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
GenreThriller, Suspense

Reviews The Favorite Daughter

  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kaira Rouda
    I hope you enjoy THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER! Thank you!
  • Judy Collins
    5 Stars +++ I LOVED THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER! My Top Books of 2019. If you loved BEST DAY EVER, you will devour THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER. Jane is a character you will never forget. Look for my review a little later and stay tuned for a fun Q&A Elevator Ride Interview with the Author, coming May, 2019.In the meantime, pre-order and move this gem to the top of your TBR list. Kaira, you rock! Your humor is "dynamite!" I have never laughed so hard. T...
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Cassie
    Thank you Netgalley, Graydon House and Kaira Rouda for my free ARC in exchange for an honest review. That's the power of the bond between mothers and daughters. It can never be broken, even in death. Kaira Rouda is back and is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her ability to write a completely narcissistic, unreliable and unlikable main character is unparalleled. And the fact is, despite the terrible things that character is saying and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Karen Trosterud
    This was my first book of Kaira’s that I read and was pleasantly surprised how suspenseful it was... Jane Harris was a delusional narcissist that I had a love/hate relationship with! I received an advance copy and all opinions are my own! Highly recommend
  • Wendy Walker
    LOVED EVERY PAGE.Here is my "official" review - but I would also add that this was the kind of book you hold in your hand while going through security at the airport, and checking in, and finding your seat - sneaking in a few more paragraphs any way you can. Addictive and haunting, The Favorite Daughter is a breath stealing free-fall into the dangerous, twisted mind of a woman poised to wreak destruction within her family – the mother. Rouda’...
  • S.M. Thayer
    Kaira Rouda has a way with writing delicious novels centered around narcissistic psychopaths. In BEST DAY EVER, her USA Today Bestseller, her antagonist was the wonderfully pig-headed, wonderfully flawed Paul Strom-- a man who thinks he can bamboozle everyone into believing he's just oh so perfect. Here, in THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, Rouda's protagonist is an equally flawed but more sympathetic Jane Harris, whose oldest daughter (Mary) died a tragic ...
  • Janice Lombardo
    Jane is an exceedingly needy, selfish, conniving 40-something brat. Her husband, David, is carrying on an affair with Kylie - from his workplace. Their daughter, Betsy, is a brat in her own right, as is their deceased daughter, Mary. (All in my opinion). I indeed loved the book but felt disdain for all of the characters - except maybe Josh (Betsy's ex-boyfriend).No one likes Jane, including her own family. She is a pathetic, self-absorbed Hollywo...
  • Jolene
    I truly enjoy Kaira Rouda’s storytelling ability. I pushed through this book so quickly, and want more. Mary tragically died a year ago, and her mother, Jane, hasn’t been able to move on - until now. She is ready to push past her grief and reclaim her life, her husband, and her other daughter, Betsy. Maybe not everyone is quite as ready to embrace Jane’s new look on life. Have things changed, or has Jane?Just as twisty as Beat Day Ever, and...
  • Johnna Whetstone
    Amazing! Now I know why Rouda had so many fans after her first book, her writing is superb and you really don't know whose telling the truth until she wants you to. Characters are amazingly developed, as well as a tense and chilling writing style. I thought it had some very good turns and is definitely one that will keep my brain spinning for a bit. Will be using in daily challenges, highly recommending and reviewing, as well as just chatting abo...
  • 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...
  • Anissa
    No one leaves a star. That's what makes one a star. - Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard) Jane Harris is a modern-day Norma Desmond but with a smidge more crazy, tracker apps and a higher body count. I figured this would be a ride with an unreliable narrator but I had no idea that Jane was a next level narcissist. It was tense watching her unfurl her machinations on her family and others and it was so satisfying by book's end to find that she had h...
  • Christine Moore
    Wowza what a thrilling non stop ride!!! Jane Harris is living a perfect life. Perfect husband, perfect daughters, and a perfect house in a wealthy gated community in California. A terrible tragedy happens one year ago, Mary the oldest daughter is tragically killed. Jane lives the year in a haze of anti-depressants. When it is just days before Betsy's high school graduation, Jane knows she needs to reclaim her life. What has Jane's husband David a...
  • Jaymi Couch
    Jane Harris is an interesting and complicated main character. She has been grieving the death of her daughter, Mary for a year and is finally ready to stop the meds and reconnect with her husband and her younger daughter Betsy who’s about to graduate HS. Author Kaira Rouda has big talent when it comes to writing unreliable narrators. Similar to Paul in her last book Best Day Ever, Jane talks to the reader and works hard to prove what a consider...
  • Mary
    I received an ARC from Netgalley.I hated the narrator. Hated her (which I think you are supposed to). I had zero idea what was going on, mainly because we are reading from the view of an unreliable narrator. The plot was ok, nothing crazy but nothing completely boring. The characters all felt very similar, no one stood out from the other. The story built up to this whole graduation climax and it felt very blah. The writing was excellent and defin...
  • Marsha
    The premise of this novel is great and I do like Kaira Rouda's writing, but this particular novel could have been stronger had it been tightened up. I understand what the author was trying to do -- to plunge the reader inside Jane's unreliable head -- but the reader spends so much time there that it becomes wearing.Thank you netgalley for the e-review edition of this book.
  • Julie
    This review is proving difficult for me to write - mostly because my mother taught me that if I do not have anything nice to say then do not say anything at all. That, and I am Canadian and I wanted to insert "sorry" half a dozen times here!! But I said I would give an honest opinion and so here it is. This book was exhausting to read. This is the story of a family that nears the 1 year anniversary of the oldest daughter's death, and ends with th...
  • Autumn
    Oh this book. I loved Kaira Rouda's The Best Day Ever, so I was excited for this book. And I wasn't disappointed at all. What I loved: Rouda writes an amazing unreliable narrator who slowly starts to become unreliably reliable (that's I thing...I think). What I liked: The way the MC pulled us along through the story and gave us insight into the other characters - her husband (he is truly spineless -he could have done so much), her daughters, the ...
  • Leigh
    Kaira Rouda's novel, The Favorite Daughter starts out very strong and gripping. It was an exciting page-turner that had me wanting to read more. However, as the book progresses, the storyline, as well as the characters seem to fall apart. It becomes an almost unbelievable tale that just gets crazier with each chapter. If Rouda would have stayed with the original train of thought, it would definitely been a better written novel.
  • Laura Henderson
    I loved Kaira's writing and she is one of my new favorite authors. She has the best ability to write those characters you love to absolutely hate.I was so engrossed by this style of writing I could not put it down.. i mean I absolutely hated the mother but couldnt stop reading her and getting inside her head!
  • Betsybmaxwell
    Wow. Much like Best Day Ever, this book is written from a narcissist’s point of view. And while I can’t stand narcissists, they sure do make great book characters. While I was hoping a bit less predictability I could not put this book down and was ultimately happy with the ending. I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
  • Girl Well Read
    A special thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin, and Graydon House for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Jane Harris is living the perfect life with the perfect family in the perfect neighbourhood. From the outside looking in, the Harris' have a gorgeous home in an elite gated community. From the inside, the family is marred by grief. A year ago, a tragic accident took the life of Jane and David's oldest daughter, Mary. Jane has been consumed b...