The Favourite Sister
From the author of the bestselling debut novel of 2015 Luckiest Girl Alive comes Jessica Knoll's new thriller, featuring a pair of competitive and uber-successful sisters whose secrets and lies result in murder.
When five hyper-successful, beautiful, and hugely competitive women agree to appear on a new TV show set in New York City called "Goal Diggers", executives expect a...more
I kept getting Jesse and Lisa mixed up - I don't think those characters were different enough from one another, they were both "mean woman who works on the TV show". I also didn't think Lauren really played much of a part in the story at all until the very end. It seemed like her character was mainly included to increase the number of suspects, and her main characteristic - heavy drinking - was just put in because it was convenient for the plot.
There was also the constantly shifting web of allegiances and who was plotting with who against who... I did think it was realistic for a reality show, and I could see why there needed to be lots of grudges between different women so that it's harder to guess how Brett died, but for me it was a little too much to keep track of. There were quite a few threads that didn't really do much to move the plot forward (the whole business with Yvette; the identity of Layla's dad, which I kept thinking would become relevant but it never did; the former cast member Hayley, they kept hinting around why she got fired but never really explained it, etc).(less)
The Favorite Sister is about 5 women who continuously tear each other down on a reality TV show (a la The Real Housewives) that “espouses” feminism. These women do whatever it takes to stay relevant and remain in the spotlight. Filled with hideous characters who only care about themselves, this was not an easy book for me to read.
Stephanie, Brett, Kelly, Lauren, and Jen are the stars of Goal Diggers--a reality show that s ...more
I am the first to admit that I love to read and watch books and shows that contain catty drama, gossip, and backstabbing. This one did not disappoint. This book was in the same vein as the Real Housewives franchise (Carol and I did a buddy read together, and she made this astute observation). I couldn't agree with her more.
This book was about a reality show called, "The Goal Diggers." The show's aim was to showcase high-powered women carving out a name for themse ...more
The story revolves around five successful women that star in a reality TV show that showcases their businesses and lives. It is revealed in the first chapters that one of the stars, Brett, has been murdered and the novel describes the events leading up to that point.
The story is told in different points of view and alternates between the present and the past. The dynamic between the characters reminded me of the women in the Housewives reality TV s ...more
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 so ...more
Don’t you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes? How the characters interact when the camera is no longer rolling? Well here is your sneak peek...and let me warn you, it’s not pretty!
There are so many characters in th ...more
I was interested enough to find out what happened of course....and there ‘are’ a couple of those famous twists....
......but I found Jessica’s writing entertaining- just for the sake of tidbit-funny - or tidbit powerful..... regardless of the story itself.
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I may be the only person in America to have never watched a reality show. No Survivor, no Big Brother, none of the Housewives series. They just never appealed to me. But I loved Jessica Knoll’s first book, so I wasn’t going to miss out on her sophomore effort.
It took me awhile to get into the book. I read another review where the reviewer gave up at the 10% mark and I totally understood that. In the beginning, the characters come across as so reality show fake I didn’t think I could stand it. E ...more
I know, I know. This is a very popular book with some off the charts reviews. It's just not for me. I tried so many times to read THE FAVORITE SISTER. I've had the galley for ages and that wasn't working for me. Then, I downloaded the audiobook and gave it another serious try. Nope. Not happening.
I think I may have aged out of the targeted demographic for Jessica Knoll books. My 20-year old daughter and I took a long road trip a couple of years ago and listened to Knoll's THE LUCKIEST ...more
Jessica Knoll brings us a wonderful but terrifying portrayal of the dark side of sisterhood, leaving the reader wondering if the drama we see on Reality TV is actually less twisted than the truth. I found this novel absolutely captivating! Jessica’s use of alternating narrators kept me on my toes—I didn’t know who to trust or believe. Once I thought I had the dynamics and characters figured out, the narrator would change and everything ...more
If you like to keep up with the Kardashians or can’t wait to see who gets voted off the island next, then you will enjoy this book... I don’t watch much television, but when I do it is usually trashy reality television.... there is just something I find enticing about getting a look into other peoples lives... something I felt this book did really well....
