The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda Review

Wow! Jane is one insane and one of a kind character! She wants people to see her as the perfect mother and wife while she is grieving the death of her oldest daughter Mary. Over the last year, she has felt disconnected from her husband and other daughter and is now ready to start new and become a happy family again. While doing so, she uses spyware apps to stalk her family so she can always stay one step ahead from them. She also searches all the weird ways to die. I actually learned something from her research. haha!

The story is told uniquely from Jane's POV and at the end of the book, I had enough of her. I was not surprised by the outcome but it was entertaining to see how far she would take things. 
Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for my gifted copy.

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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…

Happy reading,

A mother loses her child tragically...

Jane has been in a haze of antidepressants ever since. We read the story through Jane eyes and let me tell you she is as crazy as they come! I had zero sympathy for her and could not relate to her character. By the end she was driving me up the walls, she was a utterly insane and unreliable character that will go to any length to get what she wants. I think I see a theme in Kaira Rouda's characters, they are despicable.

I wasn't surprised by the ending, as the character development progresses throughout this story, it becomes clear what happened. Overall though, I kept wanting to know more, I wanted to know what would happen next, and I wanted to understand the thoughts behind Jane's insanity. Good psychological suspense novel. 

Thank you to Harper Collins for providing me with an ARC of this book. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.

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