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The Favorite Daughter

Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

“Will hit you right in the heart” (Bustle)

A PopSugar Best Book of Spring! 

“An exceptional psychological thriller.” (Publishers Weekly

“Compulsively readable and deeply satisfying psychological suspense.” (Christina Alger, USA Today best-selling author of The Banker’s Wife

“Leaves you wanting more.” (Liv Constantine, author of the national best seller The Last Mrs. Parrish

From the author of Best Day Ever, another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community, for fans of B.A. Paris and Shari Lapena. 

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 antidepressants, 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....

©2019 Kaira Rouda (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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  • Sandy O'Neil
  • 24-05-19

Must Read and/or Listen!!!

Couldn’t stop listening. The author did a phenomenal job portraying the character’s personalities. So many emotions were felt for the main character: compassion, empathy, anger, suspicion, and even sometimes pride

Narrator did an amazing job telling the story

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  • ROBIN
  • 09-07-19

Not one like-able character

I would have quit listening but had already made too much of an investment. I couldn’t wait for this to be over. It could have accomplished the same thing in half the time. The protagonist is the most annoying character ever. The performance was believable though- I believed she was Jane...yuck!

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  • Yikes
  • 24-05-19

Good but ...

i felt a little letdown by the ending. The story moved along with interesting characters - none of which I really identified with, but still interesting. i was especially enjoying the sarcasm. But the ending was anticlimactic and expected. i needed a nice big twist at the end to give this one more stars.

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  • lisa
  • 09-06-19

Good story

I wasnt sure who was the crazy one for most of the book. Good entertaining read, unrelateable characters.

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  • Mackenzie @ PhDiva.blog
  • 28-05-19

Deliciously delusional character and fantastic narration!

Kathleen McInerney nailed this book! She brought Jane to life and made the dialogue versus her inner monologue pop (something that can be hard to distinguish in audiobooks sometimes). Jane is the most delusional, fantastic character I’ve read in ages. The story is so twisted and wonderful. I loved it!

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  • Alison
  • 14-02-20

Not my favorite

I could’ve stopped reading this book, but gave it the benefit of the doubt. You could easily figure out the plot. It could’ve been more suspenseful in my opinion.

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  • Michele
  • 31-01-20

Cray cray

I really didn’t like the narcissism with the main character. It really bothered me listening to her all about herself craziness! I listened till the end cuz I had to know the truth! The narrator did a great job!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-12-19

ending was meh

it kept my attention but the ending really threw me off...the whole book built you up for a dramatic ending and it just fell super flat. super anticlimactic

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  • LJ
  • 01-10-19

No. No. No. not the best.

You know how you start a book, read, read read hoping it gets better. Then once you are several chapters in you figure you may as well finish. This is one of those books. The twist and turns were dumb the story just didn’t flow. And the storyline was lame. Don’t waste your time, like I did.

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  • Heidi
  • 20-09-19

Worst book in my life

I am a mother. From the beginning I hated this book. It was so dark and ridiculous.