • Linda

    "I struggled to get a deep breath, to come up with something, anything, that would help me to believe there was a way out."

    Envy is a green-eyed monster that sits behind the wheel of someone else's vehicle.....in someone else's lane, in someone else's life.

    Amber Patterson is trying to jam her irregular foot into the dainty shoes of another while leaving her own tainted footprints behind. A kind of a Cinderella story with no fairy godmother. This girl has brought evil by the bulk and doles it out

    "I struggled to get a deep breath, to come up with something, anything, that would help me to believe there was a way out."

    Envy is a green-eyed monster that sits behind the wheel of someone else's vehicle.....in someone else's lane, in someone else's life.

    Amber Patterson is trying to jam her irregular foot into the dainty shoes of another while leaving her own tainted footprints behind. A kind of a Cinderella story with no fairy godmother. This girl has brought evil by the bulk and doles it out on a daily basis.

    Amber arrives in Bishops Harbor, Connecticut with a well-calculated plan. She weaves her way into the lives of Jackson and Daphne Parrish, wealthy socialites, through an unseemingly cruel means. Daphne recently lost her sister, Julie, to Cystic Fibrosis. She has even established her own foundation called Julie's Smile. Our girl, Amber, just so happens to have had a cherished sister as well who succumbed to CF. Not so sure about that, Amber.

    With one foot in the door, Amber squirms through the tiniest openings in order to get into the very private stronghold of the Parrish household. She switches around her background story on demand and taps into the compassionate chambers of Daphne's heart. Oh, what this devious vamp won't do to bring her plans into fruition.

    Liv Constantine is the pen name for two creative sisters, Lynne and Valerie. They've put their heads together to brew a very dark storyline here. I ratcheted my review up to 4 stars for that very reason. Although this has been termed as a psychological thriller, I didn't find it as such. There was plenty of bad people behaving badly for sure who needed to be housed in a psych ward. But the "thriller" element was lacking. The majority of the crazy occured in private pockets without the screeching fear of getting caught. Everything was pre-calculated with master plans......not off-the-grid dangerous, heart-pumping, driving-off-the-cliff thrill of a thriller.

    But, hear me out. The Last Mrs. Parrish is a satisfying read. I just like my thriller sandwich heavy on the secret sauce and jalapenos. Perhaps the next offering by these two talented sisters will contain a side order of eye-watering salsa.

  • j e w e l s

    This is a fantastic book with only three characters. Husband, wife, and home-wrecker. It’s no spoiler to tell you that Amber Patterson is the home wrecker and a self-avowed woman on a mission. Motivated mostly by her wish to be tremendously wealthy, Amber is determined to OUTRIGHT steal Jackson Parrish away from his sweet, beautiful wife, Daphne. What ensues is unbelievably fun to read about. Deliciously wicked.

    The story is entertaining and addictive! I couldn’

    This is a fantastic book with only three characters. Husband, wife, and home-wrecker. It’s no spoiler to tell you that Amber Patterson is the home wrecker and a self-avowed woman on a mission. Motivated mostly by her wish to be tremendously wealthy, Amber is determined to OUTRIGHT steal Jackson Parrish away from his sweet, beautiful wife, Daphne. What ensues is unbelievably fun to read about. Deliciously wicked.

    The story is entertaining and addictive! I couldn’t put it down.

    The writing is effortless, easy and flows at a naturally fast pace.

    The structure of the book is perfect. The first third is Amber’s POV, the second is Daphne’s and the third part is a bit of a combination conclusion. (I enjoyed Daphne’s section so much more than Amber’s!)

    This book is too long. Even though it reads fast for a 400 page book, there is too much fat. Where are those editors when you need one? For the first half of the book, we get an up close, continuous description of how the “one percent” lives and that starts to get tiring.

    Ok, we get it, Jackson Parrish is super duper rich and buys very expensive clothes, shoes, and jewelry for Mrs. Parrish. If you’re into designer brand names, etc. you will enjoy reading about the trappings and joys of wealth. And that’s not a bad thing! But, if you tire of this part, persevere until the second half where the plot really picks up.