Five women who appear to have everything on the outside... beauty, strength, confidence, and status... Brett, Stephanie, Kelly ...more
Campy and purely entertaining
A book about a reality TV show involving women? You have to know going in that it is going to involve catty, powerful women who will do anything to get ahead. Imagine a “Real Housewives” scenario.
Five successful women are about to star in another season of “Goal Diggers.” Let the games begin! Brett, is the uber successful owner of a spin studio, who everyone on earth seems to love, except for her cast mates, that is. It kind of makes you ...more
The last thing the world needs is one more woman with principles. What we need is women with money. Women with money have flexibility, and nothing is more dangerous than a woman who can bend any way she wants.
this gets three stars because i didn’t like it as much as Luckiest Girl Alive, and i gave that one four stars, so ta-daa - computation. i always feel like i have to explain that three stars is not a negative rating. in fact, this book has quite a lot going for it - it’s a fas ...more
This was my first read by Jessica Knoll and was very excited to experience her writing! We can't all love the same books and unfortunately this one didn't work for me at all.
The plot sounded awesome... 5 women on a reality show called the Gold Diggers in New York City. What more can you ask for? A little ...more
Getting to that ending was a little challenging because the story is told from the points of view of the five different women on the show. I read this in ebook format, and woe is me if I had to put the book down in the middle of a chapter—it would ...more
Five successful women are appearing on a reality show called Goal Diggers, and the season ends with the murder of one of the stars. The book covers the events leading up to the murder.
I don’t watch tv often, but when I do, my flavor of choice is reality tv. I think it’s partially because I’m part of the reality tv generation. Just as soon as I hit adulthood, Survivor, Big Brother, and The Bachelor, were on everyone’s watch list. I also ...more
The story begins by giving the reader a glimpse at present time in which it becomes apparent that Brett who had been the star of the show is dead and the question becomes what led to ...more
Well, we all can't like the same book. What works for some might not work for others. Was it ...more
Calling all fans of reality TV!! The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll is going to be for you if your guilty pleasure is binge watching reality TV because that's exactly what this book read like. Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of this author's first novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, but after reading this book Knoll has a believer in me! This book also had a little bit of a Fitness Junkie vibe, but dealing with reality TV AND fitness, and not just fitness.
The Favorite Sister is about a cast of ...more
I have to give this book props for being unlike any other of the ma ...more
The backdrop of the story swirls around the world of reality television and is narrated by three of the characters-Brett, her bestie Stephanie, and Brett's sister, Ke ...more
THE FAVORITE SISTER by Jessica Knoll is a look at the rest of the story when egos, pride, jealousy and insecurity erupt and family rivalries boil over. Told from several points of view and alternating between past and present, thi ...more
Reality TV is like driving drunk. You know it might kill you, but there is something rakishly sexy about participating in what may be your own demise.
2.5 stars. Oh, how I wanted to love this book. A murder mystery woven into the lives of five hyper-successful women, layered with all the drama and scandal typical of reality TV? Sign me up. The blurb just sounds so juicy and fun, the cast of characters is wonderfully diverse, and if that isn't enough, that final tagline promises the exploration ...more
When I heard Jessica Knoll was coming out with a second novel that exploited the reality television genre in the same vein of the Real Housewives, I was immediately sold. How can I get a copy? What do I need to do? Who's going to be Bethenny Frankel in her book?! I'd do almost anything to get my hands on a copy, no joke. The story involve ...more
When five successful young women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, they are launched into stardom, and all that comes with it.
Brett’s the fan favorite. At only twenty-seven, the success of her spin studio and her recent engagement to her girlfriend have made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates and former friends.
Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by vete ...more
I know that doesn't sell it too well, but this isn't going to be a book that many can get behind anyway.
If you are a fan on The Real Housewives series on Bravo, then you will be able to relate and connect with the storyline and it's obnoxious and self absorbed characters. If you are not a fan, I can't see this being able to hold your interest for very long.
Personally-I think its premise is so relevant to today's pop culture, but the biggest reason for t ...more
Jessica Knoll is the author of the instant New York Times Bestseller, LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE. She has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan, and the articles editor at SELF. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in ...more