The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

The Favorite Sister

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 ...

Details The Favorite Sister

TitleThe Favorite Sister
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreMystery, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Favorite Sister

  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This is an entertaining and suspenseful novel. The story revolves around five successful women that star in a reality TV show that showcases their businesses and lives. It is revealed in the first chapters that one of the stars, Brett, has been murdered and the novel describes the events leading up to that point. The story is told in different points of view and alternates between the present and the past. The dynamic between the characters remin...
  • Crumb
    Wicked and deliciously scandalousI am the first to admit that I love to read and watch books and shows that contain catty drama, gossip, and backstabbing. This one did not disappoint. This book was in the same vein as the Real Housewives franchise (Carol and I did a buddy read together, and she made this astute observation). I couldn't agree with her more.This book was about a reality show called, "The Goal Diggers." The show's aim was to showcas...
  • Meredith
    I did not enjoy reading The Favorite Sister, but I respect its message. The Favorite Sister is about 5 women who continuously tear each other down on a reality TV show (a la The Real Housewives) that “espouses” feminism. These women do whatever it takes to stay relevant and remain in the spotlight. Filled with hideous characters who only care about themselves, this was not an easy book for me to read. Stephanie, Brett, Kelly, Lauren, and Jen...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be found at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...2.5 StarsI was really intrigued after reading the description for this novel. “a thriller starring competitive sisters whose dark secrets and lies result in murder when they sign onto a reality TV show.” In the novel, five successful women are starring in Season 4 of Goal Diggers, a popular reality show. Goal Diggers purports that it’s different than other reality TV. ...
  • Elyse
    There are definitely things that I enjoyed in Jessica Knoll’s second novel, “The Favorite Sister”.... but my interest was not only in the plot: the mystery murder to what happened to Brett.....who murdered her and why? I was interested enough to find out what happened of course....and there ‘are’ a couple of those famous twists..........but I found Jessica’s writing entertaining- just for the sake of tidbit-funny - or tidb...
  • Liz
    I may be the only person in America to have never watched a reality show. No Survivor, no Big Brother, none of the Housewives series. They just never appealed to me. But I loved Jessica Knoll’s first book, so I wasn’t going to miss out on her sophomore effort. It took me awhile to get into the book. I read another review where the reviewer gave up at the 10% mark and I totally understood that. In the beginning, the characters come across as s...
  • Theresa Alan
    I enjoyed this novel, although not as much as her first book, which was The Luckiest Girl in the World. What was best about this story of five successful women on a reality TV show was the ending, which provided lots of fun unexpected twists and turns.Getting to that ending was a little challenging because the story is told from the points of view of the five different women on the show. I read this in ebook format, and woe is me if I had to put ...
  • Kendall
    So, I feel like this book will be on a spectrum.... you really will love it or not at all. I have seen many positive reviews for this one on goodreads but I'm on the other side of the spectrum. This was my first read by Jessica Knoll and was very excited to experience her writing! We can't all love the same books and unfortunately this one didn't work for me at all. The plot sounded awesome... 5 women on a reality show called the Gold Diggers in ...
  • Carrie
    The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll is a thriller that is set in what's become the new normal in America in the reality television circuit. The ladies in the story are cast mates in the show Goal Diggers. A bit of a take on a housewife drama type of show but opposite in the fact these women are young professionals.The story begins by giving the reader a glimpse at present time in which it becomes apparent that Brett who had been the star of the...
  • Mackenzie
    Wow! The number of twists in this book had my head spinning! Jessica Knoll brings us a wonderful but terrifying portrayal of the dark side of sisterhood, leaving the reader wondering if the drama we see on Reality TV is actually less twisted than the truth. I found this novel absolutely captivating! Jessica’s use of alternating narrators kept me on my toes—I didn’t know who to trust or believe. Once I thought I had the dynamics and characte...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5Calling all fans of reality TV!! The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll is going to be for you if your guilty pleasure is binge watching reality TV because that's exactly what this book read like. Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of this author's first novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, but after reading this book Knoll has a believer in me! This book also had a little bit of a Fitness Junkie vibe, but dealing with reality TV AND fitness, and...
  • Debra
    It is safe to say that this was not my favorite book. The premise of this book sounded very interesting and I read a lot of positive reviews, so I thought this book must be better than Luckiest Girl Alive, also by this Author. I dnf LGA. I just could not get into that book but decided to throw caution to the wind and attempt to read this Author's work again due to the high reviews of The Favorite sister.Well, we all can't like the same book. What...
  • Megan Johnson
    It took me about a week after finishing this book to get around to writing this review - partially because life is busy, but also because I wanted to give myself time to process what I had read. Let me start by saying that Jessica Knoll is a fantastic author and certainly is an expert story teller. Everything I've read by her (this + her previous book) has been crafted in such a way that leaves me impressed and wishing for more. I have to give th...
  • Erin
    Eek. This is no heartwarming Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, that's for darn sure. The Favorite Sister contains some of the bloodiest, mud-slinging, bitch slapping, backstabbing, and savage cast of female characters that aren't on your television(or Netflix)-yet! This book finds itself as a contender for most difficult to enjoy The backdrop of the story swirls around the world of reality television and is narrated by three of the characters-B...
  • Kaila