    Aside from not really feeling a connection to the characters, there is also not any suspense in this book. There is a mild twist, but you will probably not be that surprised.

    All of these negatives are only because my expectations were that this would be a “twisted, psychological thriller”. I mean, it says it right there on the book jacket.

    It’s my opinion that this book is mis-categorized. I would call it women’s fiction (I hate “chick-lit”). It is VERY light on the psychological suspense and there is not a thriller vibe or shocking mystery to solve.

    Overall, this is a very fun book to read, most people will love it and I’m betting it is going to be very popular.

    The strange thing is….it is almost the exact same plot line from THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks, which is the book I read just before this one. Caaaarazzzzy.

    In contrast, THE WIFE BETWEEN US is a much darker, tighter, twisted story and I did give it all the stars. That book doesn’t come out until January 2018. I will post a review on

    closer to publication.

    THE LAST MRS. PARRISH is scheduled for US publication today, October 17. It has a gorgeous cover and I want to thank the lovely Chelsea Humphrey from

    for gifting it to me as part of a giveaway.

    Available TODAY on sale at Amazon

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    4.5 Stars!!

    I’ve had a lucky streak of great books lately and I’m happy to say that this was another terrific read. “The Last Mrs. Parrish” was a very compelling psychological suspense novel.

    Amber Patterson detests the rich and privileged women she sees at the gym, yet she would give anything to be one of them. She is tired of being poor – of feeling unimp

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    4.5 Stars!!

    I’ve had a lucky streak of great books lately and I’m happy to say that this was another terrific read. “The Last Mrs. Parrish” was a very compelling psychological suspense novel.

    Amber Patterson detests the rich and privileged women she sees at the gym, yet she would give anything to be one of them. She is tired of being poor – of feeling unimportant, and invisible. But Amber has a plan to change her life and it starts with...Daphne Parrish.

    Daphne has it all....and Amber wants it.

    Daphne feels like she finally has a friend who can really understand the loss she suffered. Amber offers to help out with a foundation that Daphne runs and she’s thrilled to have Amber’s help. Some of the other women aren’t so sure about Amber, but Daphne ignores their warnings as she grows even closer to Amber. But she has no idea what Amber is up too.

    Spending holidays and even taking trips with the family, Amber has done her research and feels like things are going perfectly. However, she may have charmed Daphne but there’s still Jackson to win over.

    Amber is positive that she’s finally going to have it all. SHE was going to be the one everyone looked at and admired. She was going to win this time.

    But we don’t always see what people are thinking behind their big smiles and we don’t always know what goes on behind closed doors. And Amber’s past is full of things she doesn’t want anyone to find out.

    Will her secrets get out and ruin her big plans? Will she finally get what she deserves?

    The book is broken up into three parts. Part one is from Amber’s perspective. We learn about her plan to infiltrate the Parrish’s world. Part two is Daphne’s point of view. Part three was the best of all. Both perspectives come together leading up to a thrilling and very satisfying conclusion.

    Although there were a few things that seemed a bit over the top, I didn’t really dwell on it as the story was so interesting. There was also a bit of repetition in part two. However, I think it was probably necessary in order to see Daphne’s view and get the full effect of what was going on.

    I really enjoyed this novel. Amber was the perfect villain, someone readers will love to hate. Manipulative and calculating, you never knew what she was going to do next. Jackson Parrish, the high-powered real estate tycoon with the world at his fingertips. And then we have the beautiful and kind, Daphne Parrish, loving wife and mother.

    I had a bit of an idea of what might be going on early on. But it may have been written that way intentionally. At any rate, it really didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the story as I was curious to see if I was right and if I wasn’t, I was still excited to see where the story was going to go.

    And the story didn’t let me down. There were plenty of twists that I did not see coming. I was completely absorbed in the story and found it hard to put down. This book was a bit longer than most suspense novels at almost 400 pages. But I didn’t feel like it was too much, it felt just right.

