The Favorite Daughter



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 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, 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 S Barely Even Left The House Now That S All About To Change.It S Time For Jane To Reclaim Her Life And Her Family Jane S Husband, David, Has Planned A Memorial Service For Mary And Three Days Later, Their Youngest Daughter, Betsy, Graduates High School Yet As Jane Reemerges Into The World, It S Clear Her Family Has Changed Without Her Her Husband Has Been Working Long Days And Nights At The Office Her Daughter Seems Distant, Even Secretive And Her Beloved Mary Was Always Such A Good Girl Dutiful And Loving But Does Someone Know About Mary, And About Her Last Day, Than They Ve Revealed The Bonds Between Mothers And Daughters, And Husbands And Wives Should Never Be Broken But You Never Know How Far Someone Will Go To Keep A Family TogetherThe Favorite Daughter

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Favorite Daughter
  • Kaira Rouda
  • 16 January 2018
  • 9781525834271

10 thoughts on “The Favorite Daughter

  1. says:

    My reviews can also be seen at Stars I have been looking forward to reading from Kaira Rouda since reading and enjoying her previous novel, Best Day Ever The perfect home The perfect family The perfect lie.Meet Jane Harris.Jane spent the last year grieving the death of her daughter, Mary She stayed in bed lost in her haze of grief.But Jane is now ready to step back into her life and family Jane s therapist suggested that the family should eat together to reconnect So Jane is putting together a special dinner I m the perfect vision of a happy homemaker She waits for her husband, David to come home He ll be surprised Jane says David has some surprises of his own Jane accidentally found out about a big one David s surprise snapped her out of her haze.Nothing had been right after Mary left them David was never home, always busy with work It felt like he was avoiding her Your husband should love you and worship the ground you walk on He doesn t just now, I know, but he will again I m back He ll see Jane s other daughter, Betsy is about to graduate Jane tries to ignore the voice in her head it sounds a lot like her mother that tells her Betsy is going to leave her But Betsy needs Jane She would never leave her.Jane is happy that everyone seems to be getting in line Now that she s back and better than ever She s even been secretly working out On her few recent outings she s noticed admiring glances from men Not that that s anything new She s always turned heads.There is an upcoming memorial for her daughter, Mary Jane s psychologist, Dr Rosenthal tries to prepare her for it Jane often says what she thinks the psychologist wants to hear She talks about the things her mother taught her Jane s mother loved bringing people down, Jane included But Jane is winning just look at her lavish life.Jane used to have a group of friends but they ve drifted away She knows it s because they were jealous Jane used to win at everything tennis, Bunko, etc And it wasn t her fault their husbands found Jane attractive.After the memorial, Jane suddenly starts receiving anonymous notes The notes say that there s to Mary s death than they know Could this be true As graduation nears, we learn about the Harris family It seems like everyone is keeping secrets and or has something to hide.With a riveting storyline, some jaw dropping moments, and a wicked ending, this was another hit for me.The story is told from Jane s point of view Jane Harris is a character that many will love to hate some will just hate She is definitely one of a kind The author s sense of humor really comes across This psychological suspense novel had me laughing out loud a few times.Clever, entertaining, and delightfully insane, The Favorite Daughter was the perfect escape I d like to thank Graydon House for providing me with a copy of this novel All opinions are my own.

  2. says:

    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 s likeable kind of way of course and I just admitted it in public Shame on me So what s with Jane I wish I could tell you She s so over the top it s outrageous, preposterous even I mean out freaking rageous Like absolutely fabulous outrageous in an absurd and heinous way Bawaawah I ve never really met anyone like her except well, yeah, I have. There I go again, covering my mouth with my hand Forgive me, won t you But I just can t spoil the surprise If this isn t on your list, do me a favor and go grab it You ll be highly entertained and immediately intrigued Once you start reading, you ll seriously have the best day ever Jane is waiting This was a buddy read with Kaceey We needed a great read and we found it with Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda A huge thank you to Edelweiss, Harper Collins Graydon House and Kaira Rouda for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on Edelweiss and Goodreads on 3.26.19.Will be published on and Twitter on 5.21.19.

