The Favorite Sister – Jessica Knoll

Summary: 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. (From Goodreads)

I’m going to be completely honest with you: I did not like Knoll’s first book. Probably because, and I know I’ve complained about this before, it was billed as the “next Gone Girl.” And it really wasn’t. In fact, it wasn’t even really suspense novel.

However, it wasn’t a bad book. So, when I got this book on NetGalley, I wasn’t hesitant. I wanted to see if Knoll could write a suspense thriller.

She can. This isn’t just a suspense thriller, it’s a snarky, feminist commentary on those Bravo reality shows. And I LOVE Bravo reality shows. I don’t know how accurate it is, but Knoll does a great job of weaving the story of these women and how they’re manipulated by the very production company that is fueling their livelihood. It’s fantastic.

The story is told through three different perspectives, which I usually don’t love, but it worked out. The voices were unique so there wasn’t any confusion between the characters. In fact, all of the characters were unique and real. Like I could watch this reality show.

And Knoll delivers on the twists. Yup, multiple twists. There are twists on your twists. And I couldn’t guess any of them.

The only reason I knocked a star off was because the middle dragged a bit. Plus, some of the passages felt a little monologuey and preachy. Not that I didn’t agree with the preaching, it was just a bit much.

Still, you should pick it up.

Rating:  ★★★★☆

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. 

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