    “The Last Mrs. Parrish” was an engrossing and addictive read, with a great plot and well-developed, diabolical characters. This really was a very impressive debut novel. A delicious story of jealousy, betrayal, and revenge.

    The author Liv Constantine is actually the pen name of two sisters, Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Lynne and Valerie wrote this novel while living in different states, using both Skype and email. I’m excited to see what they come up with next!

    Thank you HarperCollins for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.

  • Kaceey

    Amber has a dream – a big one. She wants to be rich beyond her wildest imagination, marry a gorgeous man and live in a stately mansion. (That’s all?!) And she’s willing do whatever it takes to make that dream a reality!

    Daphne

    marry the man of her dreams,

    rich beyond her wildest dreams, and

    living in an incredible mansion.

    So whose dreams really did come true? Just who’s the lucky one here?

    Amber is busy embedding herself into Daphne’s life under fal

    Amber has a dream – a big one. She wants to be rich beyond her wildest imagination, marry a gorgeous man and live in a stately mansion. (That’s all?!) And she’s willing do whatever it takes to make that dream a reality!

    Daphne

    marry the man of her dreams,

    rich beyond her wildest dreams, and

    living in an incredible mansion.

    So whose dreams really did come true? Just who’s the lucky one here?

    Amber is busy embedding herself into Daphne’s life under false pretenses, with her eye squarely on the brass ring.

    To have everything lucky Daphne has...no matter the cost.

    Unsuspecting and maybe a bit naïve, Daphne believes she’s found a new best friend. Someone she can share a close bond with. Someone to totally trust and confide in.

    A fast-paced, domestic psychological thriller that will keep you up late into the night flying through the pages! Told from both Ambers and Daphne’s POV. Even though I guessed the ending fairly early, the ride was still great fun!

    This was my first read by this author and I will certainly be looking for her next release!!

    I would recommend!!

    As always…a fabulous reading experience with My Traveling Sisters:)

  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister

    ‘Cause

    is on the prowl and liable to steal your entire life right out from under your nose.

    And this time her envious glare is set upon the beautiful and unsuspecting

    and her filthy rich, disgustingly successful husband,

    .

    I’ll be the first to admit that I

    a good cast of

    characters, but there’s certain criteria I feel necessary for their levels of insanity to work:

    - The char

    ‘Cause

    is on the prowl and liable to steal your entire life right out from under your nose.

    And this time her envious glare is set upon the beautiful and unsuspecting

    and her filthy rich, disgustingly successful husband,

    .

    I’ll be the first to admit that I

    a good cast of

    characters, but there’s certain criteria I feel necessary for their levels of insanity to work:

    - The characters must feel fleshed-out and human.

    - They should have layers and appear altered when viewed from different angles. (No one is all “one” thing.)

    - They have to be convincing enough to make even the “unbelievable” seem

    . (No matter how absurd a theory may seem, good writing

    make me a believer.)

    While the characters here certainly

    psychopathy, I felt they lacked the depth and dimension needed for me to buy what they were selling, although I’m not saying the ride wasn't fun. It just felt a bit “put-on” and inauthentic at times.

    This plot is divided into three parts with alternating focus, which I thought worked well. The first section felt slightly repetitive and was my least enjoyable, but the rest of the book had me flipping eagerly through its pages, anxiously awaiting reveals.

    they seemed more edgy than surprising, which isn't a bad thing. The ending left me a little divided for reasons that are too spoilery to mention, but since this

    fiction, I can stand to give a high-five to good ol’ book-karma for doing her job with efficiency and vigor and a sweet twist of irony as a cherry-topper.

    Overall, a stellar concept that, with a tighter execution, I could have easily 5-starred. I can definitely see this becoming a movie; it certainly reads like one. I do think many readers will enjoy the compulsive nature of this one and easily soar through this story. Enjoy!

    Psychological Thriller/Mystery/Suspense

    Deliciously Unhinged but largely one-dimensional

    An envious woman greedily sets out to steal the life and husband of a new “friend”.

