The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

The Favorite Daughter

From the author of the page-turning domestic suspense Best Day Ever, comes another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community, for fans of B.A. Paris and Shari Lapena.The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie.Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Ja...

Details The Favorite Daughter

TitleThe Favorite Daughter
Release DateMay 21st, 2019
PublisherGraydon House
GenreMystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction

Reviews The Favorite Daughter

  • Susanne Strong
    4.5 Stars* (rounded down)Oh What Wicked Fun! There are characters .. and then there’s Jane. She’s the kind of woman who makes you cover your mouth with your hand and say “Oh no you didn’t!” Then you gasp in complete and utter deliciousness simply because, Oh yes she did! She’s that kind of Character! Oh how I love her.. I mean I don’t really love her. I don’t even like her - except yeah, I kinda do (in a she’s so despicable she...
  • Kaceey
    An unreliable narrator, teetering on the edge. A family she’s unable to keep under control.Kaira Rouda introduces a character you’re going to love to hate! So many times I found myself shocked, confounded, or laughing at Jane’s over-the-top audacity. It’s the one year anniversary of her daughter Marys’ death. The pain hasn’t diminished, but it’s time for Jane to look to the future and begin reclaiming her life. Starting with her hus...
  • Felicia
    Jane puts the insane in the membrane.We meet Insane Jane two years after the tragic death of her daughter. Of course Insane Jane unreliably narrates this story. She is, afterall, the only one that knows the truth behind why her family is imploding. And obviously Insane Jane holds no responsibility at all as she will tell you.You see she's only ever wanted what's best for herself....errrr...I mean, her family, right up until they all turn against ...
  • Larry H
    3.5 stars.Just when I thought I had seen the craziest, most out-there, insane protagonist, along comes Jane Harris in Kaira Rouda's upcoming book, The Favorite Daughter .Lord. Have. Mercy.Jane thought she had it all: a handsome husband, two daughters, a beautiful home in an exclusive oceanfront community in California's Ocean County. But the last year has been terrible. She's been consumed with grief since the unexpected death of her oldest daug...
  • Holly B
    Kaira Rouda writes the best unreliable narrators and like Paul from her debut novel  The Best Day Ever , Jane joins the ranks. The narrator, Jane believes she is a super mom, wife and best friend with comparisons to Martha Stewart. Some of her inner thoughts gave me pause. She has two daughters, but she does have a favorite.  Jane is quite a wild character that sometimes made me laugh or feel sympathetic towards her and at times made me  g...
  • j e w e l s
    FIVE UNPUTDOWNABLE STARSI’m smiling as I write this because Kaira Rouda has done it again! THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER is a tangy piece of hard candy🍭🍭🍭Just pop it in your mouth and revel in the guilty pleasure.Rouda is the master of creating villainous characters we love to laugh at and utterly despise at the same time (now is a great time to read Best Day Ever if you missed it!!). Rouda's unusual talent for concocting charming, yet hate-wo...
  • marilyn
    * 5/14/19 I've added a spoiler message at the bottom of the review.The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda was fun to read and Jane is the character who makes the book zing. Perfect Jane, she'll tell you herself how perfect she is, while detailing the inferiority of everybody else, even her daughters. If Jane doesn't like something, she'll "fix" it one way or another to no one's liking but her own. Jane loves to talk and she will often talk right to...
  • Theresa Alan
    This is a challenging novel because the first-person narrator is wildly unlikeable even though she is in mourning for the death of her eldest daughter. She’ll tell the reader something and then go and lie to her therapist, her driver—anyone who will listen, which isn’t many since she’s managed to alienate everyone over the years. She judges people by what they do for a living—how much money they make. Also a highly unlikeable trait. She...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    What a character! This story was entertaining and twisted from beginning to end.Meet Jane Harris, devoted wife and mother who about a year ago lost his older daughter to a tragic accident. For the past months, Jane has been grief-stricken and spending her days at home, leaving the house only to visit her therapist or to run essential errands.The one-year memorial is almost here, and Jane is waking up to a new reality, she wants to reclaim her pla...
  • Jamie
    There is NO ONE and I mean NO ONE who writes the delusional, unreliable narcissist quite like Kaira Rouda! If you thought Best Day Ever's Paul Stromm was a fun character to hate-read, wait until you meet Jane Harris - who just may put Paul to shame! This plot was so inventive and creative, I really enjoyed being along for the ride! I know this will be a book everyone is talking about in 2019!I received an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
  • Kendall
    This was my first novel by Kaira Rouda and have been hearing amazing things about the author.Well let me tell you... she definitely knows how to deal a hand of unreliable cuhrazyyy characters! Jane is one sh*t show of a female character that takes you on an unbelievable ride. Jane is definitely the star of this show and book! I do have to say I wasn't shocked or mouth flown open by the reveal twists throughout the book... my detective skills were...
  • Kimberly Belle
    It’s not often that a psychological thriller makes you laugh out loud, but Kaira Rouda latest page-turner had me cackling until deep in the night. The Favorite Daughter stars Jane, a woman grieving the death of her oldest daughter, whose attempts to reclaim her place as perfect matriarch are as riveting as they are darkly hilarious. Fans of Rouda’s Best Day Ever will adore this one, and Jane’s whip-smart wit will win Rouda some new fans, as...
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    4.5 StarsThe Favorite Daughter is delightfully and deliciously wicked! Kaira Rouda certainly knows how to write diabolical, yet charming characters (remember Paul Strom from the Best Day Ever?) who you just cannot help but love and hate at the same time!Meet Jane, the over the top, wildly unreliable narrator in Rouda's newest book. A year ago she lost her oldest daughter Mary in a drowning accident after she fell off some cliffs. Since then Jane ...
