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The Favorite Sister

Written by: Jessica Knoll
Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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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

What the critics say

"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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Vapid and boring.

I would not recommend this book. It didn't have much of a plot and it was very hard to get through.

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  • Parisa Hervani
  • 2018-06-12

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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  • Tara
  • 2018-07-09

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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  • lolo610
  • 2018-06-04

Loved, Loved, Loved it!

The Luckiest Girl Alive is my favorite book, but I think the Favorite Sister may now be it. I felt like this book was written just for me. I did not even finish it yet and I am writing the review. The narration alone is phenomenal and the twist and turns keep you hooked. For anyone who is a Bravo fan will love this book.

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  • Crystal's Playlist
  • 2018-06-22

Very entertaining

I thought the book was really good. I was extremely entertained by the storyline and found it to be in with the times. The ending was pretty flat, but the overall story made up for it.

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  • Monica
  • 2018-06-05

Chick flick thriller

This was great! Better than her first book by far! Loved the story line about Real Housewives and murder best of both girl worlds!!
Like nothing I’ve read before!!

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  • Behappy
  • 2018-06-27

Deadly reality tv

Surprise ending, I thought I had this one all figured out, was I wrong.

This has it all, family dynamics, friends, enemies, catty coworkers, jealousy and love. You go behind the scenes of “Reality Tv” and things are not always as they appear.

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  • sarah f.
  • 2018-06-10

slow start but great story

good book started slow but was hard to put away once I got really invested

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  • Bradley Tyberg
  • 2018-06-30

Great performance!

I thought the story was fresh, funny and timely. I loved Brett’s unique voice and how they imitated one another speaking. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Amanda
  • 2018-06-08

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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  • AJ
  • 2018-08-22

A Reality show gone wrong

The author's first book Luckiest Girl Alive was the first book I purchased through Audible so when I saw she was coming out with a second I wanted to hear more. I really enjoyed her first book and this one didn't let me down. I thought of this book as a companion piece to shows like The Bachelor and Unreal except instead of being told from the suitor's or producer's perspective, it's told from the cast mates. It's supposed to reflect the characters' ideas of feminism but it's really just showing the outlandish and catty things they do to maintain their extra fifteen minutes of fame. I thought the characters were interesting and relatable; and, the narrators did a very good job.

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