The Favorite Daughter Pdf is a Psychological Mystery Thriller Novel By Kaira Rouda. 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 Favorite Daughter 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…
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The Favorite Daughter pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Graydon House; Original edition (May 21, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1525835149
- ISBN-13 : 978-1525835148
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.24 x 1.15 x 9.26 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #423,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #6,493 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars 705 ratings
Kaira Rouda Author Of The Favorite Daughter Pdf Book
Kaira Rouda Author of The Favorite Daughter Pdf is a USA TODAY, Amazon charts, and international bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction that explores what goes on beneath the surface of seemingly perfect lives. Her domestic suspense novels include BEST DAY EVER, THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, THE NEXT WIFE, and SOMEBODY’S HOME. Her latest novel is THE WIDOW. BENEATH THE SURFACE will be out in September, 2023. To date, Kaira’s novels have been translated into more than ten languages.
She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: @KairaRouda; and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books. If you’d like to host Kaira at your book club, in person or virtually, connect with the author, visit KairaRouda.com
The Favorite Daughter Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 25, 2019
Another wild Kaira Rouda ride I couldn’t pass up. A highly entertaining read with a character you hate to love. Jane is an unreliable Orange County housewife, grieving over the loss of her daughter Mary who fell from a cliff while hiking. Trying hard to put her life back together again, she begins receiving anonymous letters from a witness claiming that Betsy may know something more than she’s letting on. Jane can’t help noticing a bond building between her daughter and her husband, and quickly steps in to redress the balance. After all, shouldn’t she be included? If her family’s life isn’t entirely stage-managed by her it will fall apart and never recover. Such are the intrigues of a narcissistic mind.
Mary’s memorial service looms — as does the high school graduation for Betsy — and Jane wants everything to be perfect. Her behaviour begins to diminish and just as I’m thinking she’ll touch rock bottom, up she bobs with something thoroughly distasteful. I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know how far she would go and I had to know if she’d get away with it.
After months of sucking down anti-depressants, the rest of her family and friends have taken steps to rebuild their lives and they’re making plans of their own. But these plans aren’t Jane’s plans and this is where truth and illusion collide. The more she watches Betsy and David, the more conspiratorial she becomes. The entertainment here is in Jane’s rationalising. Her outward victory when things go her way and her inward denial when they don’t. It doesn’t matter how often she tries to engineer relationships, you never quite know if her family are entirely oblivious to these manoeuvrings or if they’re smart enough to outstep them. Because you’d have to be sharp to take Jane head on.
Slim and trim, she has convinced herself that her beauty is world-shattering. After all, the way she sees herself is how others see her. But in the same breath, she is governed by insecurities which add the extra layer we’ve all come to expect in Rouda novels. Jane can’t help but dive headlong into a battle of wits with her surviving daughter and husband and I was dying to see her plan revealed at the graduation. Betsy and David are hardly puppets, and this is where the fun begins. No matter how hard Jane tries to drive a wedge between them, the odds are never entirely in her favour. If at any time you think her polished veneer will crack, think again. Perception is the name of the game, and provided Jane can corral her family back to the fold, everything should go to plan.
My thoughts: These books are addictive and although Jane mirrors Paul in Best Day Ever, the storylines are distinctive enough to separate them. Towards the end, possibly the last four chapters were a little tedious for me. Too much reflection and not enough action. But we readers are Jane’s confidants, so I couldn’t have expecting anything less. What will Rouda come up with next? A narcissistic child? Grandmother. Aunt. Whatever it is, I’m really looking forward to it!
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 25, 2019
What a fun little <b>4 Star</b> thriller! I know my love for twisty and twisted thrillers probably says a lot about me, but I just can’t help myself!
Jane is rejoining the world after spending a year mourning her beloved daughter Mary, who died in a tragic accident. As she emerges from her haze of grief and sedatives to reclaim her husband David and her remaining daughter Betsy, she realizes she may have lost her edge and things may never return to normal. It’s not long before she realizes that she may have over estimated Betsy and David’s loyalty and undying love. She feels the need to get her house, life and family in order. By putting things in order, what she really means is making anyone who crossed her pay dearly…
b>WHAT I LOVED</b>
Discovering who Jane really is and what she is capable of doing wash the <b>absolute best</b> part of the book! So very much fun! Jane herself is hilarious, but in a <i>funny without meaning to be</i> sort of way. The way she rationalizes her behavior and the way she sees the world (* hint- <b>everything is about her and her agenda</b>) is spectacularly fascinating and entertaining! Narcissistic with a capital “N!”
All this narcissism and a pretty significant amount of denial make Jane one of my favorite types of literary characters; an unreliable narrator! Those are so much fun! Seeing the world from her point of view, (hers was the only POV in the telling of the story), made me wonder how others saw her. Of course, per her opinion, every man is in love with her and anyone who didn’t like her is just jealous and not worth her time. As she was once an aspiring actress and is amazingly self absorbed, she basically sees the world as a giant movie set and she is the star of the production. All eyes are on her and everyone only sees what she wants them to see. I would love to give some specifics but am afraid if I reveal too much, I will steal your fun and you will not get to slowly peel the layers from her pretty outer shell until you realize exactly who she is. I loved all the twists and turns! The suspense kept me on my feet and guessing throughout the entire book.
<b>€WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE</b>
A lot of the story is Jane reflecting upon her plans, her mother and how beautiful she it. That was fun sometimes, but somewhere around the middle of the story, I just wanted things to move a little faster.
I highly recommended this fun and creepy psychological thriller to anyone who enjoys creepy psychological thrillers,
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