REVIEW- The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

The Favorite Sister

Expected publication: May 15th 2018 by Simon & Schuster


 I 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. This show is supposed to be about women who are doing some amazing things with their lives as well as supporting other women (at least that’s what they are trying to portray).

Brett Courtney is the fan favorite.  Brett achieved success with her spin studio SPOKE that she runs with her sister, Kelly Courtney. Kelly is new to Goal Diggers and the veteran staff isn’t all that welcoming. The sisters have some deep-rooted issues stemming from childhood and have a difficult relationship, to say the least.

But Brett and Kelly are hiding a big secret…

Stephanie Simmons is the oldest cast member. Stephanie is married to Vince. Stephanie and Brett are former best friends. They had a falling out but no one really knows what happened. They would like to keep it that way.

Lauren Fun is a creator of some very successful apps. She had some personal issues in previous seasons but this is supposed to be her comeback season.

Lastly, we have Jen Greenberg who became successful through her very popular vegan food line. She’s also known to be the most ruthless of all the ladies.

Stephanie, Lauren, and Jen have secrets too…

The producers hope that the season will be drama filled and shocking. However, they have no idea just how shocking things will get.…

When I first saw the title I actually thought it said GOLD Diggers and wondered how that was supposed to empower women? Then I realized it actually said GOAL Diggers, which made much more sense. I was really interested in learning about the characters and reading about the ins and outs of the show itself. I know it’s a fiction book but I imagine a lot of what happens in the book really goes on in these reality shows.  However, after a while, the personalities started to grate on me. Everyone was ruthless. I couldn’t decide who I was rooting for as almost everyone was unlikable.

 “I don’t actually know who is pretending anymore and who isn’t. Who knows what really happened and who actually believes that what we are saying happened, happened”

However, I REALLY wanted to know how things were going to turn out. I figured out a few things but I was shocked by the ending. I honestly didn’t see it coming.

I really was excited about this book and while I’m glad that I finished it…I still felt let down. I’m not exactly sure why. The negativity didn’t help. Definitely had to suspend disbelief at times, but that usually isn’t an issue for me. Normally it doesn’t bother me whether or not there are likeable characters, but I had a harder time with this one. Although this wasn’t my favorite read, I do feel the author told a decent story and I believe many readers will love it.

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.



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