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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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decent story; bad narrorators.

story was good, but narrorators were kind of like nails on a chalk board! way to cartoony sounding like they were trying way to hard to make everyone sound annoying. I feel like the story was a little confusing, like the writer got confused with her own story lines

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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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Awful!! I didn't even finish..

This was one of the worst books...terrible narration, awful plot, did not finish. Not Recommended.

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Good story....not so great narration

I loved this book! The narrator’s were okay once I got used to them but I think they could have picked better ones. It would have made the book a little bit better.

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Disappointed

After her fantastic debut, I was counting down the days to Jessica Knowles' second novel. I hate to express criticism Bc she's clearly a talented writer, but I couldn't have enjoyed this book less. There are way too many characters and storylines to follow, I had to write myself notes to remember who everyone was throughout the story (stories). I am not a difficult person to please, I prettimuch enjoy every book I've ever read. I promise this is my first ever negative book review. After LOVING Luckiest Girl Alive, my book club chose this one and some members couldn't finish it, they disliked it so much. I'm a big audible fan and, unfortunately, the performance piece of the story made it even worse. They were SO dramatic and, honestly, their voices hurt my ears - it was overdone and obnoxious. Highly recommend physically reading this if you have your heart set on it - don't do the audible version. Better yet, skip this one entirely.

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It tried so hard to be something, but couldn’t get there

I’m sorta disappointed with this novel. I loved Luckiest Girl so much that I’ve been anticipating Favorite Sister for like a year now. I also LOVE Real Housewives, so I was SO ready for this book and it’s premise.

BUT...there were too many words, too many red herrings, and I honestly hated the layout of the storytelling. The ending was rushed and it was a big slap in the face to not get twisty turnt after listening to 15 hours of a book.

I also feel like some decisions the author made regarding the lesbian character in the book somewhat upset me. I was so happy to hear that a main character was a part of the LGBT community—yay diversity—but then Ms. Knoll’s decisions kinda squashed my happiness around that. No spoilers, but if you’re a part of the LGBT community, I’m interested to see what you think.

Overall, the narration was okay. I would have rather gave it a 3.5. I think Aja was decently casted as Stephanie, just wished she sounded more mature at times. I think Ashlie was a solid choice for Brett, but her narration seemed a little too much for me at times. Jenni was good as Kelly—wish she did more with individual voices—the only one that really stuck out for me was Jen and Laura and they were slightly annoying. I think Aja did a great Brett voice and I think Aja and Ashlie really meshed well when doing Ivette’s voice. I’m giving this audio an overall of three because I liked the premise, most parts of the book were entertaining, I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it, the ending was rushed, and I got my hopes up for it and I’m not entirely happy with the result.

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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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