The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
Thank you to Simon Books for my free advance copy.
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Review: A suspenseful novel full of lies, revenge, deceit, seduction and betrayal, The Favorite Sister hooked me from the first chapter. I enjoyed the unique narrative that opened with exactly who was going to die at the end. The reader knows the outcome to expect, but not the how, why or whodunnit. There’s an endless amount of suspects and motives. Just when I thought the plot was going in one direction, Knoll surprised me with a complete 180°. I also loved that this was fiction about another type of fiction – reality TV. I don’t think I’ve read a novel that revolves around reality TV since I read a couple of Lauren Conrad’s books years ago; it definitely made for a unprecedented spin on a thriller. As I got closer and closer to the end I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how on earth this novel could be wrapped up in the last 10-15 pages. Knoll pulled it off with one final jaw dropping moment.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Overall Rating: 4/5