Borderline mind-numbing, The Favourite Sister tells the story of five highly annoying, but wildly successful women who get their lives documented on a reality TV show.
The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
Genres: Mystery, Fiction
Published: 17th May, 2018
One of the reasons why I never watch reality shows is because I think they have nothing to do with reality and honestly, if I want to see a bunch of drama queens flapping about, I just go to work.
Somewhere, very deep, there’s some feminist message hidden in this story. You know, women need to stick up for each other, and so on, but neither of these backstabbing bitches actually do anything remotely similar, except one time, and that’s entirely for the wrong reason.
In case I have not made it clear, all these women are quite unlikeable, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Usually these kind of characters are either so awful that I relish in their horribleness and follow their story with morbid fascination, or they do something to actually redeem themselves, making me feel sympathetic. Not these ladies however, and it was quite a disappointing aspect of the book for me. They were not intriguing psychopaths, just some fucked up people, exploiting their success from media exposure, a bunch of fake people doing everything they can to stay relevant to the show. All of them had a chance to actually make a difference, and influence people in a good way, but it seemed Brett was the only one who actually tried to do some good, and even her ways were rather questionable.
When it comes to thrillers, I equally enjoy the slow burners that creep up on you and hold you in their grip, and the fast paced ones that don’t even allow you to catch your breath. The Favourite Sister was unfortunately not either of these. With its long and tedious chapters it was verging on boring, and I’m not sure where all those hair-raising plot twists all the taglines boasted about were hidden. The story seemed to drag on forever.
The last, big reveal at the end of the story was meant to be shocking, but by that point I was so fed up with everything that happened, or rather not happened before, that I just shrugged and muttered “Noted, don’t care” under my nose and exhaled a relieved sigh once the whole thing was over.
“We have choices as women, and there is no right one to make – especially because no matter what you decide, the world will tell you you’re doing it wrong.”
Women’s empowerment and body image were also a hot topic these five women all tried to stand up for in their own way. Brett had SPOKE, a company that provided aid for women living under unsafe conditions. Her sister, Kelly had a yoga studio where they focused on well being, rather than body transformation. Steph, the writer, spoke about abuse, and Jen was into healthy eating and juicing to the extreme. It’s all nice on paper, but when shit hit the fan and their true selves got revealed, everything came crumbling down. In private, of course. Never in public.
The Favourite Sister is not a book I would recommend to anyone looking for a satisfying thriller, but if you enjoy shit stirring characters who create drama where otherwise there wouldn’t be any, you might enjoy this one.
I received my copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My opinion was not influenced by this.