The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda @KairaRouda @HarlequinBooks @HarperCollinsCa

The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda is now available and if you love a well written fascinating and unreliable character who is much more than that, this is one you do not want to miss. We won’t be forgetting Jane and she has become one of our favorite characters.

After reading Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda it’s hard to believe she could top just how fascinating Paul was. Well she nailed it here with Jane and we have to say we loved her and might just be a bit worried that we did so much!

We read The Favorite Daughter with a few members of the Traveling Sister group and we all mostly loved Jane. Jane gave us a lot to talk about and we really enjoyed our discussion.

Brenda’s Review

The compassionate perfect mother, a loving wife and an all around perfect member of the community. It’s all in the perception with Jane!

The Favorite Daughter  is such a fun and entertaining story that had me shocked by Jane’s behaviour and laughing at her as well. The story is well layered and through Jane’s POV the pieces to the mystery all come together as we see things from Jane’s delusional perception. I thought is was so brilliantly written and clever just how it all comes together.

Jane is such a fascinating entertaining character who is much more than just an unreliable character.  She has this over the top way to her that sucks you right into not only her mind but her conversations as she addresses us the readers. Jane drew us into her perception and right into the dialog. She had me wanting to join in with some of the conversations she was having with us the reader.  Now I have been known to yell at characters before but talking to them is a first. lol . I thought it was a fun and entertaining way to get to know just how Jane’s mind works. I could go on and on with just how fascinating I thought Jane was, however, you need to experience Jane on your own.  

The Favorite Daughter makes for a great book to read in a group and Jane is just so fun to talk about.  I highly recommend.

Norma’s Review

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 and Brenda 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! 

Lindsay’s Review

Wowie – Jane is one character I will NEVER forget!

Jane and David lost their daughter, Mary, in a tragic accident one year ago.   Since then, Jane has been lost within a whirlwind of antidepressants, hiding herself at home, barely interacting with her family.   David plans a memorial service for Mary one year after her passing which marks the day that Jane decides she will move forward from her grieving.   She plans to stop medicating, focus on her youngest daughter, Betsy, and renew the spark that has been lost in her marriage. She is ready to reemerge within her wealthy community and recapture the image of the perfect family she once had.

This novel is narrated by Jane which was brilliantly executed!   Being inside her head was one shocking and unforgettable journey that I will be thinking of long after I finished this book.   I loved her snarky, confident and obsessive personality (not sure what that says about me – hah!). Her inner thoughts and dialogue had me stunned yet addicted to this tragic family story.

 There were a few details to this plot that I had figured out early on, yet it didn’t detract from my enjoyment.   For me, the true entertainment was getting inside Jane’s head and exploring her personality rather than finding out exactly what happened in the storyline.   The author, Kaira Rouda, did an outstanding job with Jane’s character. I look forward to checking out her previous book, Best Day Ever, which I have heard many wonderful things about.

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!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Edelweiss, Goodreads Giveaway, Harlequin / Graydon House and Kaira Rouda for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in. 

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19 thoughts on “The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda @KairaRouda @HarlequinBooks @HarperCollinsCa”

  1. Okay, I need to read this one and meet Jane. I loved Best Day Ever. That knife in the dishwasher tip sounds scary but also realistic. I have never heard of it before. Thanks Norma. Great reviews Ladies.

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    1. Thank you, Diana! Yes you need to meet Jane. I chuckled when I read that is the story. Now for sure, I am making sure my knives are pointed down after reading Jane’s statistics.

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  2. Great reviews! That little bit of trivia with the knives in the dishwasher had me chuckling more than it probably should have, but it reminds me of a conversation that I had with friends recently about that movie “Final Destination” where people died in extreme/wacky ways. I think I need to read this book — adding to my list 🙌🏽

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    1. I think Jane must have seen that movie. lol I couldn’t believe it when I read that in the story and it reminded me of Norma’s friend saying that. It had me chuckling!

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  3. […] Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading featured this book and had it as a group read in the Goodreads Traveling Sisters group, which put it on my radar. Unfortunately, I gave it a pass when it was offered for audio review so now I’m crossing my fingers that my library will heed my recommendation. […]

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  4. Such high praise! Need to try this 🙂
    Have one book by this author but haven’t actually read it yet. Feel like i’m missing out on something 😀

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