No book will ever amount to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, but this book sure tries. Throughout the stories it offers the same vibes. This didn’t turn me off to the story at all; in fact, I enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, exciting, and just the distraction I needed these past two days.
The Last Mrs Parrish starts out from Amber Patterson point of view. We learn from the start she is a lying, manipulative, twisted women. She is a poor nobody and feels as if she deserves more. She wants it all – money, power, and the handsome Mr. Parrish. She decides to worm her way into Daphne Parrish’s life and take everything from her. After all, the woman takes all she has for granted. It appears Daphne and Jackson has the perfect life, a perfect family, the perfect marriage. Why shouldn’t it be hers?
So she pretends to have lost her sister the same way Daphne lost hers. She joins Daphne’s charity dedicated to helping others like her sister and worms her way onto its board. In turn, she tangles herself with the Parrish’s lives. It doesn’t take long before Amber tricks Daphne into thinking they’re best friend. Then start the mind games. But, surprise, surprise, a skeleton from her past may destroy everything that Amber worked towards, and if discovered, her plan may fall apart.
Okay, so this probably sounds cheesy, but trust me, it’s good.
The only real issue I had for this book is at times, the characters seemed awfully… 2D. For the entire first half of the book, I didn’t feel connected to them. However, that changed for me as soon as we left Amber’s point of view and saw things from Daphne’s.
Which brings me to what I do love about this book.
WARNING: The following doesn’t actually contain spoilers, but it might hint to what the big plot twist is.
When they introduce the first twist, I was shocked! I honestly didn’t see coming, though I now feel silly for missing! Seeing things from one point of view can make you hate someone, but when you see things from another’s eyes, it can change everything. This story shows a narrator and tone can mean everything.
This story is not for the faint of heart. Multiple times I found myself wincing, cringing, and feeling sick. The detailed descriptions had me wishing I could look away. I want a lighter read after this but unlucky for me, my next book is just as dark.
I highly recommend The Last Mrs Parrish. It might not be your next favorite book, but I do think you will enjoy it.
Now to non patiently wait for the TV show.