    Straightforward. Fluid.

    1st & 3rd Person Perspectives: Alternating Heroines

    None. Standalone

  • Krystin Rachel

    My book ish:

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    This quote from the 1967 film, COOL HAND LUKE, basically sums up how I’m feeling after reading this book. And I’ve never even seen the movie. The quote just came to me, as a thing I know somehow, deep from within the pop culture recesses of my mind. There’s a lot of useless information in there.

    I might also go with:

    What I mean to say is: I wish the publishers

    My book ish:

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    This quote from the 1967 film, COOL HAND LUKE, basically sums up how I’m feeling after reading this book. And I’ve never even seen the movie. The quote just came to me, as a thing I know somehow, deep from within the pop culture recesses of my mind. There’s a lot of useless information in there.

    I might also go with:

    What I mean to say is: I wish the publishers hadn’t stuffed this novel into the psychological-thriller genre just because that’s where all the cool kids are, and had instead been honest about what this book is:

    It’s not a thriller. I’m sorry, but no. I am not thrilled.

    Had I known this from the start, I would have passed on reading it, because this level of dramatic soap-opera nutty-ness is just not my thing. It lacks humour and humanity, and is overpopulated with terrible one-liners, cliches and silly dialogue and tropes that feel like a reenactment. And the writing is derivative and basic.

    Anyway….I didn’t know I shouldn’t read this, so I did, and now I have library late fees and a shitty review to write, so buckle in, bitches.

    First of all,

    That’s the most concise way to describe it. It’s slow, with dull scenes, and so overtly dramatic in its boring elements that it becomes comical and cheesy.

    more rich people events with wildly cliche conversation? More descriptions of fancy clothes and designer labels and expensive underwear and boats and bikinis and hot bodies? Please, please, tell me again what else these people are spending their excessive amounts of money on!

    For the first third of the book, we follow Amber Patterson as she enacts her plan to steal someone’s rich, powerful husband. Amber is a one-dimensional

    who is absolutely agonizing to read. She’s a hateful, conniving con-artist for seemingly no real reason, other than she grew up poor and believes she deserves better…and the only way to get “better” is with buttloads of money.

    She has zero redeeming qualities, not even a modicum of a sympathetic trait. She’s absolutely spiteful in her self-righteous belief that she could be a better rich asshole than all the other rich assholes.

    Amber teaches herself about everything that a cultured person would apparently know. She reads

    and becomes an amateur sommelier and learns about real estate and art and hedge funds. You’d think that someone who is that driven and smart would want to go to University and aspire to be a CEO, in charge of her own money, with her own power. But no, Amber just wants to be a rich wife, because that’s the kind of superficial world this book takes place in.

    She’s a completely insufferable character, and you truly start to wonder what the authors were thinking in their creation of her, until the book switches over to the POV of Daphne Parrish, the woman who’s husband Amber is intent on stealing. I was honestly so relieved when I left Amber behind – I wasn’t sure how much more of her I could take.

    Daphne, from Amber’s perspective, has it all. From the beautiful kids the nanny takes care of, to the closet full of designer clothes, the fleet of cars and a private chef and estate-sized mansion and expensive vacations; down to the perfect, powerful, wealthy husband who provides it all, and who is,

    , gorgeous and every woman wants him. Mr. Jackson Parrish.

    Listen, Elon Musk might be able to buy himself hair but he can’t make himself hot. That’s the balance of the universe. It’s reality.

    Underneath the opulence and money, however, Jackson is a controlling, abusive, waste of oxygen. There are small hints, leading up to the change in POV, that there is something dark about Jackson, but the shift in perspective brings it all rapidly to the forefront of the story, because it is the forefront of Daphne’s life.

    Okay, I shouldn’t say rapidly. First, we need to get through how Daphne met Jackson, their first date, meeting the parents and getting married and going on a honeymoon and having a baby and like, every other major milestone in a married couple’s life before

    Jackson is really a total dick punch?! Say it isn’t so.