  3. says:

    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 husband David and younger daughter Betsy Only both have apparently moved onseemingly without Jane Well, that just won t do Jane is going to do whatever it takes to keep their focus on her.no matter the consequences.Kaira Rouda s addition of the bizarre, tragic ways someone can die in America left me in stitches Everything from bee stings to falling on upright knives in the dishwasher, to chickens seeking revenge through food poisoning Without question, this has climbed to the top of my favorite reads so far of 2019 I loved Ms Rouda s previous novel Best Day Ever This book takes that narcissistic behavior one huge step further You ll be shocked by horrendous behavior, you ll laugh, then be horrified once again What fun An absolute roller coaster must read A fantastic and fun buddy read with Susanne Thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss, Harlequin Graydon House Books and Kaira Rouda for an ARC to read and review.

  4. says:

    s Woo Hoo I love me some crazy and this book had that in spades Jane was one of the most over the top delusional characters I ve read in a long time, and I loved her Now would I want to be friends with her Probably not, but she sure was fun to read about A year ago Jane lost her oldest daughter Mary in a tragic accident Jane is finally coming out of her fog of grief to find that her husband David and younger daughter Betsy have been living their lives without her Everything Jane does is for her family cough SO why is it that they are getting distant Hiding things from her Her beloved Mary would have never done this to her, she was a good girl She was the PERFECT DAUGHTER The entire book is told from Jane s point of view It was like she was talking directly to you throughout the book I was fortunate enough to have an audio copy of this to review and Kathleen McInerney did a stellar job She really brought the character of Jane to life, I felt as though Jane was venting in my ear for nine hours This book was really pretty much a major bitch fest Like how could the world be so cruel to Jane, when she was such a fabulous person And oh how I loved how she justified her crazy actions There really weren t any major twists or revelations this book was just so much fun and super entertaining If you love crazy as much as I do you need this book in your life Kaira Rouda is the queen of writing delusional characters First The Best Day Ever and now the perfect daughter, can t wait to see what she has in store for us next And I loved the little shout out to her previous book in this book Big thanks to Harlequin and Harper Audio for my copy of this book

  5. says:

    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.errrrI mean, her family, right up until they all turn against her insert ominous music ___________________________________This is a fun compulsive read Insane Jane narrates the entire story as if she s speaking directly to the reader and this choice by the author is what makes this book so entertaining.There are a fair share of twists in this story but most astute thriller fans will figure most of them out before Insane Jane feels compelled to grace you with her secrets So there really aren t any omgfuckmewhatjusthappened moments but it doesn t take much away from the enjoyment of this book.andInsane Jane gets a little wordy and repetitive in the middle, I think she likes to hear herself talk For those two reasons I had to downgrade this book to a 4 Star I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. says:

    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 worthy characters makes reading her novels so so easy and so very addictive This one practically melts on your tongue I started to spell out the plot a bit for you and realized I was giving spoilers I can t do that So x nay the summary and I will just say this you are in for a zippy roller coaster ride inside a narcissistic brain Crazy doesn t even begin to describe it Disturbing Yes Suspenseful Yes Hysterical Yes Delicious and deeply satisfying, THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone in a most uncomfortable way Thanks very much to Netgalley for allowing me to read and review so many fantastic books before they are published All opinions are my own

  7. says:

    This was disturbing and yet so wickedly fun Jane was the classic unreliable narrator with a dash of narcissist and a splash of sociopath thrown in for our reading pleasure. In other words it was a wildly entertaining read Jane Harris is the kind of character you love to hate She thinks, does says the unthinkable and yet you just can t get enough of her With each shake of my head, I found myself drawn in, furiously turning the pages to see what she d do next I think having Jane speak to us directly was brilliant and oh so entertaining I felt like such a gossip while I devoured every word I ll be honest and say that while the book had some twists, there wasn t anything that I didn t see coming Jane is definitely what made the book for me I actually found myself both rolling my eyes and laughing out loud at times In short read this book, meet Jane thank me later

  8. says:

