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Publisher's Summary

From Jessica Knoll - author of Luckiest Girl Alive, the instant New York Times best seller and the best-selling debut novel of 2015 - comes a blisteringly paced thriller starring competitive sisters whose dark secrets and lies result in murder when they sign on to a reality TV show. 

When five hypersuccessful 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 27, 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 veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now - a role that requires her to protect their shocking secret. 

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful best-selling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, nonworking 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. 

The Favorite Sister explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today's America - and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable. 

©2018 Jessic Knoll (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Knife-sharp and enthralling, Jessica Knoll's The Favorite Sister is as bold and smart and audacious a novel about women and ambition as you could hope for. A more-than-worthy follow-up to Luckiest Girl Alive, it proves Knoll is a literary force to be reckoned with." (Megan Abbott, New York Times best-selling author of You Will Know Me)

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Thankful for a refund

I’m so thankful Audible let’s you return books. How did the narrator of Brett ever become a narrator? I only made it a short way through Chapter 1 and couldn’t get past the narrator’s voice and had to abandon listening all together. Really unfortunate.

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I never thought it would end

The first 15 chapters are slow, confusing, and painful. I found myself drifting off more than once. It started to pick up and become interesting around chapter 15. The end!? Terrible. It really needn’t be as long as it is. I’m just glad it’s over.

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The story might be ok

The story might be ok but readers are beyond annoying! It ruins it, I can’t listen anymore....

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I hope I can get a refund!

After 5 hours of listening...I have no clue what I'm listening to. The narrators (especially Brett) are boring and I just don't like listening to them. I've gotten so lost in the story that it's just not worth having anymore! Please give me a refund!

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The best book I’ve read this year

Both the author and the narrators of this audiobook are extremely talented. This writing explores the dark and selfish minds of successful women as well as agism, family bonds, feminism, fame, and American culture. It’s a pessimistic view on sisterhood and friendship, but there’s truth and grit to it that make it a tantalizing read.

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  • CRS
  • Portland, OR
  • 06-22-18

Not worth a credit

I’ve been an audible member over five years, and this is only the second book I’ve returned. I love reality tv, but this book is poorly written, hard to follow characters, and I could only make it three hours in. I didn’t have high expectations, but thought it might be a fun summer listen. I wouldn’t waste a credit.

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Didn’t see the ending!!!

Like others, I though this book was slow to start. More than half is a ton of back story. Then it takes off and I couldn’t stop listening!!! Twisted ending!!!!

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so so

hard to get into, but fhe last half of the book was good. narration good

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Painful to listen to

The story is tedious. The narration, with the exception of the parts of Stephanie and Kelly, is irritating. The ending “twist” is contrived and anticlimactic. I forced myself to finish it but did not enjoy it and would not recommend it.

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Reality TV at it's best

This is exactly what you imagine happens with each person in your favorite Bravo/TLC/Lifetime/WE reality show behind the scenes, with a twist.
It's good, well written and the characters are whole people that are well written. You recognize the narrators' voices, but yet you can't quite picture who they really are, the characters are written that well.
This is more than a great summer read, it's a great read/listen that you'll want to come back to again and you'll try to hear the signs leading up to the reveals.

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  • "misstwister"
  • 05-18-18

Worth the wait!

I loved Jessica Knoll's first novel, and every few weeks I'd check to see if and when she'd write another one. So I was really excited about this. and I'm so relived it didn't dissapoint! it was gripping with some great twists and turns a great performance by the ladies doing the audio as well. Such an outstanding read, please write more like this! I love the way the author reaches into the dark and unspeakable but realistic corners of the minds of her characters.

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  • Louisa Noordenne
  • 08-07-18

Very slow and boring

Nothing much happens until the last chapters. Characters very sad hollow people with no endearing qualities. Very disappointing