REVIEW – The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

The Favorite Daughter

Expected publication: May 21, 2019 by Graydon House


I have been looking forward to reading more from Kaira Rouda since reading and enjoying her previous novel, “Best Day Ever”.

The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie“.

Meet Jane Harris.

Jane spent the last year grieving the death of her daughter, Mary. She stayed in bed lost in her “haze of grief”.

But Jane is now ready to step back into her life and family. Jane’s therapist suggested that the family should eat together to reconnect.  So Jane is putting together a special dinner.

“I’m the perfect vision of a happy homemaker”

She waits for her husband, David to come home. He’ll be surprised. Jane says David has some surprises of his own.  Jane accidentally found out about a big one.  David’s surprise snapped her out of her haze.

Nothing had been right after Mary left them. David was never home, always busy with work. It felt like he was avoiding her.

“Your husband should love you and worship the ground you walk on. He doesn’t just now, I know, but he will again. I’m back. He’ll see.”

Jane’s other daughter, Betsy is about to graduate. Jane tries to ignore the voice in her head (it sounds a lot like her mother) that tells her Betsy is going to leave her.  But Betsy needs Jane. She would never leave her.

Jane is happy that everyone seems to be getting in line. Now that she’s back and better than ever.  She’s even been secretly working out.  On her few recent outings she’s noticed admiring glances from men. Not that that’s anything new. She’s always turned heads.

There is an upcoming memorial for her daughter, Mary. Jane’s psychologist, Dr. Rosenthal tries to prepare her for it. Jane often says what she thinks the psychologist wants to hear. She talks about the things her mother taught her. Jane’s mother loved bringing people down, Jane included. But Jane is winning…just look at her lavish life.

Jane used to have a group of friends but they’ve drifted away. She knows it’s because they were jealous. Jane used to win at everything; tennis, Bunko, etc.  And it wasn’t her fault their husbands found Jane attractive.

After the memorial, Jane suddenly starts receiving anonymous notes. The notes say that there’s more to Mary’s death than they know. Could this be true?

As graduation nears, we learn more about the Harris family. It seems like everyone is keeping secrets and/or has something to hide.

With a riveting storyline, some jaw-dropping moments, and a wicked ending, this was another hit for me.

The story is told from Jane’s point of view. Jane Harris is a character that many will love to hate (some will just hate). She is definitely one of a kind. The author’s sense of humor really comes across. This psychological suspense novel had me laughing out loud a few times.

Clever, entertaining, and delightfully insane, “The Favorite Daughter” was the perfect escape.


I’d like to thank Graydon House for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

19 thoughts on “REVIEW – The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

  1. Excellent review, Dee! I didn’t love Best Day Ever, but I definitely loved this one. It was so good and Jane was quite a character! Wow! I’m glad you loved it too. Have a great week! ❤ xoxo

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