  • Jayme
    Mothers aren't supposed to have a favorite child...….Meet Jane Harris. A woman who MIGHT just make Paul Strom (from the author's novel, Best Day Ever) look SWEET...She is obsessed with being a perfect wife and a doting mother. She is also obsessed with a tab on an online newspaper, labeled "Accidents and Disasters" which she reads when she cannot sleep. She has memorized MANY statistics about how people die. Maybe because so many family members...
  • Amy
    Well, Rouda has once again shown that psychological thrillers can be both darkly funny and chilling at the same time without feeling cliched. Both this and Best Day Ever had a really fresh and current vibe that makes you feel like you’re reading something from an author who has found their perfect niche. I’m a huge fan of Rouda’s style and am so excited to (hopefully) see her continue writing in the same vein.The entire story is told from J...
  • Judy Collins
    Crazy GOOD! Deliciously DARK and WICKED. I LOVED THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER! My Top Books of 2019. If you loved Best Day Ever Top Books of 2017, character, Paul Strom—you will devour, THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER. Jane Harris is a character you will never forget. With dark humor and a deliciously evil protagonist, Kaira delivers a "powerhouse" psychological thriller. Wow, she can get inside their disturbed self-absorbed, sick minds.Set in an upscale, ...
  • Kristy K
    I can see many people loving this book with Jane, our unreliable narrator, weaving tales and creating stories. But I had a hard time with her. She seemed unhinged from the beginning, wild and crazy. I like a more slow build when it comes to unreliable narrators. I don’t like knowing from the get go that I shouldn’t trust them. I also didn’t like how Jane talked directly to the reader. It seemed unnecessary. The plot was interesting and kept...
  • Lisa
    An unreliable narrator tells us quite the story of the perfect daughter that she lost, and the daughter that could never measure up.SUMMARYJane Harris lives in a beautiful home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems unlikely to ever be touched by sadness. One year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she...
  • Deborah Blanchard
    This is such a great read! Told in the first person by Jane, the main character in this book. Is she a grieving mother or a psychopath? This book keeps you guessing! I wasn't sure of the answer. The story kept me intrigued throughout. Every single time I thought I knew what was happening, I was thrown by another twist. The characters are complex and richly developed. The story too is complex. The book flows well from beginning to end and is so we...
  • Mandy White
    Review to come
  • Kaira Rouda
    I hope you enjoy THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER! Thank you!
  • Janet
    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it!.From the author of Best Day Ever, another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community, for fans of B.A. Paris and Shari Lapena.The perfect home. The perfect family. The p...
  • Liz Fenton
    Kaira Rouda vaulted us head first into the haunting mind of Jane Harris, an unreliable narrator like you haven’t read before. Both compelling and addicting, The Favorite Sister is a roller coaster of a ride that will have you twisting and turning. Just when you think you know what happens, the plot pivots once more—leaving you guessing until the very end!
  • Stacey Camp
    **5 Stars**Kaira Rouda's latest book, The Favorite Daughter, is a haunting, first-person follow up to her hit Best Day Ever. In both books, Rouda painstakingly details what it might be like to live in the shoes of a psychotic, narcissistic person who thinks any and every single thing revolves around their needs, desires, and wants.Jane Harris - the lead character - is an Orange County, California housewife and socialite who has spent the last yea...
  • Donna Hines
    Perfect Life or is it?A tragic accident leaves Mary ( oldest daughter) of Jane dead & poor Jane can't recover.She's become a hermit refusing to leave home but a year has passed so she's ready to venture out.David (Jane's husband) planned a memorial service and 3 days later their youngest daughter Betsy was set to graduate, so what's the problem?Well, it now appears trouble in paradise has arrived.David seems to have become a workaholic spending m...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON MAY 21.Jane the wife, Jane the grieving mother, Jane the planner - Jane, Jane, Jane. It's all about her.Fans of domestic turmoil, secrets, mystery, unsavory characters, cheating spouses, lies, narcissistic characters, and psychological suspense will enjoy THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER.This book will be a summer MUST read. It is a page-turning thriller/mystery/domestic gem. 5/5
  • Lisa Steinke
    "Kaira Rouda vaulted us head first into the haunting mind of Jane Harris, an unreliable narrator like you haven’t read before. Both compelling and addicting, The Favorite Sister is a roller coaster of a ride that will have you twisting and turning. Just when you think you know what happens, the plot pivots once more—leaving you guessing until the very end!" ~Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of Girls' Night Out
  • Marc Bougharios
    3.25 stars I read Best Day ever last year, and between the two, i enjoyed this one a lot more. Jane Harris, her husband David and her daughter Betsy all live in the same house in Orange County. They have suffered through the death of Mary, their daughter and sister of Betsy. Mary died by tumbling over a cliff and the case was ruled as an accident. But when Jane begins recieving letters that tell her otherwise, she begins to search for answers to ...
  • Alexa
    Overall, I think this was a 4 star read for me? Maybe a 4.5--I need to let this one sit, honestly. I really enjoyed the reading experience, particularly for POV/character reasons (more on that in a minute), but just wouldn't rank it at the top of my list, re: thriller reads. Once it was clear to me what the book was doing, I just wasn't surprised by any of the "twists"? But then again, I ask myself: does that matter? It's a fantastic execution of...