Apr 24 2018

Review for The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 15 Comments

Review for The Favorite Sister by Jessica KnollThe Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 384
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
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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…

Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

Lauren, the start-up world’s darling whose drinking has gotten out of control, is Goal Diggers’ recovery narrative—everyone loves a comeback story.

And Jen, made rich and famous through her cultishly popular vegan food line plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off.





The Favorite Sister follows the story of a group of self made women that are the stars of the reality series, The Goal Diggers. Five successful women, all wanting to make a name for themselves, what could possibly go wrong? Bedsides, the murder of one of the women. Who killed her and why?!

In the beginning we are introduced to several women, these are some very competitive and some are even vicious about getting what they want. They are going to do whatever they can to make the fans love them. There is plenty of drama, backstabbing and lies to go around. But with all the different stories going on between all of them, I found it hard to keep up with who was who, and their particular stories and not really liking any of them. They were so awful to each other, just to get ahead. During the second half all that tension that was building from the start did come to a head. It was clear who the main instigators people were, and there were some pretty shocking things that were revealed, like who murdered one the cast.

The diversity that this had was something I liked, it brought up all the self awareness, self image and racism and abuse that women sometimes go through, even though at times it did come off a little preachy. I’m not much a reality t.v. girl, so I might not have been the intended target reader for this one. But the thing is, I just coudln’t stop reading, I wanted to see what happened with all the lies and betrayals that these women had going on and I really wanted to know who the murderer was and why they did it. And what they got out of it too. Did it get them ahead somehow or was it just plain jealous?

While this did have it’s up and downs for me but the fact that I just culdn’t put it down says a lot. I guess it turned out to be a pretty good read for me in the end. Fans of reality t.v. will certainly enjoy this one.



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Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession

15 Responses to “Review for The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll”

  1. verushka

    How insane is this book? I watch some reality TV so I was super into this book, even though it got so intense and kinda crazy with what these women got up to!

  2. RO

    There are a few reality shows I watch that I can’t tear myself away from, and it sounds like this book is going to be the same. It sounds quite fascinating and unique, which would keep me turning those pages. Glad you enjoyed it so much! Hugs…RO

  3. Sam@WLABB

    I liked The Luckiest Girl Alive, and have been seeing this one around. The reality TV angle in this book sounds interesting to me.

  4. Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

    I am not sure about this one. I don’t like it when characters are hard to connect with and keep track of. I am not a reality tv fan at all so there is that. On the other hand, any book that is hard to put down is somewhat tempting. Great review!

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