The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda
Published May 21st, 2019 by Graydon House
Genres Thriller, Suspense
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…
I loved the author’s last book, Best Day Ever, so I was very excited to read The Favorite Daughter. The book is told from Jane’s perspective and I can’t say I was her biggest fan She is a big obnoxious and seems to be overly obsessed with keeping up the appearance that her family is perfect. There were times when I felt sorry for her because of the way her husband and surviving daughter treat her, but I still found her to be very annoying. I imagine that some people will not enjoy reading from her perspective because of her personality, which is understandable. There weren’t any major plot twists but just like in her last book, Best Day Ever, I thought I had the ending figured out, but I was wrong. I would certainly recommend this book to fans of domestic thrillers. I look forward to reading more from the author in the future.
Thank you to the publisher, Graydon House and Netgalley, for sending me an ARC of this book.