The Favorite Sister
by Jessica Knoll
My rating: 3 stars
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 15, 2018)
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print Length: 384 pages
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 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 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.
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.
The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
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, this chaotic tale is filled with interpersonal conflicts, both real and contrived for the cameras as these powerfully intense personalities crash, clash and sometimes come together in the name of power and control. Is it the fault of these women that they can be so heartless or has society warped their sense of values in the name of success? Either way, prepare to enter the vipers' den...
Jessica Knoll has colored a world behind the cameras in the fractured shades of a tumultuous storm. Trust is a weakness, honor is easily dismissed and family ties are similar to be wrapped in barbed wire.
I found I could not relate or even actually like any of the five main characters. Points of view change abruptly and because their voices were so similar, it was jarring to play catch up. Too much vitriol, too many insecure egos and game-playing made this a difficult read to enjoy for me, perhaps because I am not a fan of the nastiness of reality shows and being part of the lives of these characters off screen was like an exercise in drowning in acid. That said, if you can dodge the daggers, the ending is worth the effort, because this author can write!
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Simon & Schuster! This is my honest and voluntary review.