    Chilling, absorbing, oh so wickedly entertaining THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by KAIRA ROUDA was such a wickedly delightful, gripping and immersive tale that totally sucked me right into this hauntingly dark psychological suspense novel Once I started reading this one it was hard not to get totally wrapped up in Jane s fascinating, snarky, obsessive and audacious character Making it quite the deliciously fun, compelling and an all consuming page turner KAIRA ROUDA delivers an intriguing, unique and enthralling story here that was so irresistibly written I absolutely loved Jane s voice and thought she was such a fantastic character And the execution and portrayal of Jane s character was so darn entertaining and absolutely ingenious, allowing us to fully be in the moment with Jane and this story Extremely impressive I absolutely loved the addition of these little bits of morbid trivia that were included in the storyline in regards to the unusual and freakish ways someone can die There was one particular way that had me chuckling as a friend actually advised me not to do this because I could possibly really hurt myself Do not under any circumstances put knives in the dishwasher facing upwards because you know you might trip and fall right into the dishwasher and die Ever since she told me this story I have always and advise others to always put the cutlery in the dishwasher face down Thanks Jane and my friend Stella for this piece of advice Norma s Stats Cover Intriguing, suspenseful, appealing, attractive and an extremely fitting representation to storyline.Title Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and a fitting representation to storyline.Writing Prose Well written, vivid, engaging, fascinating, irresistible, amusing, captivating, and fluid Thoroughly enjoyed the narrative Plot Intriguing, perfectly over the top, suspenseful, engrossing, fast paced, enjoyable and extremely entertaining I was totally sucked right into this storyline Ending The perfect ending that left me feeling totally elated and satisfied Overall 4.5 Stars This book was absolutely fabulous and the perfect escape as it was so darn entertaining, fun and amusing to read Oh and did I mention that it has one of the absolute best psychological characters ever Kaira Rouda definitely has the knack for writing fabulous characters Would highly recommend This was a Traveling Sisters read that we all really enjoyed Thank you so much to NetGalley, Harlequin Graydon House and Kaira Rouda for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in In addition to receiving an ARC from NetGalley I also won myself a copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog

  9. says:

    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 daughter, Mary, in a freak accident All of the antidepressants she has been taking have left her in a haze, and she s barely been functional, let alone capable of being a good wife or mother.But that s all about to change As they get ready to celebrate the one year anniversary of Mary s death, Jane is ready to take control of her life again She hasn t been entirely unaware of what s been going on behind her back She knew that her husband and both of her daughters were trying to keep things hidden from her, but she knows a lot than they think and it s high time she let everyone know they can t fool her.Jane is surprised, however, how much has changed in the year that she was immersed in her grief Her husband can barely stand to be in the same room, let alone the same house, with her, and her younger daughter is uncomfortable around her, and keeps talking about how ready she is to leave after she graduates high school in just a few days But as Jane discovers that her husband and daughter have even secrets, this time Jane will not stand idly by.When someone starts leaving notes for Jane saying that there was to Mary s death than a simple accident, and that someone close to her should be looked at closely, Jane insists the investigation be reopened, no matter the amount of chaos it might cause her family Could someone have killed Mary in an effort to control a particular situation How far would they go to keep that a secret The Favorite Daughter takes you on a wild ride I honestly had no idea what to expect from this book because Jane was such a bizarre character Part of me kept expecting that this would resemble Sandie Jones The First Mistake in that you d see the story from Jane s side and then see a wholly different version through someone else s eyes, but apart from occasional barbs from her husband or daughter, that didn t happen Regardless, she is so unhinged that I found it difficult to determine what she actually was seeing and what was imagined.This book definitely kept me guessing as it hurtled toward its conclusion I read the entire book in just a few hours because I needed to see how Rouda would tie everything up.I really like the way Rouda writes, and in her Dear Reader letter that appeared in my advance copy, she explained what brought her to create Jane s character if it s in your book, I d recommend not reading this until after you ve read the book , and that s fascinating But these characters all seemed so unlikable, and it almost felt like I was seeing them through Jane s drug induced haze, so I never understood them thoroughly enough.If you re looking for a book with one crazy character, pick up The Favorite Daughter It s quite a read NetGalley and HARLEQUIN Graydon House Books provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making it available This book will be published May 21, 2019 See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at

  10. says:

    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 give her the evil eye She puts her plan in motion and plays the femme fatale, damsel in distress and at one point exclaims this is going to be the best day ever I will say that I saw all the twists ahead of time and felt the book was a bit long and wanted it to wrap up already Too me a predictable read, but Jane s over the top poppycock was entertaining with many omg she didn t moments.Entertaining with a side of insanity.Thanks to the Harlequin for my review copy Pick up your copy May 21, 2019

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