    Reality TV is like driving drunk. You know it might kill you, but there is something rakishly sexy about participating in what may be your own demise. 2.5 stars. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. A murder mystery woven into the lives of five hyper-successful women, layered with all the drama and scandal typical of reality TV? Sign me up. The blurb just sounds so juicy and fun, the cast of characters is wonderfully diverse, and if that isn't eno...
  • Jennifer
    OK. This is going to sound like the beginning of a bad review, but it's not! keep reading. If your reading experience is like mine, you're going to need to take a lot of notes in the first half. Multiple characters are introduced and many have heavy-handed character and relationship development (sometimes as seen through someone else's POV). It is damned hard to keep everyone straight in my opinion. In the ARC edition (and hopefully in the ...
  • Dennis
    When the Real Housewives and Big Little Lies collide—Jessica Knoll's The Favorite Sister is a perfect concoction of both reality television and female dynamics.When I heard Jessica Knoll was coming out with a second novel that exploited the reality television genre in the same vein of the Real Housewives, I was immediately sold. How can I get a copy? What do I need to do? Who's going to be Bethenny Frankel in her book?! I'd do almost anything t...
  • Jan
    This book was a hard read to get through. I know that doesn't sell it too well, but this isn't going to be a book that many can get behind anyway. If you are a fan on The Real Housewives series on Bravo, then you will be able to relate and connect with the storyline and it's obnoxious and self absorbed characters. If you are not a fan, I can't see this being able to hold your interest for very long.Personally-I think its premise is so relevant to...
  • Selena
    I received a free e-copy of The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll from NetGalley for my honest review. First off I wanted to say that I loved Jessica Knoll's first book, Luckiest Girl Alive, so I was very happy to get a free e-copy of The Favorite Sister. This is a story about a reality TV show called Goal Diggers. Brett and Kelly Courtney are sisters and the show's stars. The reality TV show is all about self made women. The sisters have a lot of...
  • Dianne
    Reality TV, the latest craze. We think we are getting a peephole view of the lives of strangers, but what happens when the cameras stop rolling for five successful, competitive women is nothing short of deadly. You think the players on those reality shows can be brutal?THE FAVORITE SISTER by Jessica Knoll is a look at the rest of the story when egos, pride, jealousy and insecurity erupt and family rivalries boil over. Told from several points of ...
  • Wendi Lee
    *4.5 stars*Goal Diggers is the first so-called feminist reality television show, featuring five successful women. We learn very early on that Brett, one of these women, has died, and her sister, Kelly, has apparently replaced her on the show. But how did Brett die, and who is covering up the circumstances of her death? Reality TV is not my cup of tea, but The Favorite Sister is a well-written, intensely readable novel about the women who become r...
  • Judy
    Interesting - a book set around a reality TV show called "Goal Diggers" starring young professional women who have "made it". The story is told alternating both past and present time and from several different points of view so I was somewhat lost the first half of the book and kept backtracking to see whose point of view I was hearing. Once I had an understanding of who the characters were, the second half of the book was much better. This remin...
  • Amy
    Calling all Real Housewives fans, line up ladies, because have I got THE perfect juicy summer read for you! If you’re a fan of any reality TV shows I have a feeling this book will be for you actually, it’s like getting an insiders look into the making of a reality show with the added bonus of a murder mystery, I mean is there anything better?! Not to me, and this will be one of the most talked about books this summer, I have no doubt about it...
  • Daniel Balici
    Actual rating: 3.5The Favorite Sister is an upcoming publication by the author of the best-selling mystery novel Luckiest Girl Alive, which I read in the fall last year and unfortunately found neither as engrossing as other readers nor as reminiscent of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train as it has been aggressively marketed to the audience. Despite my slightly underwhelming experience with that book, as I was browsing through the Edelweiss catal...
  • megs_bookrack
    My final rating for The Favorite Sister would be between a 4 and 4.5-stars. I really, really enjoyed this. It wasn't what I expected and it is not really the type of book I would normally pick up for myself but regardless, it was a blast to read. Since finishing, I have been thinking about how best to classify this one. We know the world loves to categorize things - as this book definitely points out! I wouldn't necessarily categorize it as a thr...
  • Theresa
    Ugh. I'm so disappointed. I loved Knoll's debut novel, "Luckiest Girl Alive"- it was one of my favorite books of 2015, so I had high hopes for her latest creation. I think I was expecting too much this time around. It pains me to give "The Favorite Sister" such a low rating because I respect and admire Jessica Knoll. The plot of "The Favorite Sister" just didn't work for me. I tried, I really tried. Even though the writing is strong, I couldn't g...
  • Mackenzie
    Wow! The number of twists in this book had my head spinning! Jessica Knoll brings us a wonderful but terrifying portrayal of the dark side of sisterhood, leaving the reader wondering if the drama we see on Reality TV is actually less twisted than the truth. I found this novel absolutely captivating! Jessica’s use of alternating narrators kept me on my toes—I didn’t know who to trust or believe. Once I thought I had the dynamics and characte...
  • Jen
    I'll let you in on my secret shame...I like trashy reality TV shows. 🙈The Real Housewives series are my guilty pleasure. Reading this book was exactly that- an entertaining, juicy, guilty pleasure. The Favorite Sister is about 5 successful women on a reality show called Goal Diggers. The book starts with one of the women in a confessional type of taping for the series, discussing the death of one of the cast mates (who also happens to be her s...
  • Liz Barnsley
    I really enjoyed this multi character drama about 5 women on a reality tv show that turns murderous, it has a wide range of themes, a good diverse set of characters and an intriguing storyline.Admittedly not as much as I enjoyed The Luckiest Girl in the World, but still a pacy read with some fascinating threads and some beautifully done twists and turns.I think my main very slight issue with it was there was a lot going on and I didn't engage ful...