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Summary

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.

©2020 Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Sooo predictable!

This book was a big disappointment. I could have written it myself in two sittings. ☹️

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  • KKEC Reads
  • 14-11-20

I was not disappointed!

Just when I thought I couldn't dislike a character anymore... Liv Constantine releases The First Shot. This prequel was so well done. The groundwork for The Last Mrs. Parrish was laid so perfectly. Amber's deceit levels go to, and the distance she is willing to go for what she feels she deserves is wild. I really enjoyed the narration; Suzanne Elise Freeman is very talented. She has a very soothing voice to listen to, and she brought the characters to life very vividly. The twist was poetic, and the karma was swift. I very much enjoyed this!

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  • Laura Costa
  • 13-11-20

Wow...talk about Womenly Wiles

I am about an hour in. This is a story about a deceiving woman using her womanly wiles to snag a rich man and get him to marry her. Well then...I guess this can be real life. Interested to see how this comes to a conclusion. Will have to listen to the next book!

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  • Shawanda
  • 16-11-20

Excellent!!!!

I love it! Amber is the worst kind of person but always gets what she deserves in the end.

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  • Sunny
  • 17-11-20

Despicable woman

Predictable story of greed. No depth to any of the characters. Depressing, no reason to read it.

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 06-12-20

The Evolution of Amber

NO SPOILERS! This story was such a nice surprise. I love “The Last Mrs Parish” and the prequel did not disappoint. I only wished it was longer.

I recommend this to anyone who read “The Last Mrs Parish” and if you haven’t , listen to this one first.

Now I’m going to listen to the last mrs parish again.

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  • 15-11-20

Good prequel

I enjoyed the back story of evil Amber from The Last Mrs. Parrish. This short story was a fast and chilling read.

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  • Heather Fogg
  • 09-01-21

Fun Prequel!!

I read the last mrs Parrish so long ago I didn’t remember it. The list line of this novella brought it all back. Fun and well done!!

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  • 06-01-21

Great quick read!

I read The Last Mrs. Parrish earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed this one too. It was great to read more about what happened to Amber before she set her sights on Jackson Parrish.

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  • 20-11-20

original and suspenseful

All I can say is: Liv Constantine, please keep writing! Always suspenseful and original! love your stories!

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  • 18-11-20

What Karma looks like

What a great book, you have to love when a money hungry witch gets what she deserves at the end. She really thought she could fool everyone when in the end she was the one who got fooled!! A very enjoyable book for sure

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