Title: The First Shot
Author: Liv Constantine
Narrator: Suzanne Elise Freeman
Published: November 2020, Audible Originals
Length: 2 hours 35 minutes
Source: Personal copy
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
My thoughts: I am a huge fan of the writing duo, Liv Constantine, and The Last Mrs. Parrish is one of my all-time favorite books of theirs, so I was thrilled when I saw that they had written a prequel to that book. Amber Patterson is one of those characters that you love to hate and I was so excited to get more of her. I needed to see where she came from and how she become the person she was when we first met her in TLMP…and oh boy, this one sure doesn’t disappoint. It may be short but it is well worth it!
This is only available on Audible right now so go grab it while you can…it’s highly entertaining and if you have already read TLMP, you will get to see Amber in action before she sets her eyes on the Parrishes and if you haven’t read TLMP, this is a great introduction to one crazy character and then you seriously need to pick up The Last Mrs. Parrish immediately!!!
Audio thoughts: This was such a great audio and Suzanne Elise Freeman, a new-to-me narrator did such a great job. She brought all the characters to life and her pacing and intonations were spot on.