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The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

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Book Summary

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 more 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 together…


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published May 21, 2019 by Graydon House

ISBN: 1525835149

3 reviews for The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

  1. Chandra

    “Anger is so bad for your health: Your own and your target’s.”

    First Paul from Best Day Ever and now Jane – unreliable, narcissistic protagonists that are in serious need of some mental help. What I like about Rouda’s writing is you stay consistently in these sociopaths heads so you get the full on force of their mental state and their thought process as they transverse life in their own closed in bubble.

    Jane is quite the woman, wife, mother and boy does she not like it when things don’t go her way. But is it her or the people around her? Her eldest daughter’s death has taken a toll on her family. Her only daughter left and even her husband of 20 years are distant. And now there are hints that her daughter’s death may not have been the tragic accident they thought.

    I knew exactly where this book was going to go but I wanted to see exactly how it got there. Jane is quite a character and I certainly would not want to be on her bad side. Ever. Personally, I think she’s freakin’ genius. True, she’s made some mistakes, but I couldn’t help but have half of my mouth go up in a smile when seeing just how she goes about punishing those who dare to try and take anything away from her. Bitch be crazy and I am here for every last minute of it.

    I wonder what new, crazy character Rouda will bring to us in her next book. And keep in mind, that while things are pretty predictable in this read, it is the journey that makes it so much fun. It was perfect for the mood I was in.
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  2. Olivia F.

    I don’t know what this says about me, but I love reading books with narcissistic and unlikeable main characters. 😂 I’ve always been fascinated by psychology, and so maybe that’s why I enjoy these kinds of books so much. Idk!😂 I don’t want to give too much away with this one. I went into this book thinking I was getting one thing and got something completely different, but I loved it! 😍 this author has a new book releasing in 2021, and I’m so excited to see what she comes up with next. If you loved Best Day Ever, you should totally check this one out. I don’t feel like this book got as much hype as some other books out there, and I do feel that it deserves all the hype. It’s so entertaining!😍 However, if you’re not a fan of unlikeable characters, you may not find it as enjoyable as I did.

  3. KC

    Ok, this cover is amazing. If you like books like You and Best Day Ever, I definitely recommend you checking this one out! It’s a wild one!

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