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The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll – Book Review

Goodreads Synopsis:
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.

First things first, I have a confession to make…I, Kaylie, being of sound mind and body do hereby declare that I am addicted to reality television.  Phew, glad to get that one off my chest!  Seriously though, I binge-watched 5 seasons of Vanderpump Rules in an embarrassingly short amount of time, and I regularly find myself gravitating back to Real Housewives (insert city here) and WAGS (insert city here).  So when I found out Jessica Knoll‘s newest story centered around my favorite guilty pleasure?  Sign. Me. UP.

The Favorite Sister starts off with a bang – Brett is dead, her sister Kelly is taking her spot on Goal Diggers, and everyone is working together to conceal a major secret surrounding the death.  Initially, the story was a bit hard to follow, and I had a hard time getting wrapped up in the story.  I spent much of the first half feeling confused (there was a lot of information thrown at you very quickly and many POVs to sift through) and fighting the urge to skim ahead.  Once you hit the halfway mark, it’s thrilled twists and turns that had me sitting hiding from my own reality to learn what happened next!

Overall, I found this to be a thrilling, exciting look into how dark and twisty reality television can actually be.   If you enjoy the cutthroat world (and often extremely unlikable characters) of reality TB, you’ll love this thriller twist! Get your hands on a copy of The Favorite Sister now!   Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.  It’s my pleasure to share my honest thoughts and opinions.



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