The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

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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 castmates.
Kelly, Brett’s older sister, and business partner is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by a 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.

Review

I’m probably one of the few people who did not rave about Jessica Knoll’s debut novel The Luckiest Girl Alive (you can read my review from 2015 here). I decided to give Knoll another try and I’m glad I did.

Knoll doesn’t seem to write warm and fuzzy characters, but her style of writing is pretty unique and gritty. The Favorite Sister starts off a little confusing. With the introduction of several different characters in the very beginning of the book, I found myself having to take notes to keep up with the story. Once you get over the initial introduction, you are led through a series of bickering and backstabbing catty drama that is actually very entertaining. I’m not particularly fond of reality TV, but Knoll did a superb job capturing that world. This is a suspenseful story full of twists. I can’t say I particularly loved the characters, but that is exactly the point. Kudos to Knoll’s novel for being authentic and creative and for keeping you immersed in this twisted drama. I highly recommend it!

I would like to thank Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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Review: The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

The Luckiest Girl Alive was our pick for the month of June in my monthly book club. I had heard about the buzz regarding the book, the comparisons to Gone Girl and other psychological thrillers, so I approached this book with caution and a certain skepticism–I’m glad I did.

The novel tells the story of TifAni FaNelli (yes! that’s how the name is written throughout the book! One of the few things that got on my nerves about this book) a rich, superficial writer with a glamorous job, fantastic wardrobe and perfect life who is planning her wedding to blue blood fiancé Luke. In the midst of her wedding planning she is also working on a documentary that threatens to expose and clarify events that happened at Bradley School, a prestigious prep-school she attended as a teenager.

I had a real hard time reading this book. I put it down so many times that four other books later I just picked it up for the last time and gave it another try. The thing that really kept me from finish it the first time around was the fact that I could not stand the main character TifAni (Ani).

“Sometimes I feel like a windup doll, like I have to reach behind and turn my golden key to produce a greeting, a laugh, whatever the socially acceptable reaction should be.”

I found that I couldn’t sympathize with her at all. I couldn’t stand her voice and how ungrateful, superficial and flat-out boring she was. The main twist comes in mid-book. Although an unpredictable twist, it was just not strong enough to save this story. Once you learn the twist, there is just not enough plot to carry on the rest of the book. I was disappointed.

2 star

Book Details:

Title: The Luckiest Girl Alive/Author:Jessica Knoll/Genre:Psychological Thriller/ ISBN:9781476789637/Publisher:Simon and Schuster/Rating: 2-Stars/Read:June, 2015.