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 fairytale, blessed with two lovely young daughters.
Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn’t have a plan. Determined to become the next Mrs. Parrish, 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.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were intriguing – at first, they felt so one dimensional and obvious but by the end, they were completely different versions of themselves. The writing was fast-paced and I enjoyed how the characters’ pasts were hinted at but only revealed slowly throughout the book.
I was reading part one and enjoying the story and then part two started and damn. Everything twisted and changed and I was completely on board for wherever we were going. The alternating Amber/Daphne POV chapters in part three just settled it. So good.
Amber is one of the most unlikeable characters I’ve ever read. She’s even worse than Jackson and he is a total sociopath so that’s definitely saying something. I started off feeling sorry for Daphne because of what Amber was plotting against her, but I found it difficult to like her as a person. And while I don’t think I ever really liked her, during part two she became a very interesting character with more depth.
Everything tied itself up very neatly in the end here, which was a little too predictable for me. I really wanted to give this book four stars but just couldn’t do it based on how unrealistic the ending was. It’s pretty rare that the rich, powerful people actually have to face the karma of their actions and the abused victims get everything they wanted.
I would recommend this to any fans of psychological thrillers, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and couldn’t wait to read what would happen next. Enjoy!