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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The First Shot

Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman

Series: The Last Mrs. Parrish, Book 0.5,

Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins


Publisher: Original Audio

Publication Date: 11/12/2020

Format: Audible

My Rating: 5 Stars

In this gripping prequel to the blockbuster best seller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. Parrish, listeners will discover exactly how Amber Patterson transformed from small-town girl to master manipulator - after all, practice makes perfect.

Amber Patterson has many secrets. This much is clear when she sneaks out of her home in the dead of night and hitchhikes across state lines to meet up with a man she hasn’t seen or spoken to since high school graduation. So begins her desperate attempt to leave her old life behind, and she’ll use everything and everyone at her disposal, from social media stalking to the kindness of unsuspecting strangers, to get where she needs to go. It’s not long before she’s ready for the main event: armed with a new identity and a new purpose, she heads to Gunnison, Colorado, preparing herself to meet her future husband among the wealthy vacationers.

Even the smallest misstep could derail this carefully-laid plan, and in the end, can you even truly outrun your past? The First Shot is an absorbing, binge-able thriller that shows just how far some will go to build the lives they want.

Pub Date: November 12, 2021

Pages: 95

ISBN13: 979-8767348817


Buy the Book:


“Hold on tight! The First Shot is a deep dive into the emotionally twisted world of a woman who wants it all and will stop at nothing to take it. Find out how the notorious Amber from The Last Mrs. Parrish got her start in this fiendish prequel by the incomparable Liv Constantine!"

—Wendy Walker, USA Today bestselling author

“The First Shot is the origin story of Amber Patterson, it’s just as shocking—and dark—as The Last Mrs. Parrish. Liv Constantine has created one of the most memorable characters in recent years and this prequel is a fascinating peek at what came before."

—Samantha Downing, internationally bestselling author

"Sneaky and deliciously sinister, THE FIRST SHOT is the perfect prequel to THE LAST MRS. PARRISH. Don't miss this first dose of Amber's twisted antics"

—Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author

"The First Shot is a fabulous introduction to Amber Patterson, one of the most delightfully diabolical characters ever. A fast, fun, jaw-dropping read.”

—Kaira Rouda,USA Today bestselling author

About the Authors

Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Together, they are the bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. Parrish, The Last Time I Saw You, The Wife Stalker, and The Stranger in the Mirror (coming July 2021). Their critically acclaimed books have been praised by USA Today, The Sunday Times, People Magazine, and Good Morning America, among many others. Lynne and Valerie are national and international bestselling authors and their books have been translated into 27 languages, are available in 32 countries, and have been optioned for both television and film. Lynne lives in Milford, Connecticut; Valerie in Annapolis, Maryland. Visit their website at and find them on Twitter at or Instagram under the handle @livconstantine2

About the Performer

Suzanne is a Minnesotan and a sci-fi fan - either of which can take precedence depending on the day and whether there’s lefse in the room or a new Star Wars movie coming out. She is not ashamed to admit that she enjoys 70s music. Just try to argue against Elton John or the BeeGees. You can’t. ​

Suzanne is also an audiobook narrator with over 250 credits from major publishers including Penguin Random House, Harper, Scholastic, Tantor, Blackstone and Brilliance. ​

Suzanne is passionate about audiobooks - as both a narrator and a fan. Her narrating origin story involves a figurative lightbulb and a literal couch. While listening to an audiobook she realized that her entire career - as a television reporter, writer, actor and avid reader - had led to an astonishingly obvious conclusion. To Suzanne, narrating is the quintessential mix of performance and literary artistry. A union of her father’s life-long dedication to theater and her mother’s love of reading. In short, the perfect occupation for an introverted extrovert. Website







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