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Publisher's 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.

"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 best-selling author) 

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jami
  • 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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  • Rebecca Ross
  • 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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  • RBShap
  • 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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  • Lisa
  • 14-03-22

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gave up after about chapter 8 listened to last few chapters a very slow book

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  • Sabrina Moutarde
  • 07-08-21

Brilliant!

This has completely wet my appetite for The Last Mrs Parish! Fantastic intro to Amber.

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  • Elizabeth Cain
  • 30-04-21

Sooo predictable!

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-22

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Hard to feel sympathy for Amber who for most of the story comes across as bitchy and self entitled. And I was thrilled that she was basically dealt a financial sucker punch at the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-05-22

Amazing!

The perfect prequel! Would love a sequel to The Last Mrs Parish - I need to know what Amber is stirring up now.

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  • Elle T
  • 10-02-22

Terrific!

After listening to The Last Mrs Parrish, and loving it, The First Shot was the perfect way to see how the initial story began. I really need to read more books by Liv Constantine!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-12-21

Nothing special

Looks like it's nothing but a teaser for her full length novel. A run of the mill, paint by numbers story. Highly predictable, plot driven with little to no character development. One to avoid

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  • Florence
  • 14-09-21

Loved it!

Liv Constantine is such a fantastic writer and this novella is the perfect lead in to the last Mrs parish. In fact it's made Mr want to listen to the next book again!