    Up until this point, I was willing to give this book 3 stars, call it just so-so and kind of

    movie-esque, and move on with my life. Except, it is here, in the last third of the book, that the tagline really starts to reveal it’s true meaning.

    What Daphne deserves is to be free of Jackson. To regain control of her life, the lives of her children and move on from the prison she was living in, even if she had “everything”. Okay, great. Agreed. You can’t put a price on freedom.

    But in order for Daphne to escape her personal hell, Amber must take her place in her abusive marriage. And we, as the readers, are supposed to want this. We’re supposed to cheer this. We’re supposed to think it’s inspired!

    This is why the authors created such a one dimensional, unsympathetic twat of a character in Amber. So that when Daphne’s “clever” plan succeeds – and Amber becomes the new Mrs. Jackson Parrish – we, the reader, say: “Yes, good! She deserves this!”

    Are you fucking kidding me?

    I could see this coming, but I hoped it wasn’t true. I kept my fingers crossed that Daphne and Amber would find a way to join forces and destroy Jackson together. I was still hoping I would end up back at a three-star rating.

    I don’t care how awful Amber is, or how many heartless things she did in pursuit of her goal, this is not a thing to wish on someone. Prison time? Sure, that would have looked more like justice. But, I’m literally stunned that an active choice was made by the authors to convince readers that it’s fun and entertaining to witness an unlikable character become a victim of domestic abuse and rape.

    Anyone who gave this book 4 or 5 stars really needs to examine why this “twist” didn’t bother them. I mean, if you totally loved the book, I’m not here to judge your review…but, just think about it. Because, honestly, for as cheesy and boring and soap-opera-y as this novel is, the resolution to Daphne’s problems, and what Amber “deserves”, is dark and fucked up and no one should be okay with this kind of narrative device – one that tells us some women deserve to be victims of abuse.

    It’s sick.

    It takes a lot for me to hand out one star. I save those for flaming piles of shit. But, I’m making an exception in this case. I think I kind totally hated this very strongly.

  • Emily May

    This is the first book in a long time that I've actually

    .

    There are a number of reasons why and some are hard to talk about without giving important things away. I'll start with what I can safely say. All spoilers have been hidden.

    Firstly,

    . Especially in the first half where we stay inside the mind of the despicable con-artist, Amber Patterson, as she plants herself into the life of Daphne Parrish and tries to steal her rich husband. There are a good two hun

    This is the first book in a long time that I've actually

    .

    There are a number of reasons why and some are hard to talk about without giving important things away. I'll start with what I can safely say. All spoilers have been hidden.

    Firstly,

    . Especially in the first half where we stay inside the mind of the despicable con-artist, Amber Patterson, as she plants herself into the life of Daphne Parrish and tries to steal her rich husband. There are a good two hundred pages of lunch dates, designer dresses, charity events, and Amber hating every single person around her.

    Look, I love complex, selfish, unlikable characters. I don't believe, in general, that anyone is merely good or bad. Most people are screwed-up, flawed, and jealous at times. It's a shitty world out there and I truly believe most personalities are made through socialization and nurture, not born.

    . She is horrible to literally

    , and for no reason. She has to make snide comments (mentally) about the weight of her coworker, and think to herself how much easier it was for Daphne's sister, who grew up with and eventually died from cystic fibrosis.

    I only continued reading the slow, boring narrative because I knew something had to be coming. I also have a theory as to why the authors made her so one-dimensional and horrible, but that will have to come later under the spoiler tag.

    And, sure enough, we reach the halfway point and the book shifts. The blurb already tells us to expect "shocking turns and dark secrets", though I don't personally think it was that shocking. For one thing, the book's tagline "Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve." tells us that someone is going to get what they deserve so, come on, is it really that hard to imagine where it's going? Maybe it also doesn't help that I recently read

    .

    Now we're into spoiler territory, so most of this will be hidden. But here's where I got really pissed.

    A slow book that still keeps me reading to the end can usually get two stars from me, but the slowness combined with a message that left a really bad taste means I can't and do not want to give it more than one star.

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