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Favourite Daughter [PDF / EPUB] Favourite Daughter From the author of Best Day Ever another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community for fans of BA Paris and Shari LapenaThe perfect home The perfect fami From the author of Best Day Ever another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community for fans of BA Paris and Shari LapenaThe perfect home The perfect family The perfect lieJane 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 changeIt'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 revealedThe 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.

  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Favourite Daughter
  • Kaira Rouda
  • 09 February 2014
  • 9781525834271

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10 thoughts on “Favourite 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 lieMeet Jane HarrisJane 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 hazeNothing 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 herJane 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 headsThere 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 winningjust look at her lavish lifeJane 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 attractiveAfter 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 andor has something to hideWith a riveting storyline some jaw dropping moments and a wicked ending this was another hit for meThe 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 timesClever 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:

    As an adoptive mother I tend to avoid books about adoptive families but I am SO glad I broke my rule in this caseJane is a living breathing curse upon all who meet her and we get to witness the destruction she mercilessly metes out to absolutely everyone who orbits herEmerging from her drug haze one year after the death of her perfect adopted daughter Jane is anxious to get her family back on track and back under her thumb We are privy to her inner thoughts and dialogue and it is like a gift from the Baby Jesus HimselfOne of the funniest and most awful narrators in a long time

  3. says:

    45 Stars rounded downOh 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 32619Will be published on and Twitter on 52119

  4. says:

    An unreliable narrator teetering on the edge A family she’s unable to keep under controlKaira 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 herno matter the conseuencesKaira 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 uestion 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 readA fantastic and fun buddy read with Susanne🌸Thank you to NetGalley Edelweiss Harleuin Graydon House Books and Kaira Rouda for an ARC to read and review

  5. says:

    ʟᴏᴠᴇ ᴍᴇ sᴏᴍᴇ ᴄʀᴀᴢʏ 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 ueen 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 Harleuin and Harper Audio for my copy of this book

  6. says:

    Jane puts the insane in the membraneWe 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 youYou see she's only ever wanted what's best for herselferrrrI mean her family right up until they all turn against her insert ominous musicThis 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 entertainingThere 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 bookandInsane 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

  7. 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 pleasureRouda 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 tongueI 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

  8. 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 😉

  9. says:

    Chilling absorbing oh so wickedly entertainingTHE 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 uite the deliciously fun compelling and an all consuming page turner KAIRA ROUDA delivers an intriguing uniue 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 StatsCover Intriguing suspenseful appealing attractive and an extremely fitting representation to storylineTitle Appealing suspenseful intriguing and a fitting representation to storylineWritingProse Well written vivid engaging fascinating irresistible amusing captivating and fluid Thoroughly enjoyed the narrativePlot Intriguing perfectly over the top suspenseful engrossing fast paced enjoyable and extremely entertaining I was totally sucked right into this storylineEnding The perfect ending that left me feeling totally elated and satisfiedOverall 45 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 recommendThis was a Traveling Sisters read that we all really enjoyedThank you so much to NetGalley Harleuin 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 GiveawayReview can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog

  10. says:

    If you hated Paul in Best Day Ever just wait till you meet Jane Jane is one of a kind – thank goodness She’s the worst She's a narcissistic toxic woman but it was such fun to follow her thought processes Would I want her in my life? No But did I ever have fun reading about her Jane is the perfect wife and mother grieving the loss of one of her daughters and angst ridden over feeling disconnected with her husband and surviving daughter Poor Jane 🙄 Jane is so anxious she researches death and is a veritable encyclopedia of strange and bizarre ways to die I loved these amusing bits of trivia mixed into the narrative I can’t say I was surprised by the reveal but the pleasure in this book is all about the journey Told exclusively from Jane’s POV this was highly entertaining and fun Don’t take it too seriously and just go wherever Jane takes you Recommended for those who love a fun trip through a messed up mind

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