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The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll {Review}


When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

My Review:

My first thought when I heard Jessica Knoll was writing a second book was “I have to get my hands on an advanced copy.” I thoroughly enjoyed her first book The Luckiest Girl. Once I read the blurb and realized that it was about women on a reality show, I have to admit my enthusiasm dwindled a bit since I am not a big fan of reality tv. Then I remembered that books make everything so much better and my excitement came back full force.

We have 5 women, 2 of them are sisters and they are all successful in their own ways. Of course with anything, if you get enough estrogen in the room and add a dash of different personalities, attitudes and beliefs, drama is soon to follow. However Brett, Lauren, Stephanie,  Jen and newcomer Kelly did not expect murder. Each of these women has their own secret to protect either about relationships, business or lifestyle choices and they are all willing to do what it takes to protect those secrets and their spot on the show. This novel shows the level of viciousness and pettiness that women, and men  will go to in order to get what they want, protect what they have and destroy whoever their enemy is at the time of taping. Their showbiz conflicts start to follow them off-screen and some of them aren’t able to see where the line is between reality and fiction. What will they do for the top storyline? Whose secret will be outed? And last but certainly not least, who will be murdered? All these questions are answered as the story switches points of view between Kelly, Stephanie, and Brett.

I will say that if reality tv was more like this novel I would probably watch it. But alas, producers want drama and I’m sure they are steering clear of murders, for now. This was definitely the suspense thriller I needed for my palate and I can’t wait to see what Jessica Knoll has next in store for her fans.

This story makes you question what you would do for self preservation. Shows you that money is in fact not complete happiness, or is it?

I highly recommend this novel . I received an advanced copy from Simon and Schuster by mail and I was able to get a galley from NetGalley. This is my honest review.


4 Stars


Available May 15th in hardcover, ebook and audio where books are sold.