Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Favourite Sister” as Want to Read:
The Favourite Sister
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Favourite Sister

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  11,685 ratings  ·  1,899 reviews

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

Published May 29th 2018 by Simon & Schuster (first published May 15th 2018)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Favourite Sister, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Rachel I did finish the book and ended up enjoying it, but I think the reason it was so confusing is because there are too many characters. While it was good…moreI did finish the book and ended up enjoying it, but I think the reason it was so confusing is because there are too many characters. While it was good to read a book where most of the characters are women, I think it makes it harder to tell them all apart because they are all female.

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)
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.09  · 
Rating details
 ·  11,685 ratings  ·  1,899 reviews

Sort order
Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 29, 2018 marked it as dnf-paused  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Irina Humphrey
Sadly, I have tried reading this book on two separate occasions now, and during this second attempt have only managed to make it a measly 10% in over a period of almost one week. One of my goals this year was not to push through books I'm not enjoying (as it never seems to result in a productive review for the author or publisher), so I'd rather stop here and state that it just wasn't for me. I would, however, encourage you to check out the positive reviews on Goodreads, as these readers have hi ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I did not enjoy reading The Favorite Sister, but I respect its message.

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
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wicked and deliciously scandalous

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
Carol (Bookaria)
This is an entertaining and suspenseful novel.

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
My reviews can also be found at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...

2.5 Stars

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
OK, I have a secret to share. One of my guilty pleasures is watching reality T.V. Shocking right!?!😳 I’d like to think I’m a level-headed educated woman. But sometimes, for just an hour...I like to lose myself in the somewhat staged and probably scripted world of “reality T.V.”

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
Elyse Walters
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are definitely things that I enjoyed in Jessica Knoll’s second novel, “The Favorite Sister”.... but my interest was not only in the plot: the mystery murder to what happened to Brett.....who murdered her and why?
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.

Jessica Knoll
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

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
j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

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
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Wow! The number of twists in this book had my head spinning!

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
4 WTH Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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
Susanne  Strong
3.5 Stars* (rounded up)
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
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-from-work

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
So, I feel like this book will be on a spectrum.... you really will love it or not at all. I have seen many positive reviews for this one on goodreads but I'm on the other side of the spectrum.

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
Theresa Alan
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel, although not as much as her first book, which was The Luckiest Girl in the World. What was best about this story of five successful women on a reality TV show was the ending, which provided lots of fun unexpected twists and turns.

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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 questioning reality stars to The Favorite Sister! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll is a thriller that is set in what's become the new normal in America in the reality television circuit. The ladies in the story are cast mates in the show Goal Diggers. A bit of a take on a housewife drama type of show but opposite in the fact these women are young professionals.

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
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
It is safe to say that this was not my favorite book. The premise of this book sounded very interesting and I read a lot of positive reviews, so I thought this book must be better than Luckiest Girl Alive, also by this Author. I dnf LGA. I just could not get into that book but decided to throw caution to the wind and attempt to read this Author's work again due to the high reviews of The Favorite sister.

Well, we all can't like the same book. What works for some might not work for others. Was it
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

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
Sarah Joint
First off, I am SO glad I read this as a group. This one divided us a bit, but it made for some very interesting discussions. Some ladies love reality television and some do not, and it seemed to have some effect on how they felt about this book. I'm not a fan of reality TV. There were parts in this book that I found very gripping and some amazing quotes and thoughts from the author, but it took me quite awhile to get into it. There were just too many characters being introduced too quickly. The ...more
Megan Johnson
It took me about a week after finishing this book to get around to writing this review - partially because life is busy, but also because I wanted to give myself time to process what I had read. Let me start by saying that Jessica Knoll is a fantastic author and certainly is an expert story teller. Everything I've read by her (this + her previous book) has been crafted in such a way that leaves me impressed and wishing for more.

I have to give this book props for being unlike any other of the ma
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Eek. This is no heartwarming Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, that's for darn sure. The Favorite Sister contains some of the bloodiest, mud-slinging, bitch slapping, backstabbing, and savage cast of female characters that aren't on your television(or Netflix)-yet! This book finds itself as a contender for most difficult to enjoy

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
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-read, netgalley, own
Reality TV, the latest craze. We think we are getting a peephole view of the lives of strangers, but what happens when the cameras stop rolling for five successful, competitive women is nothing short of deadly. You think the players on those reality shows can be brutal?

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
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
OK. This is going to sound like the beginning of a bad review, but it's not! keep reading. If your reading experience is like mine, you're going to need to take a lot of notes in the first half. Multiple characters are introduced and many have heavy-handed character and relationship development (sometimes as seen through someone else's POV). It is damned hard to keep everyone straight in my opinion. In the ARC edition (and hopefully in the final published edition), the first few pages befo ...more
When the Real Housewives and Big Little Lies collide—Jessica Knoll's The Favorite Sister is a perfect concoction of both reality television and female dynamics.

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
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
3.5 stars

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
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
This book was a hard read to get through.
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
BR Read - January 2018 (C/C) 17 159 Feb 01, 2018 09:33AM  
  • The High Season
  • Tell Me Lies
  • The Elizas
  • The Last House Guest
  • The Suspect (Kate Waters, #3)
  • The Glitch
  • Give Me Your Hand
  • In Her Bones
  • The First Mistake
  • The Banker’s Wife
  • Best Friends Forever
  • Do No Harm
  • A Lady's Guide to Selling Out
  • The Underground Railroad
  • The Bucket List
  • More Than Words
  • The Perfect Wife
  • Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win
Preorder THE FAVORITE SISTER (May 15, 2018) here, now!

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
“It is a dangerous thing to conflate feminism with liking all women. It limits women to being one thing, likable, when feminism is about allowing women to be all shades of all things, even if that thing is a snake oil saleswoman.” 8 likes
“The thinking that women of all shapes and sizes can be beautiful is still hugely problematic, because it is predicated on the idea that the most important thing a woman has to offer the world is her appearance. Men are raised to worry about their legacies, not their upper arm and thigh fat, stretch marks, crows-feet, saggy elbows, ugly armpits, thin eyelashes, and normal-smelling genitals.” 5 likes
More quotes…