The Favorite Sister Review


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 cast mates.

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 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.

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.


I loved the way Jessica Knoll wrote her first novel and so I was extremely anxious to get my hands on this one. I applied for giveaway after giveaway and finally I got it! Off the bat I must say – this is NOT a thriller or suspense novel and perhaps thats where I was thrown off, I wasn’t sitting on the edge of my seat, biting tooth and nail to get through another chapter the way I was with her first novel, The Favorite Sister should definitely be described as a drama, as any good reality show is. I read another review of the book and he stated The Favorite Sister = When the Real Housewives and Big Little Lies collide and I couldn’t agree more. This book provides pop culture, drama, juicy gossip and mystery. The characters were described very well, I have a great picture of each Goal Digger in my head (Goal Diggers is a reality show that strives to show millennial women successfully undertaking careers, while pushing gender norms aside). Off the bat I couldn’t put all the pieces together for quite awhile. I felt that there was too much being thrown at me at once and throughout felt overloaded with feminist political agenda. There were many times I put the book down and had to try again later but I refuse to NOT finish a book. Reading the ‘behind the scenes’ of reality television was fascinating and disappointing at the same time, I found myself wanting to befriend Jessica just to find out if her research proved this to be true?! At the end, I’m very glad I followed this one through. Once I finished I realized the twists and the turns and I saw the plot for the written reality show that it was, exploring how self absorbed , catty and vindictive women (and the one man in the book) can be especially about their own agendas. But let’s be honest, I wouldn’t want to be on the edge of the couch for the reunion show.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster + NetGalley for my advanced copy.


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