The Next Mrs. Parrish

Bantam. (The Last Mrs. Parrish, Bk. 2). Jun. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9780593599921. $30. THRILLER
The Real Housewives have nothing on the women in this sequel to 2017’s The Last Mrs. Parrish. The story opens with Amber, who has successfully maneuvered to replace Daphne as Jackson Parrish’s wife. Now Amber’s dreading her husband’s return from prison where he is serving time for tax evasion—the result of her informing on him. Her discovery of a cache of high-quality diamonds on Jackson’s boat provides her with the funds she needs to escape and start a new life. Jackson’s unexpected early release forces her to pivot and agree to help him lure his ex-wife Daphne back into his life. Daphne, who had thought she’d escaped from the man’s physical and psychological abuse, is pulled back into Jackson’s web by their eldest daughter’s repeated attempts to run back to her father. Amber has no qualms about sacrificing Daphne, since she’s always felt inferior to Jackson’s first wife. When someone from Amber’s past comes back to haunt her, she adds destroying another person to the to-do list.
VERDICT With scheming worthy of the soapiest television drama, readers will enjoy watching the match of wits and wills in this entertaining beach read.
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